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Summary: Loving God involves more than warm fuzzy feelings. It involves an outward display -- in our actions. Jewish people use objects as reminders of this truth.

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1. Greatest Command? Mark 12

2. Jesus' response: Deuteronomy 6.4-9 + Leviticus 19.10

3. Love God -- in and out; Show and Tell

I. Home Schooling (Teaching Children)

[The arrival of children affects life

A mother's Clothing

* 1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your doctor

confirms your pregnancy.

* 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

* 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

The Babies Clothing

* 1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them,

and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.

* 2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

* 3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?

Pacifier

* 1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you take it home and wash and boil it.

* 2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with juice from the baby's bottle.

* 3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

At Home

* 1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

* 2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older

child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

* 3rd baby: You spend a part of everyday hiding from the children.

A. Children are Holy Gifts from God

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127.3

1. The first commandment recorded in scripture -- be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1.28)

2. Dedication of children to God, doing the best we can do

B. Society is a harsh place for children --

1. [My freedoms as a child; compared to today

2. Educational system that leaves God out in word and practice -- children disciplined for silent prayer; chewing a pop-tart in the shape of a pistol [Idaho is being considered off limits because if you turn it sideways it looks like a gun]

3. Moral breakdown of the culture -- Homosexuality is accepted as an alternative regardless of God's position

4. Mocking biblical lifestyle -- "Clinging to guns and bible"

C. We can Pass on the baton of faith to children; it involves

1. Building Relationships -- Spending Time

a. [Harry Chapin: "Cat's in the Cradle"

I'm gonna' be like you, Dad; You know I'm gonna be like you.

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me, He'd grown up just like me, My boy was just like me

b. Quality and Quantity Time

2. Being Responsible -- Live Your Faith

a. "Don't do as I do, do as I say."

b. Not sinless perfection but consistency

c. Model the life before them -- making disciples begins at home

1) If we want our sons to love their wives as Christ loved the church -- Dads, model it

2) If we want our daughters to love their husbands, Moms model it (in scriptural bounds)

3) If we want our children to practice morality -- turn off immoral TV, etc.

4) If we want our children to pray -- parents pray; study; serve; etc.

3. Bringing Repetition -- Teach Diligently (with repetition)

[In 1800, President T. Jefferson commissioned a national survey to determine the level of literacy in America. The survey found that more than 97% of Americans could read and write. The stated reason was that American fathers practiced daily bible reading with their children around the breakfast table.


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