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Getting Married

H.M.S. Richards Sr.
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“Lift up the trumpet and loud let it ring:

 Jesus is coming again!

Cheer up, ye pilgrims, be joyful and sing:

Jesus is coming again!

 

This is the Voice of Prophecy – a voice crying in the wilderness of these modern days. Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

 

“Coming again, coming again,

Jesus is coming again!”

 

From our Voice of Prophecy Studios in Los Angeles, California, we welcome you to this half hour of inspiration and music, transcribed with the Kings Herald’s, Del Delker, Brad Braley, and H.M.S. Richards – The Voice of Prophecy speaker.

 

Let’s begin the program today by joining the quartet as we place our trust and confidence in God – Leaning in Everlasting Arms.

 

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

Refrain:           Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

Refrain:           Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

Here now is Miss Del Delker with a song that is a description and music of a beautiful land on high.  

 

There’s a beautiful land on high, To its glories I fain would fly;

When by sorrow pressed down, I long for a crown, In that beautiful land on high.

When by sorrow pressed down, I long for a crown, In that beautiful land on high.

 

There’s a beautiful land on high, And though here we oft weep and sigh

My Jesus hath that no tears shall be shed, In that beautiful land on high.

My Jesus hath that no tears shall be shed, In that beautiful land on high.

 

            In that beautiful land, I’ll be… From earth and its cares set free;

            My Jesus is there, He’s gone to prepare A place in that land for me.

 

Our Father in heaven, we thank Thee for another day of life. We thank Thee for Jesus Christ our Lord and His salvation. We thank Thee for redemption in Him. Bless this broadcast to help people everywhere for we ask it, in Jesus name

 

There is a place of quiet rest,

Near to the heart of God:

A place where sin cannot molest,

Near to the heart of God.

 

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,

Sent from the heart of God

Hold us who bow before Thee

Near to the heart of God.

 

Amen.

 

I have a song that Jesus game me,

It was sent from heav’n above

There never was a sweeter melody,

‘Tis a melody of love.

 

Refrain:           In my heart there rings a melody,

                                    There rings a melody with heaven’s harmony;

In my heart there rings a melody,

There rings a melody of love.

 

 ‘Twill be my endless theme in glory,

With the angels I will sing;

‘Twill be a song with glorious harmony,

When the courts of heaven ring.

 

            Refrain:           In my heart there rings a melody,

                                                There rings a melody with heaven’s harmony;

In my heart there rings a melody,

There rings a melody of love.

 

 

And now here is H.M.S. Richards, the Voice of Prophecy speaker whose subject today is Getting Married.

 

In her book, The Real Home, Vesta Farnsworth tells the story of Archbishop Ryan who went to a mining district one day to administer confirmation to a class about one of the Catholic Church. During a service, a nervous little girl was asked what matrimony was. “Oow,” she said, “it's a state of terrible torment which those who enter are to undergo for a time in order to fit them for a better world.” “No, no,” interrupted the assistant, “you're thinking of a definition of purgatory.” “Let her alone,” said the old archbishop. What do you and I know about it? Maybe she's right.

 

Whether married life becomes a blessing or a torment depends upon the persons who enter that sacred union. Many seem to think that marriage is a state of bliss whether they try to make it that or not. They painted imaginary picture of married life, lovely as a summer day but they soon awake to the realities of their dream and sad indeed is their experience if they are not prepared for storms and tempests. After the honeymoon has passed, the trying hour comes if any deception has been practiced. Now, the persons really become acquainted and the business of adaptation faces them. They must learn how to live happily and peaceably and successfully together. This is certainly a great attainment for two imperfect human beings. We know that two different musical instruments are not easily kept in tune. What then can be expected of two human harps each with a thousand strings needing constant adjustment and tuning to keep them in harmony. The husband must do his part; the wife hers.

