Pastor’s Word

1 Corinthians 7:28 – “But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems.” (NLT)

I love how God is open and honest with us about relationships. He keeps it real. The Bible is not filled with fairy tales and unicorns. Jesus didn’t go around just giving hugs and kisses. And here the apostle Paul is honest in saying that marriage life will have troubles. If you’re married or have been married, I’m sure you can give a positive ‘amen’ to that. But marriage is a God given gift that is meant to be a covenant of companionship and a source of blessing as a unique relationship. And as the saying goes “what comes easy won’t last, but what lasts won’t come easy.” It takes work! It takes all the things we have been talking about over the last 5 weeks in our Relationship Series.

Strong marriages are important to God and they should be important to us. I’ll be preaching this weekend specifically about marriage. We’ll talk about 3 ways your spouse is designed to be a helper…and it’s not to do the dishes. I pray you will carve out time to hear that message.

Also, we’ll be having a half-day Marriage Conference at Hope Chapel on November 11, 9 am – 1 pm. You can find more info as well as a way to register by visiting:  I’m excited to have Drs Paul and Virginia of Home Improvement Ministries join us on that day. They are nationally known speakers and authors. They are funny and a joy to learn from. We will also hear from Neal and Christina Davidson about cultivating marriage in the latter years (25 + yrs of marriage). It’s such an important role of being marriage mentors to younger married couples as well as keeping the spice warm in your own marriage. And we’ll also hear from Josh and Melissa Ayantola who will share about marriage in the early years. Both had set careers and different spiritual backgrounds going into marriage and can talk about making those marriage adjustments to make it all work. It will be a great time for those engaged, thinking about marriage, married for 5 years, or married for 35 years.

Pastor Steve





Hope Chapel

35 Chocksett Rd

Sterling, MA 01564