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A Marriage (NOT) Made in Heaven Luke 20:27-38

A Marriage (NOT) Made in Heaven

Better to work on your marriage in this life, not the one to come.

At a Glance

Who had the world's worst marriage? Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? Britney Spears and Jason Alexander (55 hours)? What about Henry VIII and Catherine, Kathyrn, Katherine, Anne, Anne or Jane? Some marriages are not made in heaven. But as it turns out, according to Jesus, even if your marriage is picture-perfect, it wasn't made in heaven. Married life is meant to give a taste today, in this world, of something we'll have in full from God in the world to come.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "The Haggai Complaint," December 7, 2010,  at

Marriage is messy. Well, life is messy, so no surprise there. But -- let's be clear -- marriage is also beautiful and fun and a deeply fulfilling gift from God.

Still, let's be honest. A great marriage takes work, compromise, patience and forgiveness -- and a whole lot more. It's a playground for mistakes to be made that create lasting wounds, betrayals that bruise the soul and for...

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