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Summary: Sermon 5 of 6 in the Calvary Family Series 2003. Am I the only one amazed at the way that children talk to their parents and about them? No big deal, everybody is doing it, it's a different day, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. What does God say?

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What America Has Forgotten

About Honoring Your Parents

June 2003

Calvary Baptist Church

Proverbs 30:11

Sermon 5 of 6 in the Calvary Family Series 2003. Am I the only one amazed at the way that children talk to their parents and about them? No big deal, everybody is doing it, it's a different day, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. What does God say?

Tommy, one of my neighbor's grandsons, walked into the convenience store and asked the clerk for a box of Tide so that he could wash his dog, Petey. The clerk was appalled and told the boy, "Son, you can't use Tide on a dog. It might hurt him. Are you sure you want Tide?" "Oh, yes," Tommy insisted. So the clerk sold the boy a box of Tide. The next day, Tommy skulked into the store with a very sad look on his face. "What's the matter, Tommy," the clerk asks. "My dog died," the boy blurted out, tears rolling down his cheeks. "That's terrible," said the clerk. "But remember, I told you that Tide might hurt your dog." The boy responded, "I don't think it

was the Tide. I think it was the spin cycle." Streiker, L. D. (2000)

We had a quicksand box in our backyard. I was an only child, eventually.

—Steven Wright, Streiker, L. D. (2000). Nelson's big book of laughter

TEXT: Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Portions based on a message brought on 5/17/94 by John Vangeldern.

Portions of today's message are from John Vangeldern.

I. There is a Commandment to Retain

To RETAIN is to keep something in effect. A RETAINER keeps your teeth in the right position.

This is from God Himself!

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Ephes. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

• In the matter of relationships, this comes at a primary place in the list.

• Children are to obey their parents like a servant to a master.

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is

mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests,

that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

• Rolling your eyes, grunting, mouthing back, whining is dishonoring your parents.

• And note that the promise of Exodus 20:12 is to those who HONOR their parents.

• It is not given to those who obey, but do not honor!

II. There is a Comfort to Receive (From the Lord)

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Ephes. 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. [2] Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) [3] That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

There are natural and divine causes of sickness and death.

III. There is a Consequence to Realize

• In the O.T., there were three offenses children could commit toward their parents that resulted in a public stoning of that child.


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