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Summary: Little foxes are getting through the cracks & crevices of our homes, & they have been opening the way for its destruction. As a result, today's homes are often not what God intended them to be. (Powerpoints available - #112)

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MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER

RIDGE CHAPEL, KANSAS, OK

(Revised: 2016)

(The PowerPoints used with this message are available for free. Just email me at mnewland@sstelco.com and request PP #112.)

TEXT: Song of Solomon 2:15

Today is known as Mother’s Day in the U.S., & for most of us it is a very special day. Telephone companies tell us that it is by far their busiest day of the year. It is a day for greetings & expressions of love. And it is also a day for remembering.

ILL. Someone wrote an interesting article entitled, “What My Mother Taught Me.”

What did my mother teach me? Well, she taught me a lot. For example, my mother taught me LOGIC - "If you fall off that swing & break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me."

My mother taught me MEDICINE - "If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way."

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE - "What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you, & don’t you talk back to me!"

My mother taught me ANTICIPATION - "Just wait until your father gets home."

My Mother taught me HUMOR - "When that lawn mower cuts off all your toes, don’t come running to me."

My mother taught me about GENETICS - "You’re just like your father!"

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT - "If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

And her favorite subject was JUSTICE - "One day you’ll have kids, & I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s been like. I can’t wait for that day to come!"

Well, maybe your mother wasn’t quite like that, but almost all of us have some very special memories about mother & home. And though my mother has been gone for 35 years now, I have so many precious memories of her.

A. Mother & home when you mention one you just automatically think of the other. And when most of us think of home we forget the bad things, & remember the good.

Those of us who are older remember the sounds & sights & smells of home, of screen doors banging in the summer time, the aroma of cookies just out of the oven, & of freshly baked bread.

Home - we enjoyed a sense of acceptance there, & of being loved. And no matter what anyone said, we knew mother loved us. We were certain of that.

But once we left home we found that the world is not as kind. It's always judging us & trying to place us into categories if we're good looking enough or smart enough or ambitious enough or successful enough. And if we don't measure up, then the world rejects us.

SUM. But still, there is home & mother. Unfortunately, home is not what it used to be. So perhaps we need to re-evaluate what is happening within the walls of the home, & in our family relationships.

B. There is a verse of scripture in the O.T. that I'm going to use as a text this morning. It is Song of Solomon 2:15. Here is what it says, "Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom."

That verse sounds rather strange, doesn't it? But I believe Solomon was simply saying that little things can often ruin or destroy the big & important things in life.


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John Yoder

commented on May 6, 2009

A wonderful untraditional look at an obscure text. Thanks.

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