Sermons

Home > Sermons

For Better, but Worse

When it looks like you've married badly

Introduction

When the great Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer, he began a speech as smooth and fluid as one of his signature homeruns. There came a memorable moment, however, when Sandberg lost his usual poise. Eyes welling and lip trembling, Sandberg called his Hall of Fame induction the "second-best" thing that had ever happened to him. "My wife, Margaret, is the best thing that has ever happened to me," he said. "[Margaret] is my best friend. She is the love of my life. She is my salvation. She is my past, my present, my future. She is my sun, my moon, my stars. She is everything that's good about life, and I thank her for entering my life at a time when I needed her most." Wow.

Over the course of 20 years of pastoral ministry, I have had the opportunity to perform the weddings of more than 100 couples. I can't think of a single one of them who, when I first encountered them sitting upon the pre-marital couch, did not have in their eyes the dream of building a marriage something like Ryne Sandberg described. All of them began with a vision of having not just a surviving marriage, but a Hall of Fame marriage—one of the great marriages, the kind of friendship that brings out the best in each other, that helps each other rise above adversity. The kind of union that produces something even larger than the sum of its parts. The kind of bond that the grandchildren and neighbors and friends will look at and say, "Oh, God, give me a relationship like that!"

Maybe you're blessed with a union like this. Perhaps you find yourself longing at times for that quality of connection. Maybe you haven't given much thought to how your relationship is trending, or maybe ...

sermon Preview

This sermon is available to purchase a la carte or
for PreachingToday.com subscribers at no additional cost.

To continue reading:

Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating:

No comments

Please to rate and review this sermon. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related sermons

The Lasting Marriage

In marriage, the ideal is lifelong commitment.

Divorce and the Seeds of Resurrection

Even in the midst of a heartrending divorce, we can find the hope and power of Christ's resurrection.

More sermons

Related videos

Christmas Village Still 2 | Playback Media | Preaching Today Media

Christmas Village Still 2 | Playback Media

This festive still features a beautiful village background with tiny falling snowflakes. Two bright light poles stand on either side of the fallen snow. The bright lights and colorful night setting help to bring a cheerful spirit to your Christmas service. . This fun background is a great canvas for lyrics, scripture, sermon notes or other text! The Christmas Village Still 2 Background is part of the Christmas Village Collection. [ Read More ]
Christmas Village Christmas Motion - Spanish | Playback Media | Preaching Today Media

Christmas Village Christmas Motion - Spanish | Playback Media

This festive motion features a beautiful village background with tiny falling snowflakes. Two bright light poles stand on either side of the fallen snow. The bright colors help to bring a cheerful spirit to your Christmas service. At the top of this background, “Feliz Navidad” is displayed in red and green on top of a snow covered banner. Mateo 2:10 “Al ver estrella se llenaron de alegria” adds a meaningful Biblical element to this beautiful seasonal background. [ Read More ]

More videos

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account
  • Type:
  • sermon
  • Format:
  • PDF
  • Price:
  • $4.99

Average Rating:  [see ratings/reviews]

Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Admit when it looks bad

II. Consider the common options

III. Respond to God's dream with faith and obedience

Conclusion