Posts Tagged ‘Divorce’

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Why should we pray?

September 20, 2012

Over the next several posts we are going to be examining prayer, specifically the Lord’s Prayer as found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:9-13.

First we will address the reason why we should pray.  Beyond the fact that we are commanded to pray, what should motivate us to engage in prayer:

For our Divine Relationship:

We are created for relationships.  This is evident in every one of our lives.  The fact that you are here listening to me is a key sign that you desire to be in a relationship with other people.  The church is nothing if it is not a community of believers seeking a relationship with God through His son Jesus.  By far the most important relationship you have is the one with your heavenly Father, God.   Just like any relationship you have, your relationship with Him is aided on communication.  He communicates to you through His word, through His Spirit, through his Preachers.  You communicate to Him through worship, worship in song, worship in His Church, and worship through Prayer.

Think of the relationships you have in your life.  How are they affected by communication, especially with the ones you love?  If I told you that I loved my wife, but I also confessed to you that despite the benefits of talking to her and communicating with her, she and I haven’t spoken in day, weeks, perhaps even months.  Despite my insistence that she and I were in love, and that we were in a relationship, how healthy could that relationship be if she and I never communicated?  Consider you relationship with God.  In his word we are told to Pray.  Jeremiah records God’s promise to him in Jeremiah 33:2-3 ” Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish, the Lord is his name, ‘Call unto Me and I will answer you, I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'”  We know that when we call on the Lord our God He hears us, “I Love the Lord,” The Psalmist says, “because he hears my voice, and my supplications (cries for mercy), because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Ps. 116:1-2)

Among First marriages in America Statistics show that some 45-50% of marriages end in Divorce, (www.divrocestatistics.org ) Research done on the causes for divorce reveal, that “Lack of communication is one of the leading causes of divorce. A marriage is on the rocks when the lines of communication fail. You can’t have an effective relationship if either one of you won’t discuss your feelings, can’t talk about your mutual or personal issues, will keep your resentments simmering under wraps, and expect your partner to guess what the whole problem is about.” (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/common-causes-and-reasons-for-divorce.html)

How can you expect your relationship with the Father to flourish if you don’t communicate through prayer?  Are you Strong enough to go through this life on your own?

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The Twin Terrors of our Fallen Nation…

January 24, 2012

Our nation, and indeed the world, is beset with an abundance of adultery and divorce.  Often the two go hand-in-hand wrecking lives and destabilizing society.  Neither are a recent plague, so we find that it was no accident that our Lord addressed both in His Sermon on the Mount.  At the heart of both sins is the idolatry of the self.  Putting the needs and wants of the self above the rightly ordered plan of God.  Adultery takes the gift of sex, intended to unite husband and wife, and turns it into a weapon of division and discord.  Divorce often follows in the destructive wake of adultery leaving behind scarred lives and broken families.  But there is Hope.

God sees us in our sinful state and provides mercy, grace, renewal and redemption to all who repent, turn from their sin, and seek shelter under the sufficient sacrifice of Christ.  In the next several posts, I am going to try and dissect these sticky verses in Matthew 5:27-32.

First, we will look at the root of adultery: lust; the sin, Christ’s solution, and His message regarding our hearts.

Second, we will look at divorce: its history, its pain, and hope for the divorced among us.

Ultimately, and this can not be stressed enough, both are grievous sins with horrific consequences which shatter lives, leaving the participants hurt and broken.  Likewise, though, we must stress that Jesus tackled these issues head on, and His grace is great enough to overcome the sin, mend the broken, and soothe the hurt.

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them,“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”  
                                                                                                                        -John 8:7-12