A Mom After God’s Own Heart
2 Timothy 3:14-15

“Momma.” I love that word! I love my momma. I’m no longer able to put my arms around her, kiss her, or tell her that I love her, but my love for her has not diminished since she went home to be with the Lord. I know the impact that mothers can have on the lives of their kids because I’m a living example. l want to honor not only my momma, but all of the moms who are with us today. I can’t speak for all of you. I can only share my own appreciation for my mom. Mom…

How can I even begin to thank you? You carried me around for nine months and never complained that I cramped your style. You welcomed me into this world with open arms. When I was totally and completely incapable of taking care of myself, you took care of me. If it was a diaper that needed changed, you changed it. If it was bed sheets that needed changed, you changed them. If you had a dollar for every time you had to clean up one of my messes you would have been one wealthy lady. Because you gave so much of yourself in caring for me, I am rich in love. Before I was ever able to fix myself a meal, you fed me from your own body. When I was unable to sleep in the middle of the night, you were the one who would sit up with me and rock me back to sleep while holding me in your arms. Throughout my life, when I cried out your name, “Momma!” you always came running. When I questioned myself, you reassured me. When I made bad mistakes, you corrected me in a way that never caused me to doubt your love. I’m much older now. Don’t get to see you or put my arms around you any longer, but I can still hear your voice and it is sweeter than a lullaby to a baby. Happy Mother’s Day.

Throughout history there have been many people who have been blessed with wonderful mothers. George Washington, the Father of our country, once said, “I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education which I received from my mother.” The great evangelist, Dwight L. Moody said, “My Mother! All that is good in my life has come from my mother.” St. Augustine, the young man who lived the fast life while growing up in a Christian home only to become one of the greatest thinkers of the Christian faith later in life, praised the faithfulness of his mother. Augustine wrote, “It is to my mother that I owe everything. If I prefer the truth to all other things, it is the point of my mother’s teaching. If I did not long ago perish in sin and misery it is because of the faithful tears with which she pleaded for me.” Martin Luther King Jr. said that it was his mother who taught him that he was “somebody,” that he should never look at himself as inferior to anyone. Continue reading “A Mom After God’s Own Heart
2 Timothy 3:14-15”

In Need of a Friend
2 Timothy 1:6-8

I think it would be safe to say that we are all in need of a friend. I?m not talking about acquaintances or someone to pass time with, but a real friend, someone who will be there through thick and thin. Someone like the person Jesus described in John 15:13,

13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 NIV)

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2 Timothy 1:6-8”

Turning The Tide
2 Timothy 2:22

The reports come in on a daily basis. Another young person has succumbed to the temptations of our times and is now paying the price. Another family has received the news of the meltdown of their child’s life and now they are left to deal with the aftermath of guilt, shame, hurt, and heartache that accompanies the news. The tentacles of treachery reach out from the life of the child who has found him or herself caught up in a web of destruction they never intended to spin for themselves. When the news becomes public it shatters heart after heart like dominoes falling in cadence.

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2 Timothy 2:22”

What Are You Waiting On?
II Timothy 2:1-26

For a society known for its fast food, microwave ovens, instant oatmeal, “Cliff Notes,” permanent press clothes, the fifteen minute oil change, expressways, and of course the sermonette, we sure seem to do a lot of waiting when it comes to the church. I can’t tell you how many folks I have heard say to me; “Well, I really want to get involved with the church. I’d like to help with one of the ministries of the church, but I’m just going to wait until the right time comes along.” “I’m sure your church is doing a lot of good, but you see I was involved with a church one time and I learned how corrupt the church can be. Before I get back involved I think I’ll just wait a little while.” I’ve heard you say that you want to be a stronger Christian, a better deacon, a better husband, a bolder witness for the Lord, a better giver, a stronger Sunday School teacher, a better student of God’s Word, a more involved elder, and a more consistent member of the choir. I want to ask you this morning, “What are you waiting on?” Are you waiting for a change in yourself? Because of the failure, fears, and friction in your own life you don’t feel like you can get too involved. Maybe you are waiting on a change in someone else? Waiting on things to get better? Waiting on something to change? Waiting until you feel better? Make more money? Have more time? Whatever your reason I want you to really consider this morning, “What are you waiting on?”

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II Timothy 2:1-26”