Wedding Vows: My Personal Take on the Traditional Version

Wedding Vows: My Personal Take on the Traditional Version

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The Traditional Wedding Vows In case you didn't know, the "traditional" wedding vows - in English, at least - are found in the Book of Common Prayer. In the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the marriage vows read as follows: I M. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worſe, for richer for poorer, in ſickneſs and in health, to love and to cheriſh, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth. I N. take thee M. to my wedded huſband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worſe, for richer for poorer, in ſickneſs and in health, to love, cheriſh, and to obey, till…
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Unity?

Church and Theology, Personal, The Christian Life
The more I study the New Testament, I become more convinced that the unity of the Church is of utmost importance to God. What bothers me is that this has never been taught to me before. All of the things I've learned (specifically in my studies on Philippians, Galatians, and now Romans) about the importance of unity for the sake of the Gospel mission and the Kingdom of God have come as somewhat of a shock. It's not that I've never heard about the importance of unity before. But when the topic has been addressed in the past, it's amounted to little more than being nice to my friends...people who are already likely to be remarkably similar to me, people already within  the little camp of Christianity in which I…
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My High School Graduation Valedictorian Speech was a Poem

My High School Graduation Valedictorian Speech was a Poem

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My Valedictorian Address, a Poem The following is my valedictorian speech, delivered at my high school graduation in 2009. As you'll see below, the majority of the speech was an original poem. Sure, I'm tempted to be a bit embarrassed by the poem today, but I'm also proud that I went for it. Let me know what you think! GRADUATION! Such a mix of emotions comes with this simple word… Students are exhilarated to finally be done with yet another chapter of their lives. Parents are also excited, yet saddened perhaps by the fact that their little babies are now about to embark into the real world. Faculty are relieved to get such a motley group of troublemakers out of their school!Guests are happy to watch it all come together…
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From a Grateful Son: A Mother’s Day Poem

From a Grateful Son: A Mother’s Day Poem

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The following is an original Mother's Day poem of mine, that I wrote for my mom (the best mom ever, of course) back in 2009. It's called "From a Grateful Son," and I hope that you enjoy it. From a Grateful Son - A Poem for My Mother Thank you, Mom, for having me that day so long ago. Thank you, then, for holding me and now for letting go. Thank you, Mom, for giving me your patience, time, and care. And thank you, Mom, for loving me for always being there – Thanks so much for teaching me both how to read and write. For every single grueling day and every sleepless night. Thank you, Mom, for aiming high, for helping me succeed. For never letting me forget that…
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