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General Colin Powell rose from modest beginnings to become the top military commander of the U.S. Armed Forces. He served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush. When he was ready to retire he gave up the 20 bodyguards, the private plane, and the adulation to become an ordinary citizen.

Powell says, “I was sitting at home with my wife, and I said, ‘Darling, this is the first day of the rest of our lives. I won’t be leaving the house at 5:30 in the morning anymore.’ She froze. Then I heard her mutter under her breath, ‘This fool doesn’t know how we stayed married for 50 years.’”

Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but living according to the biblical principles of marriage enables us to have long and healthy marriages.--Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The Week, November 23, 2012 p. 8

Ephesians 5:22–31 (HCSB) “Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30 since we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

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