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Summary: In Genesis chapter 2, God gives us the formula for a happy and lasting marriage.

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Marriage, By the Book

Genesis 2:18-24

Intro: Children were asked some questions about marriage and dating and such. Here are some of their answers.

.HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?

. Alan age 10 says this: You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

. Kristen age 10 says this: No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

. Camille age 10 said this: Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

. Derrick age 8 said this: You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

. Lori age 8 said this: Both don’t want any more kids.

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

. Lynette age 8 said this: Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.

. Martin age 10 said this: On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

. Craig age 9 said this: I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

. Pam age 7 says: When they’re rich.

. Curt age 7 says: The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.

. Howard age 8 says: The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

. Anita age 9 says: It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?

. Kelvin age 8 says: There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?

And the #1 Favorite is........

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

. Ricky age 10 gives us this advice: Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.

.Soon after our last child left home for college, my wife was resting next to me on the couch with her head in my lap. I carefully removed her glasses. "You know, honey," I said sweetly, "without your glasses you look like the same beautiful young woman I married."

"Honey," she replied with a grin, "without my glasses, you still look pretty good too!"

This morning we are back in Genesis.

. We have looked at creation and the word of God in Chapter 1

. Chapter two gives us a synopsis of the creation again and then the narrative gets into some specifics.

. Lets read our scripture. Genesis 2: 18-24

. 18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”


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