Marshfield church of Christ
610 S. Marshall P O Box 458, Marshfield Mo 65706
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Eddie Watkins, Evangelist
Office       468-4164
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Jan 29 17

Marriages Need Respect

                                                By Sam Wilcutt

The Lord is interested in our marriages,and unfortunately, Satan is
also interested in our marriages. To far too many couples, he is having
his way, and the church is reaping the unfortunate consequences of
marriages falling apart at the seams. Godly marriages do not just happen; they are not easy to obtain. They are built, and they are built one brick at a time. Thus, we want to examine some godly traits and attributes that we find in the word of God to build
godly marriages.

Marriages need a respect for God and one’s spouse.

According to the New Webster’s Dictionary & Thesaurus of the English
Language, the term “respect” means, “the special esteem or consideration in which one holds another person or thing; the state or quality of being esteemed.” Of course, we find this concept in the Bible. In the Old Testament, one Hebrew term (sha’ah) denotes the act of regarding or showing respect (cf. Gen. 4:4-5). With regards to their sacrifices of worship, God showed respect to the offering of Abel, but did not show the same respect to the offering of his older brother, Cain, because we learn that Abel listened to the divine instructions and acted “by faith” (cf. Heb. 11:4). 

Another Hebrew term (panah) also denotes the act of showing regard or respect. In the New Testament, a Greek term that may fit with our discussion is hegeomai, which means to consider or esteem (cf. Phil. 2:3). Naturally, one should not be surprised that the apostle Paul will exhort servants to demonstrate this quality to their respective masters (1 Tim. 6:1). It is also this attribute that Christians are to have toward the elders of the congregations, realizing their role as the shepherds of the flock and overseers of the assemblies (cf. 1 Thess. 5:12- 13; Heb. 13:7, 17). 

There are a few other terms of significance to seeing this trait in the New Testament. The root word of each is the Greek verb blepo, which is one of many Greek words to indicate seeing in one way or another. This particular term signifies the idea of seeing or beholding. Yet, when a modifying  prefix is added, it can take a greater meaning. For example, in Luke 1:48, Mary responds to Elizabeth that God “hath regarded” her in choosing her to bear baby Jesus in her womb. 

The term is epiblepo, which means, “to gaze at with favor, pity or partiality, to look upon, regard or have respect to.” She knew that God had shown favor and respect towards her! Another term is apoblepo, which with this unique prefix added, means, “to look away from everything else, to have respect.” We see this term in Hebrews 11:26, when in speaking of Moses, he “had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” Could you imagine if husbands  and wives demonstrated this type of
respect to each other? If husbands looked at their wives with such narrow focus and tuned every other woman out completely, and if wives looked at their husbands with such narrow focus and tuned every other man out completely, we could eradicate all adultery and fornication completely!

Thus, this leads me to contemplate the following—
when we consider the many attributes that the Bible uses to describe godly marriages, such as unconditional love, honesty, commitment,
trust, kindness, and so forth, husbands and wives are to show respect for each other. Husbands are to respect their wives as the weaker vessels (1
Pet. 3:7). Wives are to respect their husbands as the heads of the households (Eph. 5:22- 24). Each is to respect the role that God has given to the other. Yet, in so doing, each is to lift up the other with favor and regard (Phil. 2:3). I firmly believe that if married couples would follow this
simple principle: “…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves,” then marriages would be well on their way to enjoying the blessings that God designed for the home.

Let us conclude with one final thought. Some people are easy to respect, but we are to respect others who may not deserve our respect. It should not be conditional, but unconditional—a hard lesson to learn and implement in our lives.

Consider the life of David as a glimpse of seeing what it means to respect one who does not deserve respect. King Saul demonstrated time and time again that he did not deserve respect, for he tried on multiple occasions to kill the younger man, David. He looked upon him with envy, and even tried to divide the relationship between his son, Jonathan, and the one who would become his successor. Yet, although he did not deserve respect by his actions, David knew who he was and respected him as the king nonetheless, sparing his life on several occasions. He never spoke against him, even in the private communications of his mighty men. 

I truly believe that the grand example from the man after God’s own heart shows how one may still pay respect and regard to another who does not deserve such. May God bless all godly marriages who strive to show respect to each other!


    News and Events and Announcements
  • 5th Sunday singing TONIGHT.
  • The Sweetheart Dinner will be at the building at 5:30 p.m.

