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This Momentary Marriage - The Story of Ian & Larissa

posted 6 Jun 2012, 13:44 by Peter Booth   [ updated 6 Jun 2012, 13:57 ]
A few weeks ago as part of the mini-series on relationships, we watched this moving and powerful video. Now the subtitles in Simplified Chinese (kindly translated by Eugenia) work, so here it is. The book talked about in the film, by John Piper, is obviously available to buy on Amazon, but you can also download a pdf below for free - this was available originally from Desiring God for free. As well as that, there's a pdf to download of the blog articles written by John Piper and Larissa Murphy (the lady in the film) relating to the video. 

Ian and Larissa's circumstances are very unique, and so specific application into our own lives should be made carefully. What the video does however highlight in a beautiful and touching way, is how marriage is more than what we often think of it. It is a wonderful picture of the relationship between Christ and his broken people, and the intimacy that we will one day share with him in glory, when his work in us is brought to completion. John Piper explains below (you can read the quote in the subtitles). 

"Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically. It is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living; treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Either way it is short: it may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it." - John Piper, This Momentary Marriage

"When all around my soul gives way, He then is my hope and stay."

To make the subtitles work, you need to click on the 'CC' icon on the bottom control panel, and select 'Simplified Chinese' or whatever language you want to view it with.
Peter Booth,
6 Jun 2012, 13:44
Peter Booth,
6 Jun 2012, 13:51