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I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

The Biblical definition of marriage is the union of one man and one woman. I am committed to rebuilding a culture of marriage, and encourage pastors and teachers with these principles for marriage relationships ministry.

1. All human beings are created in the image of God

Genesis 1:27 establishes the essential and eternal value of humankind as creatures of God and therefore always due appropriate dignity and respect. Even when we do not agree with other persons’ beliefs or behaviors we affirm that they are made in God’s image and must be treated as such. As pastors we lovingly relate to those whom we serve even if we disagree with their beliefs and refuse to condone their behaviors. We continually minister to align them with God’s creative design for their lives.

2. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman

From the opening of the Bible in Genesis 2:24 to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 19:5-6, the definition of marriage is a covenantal union of one man and one woman. We firmly hold to this biblical, historic and widely held understanding of marriage. It is our responsibility to teach this biblical doctrine and to promote strong, healthy, biblical marriages. We do not recognize living together, same gender couples or multiple partner relationships as marriage or as an equivalent to marriage.

3. As Americans we exercise our First Amendment rights

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.” As pastors, chaplains and other clergy persons we exercise our constitutional right to practice our religion within the scope of the definition of marriage as a covenantal union between one man and one woman.

4. Pastoral ministry to those who are not married

We seek to minister to all persons, including those who have or intend to have relationships we do not recognize as marriage, but we do so as ministry to persons and not to couples. We do not condone or ratify relationships that are unbiblical alternatives or substitutes for marriage. If ministry programs may be reasonably construed to condone, ratify or promote such relationships as marriages or equivalents to marriage we may choose not to participate or not to include these persons (or, in the case of military chaplains who cannot perform service as a matter of belief and conscience to “provide for” personnel seeking service by directing them to other resources provided by the military branch). This may include but is not limited to pre-marital counsel, marriage ceremonies, marriage enrichment programs and marriage reconciliations.

5. Mutual support in ministry conviction

When government, institutional or cultural pressure is exerted on fellow clergy to compromise biblical teaching, doctrinal beliefs or ministry standards, it is appropriate and necessary for us to stand together in mutual support and solidarity.

~ These 5 principles from taken from a Pastoral Letter on Marriage Relationships Ministry offered to pastors by the National Association of Evangelicals.