  • on Sat., Feb. 11. sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. $5 per person.
  • The church of Christ at West Plains is hosting a monthly

  • study beginning Thurs, Feb. 2 at 10 am for area preachers and elders and men of congregations with no elders. See bulletin board for further.
  • Memphis School of Preaching Lectures, March 26-March

  • 30, 2017. See bulletin board

    Fair Haven Children's Home Needs
    Dry Goods/Cooking
    Chocolate Syrup
    Microwave Popcorn
    Pam Spray
    Chili Powder
    Chocolate Chips
    Miracle Whip
    Taco Sauce
    Enchilada Sauce
    Gravy Mixes
    Canned Pineapple
    Green Olives
    Green Peas
    Canned Mandarin Oranges
    Black Olives
    Canned Peaches
    Canned Fruit Cocktail
    Canned Goods
    Canned Chicken
    Refried Beans
    Bar Soap
    Hair Conditioner
    Dishwashing Liquid
    Dishwashing Powder
    Liquid Fabric Softener
    Canned Juices
    Aluminum Foil
    Freezer Bags – Quart
    Freezer Bags – Gallon
    Plastic Wrap
    Storage Bags - Quart
    Storage Bags - Gallon
    Trash Bags - 33 Gallon
    Trash Bags - 13 Gal.

    Privileged to Serve
    Song Leader: Terry Cruise
    Lord’s Table: John Marshand (In charge), Alan Lamb, Trenton Kanengieter, JustinKanengieter
    Opening Prayer: Daylon Kanengieter
    Closing Prayer:Thad Layne
    Sermon : Eddie Watkins

    Worship Coordinator:
    David Doherty
    Announcements: Bob Lewis
    Cathy Thompson, Wanda

    Song Leader: Ken Williams
    Lord’s Table: Robert Comer
    Opening Prayer: Ron Peck
    Closing Prayer:Roy Phillips
    Sermon: Eddie Watkins

    Devotional: Jeff Fisher
    Song Leader: Jerry Branstetter
    Prayer: David Doherty

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Special Prayer Request

Ruth Ann Wilson, Jerry Branstetter’s sister will have surgery Monday.
Tiffany Sanders’ surgery has been rescheduled for Feb. 2.
JoAnne Lawrence has been referred to a Rheumatologist.
Beth Adams of the Strafford congregation is starting an experimental course of treatment.
Connie Isis and grandson are slowly doing
Pat Cruise’s brother broke his hip and is
recovering from surgery
Janet Penn is recuperating.
Thelma, Suzi Doty’s Mother-in-law.
Larry Hicks is recuperating at home and
healing nicely. He’ll be able to walk in 3
with Ethel Dill at the passing of her sister
Continue to pray for Daniel Henslee and
family, Steve & Michelle’s son-in-.
Lee Hampton, uncle of Travis is having
health issues.
Allysa Richardson’s daughter (Nicole
Hampton’s friend.) is ill.
Tracy Cruise will see a neurosurgeon Jan.
.Jim Chittendon, friend of Ron and Cathy
Thompson (member of the Lord’s church)
diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Robert Comer’s step-dad Ray is having problems
with his blood.
Karen Burney has been ruled out as a candidate
for gastric surgery.
Tim Warden, Janet Haffner’s brother has
contracted leukemia.
Wanda Jennings, friend of Norma has cancer.
Andy Novinger who is fighting Thyroid Cancer.
Magdalena Ospina — Terminally ill 
Bonnie Doherty is recovering at Webco.

Remember the home bound

  •  Paul and Ernestine Sandoz
  •  Estelline Jones
  •  Ina Gillette (Colonial Springs in Buffalo)
  •  Pat Lamb (Marshfield Care Center)
  •  Judy Barrow (Webco East)
  •  Bonnie Doherty (Webco East)
  •  Zoe Lawless of Conway (Webco)
  •  Rosalie Rosenberger (Thad Layne’s sister) is in a nursing home in Jax, FL



    Statistics for Jan. 21, 2017
    AM Worship 95
    PM Worship 54
    Midweek 68
    Total Contribution $2024
    January Birthdays
    Donna Demshar 
    Jim Cruise 
    Hunter Nash 
    Jerry Cruise 
    John Nash 
    Terry Cruise 
    Ruth McMasters 
    Ian Thompson 
    Jason Whittington 
    Tonia Tillman 
    Patsy Layne 
    Taylor Page 
    January Anniversaries
    Bob & Kay Lewis