Our Wedding Vows

Elina


Igor, my Love, I love you so much. I believe that God has led me to you and I am confident that His will is being fulfilled today. You are more than I deserve. You are a gift from above.
I never knew that I can love and be loved by someone so much on this earth until I met you.

Today I promise you my faithfulness, to follow you through all of life’s experiences as you follow God, that together we may grow in the likeness of Christ and our home be a praise to Him. I pray that He molds me to be the wife of your dreams, but more importantly a wife in whom He is pleased. I will cover you in prayers. I will speak words of kindness and not criticism. I will honor and respect you as the spiritual head of our home. I will support you in good times and in bad and I will build you up when life weighs you down. I will encourage you to always walk into God’s purpose of your life. From the depth of my being, I will seek to be open and honest with you. And I say these things believing that God is in the midst of them all.

Quoting the Book of Ruth 1:16-17 I’m telling this to you,

“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

 

 

Me (Igor)


Elina Ozolina. I wish I could say that from the moment I saw you, I fell in love with you and I knew you were the one, but this isn’t true. I did see you as incredibly beautiful and down to earth, full of smiles and laughter, and we instantly connected and quickly became best friends. Even though I wasn’t planning to give away my heart to you, God had other plans. To this day I thank him and question why he has blessed me so much with you. You are more than what I would ever wish to ask God for. Once I saw how much you love God, I knew that I would never want to let you go.

I promise to Treasure, Lead, Respect, Cherish, Protect, Be Faithful, and give myself up for you as Christ gave himself up for his bride. I promise to love you till the last day of my life, whatever God chooses for us to provide, and for Him in our marriage to be glorified. I am looking forward to spending time with you as my wife right by my side. Elina, you are the love of my life, my best friend and my bride.

And to quote one of my absolute favorite Pastors, John Piper from his book, that we both read, “This Momentary Marriage”:

“Staying married, therefore, is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant. “Till death do us part,” or, “As long as we both shall live” is sacred covenant promise—the same kind Jesus made with his bride when he died for her.”

 

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Did the Pharisees commit eternal sin?


but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.” (Marks 3:29-30)

The pharisees, also known as “Teachers of the Law” might of been accused by Jesus of blaspheming the Holy Spirit in my opinion, which is an eternal sin that is possibly unforgivable. To me this clearly shows that the religious, hypocritical pharisees were possibly in the worst circumstance to be, to be able to come to repentance. This is why we probably see throughout the gospels why Jesus had such a strong reaction toward pharisees and sadducees whenever he encountered with them. Be careful not to become a modern pharisee.

Bible Spoiler?

When I was reading through the book of Mark and came across a verse early on in chapter 3.

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (Mark 3:19)

And thought to myself, what a huge spoiler, why would the author of the Bible do that? But then I realized that the first time reading through the Bible isn’t even that of a huge importance, we are supposed to read over, and over again. Bible is not meant to be read as a one time story. Once we know the story, we need to go deeper and figure out what is the point of this story.

My Testimony

When ever I heard a “good” testimony, such as recovering drug addict or someone who was totally lost, I always wanted such testimony. I always considered mine to be really boring, I grew up in a Christian family that loves Jesus. Went to church that preached Jesus and it would be a really smooth, and easy conversion for anyone in such environment. But other testimonies seem much more powerful and compelling. But then I realized that my testimony is much, much more powerful. I grew up in the most dangerous circumstances, a religion called “Christianity”. I my self grew up a lukewarm “Christian”, being comforted in the surrounding environment on the path of self destruction and wrath of God, and not seeing the absolute danger that I was in. I believe it is absolutely so much harder for a religious person to be converted than an individual who does not claim to be a Christian.

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16)

God is Merciful

When a horrible tragedy happens, we and many others often might think, Where was God? How did he allow this to happen?

Even though the Bible does not speak directly about every certain situation, I am reminded that there are certain truth’s in the Bible and I just need to make sense of them. First of all, God is love. Next, God is a just perfect God and loves holiness and justice and therefore can not look the other way when we sin. If we realize that we are sinners in God’s eyes and deserve the full wrath of a just God, but for some unknown, loving, and not deserving mercy are not the ones affected by such tragedy, we realize how amazing our loving God is. And instead of blaming God, we should ask ourselves, Why wasn’t it me? And we must thank Him that He is a merciful God, and pray for anyone affected that God would bring healing mercy to those people as well.

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:4, 5)

Praying only when we need Him

I’ve heard people say that when we pray, it shouldn’t be only when we need Him, and run to Jesus only when we are in trouble. A thought came to my mind, what if we truly had a proper biblical understanding of our current state, a theology of total depravity. If we really saw ourselves for who we are then we would be praying all the time, knowing we are in danger constantly. So, next time we see or hear someone talk about the idea of “Praying only when we need Him”, the problem is not that we shouldn’t run to him only when we need him, but that we need to be doing it more often, like constantly. We don’t fully understand that we are in constant and desperate need of our Savior to survive in this world, and need to be in contact with him constantly, as the bible suggests.

Sinners and Saints

When the bible talks about how everyone sins and that there is no one is righteous, it refers to the depravity of people. We can not, not sin (I know, double negative) because of our corrupt nature, meaning we cannot come to God and attain a relationship with Him all on our own. It is not in our power and is impossible because of the inclination of our wicked heart. As Mark Driscoll says, We are sinners by nature and choice.

But then on the other hand, when the bible speaks that we need to pursue righteousness and carry our cross and put our sins to death, it’s talking about how the Holy Spirit that we receive and it enables us, and our new nature that comes from Jesus Christ and we begin to desire holiness and righteousness, and begin to passionately hate sin.

So when looking at two different verses not as contradicting, but as different perspectives. Both are true in their own context.

as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:38)