Sermon:
Winning your Kids to Jesus
Father’s Day
June 17, 2007
There was a little first grade girl who wondered why her father brought home a briefcase full of work every evening. Her mother explained, "Daddy has so much to do that he can’t finish it all at the office." "Well, then" she asked, "why don’t they put him in a slower group?"
Our Daily Bread, 9/8/89
Today is Father’s Day. Congratulations all you dads! I want to ask all you guys a simple question this morning.

Have you ever had something go “bad” in your refrigerator?
Now here is the really important question, when something does goes bad in the refrigerator how long does it take you to figure it out?
I hate to admit it but some guys can go for as many as six months and never notice the green mold all over the veggies that have wilted into a green mush in the bottom of the vegetable drawer.
So how can you tell when food is spoiled?
Well, one of the first hints might be – when you open the door - it smells like something has died inside. But someone has come up with a list of ways in which we can determine whether our food has gone bad without having to smell it:
Ways to tell if food is bad:
• Canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball – should be disposed of… very carefully.
• If you can take Chip Dip out of its container and bounce it on the floor – it has gone bad.
• Any carrot that you can tie a clove hitch – is not fresh.
• Potatoes that are edible – generally do not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth.
• Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt – and smells like a goat.
• Yogurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese – and smells like a dead goat.
• Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese – and doesn’t smell any more – or maybe your nose is just burned out.
• Cheddar cheese is spoiled when you think it is blue cheese – but you realize you’ve never purchase that kind.
There are number of ways that you can tell you have spoiled food in your refrigerator. But when it does become rotten… what do you do with it? You throw it away.
That’s easy for food – but when it is your kids the issue is different. Kids aren’t something you throw away when they go bad. In fact none of us are disposable – that’s why Jesus came to our world – to redeem us and our kids and to make a way back to God’s perfect world.
So here is the real issue dads, how do you make sure your kids don’t go bad? How do you help them discover the great life that Jesus wants us to have with him? How do you win your kids to Jesus?
Well let me tell you a story. It’s the story of two boys and their father. Let’s call it the story of… Hophni, Phinnias, and the bad dad. We can read the story in 1 Samuel 2:13-17. You ready? Here we go…
Hophni, Phinnias & the Bad Dad
Eli’s own sons were a bad lot. They didn’t know GOD and could not have cared less about the customs of priests among the people…
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