 

One young wife said confidingly to her mother, “You know, mom, a woman has to be very generous when she's married. She has to care ever so much more about someone else than about herself or her work in the world or even about how much your husband cares for her. She must like helping out better than being helped out or she can't be happy. What a test that is to caring for someone else more than we care for ourselves or our work or even about what the other party cares for us.

 

Helen Hunt Jackson expressed it this way:

            O love is weak

            Which counts the answers and the gains,

            Weighs all the losses and the pains,

            And eagerly each fond word drains

            A joy to seek.

 

            When Love is strong,

            It never tarries to take heed,

            Or know if its return exceed

            Its gifts; in sweet haste no greed,

            No strife belong

 

            It hardly asks

If it be loved at all; to take

So barren seems, when it can make

Such bliss, for the belovèd sake,

Of bitter tasks.

 

            So much we miss

            If love is weak, so much we gain

If love is strong, God thinks no pain

Too sharp or lasting to ordain

 To teach us this.

 

This is one of the important ingredients of happiness and married or single life. If the husband obeys the scriptural command, “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it” – Ephesians 5:25. He will be all that a wife can desire. And if the wife will fill in the same Apostles’ picture, she that is married careth how she may please her husband. She will be going a long way toward a happy and successful marriage. God did not create mankind to live in loneliness and solitude. In the very beginning, Adam had been brought forth and placed over the works of God's hands. The creator said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18. He needed to help meet or a proper or a standing opposite or equal to him. So Eve was created.

One of America's best known and successful ministers, Clarence Edward McCartney, suggests the following five don'ts to young men contemplating marriage. Since people usually can remember a negative more easily than a positive, the admonition to the young man is: Don't marry a woman who does not pray. Don't marry a bad-tempered or jealous woman. Don't marry a woman who loves public places of pleasure and entertainment more than her home. Don't marry a woman who drinks. Don't marry a woman who cannot cook or learn to cook. To the young woman, McCartney says: Don't marry an unbeliever. Don't marry a man of bad habits. Don't marry a coffin man, a man who hides away in a room by himself and no one else with him. Don't marry a peacock man, a conceited man. Don't marry a man of low moral standards.

 

The marriage of Mark Twain with Olivia Langdon illustrates how unbelief in a husband may affect a believing wife in marriage. She was a simple devout Christian. During the first married days, had grace at meals, read a chapter from the Bible every day, but this was soon abandoned. Later on, the young wife confided to her sister that she had given up some of her religious convictions. Her husband's philosophy and views depressed her and finally shook her faith in the providence of God. At last, the day of terrible bereavement came and she was facing the dark valley. Then the great writer said to his suffering wife, “Livy, if it comforts you to lean on the Christian faith, do it.” But she answered, “I can't you, Youth.” It was always her name for husband. “I haven't any.” A thought that he had destroyed his wife's faith even though to him it was an illusion was a terrible trial to Mark Twain in his later days.

 

Why Christian friend not take the advice of the Apostle and marry only in the Lord -     1st Corinthians 7:39. Christians should marry Christians. Marriage is an important business. It's for life. The Good Book says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” - reading Proverbs 4:23. That's why it's so important to be careful in getting married.

 

For Jesus said as we read in the 19th chapter of Matthew, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

 

Young people, oh the greatest love, care and responsibility for their parents and should do everything possible to see that they have proper care and loving assistance. But it is very important that every young couple have their own home, if at all possible at least for the first years of married life until they become accustomed to each other. No young husband or young wife should have the added difficulty in the first years of marriage; of trying to learn to get along with a whole household of in-laws as well as with a new partner in the life fellowship. Thousands of otherwise happy marriages have been broken up and destroyed by in-law influence. And in most cases, there was no such intention at the beginning. So let me say again, it is of paramount importance to have your own home especially in the early years of marriage. Later on, when parents are old or ill, they may be a benediction and blessing to the home.

 

Another thing, no man should get the idea that his wife is a personal possession. She's not his property; she's his partner. And husband, you hold your wife's love by the same means that you won it. Before you were married, you took care of yourself. You shaved. You had a hair cut when needed. You kept your clothes pressed. You brought her little gifts. You spoke kindly to her. You expressed your love. If you wish to keep her love, continue to do the first works. Be her sweetheart and lover all through life and she will be increasingly yours as long as life shall last.

