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Summary: A look at a real mothers sacrifical love.

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Counterfeit Mom

1Kings 3:16-28

Intro. Today is mother’s day and I want to say how much I appreciate all you moms that are here this morning. If it wasn’t for you and all the things you do around here we would have to suspend most of the programs here in the church. Not only are you an integral part of your family you are also an integral part of our church.

. As I was thinking about and meditating on today’s sermon I thought about all the things that my mother taught me in my life. I’m sure that your mother taught you many things also.

. I want to take a minute and reminisce about some things my mother taught me. Listen to them and see if your mother may have taught you some of the same things.

. - My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.

"If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

- My mother taught me about RELIGION.

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

- My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.

"If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

- My mother taught me LOGIC.

"Because I said so, that’s why."

- My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."

- My mother taught me IRONY.

"Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about."

- My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

- My mother taught me about WEATHER.

"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

- My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

- My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.

"Stop acting like your father!"

- My mother taught me about ENVY.

"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do."

- My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

"Just wait until we get home"

- My mother taught me about RECEIVING.

"You are going to get it when your father gets home

- My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.

"If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up."

- My mother taught me GENETICS.

"You act just like your father."

- My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

"Shut that door behind you. You weren’t born in a barn

My mother taught me WISDOM.

"When you get to be my age, you’ll understand."

- My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

"One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

. True stories and sayings are sometimes the funniest aren’t they?

. Moms, we love and appreciate you this morning.

. As I contemplated a mother’s day sermon this year, God seemed to lead me to a rather different story in regards to mothers.

. Our scripture this morning is about wise king Solomon and his encounter with a mother.

. Let’s read our scripture. 1Kings 3:16-28

. 16Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled.17“Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house.18Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house.

19“But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it.20Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her.21And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”

22Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.”

“No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king.

23Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other.24All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king.

25Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!”

26Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!”

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