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What Is So Difficult About Relationships? Mark 10:2-16

What Is So Difficult About Relationships?

The longest word in the English language may be tough to say, but usually it's the shortest words that are the hardest.

At a Glance

We look at some long words in the English language, and then move to some of the short words, but words which pack a lot of power. They are words that could help preserve a relationship. This is a tough text because it deals with divorce and we have divorced people in our congregations. But this sermon idea does not speak to what has happened in the past, but to present and future realities and possibilities.

Editors' Pick

For material based on the OT lesson, see "Job's Cold Shoulder," October 5, 2003, at

Quiz time. Today's question: What is the longest word in the English language?

If you're one of those Trivial Pursuit wizard types, you'll likely come up with the word that's been the gold standard of long words: Antidisestablishmentarianism. At 28 letters, that's a mouthful, and while many might know the word, fewer will know its definition as "the belief that opposes removing the tie between church and state." It's not exactly a...

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