40 lessons from 40 years of marriage

Dennis Rainey at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dennis Rainey is president of FamilyLife, host of the FamilyLife Today daily radio program, and author of numerous books on marriage and family.

1) Marriage and family are about the glory of God (Genesis 1:26-28) The book (Bible) begins with a marriage and ends with a marriage. Marriage is central to God’s glory on planet earth. And, what God designed and lifted up and gave a transcendent purpose, man has dumbed down to make it this statement of „happiness and finding another person who meets my needs”. Marriage has a transcendent cause of reflecting God to a fallen world. Your marriage, your covenant keeping love will be your greatest witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the coming decades. It’s about the glory of God, not about the happiness of man.

2) Your marriage is now taking place on a spiritual battlefield, not on a romantic balcony. Satan’s first attack on the image of God was to destroy the image bearers relationship with God and then their relationship with one another. If he (Satan) targeted marriage to begin with, why would we think our marriage would be any different? A.W. Tozer believed that far too few Christians ever get into ‘lion country’. For those of us who do get into ‘lion country’ into ministry, I think, all too often we forget that our marriage, our family can be targeted by the enemy to destroy the image bearers and to destroy the legacy that is passed on to future generations. Marriage is under attack today and its definition because of who created marriage: God. We are in a fierce spiritual battle. You are walking on to a battlefield that is littered with casualties.

3) Therefore, your spouse is not your enemy. Ephesians 6:10-12 tell us that our fight is not against flesh and blood. That is true in the word of God, but, I’m gonna tell you, if you’re married today, you’ve looked across the sheets in the morning at your enemy and you’ve said, „What did you do God, in bringing us together?” I promise you, I’ve had those thoughts? But the scriptures tell us, „Your mate is not your enemy, your mate is a gift from God to you”. In all her/his imperfections, God has given you a gift. You can either receive it by faith or you can reject it and be deceived by the enemy to think, indeed, my mate is my enemy.

4) The couple that prays together, stays together. 

5) Isolation is a subtle killer of relationships. Genesis 2:18-25 gives us the prescription of scripture. Leave, cleave, become one. But, the enemy of our souls wants to divide us, because in isolation you can convince of anything. How important is oneness? John 17 points out that Jesus prayed for the church to be one. Why? Because we are naturally divided.

6) It’s a whole lot easier for two broken people to build a marriage from the same set of biblical blueprints, than from two different sets of blueprints. What would your physical house look like if you had 2 different architects, 2 different builders and 2 different sets of blue prints? You’d get some pretty funny houses, wouldn’t you?

7) It is healthy to confess my sins to my spouse. James 5 reminds us „Confess yourselves to one another, that you may be healed”. If you want to be healthy develop a marriage relationship where the other has access to the interior of your soul. I stump some people by saying I ask Barbara (my wife) to pray for me when I am struggling with lust. She thanks me for coming to her so she can pray for me.

8) It is categorically impossible to experience marriage as God designed it without being liberal and lavish in your forgiveness for one another.  Ephesians 4:32 Failing to forgive, failing to ask for forgiveness kills oneness, unity and life in  a marriage. Forgiveness means we give up the right to punish the other person.

9) The greatest threat in any marriage is losing a teachable heart. Proverbs 4;23 Guard your heart, for from it flows the springs of life. Spiritually protect a heart that can become hardened and isn’t teachable. Are you approachable? When’s the last time you asked your spouse to forgive you? When’s the last time you had listened to a child that maybe was hurt by you?

10) Every couple needs a mentor couple who is one lap ahead of them in the season of life.

11) What you remember is just as important as what you forget. Collect spiritual stones as you go on because we suffer from spiritual amnesia. When we forget what God has done, we forget who God is, and we forget to trust Him today.

12) Marriage was designed by God to be missional. A.W. Tozer said, „God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do the things we can only do by ourselves. Life can wear you down, disappointment chips away faith, and as a couple you have to work on this go to the finish line.

13) It’s ok to have one rookie season, but its not ok to repeat it repeatedly. I was an idiot the first 12 months of my marriage, repeatedly ignoring the dignity of the woman that God gave me. Those lessons have to be learned and applied.

