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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that the person you marry has the power to influence your life NEGATIVELY or POSITIVELY.

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“INFLUCENCE: With Her, He Ate”

Genesis 3:1-7(KJV)

11 February 2007

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Presidio of Monterey (ORD Military Community Chapel)

Monterey California, 93940

BIG IDEA: The person you marry has the power to influence your life NEGATIVELY or POSITIVELY.

References: 1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners; Genesis 3:6 (KJV) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.; Proverb 20:1 (GW) Wine (makes people) mock, liquor (makes them) noisy, and everyone under their influence is unwise; Romans 6:2 (GW) That’s unthinkably as far as sin is concerned, we have died. So how can we still live under sin’s influence;

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Genesis 3:1-7 (KJV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: Genesis 3:1-7 (KJV)

III. READ THE TEXT: Genesis 3:6 (KJV) And when the woman saw the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat;

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that the person you marry has the power to influence your life NEGATIVELY or POSITIVELY.

V. INTRODUCTION:

This Wednesday, 14 February 2007, all across America … Americans will celebrate a day of love; a day in which many of us call “Valentines Day”.

As you can attest to, Valentines Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many florists.

Yet, for some florist this coming Wednesday will inevitably either confirm or invalidate their business. Doors will either be open for the remaining of the year or close.

Valentines Day is an important for many.

Husbands and wives; boyfriends and girlfriends will send flowers, cards, chocolate, and teddy bears to deserving love ones;

My brothers and sisters … I can tell you now that this Wednesday, many young ladies will receive proposals and engagement rings. So ladies get ready …!

Phones will be ringing both near and afar – daughters telling daddy’s of their engagements; while sons will be calling their mothers and fathers to share their good news as well.

Happy “EARLY VALENTINES DAY” to all.

**********************TAKE 5 BEATS*****************

MOVE 1: Now, in our scriptures today, in sort of a VALENTINES DAY atmosphere, the first couple that God created … TEACH US through their mistakes and wrong choices … the importance of WISE COMMUNICATION.

a. As a result … we learn (from this passage) that we can’t talk about GOD’S BUSINESS to everybody.

b. Everyone that sounds like they are concerned about our educational and spiritual progression … ISN’T.

c. Some folk are trying to use us, FOLK IN THE CHURCH, to promote their OWN AGENDA.

d. So, Christian Couples must become WISER. WE must GUARD OUR CONVERSATIONS.

e. And learn WHAT NOT to listen to. We must learn AS COUPLES that we don’t have to HAVE AN ANSWER TO EVERYBODY.


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