However, lifelong marriage, though less common today, is still God's plan for most people... Alex and Marni Chediak from their experience of singles and college ministry, multi-generational small group ministry, offer wise guidance in how we should go about choosing a partner.
They seek to glorify God with one voice, sharing the life goal of being marked mainly as those who love God.
Their love for each other and for God had grown cold. God gave the church two simple steps in Revelations 2:5a, and I believe we can apply them to our marriages as well: For most of us, the accumulation of small struggles can nibble like termites to undermine the foundation of what appears to be a healthy structure as surely as the unexpected, earth-shaking rumble of sudden disaster.
And routine, even good routine, can rob us of the joy and passion of marriage … One day I took John’s words in Revelation to heart, and decided to “remember and return” by romancing my husband. I don’t have a personal story of how God took our marriage and miraculously transformed it into a storybook romance filled with white-knight rescues, relentless romance and rides into the sunset leaving all danger and darkness behind.
Alex and Marni have three children, Karis, Jonathan, and Abigail."Alex Chediak has done a great service for anyone seeking guidance on how to handle singleness, dating and marriage for the glory of God.
Marni, his wife has had a career in management with Fortune 500 companies while ministering through Bible Study Fellowship and teaching Sunday school.Maybe you honestly admired his finer qualities, but now you can’t remember what they were.You once appreciated his wonderful attributes, but now you take them for granted.The Chediak’s also have the warmth, wisdom and good humor of ones who know the road and its potholes!” — Ben Patterson, College Pastor, Westmont College “Sound biblical advice and a clear Christian framework for working through the maze of confusions surrounding modern marriage. But before anyone can get married they have to go through the process of getting to know a person and pursuing love for them (at least if you practice the Western tradition of pursuing marriage). It’s also hard, excruciating, joyful, hurtful, and incredibly fulfilling — at least this is what married people tell me, and from watching them, I believe it.In the book of Revelation, God had this to say to the church at Ephesus: (Revelation 2:4).Ephesus was one of the most loving churches in the New Testament, and yet somewhere along the way they lost that initial thrill of knowing Christ.Between taking out the garbage, paying the bills, running the car pool, mowing the lawn, disciplining the kids and folding the laundry, sometimes the passion of marriage gets lost. We can get so busy taking care of life that we forget to take care of love. If you’re like me, you got married because you were madly in love and couldn’t imagine life without your man!You were passionately stirred beyond belief and couldn’t wait to tie the knot and spend the rest of your days with this incredible person God had miraculously brought into your life. But maybe you could use a little reminder — a re-stoking of that passion.