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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591
THE MARRIAGE TREE
"The Power Of A Promised Love"
Print 308, CT 405221
Danny and Kelly Radcliff, December 31,1993, stood in this place, and made a
vow to love, a commitment, a covenant until death part them. In 1935 on April 20 in
Little Rock, Arkansas, Mary and Jim Brandon made a promise to love and be
committed to each other, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in
health until death parted them, and 59 years they have kept their promise of love. The
Radcliffs mean to do that. The Brandons are doing it. Now how do you get from newly-
wed to 59 years? God's Word gives us a way. Let's talk about it.
Open your Bibles to the Book of Malachi, chapter 2, verse 13, and also turn
to I Samuel - The Power Of A Promised Love.
God has a controversy with the people of Israel. They have gotten away from
Him. They have forgotten their love and their covenant and their vows, so in chapter 2
He speaks to them about that and He likens His/their covenant to a covenant that a
couple makes in marriage. When you look at this chapter there are two things that are
going to be outstanding. First of all, I want you to notice that God puts a priority on a
promise. Look at verse 13 of chapter 2:
13. "Another thing you do: You flood the Lord's
altar with tears. You weep and wail because
he no longer pays attention to your offerings
or accepts them with pleasure from your
14. You ask, Why?' It is because the Lord is acting
as the witness between you and the wife of your
youth, because you have broken faith with her, -
though she is your partner, the wife of your
15. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and
spirit they are his. And why one? Because he
was seeking godly offspring."
Notice that God puts a great priority on the promise. He makes a promise, He
expects a recip ...
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