(Acts 18:1-3,18) "After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow." (Acts -26) "And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
They provided a place for Paul to stay and someone to work with, they accompanied him in his travels, and they had an effective teaching ministry of their own. "Whether things present, or things to come." I not only can possess shoes—things present—, I can also buy a new pair—things to come.
Next, the following statement is in the Bible: (I -22) "Therefore let no man glory in men. There are some special rules applicable to marriage which don't apply to shoes. Then there are places I seem to disagree with some, or they with me.
For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's." If "all things are ours; Whether ..world," then I am allowed to possess things of the world. I may buy new shoes if I prefer a different style or if the other ones are getting old. Since the Chinese church had a disproportionate number of students, of the age to be thinking about marriage, questions of whom to marry got addressed a lot.
The preacher was asked by some brothers at a conference how to end up with a wife.
I mentioned that the passage in II was talking about Christian ministry, not marriage per se, and the teacher changed the subject saying that question could be answered by the exhortation to marry "only in the Lord." I since sent the teacher some aterial on the subject where I pointed out, among other things, that "only in the Lord" had to be interpreted within its own context and was not of itself going to settle what something else means, especially something from a different context.