14) Never use the ‘d’ word (divorce) in your marriage, instead use the ‘c’ word- commitment, covenant, covenant keeping love that says, I’d marry you all over again. I can still remember an argument that my parents had when I was  years old, when divorce was not in vogue. Your kids are highly sensitized to what your marriage is like  and how you do your arguments and your disagreements. Let them hear of your commitment to one another.

15) Honoring our parents brought life to our marriage. Exodus 20:12 The first commandment with a promise. We are a generation that has bashed and blamed our parents, ignoring this commandment. It is time for us to return back home to our parents with honor.

16) Different isn’t wrong, it’s just different. Your spouses differences are not wrong, just different. We marry one another for this. Your spouses’ differences are new capacities that he has brought to your life to complete you. Your spouse is God’s added dimension to your life.

17)  My marriage and family are redemptive. They have saved me from toxic self absorption. The way to have a Godly marriage is the same path as coming to faith in Christ. It’s surrender, giving up your rights, to Him first and then to your spouse, serving them.

18) Your wife is your #1 disciple. 

19) Go near the orphan. The Father’s heart is with the orphan and when you go near the orphan as a couple, you go near the father’s heart.

20) Make your home a storm shelter. a safe place to go to in a storm. Suffering is in the fine print of the marriage covenant. Matthew 7:24-27 The summary of the sermon on the mount. Jesus compares 2 builders of 2 homes and shelters. We’re going to build our marriages in the middle of storms.

21) Suffering will either drive you apart or it will be used by God to merge you together. 

22) Men and women process suffering very differently. Sorrow shared is grief divided. It is a wise husband who gives his wife space and grace to process loss and suffering as a woman, different from how he processes.

23) Loss is a part of life and it increases as we age. How you and your wife process grief and loss will determine whether you will grow old blessing others, giving life to others or whether you curse them and become a bitter, crotchety old person.

24) Communication is to marriage what blood is to the body. It’s the life giver of a relationship. SImply put- find  a way to get 5,10,15 minutes together to talk every day.

25) Husbands, dads: No shepherd can lead any faster than sheep can follow. You are the guardian of your marriage and families’ direction and vision. C H Spurgeon put it well. He had to be speaking to men who were attempting to shepherd their family. He said, „It was by perseverance the snail reached the ark”. That is the great hope for me as the spiritual leader of my family. Just not quitting, after you fail you get back up.

26)  Maximize your wife’s talents, gifts, experience, and passion, as you would an olympic athlete. Paul talks about it in 1 Corinthians 9. We need to tie that to Ephesians 5, men, which talks about loving our wives like we love our own bodies, so that we are helping our wives get to the finish line, accomplishing everything that God has in mind for her. Do an inventory of her gifts, her talents, her passion, what motivates her, what demotivates her, pray for her and her vision. What are her core competencies? Dream some dreams together.

27) Wives, your respect will fuel your husband and your contempt will empty his tank. Ephesians 5:33 commands wives to respect their husbands. Ladies, keep in mind that 93% of all communication is non verbal. How are you expressing belief in your man, nonverbally?

28) Women spell romance differently than men. Women spell it relationship. Men spell it sex. Here’s the thing: God, in His cosmic genius has brought these 2 people together who spell it differently.

29) Our romance gave us children and our children tried to steal our romance. Your marriage must be built to outlast the kids.

30) Build too many guardrails rather than too few. Men, don’t trust yourselves alone with the opposite sex. I have a friend who won’t get on an elevator alone with a woman. Some may say that’s extreme. Given the fallout today, I’m not sure it’s extreme.

31) Wives generously use your sexual power in your husband’s life. One of the mistakes, I think we make, when we read Proverbs chapters 5-7, which is a father’s advice to his son about the ‘harlot’ is that we think the only person that should use that kind of sexual power over a man is a woman in the streets.

These next 4 represent four key elements that comprise the essence of rearing children:

32) Identity. This has to do with discipling your child to know his or her spiritual destiny.

