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LOVE AND ROMANCE IN THE BIBLE

LOVE AND ROMANCE IN THE BIBLE

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Love, marriage, sex, beauty, and romance play a major role in the Bible and life, and in these 21 messages I explore this very interesting world.
Love, marriage, sex, beauty, and romance play a major role in the Bible and life, and in these 21 messages I explore this very interesting world.

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LOVE AND ROMANCE IN THE BIBLE
By Pastor Glenn Pease
CONTENTS
1. ALONE IN PARADISE Based on Gen. 2:182. THE CELEBRATION OF LOVE Based on Gen. 29:1-303. INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE based on Num. 124. RUTH'S ROMANCE Based on Ruth 2:1f 5. THE CLEVER COUPLE Based on Ruth 3:1-4, 4:1-106. THE POWER OF BEAUTY Based on Esther 2:5-187. PRAISE AND ROMANCE Based on Prov. 31:10-318. THE PRAISES OF LOVE Based on Song of Songs9. THE FRAGRANCE OF LOVE Based on Song of Songs 1:1-1710. ROMANTIC AND RELIGIOUS FRAGRANCE Based on Song of Songs 1:311. ROMANTIC AND RELIGIOUS LOVE Based on Song of Songs 1:1f 12. ROMANTIC AND RELIGIOUS KISSES Based on Song of Songs 1:213. LOVE AND LUST Based on Song of Songs 1:414. WHAT IS BEAUTY Based on Song of Songs 1:15-1615. ROMANTIC AND RELIGIOUS ROSES Based on Song of Songs 2:116. SEX AND THE CHURCH based on I Cor. 7:1-617. THE GIFT OF MARRIAGE Based on I Cor. 7:1-718. THE SINGLE SAINT Based on I Cor. 7:1-719. HOW TO LOVE YOUR WIFE Based on Eph. 5:22-3320. MAKING MARRIAGE MARVELOUS Based on I Pet. 3:1-721. HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL HUSBAND Based on I Pet. 3:7
1. ALONE IN PARADISE Based on Gen. 2:18Back in the days when women were fighting for the right tovote there were a number of women speakers who couldexpound eloquently on the virtues and values of women.The story is told the one such speaker who brought hermessage to a conclusion by saying, "Where would man be
 
today without the care and comfort of women? Wherewould man be today without the hands and heart of women?Where would man be today without the labor and love of women? Just tell me where would man be today withoutwomen?" Just then a little man shouted from the back of the crowd, "Paradise!"The battle of the sexes is one in which each side seeks toreinforce its position by going back to paradise and showingthat everything would have been great if it hadn't been forthe other. Like the woman who said to her husband, "Ourmarriage would have been perfect if it hadn't been for you."He probably agreed with the philosophy, but not theapplication. Women delight in pointing out that man wasincomplete without woman, and that even in paradise hewas not happy without her. There are no lack of poets toback up her claim to be the poetry of earth as the stars arethe poetry of heaven. Hargrave wrote, "Clear, light-givingharmonies, women are the terrestrial planets that rule thedestines of mankind." Moore adds, "Ye are the stars of thenight, ye are gems of the morn, ye are dewdrops, whoseluster illumines the thorn."Men are quick to label this as sentimental nonsense,and they insist that Adam was better off when he hadparadise to himself. They also have poetic support, forAndrew Marvell has written,Such was that happy Garden-stateWhile man there walked without a mate;
 
After a place so pure and sweet,What other help could yet be meet?But 'twas beyond a mortal's shareTo wander solitary there:Two paradises 'twere in oneTo live in paradise alone.Women retaliate with the words of Dryden,Our sex, you know, was after yours designed,The last perfection of the Maker's Mind:Heaven drew out all the gold for us, and leftYour dross behind.Man then counters with these words:For woman due allowance make.Formed of a crooked rib was she.By Heaven she could not straighten be;Attempt to bend her, and she'll break.On and on the battle rages ad infinitum, ad nauseum,or in other words, until it gets sickening. We are interestedin this battle only because it calls our attention to a basichuman need, and the only adequate solution to meet thatneed. Man is made a social creature, and if he does not feela part of society, or if he does not have companionship, heceases to find value in life. One of the most unbearableconditions of life is that of loneliness. We want to examineGod's relationship to this basic human problem and seek to

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