God and Divorce - Blue Christmas - John Van Sloten

December 08, 2013

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe continue our sermon series entitled Blue Christmas, with Pastor John's sermon on divorce.

“I hate divorce!”
God in Malachi 2:16, NIV

"God hates divorce. God also hates hasty and uncharitable judgments about divorce.”
Neil Plantinga, Forum, Winter 2005

"God intends marriage to be permanent, to last until death terminates the relationship (Romans 7:2-3).
David Holwerda, Forum, Winter 2005

"Marriage is for better or worse, until death – and divorce is a death."
John Bolt, Forum, Winter 2005

“I left my marriage because I was openly ridiculed, called names in front of our children, punished when I could no longer connect physically or emotionally...and all of that after many, many attempts at various kinds of counseling and therapy.”

“Good marriages, said CS Lewis, require good people. Real love for one another is something you do, not just something that happens to you. So marriage becomes a school of virtue, in which good people make a full turn toward each other in order to practice fidelity, which goes so much further than staying out of the wrong bed."
Neil Plantinga, Forum, Winter 2005

“I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Jesus in Matthew 19:3-8, NIV

"The good news of the gospel is that what Jesus can never excuse, he willingly forgives."
John Rottman, Forum, Winter 2005

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.



O Come O Come Emmanuel

Not with Haste

What I Wouldn't Do

The Glory of it All

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October 16, 2014
Thanks, i'm headed toward the end of a divorce in progress. i have two children 9 and 12 and am very encouraged after watching your post and prayer.
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