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Summary: Introduction: A On August 21, 1970, a woman gave birth to an 8lbs. baby boy in Centralia, Illinois at St. Mary’s Hospital.

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The Protectors: The Age of the Mom

(Some aspects of this message are from Wayne Searls’ message, “Three Things That Make an Outstanding Mother)

Mother’s Day 2015

May 10, 2015 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, speaker

Introduction:

A On August 21, 1970, a woman gave birth to an 8lbs. baby boy in Centralia, Illinois at St. Mary’s Hospital.

1 Shortly after the birth, the woman gave the unwanted, unplanned bastered child to a lady that wanted the child...the baby was me, the lady was Debbie, my mom. . .the woman is was the one who gave birth to me.

a The one who gave birth to me wasn’t my mom . . . giving birth doesn’t make a woman a mother.

b It takes a special woman to be mom.

aa Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relationship -Ron Heinlein

bb A mom is a person who willingly takes the responsibility to invest her life into another human being, who is totally dependent upon her to do so.

2 Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to some else’s happiness & well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when your not sure what the right thing is . . . and to forgive yourself, over & over again, for doing everything wrong. -Donna Ball

a Howard Hunter, “Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.”

b Life doesn’t come with a manual, but thank God, it does come with a mother.

B Luke 2:1-7 (NASB) 1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

1 In the infinite wisdom of God, He sent His only Son to be raised by a man & woman (Dad & Mom) with a very unique skill set.

a We know how picky we are with whom we allow to watch/pour into/invest into our children; We can only image how selective do you think the Father was on who raised Jesus?

b Mary had to be something unique, unequaled, unparalleled that set her apart as the woman whom Jesus would call “Imah” or “am”. (Hebrew for Mother & mom respectively.)

aa There’s something about Mary.

bb What was that something that made her unique, got her the job of being Yeshua’s Imah?

2 There is no way to be a perfect mother . . . but there a million ways to be a good one.

a This morning we’ll look at three actions that a mom can take to be a woman that gets God’s attention, that allow her children to rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her.

b Pray (Linda Schafer)

I The First Action that a woman can take to get God’s attention is TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

A Mary was a lady who had a deep and meaningful relationship with her God.

1 Luke 1.30, 46, 47

a When an angel appeared to her to reveal God’s plan for the Word to become flesh, the angel said, "Don’t be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "for God has decided to wonderfully bless you! Luke 1:30 (TLB)

aa In the “Magnificat”, Mary’s Song of Praise, she is giving a response to God’s great display of favor/grace upon her for choosing her to be the favored one.

bb Luke 1:46-55 (TLB)46 Mary responded, "Oh, how I praise the Lord. 47 How I rejoice in God my Savior!

48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation forever shall call me blest of God. 49 For he, the mighty Holy One, has done great things to me. 50 His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who reverence him. 51 "How powerful is his mighty arm! How he scatters the proud and haughty ones! 52 He has torn princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.53 He has satisfied the hungry hearts and sent the rich away with empty hands.

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