Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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any other differences a couple may face, solutions can be found in the principles of God’s Word that will build the harmony and oneness that God desires for them. Marriage is the foundation of the family, and children complete the picture. You may have heard the poem,

“First comes love; then comes marriage; then comes _____ with a baby carriage.� That’s the way it was with Adam and Eve, and that’s usually the way it is with most couples who have JOPSKYLU 6[OLYZ OH]L [OL ^VUKLYM\S opportunity of adopting a child. The concept of adoption has a beautiful model in Scripture as God adopts

those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5). Whether children are biological or adopted, Psalm 127:3 makes it clear that children are a reward from God to the parents. And along with this gift from the Lord comes the responsibility to train them (Proverb 22:6). It is the parents’ role to steward their children and bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Ephesians 6:4). The primary parental goal should be to instruct children to honor and obey both God and parents and to introduce them to Jesus. So it is that marriage and family are God’s idea, not that of some ancient society. He established families and left us with ample instructions in his Word to have H M\SÄSSPUN HUK OHWW` THYYPHNL HUK family. My prayer is that each person reading this essay would enjoy a vertical covenant relationship with the Lord, and experience the horizontal blessings of marriage and family the way God intends. God’s design for families is to glorify and honor him through strong and


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healthy relationships.