Patching the planks on the rickety bridge of remarriage.
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“If you were injured and trying to reach a safe place, would you step onto a rickety, swaying bridge?” asks Jim Killam in MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP. That’s how he describes too many second marriages. “Couples may have charged ahead, stepped on a couple of rotten planks, and now dangle, holding on for dear life.”
Though God is ready to catch us when we stumble, we can do better by looking out for the rotten planks on the path of remarriage and avoid them or repair them. How can we identify and avoid those rotten planks? How can we build a great marriage and blended family? How can we find God’s best for ourselves on this new path and construct a house that will weather storms? This study will explore these issues.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:9–16,18:20–22; John 10:1–16; Philippians 3:12–14; Hebrews 12:1–3; 1 John 1:6–2:6
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: You may not have a new slate, but you can still put the past behind you.
Teaching point two: Replace the plank of bitterness and anger with forgiveness.
Teaching point three: Repentance is key for rebuilding our lives and constructing a good marriage.
Teaching point four: The road to success means taking down the loser sign.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP
Dangerous Crossing, by Jim Killam (Spring 2004, 11 printed pages)
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