What’s Brewing – July 2018


The sippers and snackers are a spirited band of saints at St. Arbucks these days! We continue to “solve” the world’s problems with sound logic and common sense. Now all we need do is to convince the rest of the world that we are right!!!

Our discussions recently have centered on marriage, since we have experienced a number of them these past months. Whether the vows are being shared in Chicago, Elkhart, Marco Island, or some other venue, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing – and that is that the Lord is right there with us, to bless, guide and strengthen our faith, family, and friends!

Remember the story about the little boy who heard in Sunday School one day how Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding? When asked what he learned from that story, he said, “If you’re having a wedding, make sure Jesus is there!” What a joy to always remember and remind others that Jesus is with us – not just to make sure that the wine flows, but to be there to strengthen us and work through us as we serve and celebrate our faith!

Our St. Arbuck’s  clan also affirmed how significant it is that both family and friends gather together for weddings to support, encourage, and affirm the bride and groom. Sure, the Lord is always with us. We know that where “two or three are gathered” there He is, in the midst of us! But what a joyful affirmation it is of the Lord’s love and support for the bride and groom when relatives and friends from near and far, make the effort to be there for this special celebration of love and commitment!

One of the scriptures shared at a recent wedding was I John 4:16-17: “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him. In this way, God is made complete among us ….” This ties in so well with I Corinthians 13:13  – “Faith, hope, love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” What a wedding WOW to hear that love is the “greatest” of these because it is what husbands and wives (and all people) are gifted to give to each other as they daily serve and celebrate their faith. Faith has already been given to us in Christ. Hope is the Promise of God to us for eternal life. Love is the NOW of our faith which is unleashed in us to give and to share and to receive, in marriage, through family, and with all people!

The next time you are blessed to attend a wedding service, watch and listen for the Wedding VOWS and then watch and pray that all wedding VOWs continue to turn into wedding WOWS, in and through the new couple as well as in and through the family and friends gathered around them!

And one more WOW shared at St. Arbucks this day: LOVE in marriage can be summarized in this way:

L – LAUGH – at ourselves; and with, not at, each other;

O –  OOPS – practice and learn to say “oops” as often as possible – to say “I am sorry, please forgive me”;

V – VOICE –Listen to each other, in love. Listen to the Lord as He leads and calls you; listen to family and friends who are around you to guide and direct you; and

 E – ENCOURAGE – Even though the world often says “do unto others before they do unto you”, encourage one another as the Lord encourages you!

Yes, Weddings Vows are lived out through wedding WOWS, in the Lord! May married couples, as well as all people, continue to live in love with their theme being, “One for the other – Both for Christ”! Now that’s what I call a Wedding Wow!

And that’s what’s brewing at St. Arbucks this month….!

Rich Bimler