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  • There was a time when most little girls dreamed about one day becoming a bride. My sister never lost sight of that dream.\nCan still remember, even as a toddler, how my big sister Melinda would make-believe that she was some lucky guy’s bride.\nUsed to put a baby blanket over her head and eyes, pretending it was her veil. Then she would stutter-step down our long, dark hallway as if she were going to meet her groom.\nShe must have been no more than 4 one night when Dad called her to take a bath. With the baby blanket still over her head and eyes, Melinda stutter-stepped her way towards the bathroom where Dad was waiting.\nShe grabbed what she thought was the knob to the bathroom door, but it was the wrong door. Blinded by the blanket, she’d opened the door to the basement-chasm, 15 feet below her little feet.\nSince my father hadn’t yet installed the stairs, that door was supposed to be nailed shut. But that fateful night, all it took was a little girl’s hand to turn the knob and the forbidden door swung silently open.\nMy sister hit head first on the unfinished concrete floor below before she screamed. Her fractured skull was bleeding profusely as both my parents rushed outside to get downstairs to their little girl. Ambulance took my big sister away and she didn’t come home for weeks. Her skull healed and her brain seemed unharmed. But I’m not sure that my parents’ marriage was ever the same. Yet even after such a traumatic and painful event, it wasn’t long before Melinda was playing “Here Comes the Bride” again. Years later, after marrying Emery, the love of her life, and then seeing cancer steal him at age 32, my sister still wasn’t done with being a bride. Several years later, she met another wonderful man. She was definitely older and scarred by years of hurt and hardship. But knowing that someone “hesed” loved her, she was still eager to be a RADIANT BRIDE once more.\n
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  • My sister’s second marriage was tested again by CANCER, but this time the cancer attacked her. In spite of all the prayers and the combined efforts of her medical team, my sister finally died before turning 50. But when the resurrected Jesus came to take her in his arms to heaven, he came to her, dressed as her GROOM. Lovingly clothed her a white wedding gown and welcomed her home as his BRIDE.\nExcept this time, she didn’t have to worry about making herself beautiful. Didn’t need to resolve her anguish over leaving her husband and three children behind. Didn’t need to iron out the complicated relational history she had with Mom. Didn’t have and, this time, didn’t need all kinds of time to make her groom think she was perfect. All she needed was to let her Holy Groom lavish her with His love and mercy and to receive His love by loving him back. \n

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  • 1. Here Comes the Bride
  • 2. Radiant unb el ievable
  • 3. an unbelievable parable
  • 4. an unbelievable parable
  • 5. an unbelievable parable
  • 6. an unbelievable parable
  • 7. Hesedeternally merciful faithful love
  • 8. 4 “I WILL HEAL THEIR WAYWARDNESS  AND LOVE THEM FREELY,  FOR MY ANGER HAS TURNED AWAY FROM THEM.5 I WILL BE LIKE THE DEW TO ISRAEL;  HE WILL BLOSSOM LIKE A LILY. HOSEA 14
  • 9. LIKE A CEDAR OF LEBANON   HE WILL SEND DOWN HIS ROOTS; 6 HIS YOUNG SHOOTS WILL GROW. HIS SPLENDOR WILL BE LIKE AN OLIVE TREE,   HIS FRAGRANCE LIKE A CEDAR OF LEBANON. 7 MEN WILL DWELL AGAINHOSEA 14 IN HIS SHADE.
  • 10. HE WILL FLOURISH LIKE THE GRAIN. HE WILL BLOSSOM LIKE A VINE,   AND HIS FAME WILL BE LIKE THE WINE FROM LEBANON. 8 O EPHRAIM, WHAT MORE HAVE I TO DO WITH IDOLS?   I WILL ANSWER HIM AND CARE FOR HIM. I AM LIKE A GREEN PINE TREE;   YOUR FRUITFULNESS COMES FROM ME.”HOSEA 14
  • 11. 1Peter 1  3 Praise be to the God and Fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy hehas given us new birth into a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ fromthe dead, 4 and into an inheritance that cannever perish, spoil or fade.
  • 12. The Awful Burden of Looking Perfect
  • 13. never enough.
  • 14. Am I goodenough yet? never enough.
  • 15. Am I good Have I repentedenough yet? enough yet? never enough.
  • 16. Am I good Have I repented Have I servedenough yet? enough yet? enough yet? never enough.
  • 17. Am I good Have I repented Have I served Have I sacrificedenough yet? enough yet? enough yet? enough yet? never enough.
  • 18. Am I good Have I repented Have I served Have I sacrificed enough yet? enough yet? enough yet? enough yet?Have I suffered enough yet? never enough.
  • 19. Am I good Have I repented Have I served Have I sacrificed enough yet? enough yet? enough yet? enough yet?Have I suffered Have I read the enough yet? Bible enough yet? never enough.
  • 20. Am I good Have I repented Have I served Have I sacrificed enough yet? enough yet? enough yet? enough yet?Have I suffered Have I read the Have I witnessed enough yet? Bible enough yet? enough yet? never enough.
  • 21. Am I good Have I repented Have I served Have I sacrificed enough yet? enough yet? enough yet? enough yet?Have I suffered Have I read the Have I witnessed Have I loved the enough yet? Bible enough yet? enough yet? poor enough yet? never enough.
  • 22. 25 HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, JUST AS CHRIST LOVED THECHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR HER 26 TO MAKE HER HOLY, CLEANSING HER BY THE WASHINGWITH WATER THROUGH THE WORD, 27 AND TO PRESENT HER TO HIMSELF AS A RADIANT CHURCH, WITHOUT STAIN OR WRINKLE OR ANY OTHER BLEMISH, BUTHOLY AND BLAMELESS. EPHESIANS 5
  • 23. "God’s love does not find, butcreates, that which is lovable to it." m a r t i n l u t h e r 
  • 24. 28 IN THIS SAME WAY, HUSBANDSOUGHT TO LOVE THEIR WIVES ASTHEIR OWN BODIES. HE WHO LOVES HIS WIFE LOVESHIMSELF. 29 AFTER ALL, NO ONEEVER HATED THEIR OWN BODY, BUT THEY FEED AND CARE FORTHEIR BODY, JUST AS CHRIST DOESTHE CHURCH— 30 FOR WE ARE MEMBERS OF HISBODY. EPHESIANS 5
  • 25. GOD LOVESWHAT IS SINFUL,BAD, FOOLISH,WEAK ANDHATEFUL, INORDER TO MAKEIT BEAUTIFULAND GOOD ANDWISE ANDRIGHTEOUS. martin luther
  • 26. FOR SINNERS ARE BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE THEY ARE LOVED; THEY ARE NOT LOVED BECAUSE THEYmartin luther ARE BEAUTIFUL.
  • 27. Here Comes the Bride | Again