Summary: Being a godly parent is something one does deliberately.
The 24/7 Godly Parent
August 10, 2003 Baby Dedication Service Mike Fogerson, Speaker
DT 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
ETS: The parents of Israel were told to be godly parents to their children.
ESS: Being a godly parent is done deliberately.
OBJECTIVE: I hope my listeners will take their responsibility for being godly parents.
Probing Question: What are you doing to be a 24/7 godly parent?
Transitional Sentence: Let’s look at the two responsibilities of being a godly parent.
Alexander the Great was asked how he conquered the world. He said three words, "By not wavering."
How will we put God into our kids? By not wavering.
How will we teach our kids about God? BNW
How will we reach every available Chester household for God? B.N.W.
How will we bring America back from the brink of moral bankruptcy? BNW
I The first responsibility of a 24/7 godly parent is to get God inside of them. (v.4/6)
A God commanded the nation of Israel to love Him with everything they had.
a Love God with all your Heart, Soul, & might.
(Love God with all of your Heart & Soul...everything you’ve got!)
b Hos. 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
*My people are ruined/destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have turned your back/rejected. . .
*For over 2,000 years Israel was exiled,. . .1947 Israel became a nation once again. What would have happened IF they wouldn’t have forgotten the love God with heart/soul?
B If you’re a single mom/father/grandparent. . .the message is the same for all of you. You must love God with all of your heart & soul.
a A *hunger, thirst, lust, craving, longing, passion for God from Sunday to Saturday.
b 94 Million men in America, 68 million do not attend church. (Facts & Trends, May 2003)
*Attending church IS NOT the only way to show God you love Him, but tell me a more visible, measurable, public, scriptural, easier way of showing your love to God! (IF you love God with your heart & soul your going to be at church on Sundays.)
C Lake (my 3 year old) and I have little way of measuring our love for one another. a I ask him how much he loves me and he stretches his arms out and says, I love you this much, Daddy." And then I say, "Is that all?" Then he spreads his feet as wide they can go, while holding his arms out and says, "I love you with the leg too, dad!"
b That’s loving God with all your heart & soul. He wants us to love him with the leg too!