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Today is the day that we honor fathers. Thatís me! Honor me! Yea!
In all seriousness, we are to honor our fathers, and our mothers, and this day in June is set aside for us to honor the fathers in this country. But we are to honor our fathers, not because itís a holiday, not because itís a tradition, not because there are sales going on all over the country, but because God said so.
In fact, he said so very specifically. The bible tells us in Ephesians 6:1-3, ďChildren, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 ďHonor your father and motherĒówhich is the first commandment with a promiseó 3 ďthat it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.Ē
Notice that it doesnít say, honor only good moms and dads. It doesnít say, honor them if you like them. It doesnít say, honor only the right ones. It says, ďhonor your father and mother.Ē And so, today, we ought to honor all fathers.
But I want to speak directly to the dads here today. And if youíre not a dad, donít check out, because we all need to hear this. You see, we are involved in a war today, and the battleground is not in Iraq or Afghanistan. The battleground is in our homes. And whatís at stake is not our land, our property, our freedoms. Itís more important that than. Whatís at stake are our children.
And believe meóitís a war, itís an important war, and in this country, we are losing the battle. Children are turning from the faith in record numbers. Itís as if as soon as they leave home and go to college they leave the church. And if you donít believe me, look here this morning. And lest you think that its only a problem here, it is true all over this country. Children in record numbers are turning from God.
But itís nothing new. Itís the same as been happening over the course of time. I want to tell you a brief Biblical story this morning thatís going to be our guide for the remaining time we have todayóand Iíll be brief. Itís found in the book of Judges in the Old Testament. Genesis, exodus, Leviticus, numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges. In the pew bible itís found on page _______________. Judges 2: 6 -12
Let me give you a little background here today. The nation of Israel had just marched into the promised land, and they were settling into the land. Now, it wasnít a complete victory, because when they went in, they didnít always follow what God desired, and instead of conquering all of it, they instead settled into some of it. And just before what weíre going to look at, they were instructed that they didnít do what God desired, and they repented of it. With that in mind, letís read this important passage this morning. Judges 2:6-12.
After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance. 7 The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.
8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9
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