- What is Marriage Really?
From two marriage sermons by Martin Luther
What is marriage? A common understanding is that it is a legally binding arrangement between two individuals in which they are granted certain legal rights and privileges by society. But is that all marriage is? Isn’t there something more to it that a simple legal arrangement? Martin Luther answers this question with a resounding “Yes!” and in the process, lays out what marriage truly is, how it is created, and how it is joyously maintained. This is a must read for anyone contemplating marriage, or for those already married.
Formatted into 17 simple chapters along with study questions, this book is perfect for personal devotion or Bible study.
May be purchased in paperback here or downloaded as a free PDF here.
- The Marriage Ring: Three Sermons on Marriage
By Martin Luther
These three sermons reflect the immense value a couple should place on this holy bonding from God, and what a marriage ring really means. This book is much needed today as statistics show that about half of all marriages will end in divorce. One will know from reading it eactly what is expected from a couple in marriage according to the Bible and in the eyes of God. Marriage is a sacred union and this small book will allow a deeper appreciation of what happens in marriage and what it really means.
May be purchased in paperback here.
- Christ and the Church
A thirty-day devotion concerning the Holy Estate of Marriage, particularly addressing those whom God has placed into it
By Pastor Andrew Richard
Published by Steadfast in the Parish
Download it free as a PDF here.
From a review by Pastor Andrew Packer:
I have been married for over 15 years and a pastor now for over 5 years. In my vocations, as a husband and as a pastor, I have read a lot of books on marriage over the years. I can say without any fear of hyperbole that this new devotion by Pastor Andrew Richard is one of the best ones that I have ever read.
It is described as “a thirty-day devotion concerning the Holy Estate of Marriage, particularly addressing those whom God has placed in it.”
It is unique in that it is a marriage devotion that is thoroughly Lutheran from beginning to end. It is grounded in the clear teaching of Scripture as it applies both Law and Gospel to husbands and wives.
This is a devotion that will be of great benefit to all married and engaged couples. Pastors will be able to make use of this in pre-marriage catechesis, with newlyweds, and even with those that have been married for many years.
Even if you just downloaded this devotion and prayed the Biblically rich and thoughtful prayers at the end of each day with your spouse, you and your spouse and your marriage would be better off for it.
Much more could be said about this fantastic resource, but instead, I encourage you to download this, use it, and see for yourselves that what I have said is true.