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|Format: Word Document|
Vendor: Christianity Today
|Publication Date: 2009|
Series: Current Issues Bible Studies
What happens to a child s soul when his or her world is ripped in two?
Many research studies tout the benefits of good divorce, but when Elizabeth Marquardt conducted her own survey, published as Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce (Crown, 2005), she found that children of failed marriages suffer deep spiritual wounds. Yes, these children can finish school, get jobs, and build stable families, but they must accomplish all of these feats while enduring the crippling effects of grief, loneliness, and premature responsibility. Faith can help them persevere if they find it, often without help from their parents or the church.
How do broken family bonds mar the biblical picture of childhood? How does divorce affect the way children read the Bible? What can churches do to embrace children of divorce? These are the questions explored in this study.
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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 68:5 6; 78:1 7; Isaiah 66:12 13; Matthew 18:1 6; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Ephesians 6:1 4; Colossians 3:18 21; James 1:27; 1 John 3:1 2
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
--Teaching point one: Divorce exposes children to the world in ways God did not intend.
--Teaching point two: Divorce changes the way a person reads the Bible.
--Teaching point three: Divorce creates needs for churches to fulfill.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Lives of Quiet Turbulence, an interview by Agnieszka Tennant, CHRISTIANITY TODAY (2006).
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