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What We Have in Common - by Michael Phillips
The Book of Ephesians - Part 8 of 14
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Ephesians 4:4-6
Jun 01, 2008 am - If you talk to couples on the brink of divorce, you find some of them are angry and others are not. We're breaking up, they tell you, because 'I caught her with another man', because 'He beats me' or because 'For twenty years we've done nothing but fight'. In the words of T.S. Eliot, their marriage ends 'with a bang'. Others end with a 'whimper'. The man's voice is not loud and the woman's words are not harsh. Subdued and tired is what they are; and resigned. If you ask them why they're filing for divorce, they say things like, 'We've grown apart', 'We have separate lives' or 'Once the kids moved out, we've got nothing to keep us together'. Churches are a lot like couples. Some explode and others dissolve. In a couple of weeks, we'll see how to keep a church from going off like a grenade, and how to put it back together if it does. But today, we'll look at the other kind of break-up. It's caused, not by one big thing, but by a thousand small things. A man once told me this was the best church he and his family had ever been to, but they were leaving because I'm overweight. A woman called me one night about the church. After talking for five or ten minutes, she wrapped it up this ... More >>>

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