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Summary: Faith must be LIVING or it is not faith at all. Faith must be SEASONED with love or it will not be SWALLOWED by our children!

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Faith of Our Mothers

2 Timothy 1:5

2 Timothy 1:5

5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and,

I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

(NIV)

Some Things My Mother Taught Me

My mother taught me CONTORTIONS

"Have you seen the dirt on the back of your neck?"

My mother taught me TO STAND FIRM

"You’ll sit there till all that spinach is finished."

My mother taught me WEATHER

"Looks as if a tornado swept through your room."

My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

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

My mother taught me BEHAVIOR PROGRAMMING

"Stop acting like your father!"

My mother taught me ENVY

"There are millions of less fortunate children who don’t have parents like yours!"

My mother taught me ROOTS

"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My mother taught me JUSTICE

"One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU...then you’ll see what it’s like."

And she thought no one was listening!

Men may enjoy advantages in physical strength, but they are much less likely than women to exercise their spiritual muscles. This gender gap extends to the typical family unit: mothers outpace fathers in terms of spiritual activity and commitment. In fact, the Barna survey examined 12 different elements of faith behavior and perspective. Mothers were distinct from fathers on 11 of the 12 factors.

When it comes to spiritual perspectives, a majority of mothers said they have been greatly transformed by their faith, while less than half of fathers had shared this experience. Also, three-quarters of moms said their faith is very important in their life, while this view was true among just two-thirds of fathers. Mothers were also more likely than fathers to be born again Christians, to say they are absolutely committed to Christianity, and to embrace a personal responsibility to share their faith in Jesus Christ with others.

Moms are also more religiously active. In a typical week, mothers are more likely than are fathers to attend church, pray, read the Bible, participate in a small group, attend Sunday school, and volunteer some of their time to help a non-profit organization. The only faith-related activity in which fathers are just as likely as mothers to engage is volunteering to help at a church.

Faith must be LIVING or it is not faith at all.

2 Timothy 1:5

5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and,

I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

(NIV)

A.B. Patton penned the lyrics to Hymn 490 in your Hymnal. He talks about the kind of faith that is alive.

Faith of our mothers, living still

In cradle song and bedtime prayer;

In nursery lore and fireside love,

Thy presence still pervades the air:

Faith of our mothers, living faith!

We will be true to thee to death.

How do you know something is alive? According to Wikipedia,

There are four vital signs which are standard in most medical settings:

TEMPERATURE

HEART RATE

BLOOD PRESSURE

RESPIRATORY RATE


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