Baby Dedication:
Psalm 127:3
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.”
 
Abandoned
Abandoned House
The Abandoned House - will not remain in good condition; no longer a home.

Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“

Family - “…a group of persons related by marriage and blood ties and generally living together in the same household.” Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Home Wreckers:
Abandoned                                          “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (v.1)
 
“Children, obey…”
In The Ten Commandments


Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Wise Encouragement:
Proverbs 1:8-9
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”

Most Important Part?
“In the Lord”
- Mom, Dad, kids, siblings… all in the Lord!

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”

Abandoned                                          “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (V.2-3)

“That it may go well with you” - it is not only the obedience that makes it go well; it is the contribution of parents.

Instructions to Leaders in the Home:
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
 
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Abandoned                                          “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“ (v.4)

Leading a Household is Not Easy
Paul Repeated to Colossae

Colossians 3:20-21 “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

  • Finding the balance - leading without provoking
  • Chainsaw Sculpture - cutting away everything that isn’t a bear; but leaving everything that is.

A Command With A Promise:
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Example: The Prodigal Son
What did the Father do? He waited.

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”