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Summary: Lois to Eunice to Timothy - faith found, shared, and passed on - a family legacy.

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Rewards of a Mother’s Faith

2 Timothy 1:5

(cf. 1-7)

… I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Acts 16:1

Paul came … to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.

INTRODUCTION

.. Today is Mother’s Day – a day set aside to honor our Mothers.

Establishment –

.. This day was originally observed by Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) in 1908 who gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to those who attended a memorial service in honor of her mother – soon the idea gained popularity and began to be observed by several cities throughout the nation. Finally, on May 9, 1914 by an act of Congress and a declaration of President Woodrow Wilson the “second” Sunday in May was designated as Mother’s Day.

[Unknown – Mother’s Day, Pulpit Help, 1991, SermonIllustrations.com, downloaded 12 May, 2007]

Illustrations –

1. Some Mothers

. Some mothers are teachers.

. Some mothers are disciplinarians.

. Some mothers are cleaning ladies.

. Some mothers are gardeners and mowers of lawns.

. Some mothers are maintenance workers.

. Some mothers are cooks – most understanding that baking cookies is more important than washing windows.

. Some mothers are nurses.

. Some mothers are doctors.

. Some mothers are psychologist, molders of vocabularies, and shaper of attitudes.

. Some mothers are soft voices saying, “I love you.” Some mothers are a link to God, a child’s first impression of God’s love.

. Some mothers do all of these things and much, much more – plus pursue a career outside of the home.

[Melvin M. Newland – A Mother’s Love (adapted), SermonCentral.com, “Illustrations”, downloaded 12 May, 2007]

2. A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher … [found] that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother. [Unknown].

[Michael McCartney – Acts of Mothers, [Proverbs 31:10-31 sermon], SermonCentral.com, downloaded 12 May 2007]

3. [Someone once said] – “I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” [Unknown].

[Ibid.]

Memories –

1. My favorite memory about my mother is when I was a boy. I would go pick some wild blackberries and take them to my mom. She would pay me 50 cents for them and then turn around and make me a blackberry cobbler to eat. To this day blackberry cobbler is my favorite desert.

2. Another important memory that I have about my mother | father is that they taught me that the Bible was the word of God. They were not fanatics – instead they lived their lives respecting the teachings of the Bible – setting forth an example for me.

Honor –

.. Some of our greatest memories from growing up as children often reflect back upon our mothers.


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