33) Relationship. Disciple your child to know what real love is, how to love another imperfect person and how to experience love. Matthew 22:34-40

34) Character. It’s discipling your child to be wise and not be a fool, increasingly important, as the days are evil

35) Mission. Disciple your child to be about the Savior’s the mission: the great commission. It is no mistake that the scriptures speak of children as quivers in the hands of a warrior. They are pulled back by an archer, aimed at a target and let go. What are you aiming them towards? What are you challenging them to give their lives to? The kingdom’s work is paramount. We’re gonna need another generation to carry on should Christ tarry. Philippians 2 is a great reminder „As you have obeyed, not only in my presence but much more in my absence. Work out your salvation in fear and trembling”. Be on a mission, be lights in the world. That’s what a family is all about, a generational relay race.

36) Determining your core values as a couple will enable you to sing off the same song sheet as you raise your children.

37) Interview your daughter’s date and train your sons not to be clueless. 

38) Your adult children need you to become smaller, not bigger in their lives.

39) As I get older I want to laugh more with my wife, gripe less and be found guilty of giving her too much love, grace and mercy, rather than too little.

40) The most important thing about you, as an individual and as a couple is what you think about God. Our view of God, and who He is, and the blueprints of His word are going to guide you all of your days, through many valleys and mountaintops. 

Your family is the generational connector between the Gospel and the glory of God for the next generation. Don’t quit.

Panel discussion SBTS – Helpful question & answer session on marriage and ministry

A great session at the end of a one day conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, geared towards pastors and ministry leaders, however every couple (even the one not in active ministry) can learn and apply most of the answers given  in this very candid conversation.

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  1. After Russell’s message this morning, just talking about something as serious as pornography, having a discussion- husband and wife- about that, CJ (Mahaney) had some things to add from his years of shepherding, where something like this has to occur, (what is) the process…?
  2. What if you have a pastor who is leading the church, pronounced leadership, but, he’s not leading in the home? How is the wife to respond. We say ‘love covers a multitude of sins’, it doesn’t cover all sins, here’s a wife who sees inconsistency, she’s hearing him preach, but at home he is not a good leader. What would you recommend?
  3. How do we deal with the inconsistency that we experience? We preach a better message at times. So, we have the standards and we can’t lower the Scriptures to our lifestyle. How do we work through that? That can be a challenge at times. I mean, you’re going to church and a fight breaks out and you’re gonna stand before the people of God… and that’s tough.
  4. Where do we go for help, as pastors in the local church?
  5. What are some of the early warning signs in a Gospel ministry couple of indications where they need to get help? There’s obviously some sins that we handle through grace induced progressive sanctification, others you need to get intensive, you need to nip it in the bud. What are these early warning signs?
  6. How do you work through a dry season? ( a dry, flat [or too busy] time in your marriage)
  7. Sometimes, in your church you come across a couple who says they never fought. What do you think about them?
  8. (Give) some principles, real practical, of how to fight fair. What does a good fight look like in your home?

Panel Discussion from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.


Al Mohler on Marriage and Ministry Crisis

Al Mohler – President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: When you think of all the things that might demand our attention, it’s hard to come up with anything that is more important than this: Marriage and Ministry.

Jesus Stills the Sea

Luke 8: 22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them,“Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they beganto be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

In the introduction (first 1/2 hour) Al Mohler talks about assuming the role of President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the spring of 1993.
  • Everybody reacts differently in a crisis, some people just disappear. You’re gonna discover who your friends are during a crisis because they’re the ones standing with you.

Normative picture of a minister in the New Testament: One who is married to one wife; representing the covenantal commitment and the integrity and fidelity of that love.

