(December 20, 2022) Dr Robert McQuillan encourages a troubled pastoral couple …
Dear Dr Robert
I apologise that this is going to be a long letter.
My wife and I are ministers, like you and Maureen. We’ve always enjoyed this calling, despite challenges that are involved – many of which we can’t or won’t share with our church. I’m sure you too have found that some church members can be very unkind and unthoughtful when they learn their ministers have needs. I don’t mean financial ones, although to be honest sometimes we can be disappointed when we hear some members don’t contribute to our church, but donate heavily to ‘prosperity doctrine’ preachers.
No, I’m particularly thinking of other concerns – we’re not as young as we used to be and both seem to get attacked by sicknesses we never thought about before. In fact we used to pray for people going through similar sicknesses and God would gloriously answer our prayers. Now we find ourselves not wanting to mention our needs in case we’re accused of losing our faith!
(March 12, 2021)Erica Grace, ex-missionary to South America, challenges Christians to value God’s word!
First the bad news… a youthful pastor announced a coming marriage seminar to his congregation. Sounds good – with so many troubled marriages such seminars are really needed!
But… to encourage people, both church and non-church, to come along, he also announced: ‘Don’t worry! This seminar won’t have anything to do with the Bible so it’s safe to bring your friends along. there will be no Bible bashing!’ Was he misguided!
The Bible is good news and here are eight important reasons that tell why…
The Bible is… 1. The ultimate marriage manual… That pastor erred in thinking that humanistic teaching could help anyone in the matter of marriage and family relationships. It’s like the blind leading the blind! The Bible tells us that God is the creator of man and woman and marriage and family, not man.
(July 7, 2018) Robert and Maureen McQuillan share some personal matters…
Noticed that our granddaughter, Bonnie-Jane Phillips, whom we married to Matthew Hoseini, a great young man three weeks ago, had happily Facebooked the following: ‘21 days ago I married my best friend! Cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by already.’
We’d Facebooked back: ‘Cute, cute. Only 21 days? Just wait until it’s 20805 days plus a few extra leap years’ days – that’s about 21000 days – as it’ll be for us come July 7! Then you can really rave!’
Blissfulness: A happy Matthew and Bonnie-Jane, only 21 days married
That, and some other happenings, led to sharing the following…
Asked last Monday what we were doing this weekend, we quietly said that on Saturday (today) we’d be happily celebrating our57th wedding anniversary, some 21000 days if we count from the moment we first met(engaged within two weeks of blissfully falling in love!) but couldn’t get married being underage and unable to immediately win parental permission. Our friend’s eyes popped open wide and she remarked she couldn’t believe it! (more…)
(January 26, 2017) Robert and Maureen McQuillan share a timely reminder…
Several years before the Afghan conflict, 20/20’s Barbara Walters did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. On a later revisit she observed that women still walked behind their husbands.
Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, Afghani women still maintained the old custom. Approaching one she asked, ‘Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’
The woman looked her straight in the eye, and without hesitation said, ‘Land mines.’
Moral (no matter what language you speak or where you go): Behind every man, there’s a smart woman!
A great wife is still a man’s greatest asset!
Every guy should know this and fully appreciate his wife, give God thanks for her and pray for her regularly. Proverbs 31:10-31 Mge is still a great read! (more…)
Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, shares concernedly on ‘real love’…
‘These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love’ (1 Corinthians 13:13).
In the first eight verses of 1 Corinthians 13 Paul wrote what has been described as the most beautiful poem on love ever written. It is certainly the best known and is often used in wedding services, wall art and greeting cards. (more…)
Andrew Corbett shares important unknown facts about marriage and love:
As connubial means ‘of or relating to the married state’ and discombobulation ‘a fun, fancy word for confuse’ this is a good title for this article!
Personally I never thought that I would ever marry. But to my pleasant surprise, I did. And in what would otherwise have been quite an unremarkable life, I have since married dozens of women! But not just women – I have also married dozens of men. (more…)