1 Corinthians 7:10-16 — Staying Together or Separating



And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 KJV


This section of First Corinthians 7:10-16 KJV addresses two scenarios:

1. Whether Christian couples should separate when they have marital problems.
2. Whether a couple, one of whom gets saved after they get married, are obligated to stay together if their life becomes unbearable.

God’s desire is that marriages should be harmonious and that couples should enjoy the pleasures of marriage in every respect. If they don’t there is a way forward.

May the Lord help you if you are facing these issues.



This is the 38th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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To be continued…



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Jottings – The Future: Friend or Foe?


Commenting on Isaiah 35:


The future is your friend when Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.


Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Comforted (Isaiah), “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 89.


Thanks Keith!


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Jottings – Messengers and Messages


Ultimately God is more interested in developing messengers than messages, and since the Holy Spirit confronts men primarily through the Bible, a preacher must learn to listen to God before he speaks for Him.


Haddon W. Robinson (2001). Biblical Preaching, 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. Pages 25-26.



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Jottings – Ultimate Accountablity


If you can’t be accountable to God how can you be accountable to anyone?


Irwin, Tom. “Six Traits For the One Who Speaks for God.” North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA. 13 Dec. 2015. Address.



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Jottings – If We Desire to Walk with God Let us Never Forget to Watch and Pray


Commenting on Matthew 26:41:


If we desire to walk with God comfortably, and not fall, like David or Peter, let us never forget to watch and pray. Let us live like men on enemy’s ground, and be always on our guard. We cannot walk too carefully. We cannot be too jealous over our souls. The world is very ensnaring. The devil is very busy. Let our Lord’s words ring in our ears daily like a trumpet. Our spirits may sometimes be very willing. But our flesh is always very weak. Then let us always watch and always pray.


J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), p. 366.


Thanks Keith!


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Devotional – Encourage One Another

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Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 ESV

What words? “…the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ESV.

We can encourage one another (and ourselves) by remembering we, as the Lord’s people, have a glorious future! Today, there is much to be discouraged about, but faith grabs hold of the promises of God. And, what better promise could there be than “we will always be with the Lord?”

Family, health, and financial problems are very real and very discouraging. But remember, in Jesus Christ you have the promises of God to cling to and a wonderful future to anticipate: we will always be with the Lord!


Editorial note: Originally published June 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com


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Devotional – What’s in a Name?

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Judas (not Iscariot) John 14:22 ESV

Solomon poetically declared, “a good name is better than precious ointment.” Ecc. 7:1 ESV.

Unfortunately the name Judas has been forever tarnished because of Judas Iscariot’s ultimate act of betrayal. How tarnished? So tarnished that John is very careful to point out which Judas he is NOT speaking of! And, in the 2000 years since then very few parents have given their child the name Judas. Why have so many avoided this name? Well, to put it bluntly, the name stinks!

What about your name? Is the aroma of your life like a precious perfume? Will those around you come to associate your name with something akin to a fine smelling perfume?

Lord, I humbly ask you to empower me to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to you. I ask for Your grace to live peaceably among all of my neighbors, even those who act unkindly towards me. Lord, I pray that my life might reflect the sweet aroma of the name of Jesus Christ.


Editorial note: Originally published June 5, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Devotional – Are You In God’s Hall of Faith?

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By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God. Hebrews 11:3 ESV

Hebrews 11 is God’s Hall of Faith… the names of Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, David and many others who lived triumphant lives of faith are there.

Did you know you are also listed in God’s great Hall of Faith?
You are… if by faith you ‘understand that the universe was created by the word of God.’

Today, the world’s elite scoff at the idea of a creator God. Our high schools and universities furiously reject any notion of the Lord creating the heavens and the earth.

Have you ever been laughed at or ridiculed for your faith in the Creator of the universe? Take heart for you are not alone! Hebrews 11 goes on to tell of “others” who “suffered mocking… and… were… afflicted, mistreated.”

God did not overlook their faith… He will not overlook your faith either!


Editorial note: Originally published May 21, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Devotional – Only One Life Twill Soon Be Past

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Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14 ESV

Earlier this week a horrific passenger train accident in Philadelphia, PA resulted in 8 fatalities and over 200 injuries.  As I saw pictures of the tragic accident and heard traumatized survivors describe their nightmarish experience, a flood of emotions overwhelmed me.   Anger– how could such an accident happen?  Sorrow for those who were injured.  Revulsion at the sight of grotesque injuries. Compassion for those who lost loved ones and prayers for all of those affected.

Tragedies like this are a stark reminder of the brevity of life.  One moment you’re comfortably riding a train sipping hot coffee– the next moment– before your coffee’s steam has even dissipated–  you find yourself having passed from this life into eternity.

Tragedies like these should serve as a reminder to redeem the time we have been given and make productive use of every minute for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

C. T. Studd


Editorial note: Originally published May 15, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Jottings – Freedom from the Penalty, Power, and Presence of Sin


Referring to Romans 8:21:


When Christ finally imprisons Satan, He will deliver the entire creation from this bondage, and all nature will enjoy with us “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (v. 21). What a thrilling salvation we have: free from the penalty of sin because Christ died for us (Romans 5); free from the power of sin because we died with Christ to the flesh (Romans 6) and to the Law (Romans 7); and someday we shall be free from the very presence of sin when nature is delivered from bondage.


Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print. [emphasis added, chapter references reformatted]



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