Ten principles for marriage during ministry crisis

  1. Your marriage and your ministry are inseparable. That’s not an uncontroversial statement. Your marriage is who you are and that commitment you’ve made and covenant fidelity n marriage and that commitment you’re going to make is a commitment prior to your calling to any specific place in ministry. You are not going to ever be able successfully to separate your ministry or your marriage because if you think you’re doing that, you’re lying to yourself and you’re setting yourself up for a horrible disaster. I’ve known pastors who had tragic marriages and were great exopsitors, but that was a clear limp, at least. And I have seen several of them come to the end of their ministry and you realize there is something horrifyingly missing even now. We can’t just act that our marriage and our ministry are inseparable, they’re not because we’re not individually separable from our call and we’re not individually separable from our covenantal commitments. We are all we are all the time. If we suffer under the illusion that we can somehow set our marriage on the side and our ministry on the other side, that we can set them apart as 2 distinct dimensions of who we are, we fool ourselves.(47 min)
  2. Your marriage will anchor your ministry, not the other way around. Never for a minute think that the ministry’s gonna save your marriage. It won’t. Now, your marriage can save your ministry. If you think you can find better fulfillment that will compensate for what you don’t have in your marriage, you’re doomed.
  3. Your marriage will determine your state of your heart, not your ministry. The state of our heart is a very urgently important thing because we’re never higher than our heart.
  4. Your home is to be your haven in a heartless world. In other words, when you go out in the world expect to be hurt, ministry is a risk, you are exposing yourself to criticism and injury. You can be hurt at home… but you better not be hurt n the same way and it has to be the haven from those hurts.
  5. Your wife must be a partner in ministry, not a mere observer. If she is you’re living in a bifurcated world and setting yourself up for disaster.
  6. When crisis come, lean on each other, drawing strength from each other. It’s just common sense, that is what marriage is all about. You lean on Christ and you lean on each other and you’ve got to be careful about leaning on e=anyone else.
  7. Protect her heart and trust in God. If you think that what you are going to do is protect your wife from reality, that’s not going to work. That’s making her into an observer, sometimes even a distant observer, not a participant. But, if you take everything home to her, in terms of your hurts, you need to be careful when you have a moment of anger, or you’ve been let down, that you don’t poison her view of someone, horrifyingly.
  8. Protect your children and interpret events for them and live confidently. Children don’t need to have all the data… they just need to know you’re happy with mom, and you’re secure in your calling and that you’re confident in Jesus.
  9. If you have to choose, lose the ministry, not the marriage. And, the second thing you would have to say after that is, „If you lose the marriage, you’d better lose the ministry anyway”. If you get to that point… and I don’t mean just because your wife doesn’t want to live in this state, or you got hurt feelings and you wanna go home. I mean, if you realize, „I can’t do this, I can’t stay here and stay married”… Then Stay married! God’s sovereign. If He’s called you, you’ll get to a place where you can stay both faithful in ministry and faithful in marriage.
  10. Aim to grow old and happy together. The biblical picture here is really rich. Plan a life from beginning to end together.

Leading Your Family Through Ministry Crisis from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

–>The Cost of Following Jesus by David Platt, author of ‘Radical’

David Platt is Pastor of Brook Hills Church of Birmingham, Alabama.              Dr. David Platt, 32, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is disciple-making—the simple biblical model of teaching God’s Word, mentoring others and sharing faith. He has traveled extensively to teach the Bible and church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. Atlanta natives, he and his wife, Heather, made their home in New Orleans until they were displaced by flooding following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

David holds a deep and abiding passion for global disciple-making. „I believe that God has uniquely created every one of His people to impact the world. Some may count it as idealistic, but I believe it is thoroughly biblical, rooted in Psalm 67:1-2, yet covering Scripture from beginning to end. God is in the business of blessing His people so that His ways and His salvation might be made known among all people.”

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Family Series – Husbands love your wife more than…

Instead of seminary, you can insert any number of other words such as career,car,money,friends etc. Very convicting to both husbands and wives because we can all be guilty of loving other things more than our spouses at times. Here is some very useful marriage commentary (not just for seminarians and their wives) from The Aquila Report :

Nothing will throw off your graduation date from Seminary like a divorce.

Does a husband’s subjective call to ministry relativize his objective, biblical command to love his wife?  Regardless of how I might have answered this question in a theological paper, the true  answer of my heart was exposed by my actions. Some said my marriage issues were normal for a seminarian, even appropriate for my “season of life.”