 

The building of a home, not merely a house, is your first business. And you are to cooperate with your wife by establishing family discipline. Don't nag your wife about dieting. It will certainly bring discord into the household harmony and will do no good. Enter the house with cheerfulness. Always remember that the wife assume she has married a man and not a bear. Never allow anyone to criticize your wife in your presence and get away with it. Not even your mother or father, brothers or sisters or any relative. Don't take your wife for granted. Don't let little misunderstandings grow into big ones. Make the first move toward a reconciliation. Talk together; play together. Pray together; live together. And as the Scripture says, let the husband cheer up his wife.

 

And now wives, just a word to you. Be sure to honor your womanhood that your days may be long in the house which you call home. Don't expect your husband to give you all the lectures that your father was able to give you after many years of hard labor in economy. Don't be extravagant with money for the wrong use of money has broken up more than one home. Don't forget good humor. Smile a lot. Man will give a lot for a woman smile. Don't nag; but coddle your husband for every man likes to be fussed over. And remember this: frank words of approval of your husband are worth more than all the side glances of strangers. Don't forget to be clean and neat in your dress, about the house. Learn to cook the things he likes and cook them. Don't let anyone run your husband down in your presence, not even your mother or sister, aunt or any of your kin folk.

 

 And here's a commandment that should never be forgotten, that we shall keep the home with all diligence for out of it come the joys of old age. Commit your ways to the Lord, pray for guidance and someday your children will rise up and call you blessed. Your husband also and he will praise you. This is a big and important subject to every one of us. We could not exhausted in many hours but time is short and life is fleeting. So we should just say this: love must be expressed in the home. Marriage must be a constant lifelong expression of love. Let every man love his wife even as himself. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself declares the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:28. And in verse 25, He says, Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it. And this love must be mutually expressed.

 

“Grandma, what makes your silver sugar bowl so black?,” ask the little girl. “Why it's been standing in the cupboard for ten years, I haven't thought it worth while to bring it out for family use. And there hasn't been a great occasion in the family for years.” So in some homes. The golden love and the silver affection are hidden away for rare occasions. The funeral of a loved one who still heart has been yearning for words of appreciation and love and the knowledge that someone cared. If you do care, show it say it.

 

Yes, friends, if we love each other, we should manifest it. We should put it into words and actions that will make the marriage happier and safer and better.

Only once we make this mortal journey daybreak on to sunset glow

by your side a comrade travels; if you love her, tell her so.

When the road is bright and cherry, health and fortune, you may know.  

No one like a wife to share it; if your love her, tell her so.

Though the way be dark, stormy and the tears of heartbreak flow

She has shared your loss and sorrow; if you love her, tell her so.

Say the words, she waits to hear them as you said them long ago.

Faithful then and on for ever; if you love her, tell her so.

 

O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne,
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
Whom Thou forevermore dost join in one.

 

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife;
And to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life.

 

We do appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray for the Voice of Prophecy broadcast as it reaches out to all parts of the earth. Until next week, this is Orville Iverson, associate minister of the Voice of Prophecy, urging that you keep looking up as you go forward in faith.

 

Before leaving the air, the King's Herald return with a song that they want you to sing in your heart throughout this next week - Anywhere with Jesus, I can safely go.

 

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go,
Anywhere He leads me in this world below;
Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade;
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid.

Refrain:           Anywhere, anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

 

Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone;
Other friends may fail me, He is still my own;
Though His hand may lead me over drearest ways,
Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise.

Refrain:           Anywhere, anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

 

Have faith in God to bind your hearts together.

Have faith in God through every kind of weather

Have faith in God today and on forever

Have faith, dear friend, in God.

 

We hope you've enjoyed our transcribed program today. And so we say:

The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make His face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.

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