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Summary: America’s Number 1 problem is the breakdown of the family. Described as “dysfunctional” - if that is the case of society’s top problem then our highest priority must be to build functional families.

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(Jeremiah 6:16 GW) “Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which

paths are the old, reliable paths. Ask which way leads to blessings.

Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves.”

Joshua 24:15 NIV - “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

• Joshua made a choice for his home. His choice was for his household to serve one God only, to worship one God only. A choice against idolatry and for faithfulness. Regardless of the choices of others Joshua’s wife and children knew which way he would lead them.

The challenges of Joshua’s day are no less than those we live among today. We have to choose to live according to God’s design for us IN OUR HOMES and FAMILIES.

•Is Christ is the head of this house, The unseen guest at every meal, The silent listener to every conversation.

•America’s Number 1 problem is the breakdown of the family.

•Described as “dysfunctional” - if that is the case of society’s top problem then our highest priority must be to build functional families.

•William Bennett calls the family “The fundamental unit of civilization.”

Since the advent of television there has been a wide variety of depictions of the family: Ozzie & Harriet, I love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons, Father knows Best, to the Brady Bunch, Sanford & Son, The Munsters, The Adams Family, The Huxtables, The Simpsons, The Bundy's, The Family Guy, The Sopranos, The Bunkers, the Partridge family, The Kardashians

“The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation for our freedoms. In the family we learn our first lessons of God and man, love and discipline, rights and responsibilities, human dignity and human frailty.” Ronald Reagan

Condition of the Modern Family

•Distracted.

(Isaiah 53:6 NIV) “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.”

•Divided.

(Mark 3:25 NLT) “A family splintered by feuding will fall apart.”

•Disrespectful.

(Titus 3:3 CEV) “We used to be stupid, disobedient, and

foolish, as well as slaves of all sorts of desires and pleasures.

We were evil and jealous. Everyone hated us, and we hated

everyone.”

•Dysfunctional.

(James 3:14-16 NLT) “But if you are bitterly jealous and there

is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with

boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s

kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and

demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition,

there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”


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