My sinful heart exploited this poor counsel to justify my negligence as a husband.  If you’re better at spotting immature husbands than I am, then you would quickly see that though I would have argued that no  ministry opportunity — including the opportunity to attend seminary — undermines Ephesians 5:25, my true answer could be seen in how I talked to my wife.

You could see it in how I touched her,  when I did. If you were to come to my home, you might have sensed that my study, neatly adorned with shelves of books, was my pride and joy. But I happily left the upkeep of the rest of the house to my wife.

You may have noticed my drive to write creative sermons and talk theology with classmates, but a deflated effort creatively to engage my wife in conversation. My eyes lit up over my syllabi, but I had little response over my wife’s new haircut or her plans for the day or a new recipe she was eager to try.

To my shame, I could spot the subtle ways heretical worldviews creep into the church, but I paid little attention to the subtle ways resentment crept into my wife’s heart. I jumped to unpack the mysteries behind Christ’s tears as He hung alone on the cross, but I left alone the mystery of my wife’s tears as she, once again, went to bed alone because her husband “needed” to study. After all, I was in seminary, and shouldn’t she support God’s calling on my life? She should be stronger, trust God’s plan more, and be more understanding of the demands of my calling, right?


At the end of the day, I gave heart service to my time at seminary, but only lip service to Ephesians 5, and it cost me my marriage.

Studious or self-deceived
Husbands, I have found that discerning whether or not we adequately love our wives is rarely something we can do on our own. If I were to ask you, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you think your wife feels loved by you?” many of us would likely rate ourselves higher than our wives would. Sure, no Christian man would have the audacity to rate himself a 10. We all know we are sinners. But, our hearts are incredibly self-biased, and finding where we truly land on the scale almost always requires a second set of eyes.

Somewhere along the way, we seminary students become really awesome at calling out sin apart from true heart change. After all of our trivial confessions, we may remain oblivious to how we are deeply wounding our wives because we end up loving her on our own terms. We can even wind up blaming her for a difficult marriage when the difficulty is really because we husbands don’t know how to dig deep enough to see our sin.

Gospel-focused affection
I humbly want to serve as that second set of eyes. As I think about my own marriage breakdown, I want to offer a few things I wish I would have more seriously considered during my time as a seminarian:

  • 1.  Tell your wife you love her regularly.
  • 2.  Deeply dwell on the Gospel. Your affection for your wife can only go as deep as your affection for the person and work of Christ. Because marriage is a picture of how Christ has loved His church, if your heart has grown cold toward the cross, you can be sure it has grown cold toward your marriage. Thus, do everything possible to keep your heart soft toward Jesus.
  • 3.  Read books about the cross. Listen to music about the cross. Try to constantly maintain a posture of wonder about being reconciled to God through Christ; this is the foundation for true love for any marriage. Remember that marriage is Gospel ministry. If you do not hold your marriage in high esteem (Heb 13:4), you do not truly hold Gospel ministry in high esteem. The size of your library is a poor indicator of how seriously you take the Gospel.

4.  Your marriage is where the audit needs to happen. I think this is what Paul is getting at when he asks, “For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church” (1 Tim 3:5)?

5.  Tell your wife you love her regularly.

I have also found that your class notes may not be the best devotional material for your wife. Fight to ensure that you and your wife’s affections for Christ flow from sources other than seminary. Never sacrifice intimacy for study. For some couples this means going to sleep at the same time, for others it means eating breakfast together every morning. Either way, budget time for intimacy. Manage your time better throughout the day, or take a lighter load of classes. Furthermore, show interest in her schedule.

Tell her you love her regularly. Fight peripheral laziness. One thing that will surely make it an uphill battle for your wife to respect you is if she sees you work hard at seminary but act like a slob everywhere else. Be tender during theological discussion with your wife. If she’s not as robust a student as you, she’ll likely not find the same things interesting.  In conversation, she’ll likely not go as deep as you, and she may even contradict what you have just learned in class. Yet, gently affirm her knowledge of Christ. You are the pastor of your home; shepherd your wife, making the most of your theological education. Do everything you can to ensure that she feels safe expressing her heart regarding your study habits, ministry or projected graduation date.

