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"YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS ANYMORE"
(What The Bible Teaches About Divorce)
The Way Home Series, Part 14 of 16
1 Corinthians 7:8-16
Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Orlando
Sunday 04/16/00, 9:15 AM Service
Some years ago Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand
featured a song with words like this: "You don't say
you need me, you don't sing me love songs, you don't
send me flowers anymore." It's a song of sadness
because it speaks of divorce and heartache. Certainly
there's plenty of that going around. The United States
of America has the highest divorce rate of any nation
in the world. Since 1970 the marriage rate has fallen
by thirty percent while the divorce rate has gone up
by fifty percent. Somebody has said that marriage in
this country is like flies on a screen--fifty percent
want out and fifty percent want in!
Today, as I address the subject of divorce from
God's Word, and I know it's not an easy subject for
all of us. Some of you are divorced; some of you have
children who are divorced; some of you have parents
who are divorced. Some of you, nearly all of us, have
friends who are divorced. I can just about fit in all
of those categories. Not all of them, thankfully,
because I know and you know, the powerful, tragic pain
of divorce. So, this morning as I deal with this
sensitive, subject I want to do it prayerfully and in
the spirit of Christ.
I don't want to be like the two brothers who
parked their cars in front of their house every night.
Sometime during one night someone had bumped one of
the cars, causing it to roll into the other one,
causing the bumpers to lock. The next morning when
they went out to work and found out what had happened
they were mad. One of them said, as they tried to pry
the cars apart, "Can you believe the jerk that did
About that time a neighbor walked up and said,
"I'm the jerk that did it and I've come to tell you
I'm sorry." ...
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