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Summary: God’s plan for parents and kids is a clear and attainable.

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What has gone wrong with America’s Children?

· Did you know that in the US, every 8 seconds of every school day a child drops out of school?

· Every 26 seconds a child runs away from home.

· Every 47 seconds a child is either abused or neglected.

· Every 7 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.

· Every 36 minutes a child is either hurt or killed by a gun.

· Could it simply be that America’s Parents haven’t read the Bible and haven’t taught their kids to obey & honor?

Our focus this morning by the Holy Spirit is caring for our kids…

· With all of the books & seminars, packets & pamphlets on raising kids… the Holy Spirit uses just 4 verses to lead us & teach us.

Maybe you’re not a parent this morning… well you’re still a kid.

· You’re a child of God, our faithful Heavenly Father.

· And as His children, we have the joy of relating to a father that never leaves us, never hurts us, and never gives up on us.

NOW Parents we have an awesome PRIVILEGE…

It was BILLY GRAHAM who said: Children will invariably talk, eat, walk, think, respond, and act like their parents. Give them a target to shoot at. Give them a goal to work toward. Give them a pattern that they can see clearly, and you give them something that gold and silver cannot buy.

· IN our care are given the moldable, changeable, & unpredictable little persons who grow up so quickly!

YES… there are times, those difficult times when you might want to parent the way Mark Twain suggested:

When a kid turns thirteen, stick him in a barrel, nail the lid on top, and feed him through the knot hole. When he turns sixteen -- plug up the knot hole. But not even that plan will work. Neither you nor I have ever seen a teenager who could get enough food to survive through the knot hole of a barrel!

· We feed them, clothe them, house them…the PRACTICAL side.

· That’s the PRACTICAL SIDE… BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY…

· We feed them God’s Word, clothe them with prayers, and house them in a spiritual, God-honoring home…

Proverbs 22.6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Dorothy Law Nolte once wrote down these thoughts…

If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice.

If a child lives with security, He learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,

He learns to find love in the world.

So our attention is turned toward children and parenting…

Q: What voice are you obeying as a parent? Is it pop psychology? Is it the latest videotape series? Is it nothing at all? Are you flying by in life by the seat of your pants?

· There is a Book out there that will help you parent.

· It’s the all time best seller – God’s Word!

· And I ask you to let the Holy Spirit speak to you this morning, open yourself up His leading and prompting…

I. (6:1-3) Obey & Honor.

1. (1) Children obey…

a. There’s God’s word to kids… OBEY YOUR PARENTS.

b. Wow… what a difference our world would experience if OBEDIENCE ruled the land!

The Greek Word “OBEY” is an interesting one…

· It carries the idea of a soldier ready to engage in battle…

· He’s listening carefully for the orders and instructions of his commanding officer. -- It’s a word of action

NOW NOTICE, Paul is not addressing the PARENTS here…

· He doesn’t say, “Hey, you parents, have your kids obey.”

· Instead he speaks directly to the children…

· But it’s not to just children who are young and dependent.

· The word Paul uses here ‘teknia’ doesn’t mean little ones, but refers to any person living under the roof of a parent’s home.

APP: Whether you are 9 or 19, 3 or 23, if you live under your parent’s roof, then you are a ‘teknia’.

· If you eat their food, use their bathroom, then this is the Word of God for you. OBEY your mom and dad.

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