Always be grateful for a wife who knows Christ. Fervently pray for her heart, even when times are good. Pray that God would keep Satan from using your sins as a seminarian to turn her away from Christ and His church.

Tell her you love her regularly.

Always remember that God doesn’t need you, your gifts or your ministry. If He did, why did He create you so late in history? Cultivate your marriage behind closed doors because “your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:4).

Oh, and tell her you love her regularly.

God, wife, seminary
It is ironic that I have seen seminary be the place where many have been disqualified from ministry. It is clear in Scripture that the Holy Spirit specifically appoints certain men as leaders by gifting them and putting it in their hearts to serve joyfully in the context of a local church (Acts 20:28; cf. 1 Tim 3:1ff ). It’s a noble desire. It can be an all-consuming desire. But, with this desire comes the responsibility  to humbly prioritize one’s life in such a way that prevents a subtle disregard for God’s written word. God has not commanded husbands to love seminary. He has commanded that we love our wives and strive to protect our marriages, even from something as noble as our ministry call.

Take it from me. My projected graduation date was December 2010. I was one semester away from earning my MDiv. when I decided I needed to take my marriage seriously. It was too late at that point.

Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church.

Love your wives more!!

This article is from the February 2011 issue of Towers: The Magazine of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Deflating the Puffed Up Church-C.J.Mahaney at SBTS

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Preaching the Gospel from Ecclesiastes- Alistair Begg at SBTS

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Matt Chandler – Hebrews Chapter 11- addressing graduating class of SBTS

(Legatura (link-ul) la sfirsitul articolului va duce la predica considerata printre cele mai bune din anul 2009)

Chandler grew up a military kid, moving around the country until landing in Galveston, Texas. He was taught that Christianity meant not listening to secular music or seeing R-rated movies. His views began to change when a high school football teammate started talking about the Gospel.

After college Chandler became a fiery evangelist who led a college Bible study and traveled the Christian speaking circuit. He was hired from another church in 2002 at age 28 to lead what is now The Village Church, a Southern Baptist congregation that claimed 160 members at the time.

The church now meets in a renovated former grocery store with a 1,430-seat auditorium; two satellite campuses are flourishing in Denton and Dallas, and Chandler speaks to large conferences.

Chandler’s long, meaty messages untangle large chunks of Scripture. His challenging approach appeals, he believes, to a generation looking for transcendence and power.

Suffering well: Pastor’s faith tested by cancer                  Matt   Chandler featured on TV & in   USAToday  Feb. 2010

Thanksgiving morning. Chandler pours himself a cup of coffee, feeds 6-month-old Norah a bottle and — as he is about to sit down — collapses in front of the fireplace.

Chandler has no recollection of the seizure. He bit through his tongue and punched a medic in the face.

At a hospital, Chandler gets a CT scan, followed by an MRI.

Not long afterward, the ER doctor delivers the news: „You have a small mass on your frontal lobe. You need to see a specialist.”

It was Thanksgiving. Chandler had not seen his kids — Audrey, 7, Reid, 4, and the baby — for hours.

He had collapsed in front of them. For whatever reason, those grim words from a doctor he’d never met did not cause his heart to drop. What Chandler thought was, „OK, we’ll deal with that.” Getting the news meant he could go home.

Chandler is trying to suffer well. He would never ask for such a trial, but in some ways he welcomes this cancer. He says he feels grateful that God has counted him worthy to endure it. He has always preached that God will bring both joy and suffering but is only recently learning to experience the latter.

Since all this began on Thanksgiving morning, Chandler says he has asked „why me?” just once, in a moment of weakness.

He is praying that God will heal him. He wants to grow old, to walk his two daughters down the aisle and see his son become a better athlete than he ever was.

Whatever happens, he says, is God’s will, and God has his reasons. For Chandler, that does not mean waiting for his fate. It means fighting for his life.

Click here to read the entire  USA Today article.

Here is a video Matt shot before his surgery, recounting how he counts it worthy that God would allow him this trial:

Here is the Hebrews 11 message he challenged  the  Southern  Baptist  Graduating Class on November of 2009. It was considered one of the best messages of that year:


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