Encouragement For All Mothers
Judges 13

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Mother’s Day, according to Hallmark and the other greeting card companies, is a warm fuzzy kind of day filled with Disney-like moments, but the reality of Mother’s Day can’t be captured by a Hallmark card. The reality of Mother’s Day is this: Mother’s Day, like life, is complicated. First of all, there are mothers with us this morning who are experiencing a Hallmark kind of moment this Mother’s Day. Cherish it. Relish it. Drink in it in like a cool drink of water on a hot summer’s day. There are others among us for whom today is not such a festive occasion. There are mothers with us this morning who have lost a child. I don’t need to try and describe what they are feeling. There are also those among us who no longer have a mom present to honor and Mother’s Day can be very lonely and painful, a reminder of what we once had, but no longer can enjoy. Or, some whose mothers are no longer with us suffer the grief of knowing they failed to honor her while she was alive and now the opportunity is gone. There are also mothers who are with us, but who are not with their children because something has happened to break the relationship they once had with their son or daughter and today is a painful reminder of what once was. There are also people with us whose mom was never the storybook description of what a mom should be and this day is lonely, filled with sorrow, and for some, a deep, deep bitterness because they never got to experience what their friends did while they growing up. Mother’s Day is complicated. Continue reading “Encouragement For All Mothers
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How Will They Know?
Judges 2:7-11

Mens Bible Study

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Can you remember? Can you remember when churches were full, when children could recite Scripture from God’s Word, and they sang songs about our glorious God? Can you remember when one day of the week was set aside as different than all of the others? Can you remember when the name of the LORD was spoken freely and openly with reverence and awe? Can you remember when serving the Lord was an honor, when praising God from whom all blessings flow was as natural as breathing or eating, and when sharing God’s mighty acts were part of the fabric of everyday life? Do you remember? Continue reading “How Will They Know?
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We Must Help Them Know the Lord
Judges 2:7-10

father-and-sonAbout one year ago a group of parents began meeting together, praying together, and planning for the beginning of what we hoped would be an exciting and powerful new ministry for our children called, “Awana.” The impetus behind all of the effort and energy was a desire to see our children learn the Word of God. They recognized the importance of teaching our children, at an early age, the Word of God. We are wrapping up our first year of Awana and the Lord has blessed us beyond our wildest imagination. Each week, throughout this year, the adults have worked to help the kids learn Bible stories, memorize Scripture, and sing the songs of our faith. Do you know what we have learned? We have learned that our kids are like sponges, they soak up God’s Word, they love to sing, and they get excited about reciting the Scriptures they have learned each week.

I called my daughter-in-law Rachel on Thursday and told her that I was writing a sermon about the difference Awana is making in the lives of our kids. I asked her, “Do you see any difference that Awana is making in Kellen and Macy’s life?” Rachel said, “Yes, more than anything, it’s the little things.” I asked her what she meant and she said, “Well, there’s this one 7-11 that when we drive by it they call it the ‘scary’ 7-11. We drove by it the other day and Kellen said, ‘There’s the scary 7-11.’ Macy said, ‘God doesn’t make scary people. They do scary things, but they aren’t scary people.’” I asked Rachel what else she has seen and she said, “They always say, ‘God’s Word is truth. Whatever is in the Bible is true so turn to the Bible.’ And they love to read the Bible stories they get from their class on Wednesday night.” Kellen and Macy are not yet 5 years old and they are learning truths from God’s Word that can change the rest of their life…if we will continue to reinforce the lessons they are learning. Continue reading “We Must Help Them Know the Lord
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A Mother’s Hope and Heartache
Judges 13

mothers dayThere’s nobody like mom. Mothers have made an indelible impression on their children’s lives since the beginning of time. If you look back through the pages of history, seeking to find those men and women who have left their mark, you will find that there was a mother who first left her mark on that person’s life.

Two of the most influential shapers of our nation’s history, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, attributed their success, not to a great education, intestinal fortitude, or political savvy, but to their mother. Abraham Lincoln said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” George Washington, the Father of our nation, said, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

In every area of life, in every profession that men and women embark upon, you will find the influence of mothers. Stevie Wonder said, “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” One of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, once shared what his mother told him when he was young. Picasso said, “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” Mike Krzyzewski is one of the greatest college basketball coaches in the history of the game. His mother, Emily, never played basketball; she was a Polish immigrant who scrubbed floors at night at the Chicago Athletic Club to help provide for her family. In 2006, Mike donated, “The Emily Krzyzewski Center” to the community of Durham, North Carolina to help kids stay in school and teach them the important lessons Mike’s mom taught him. Emily never taught Mike how to play or coach basketball, but she is the one who laid the foundation that made Mike the man he is today. Mike says, “Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I’ve always looked up to.” Continue reading “A Mother’s Hope and Heartache
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