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Helping our Children Avoid the Road of Rebellion (5 of
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
1 Samuel 2-3
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
July 27, 1999
As we continue our summer series of messages under the
heading: There’s No Place Like Home, join me in the
Old Testament book of 1 Samuel.
We’re going to begin reading in a moment from chapter
2 verse 12 about a dysfunctional family.
Friend... a dysfunctional family is dysfunctional
because of unmet needs. Weather it’s a physical need
an emotional need intellectual need or a spiritual
need dysfunctional families are dysfunctional because
somebody... sometime... somewhere failed to meet a
That’s why you find throughout the Bible dysfunctional
families. Isaac had a dysfunctional family! Jacob
had a dysfunctional family! David had a dysfunctional
And then there was Judge Eli! Now Eli’s family
perhaps was similar to yours. Eli was a faithful man.
Even his name tells us that for the name Eli means
Jehovah, my God. He had a duel responsibility at the
church as both priest and judge.
Eli was also a family man. He had two sons who grew
up to be priest like their daddy. But there was
something wrong in his home. Eli was a success
professionally but a failure domestically.
Eli reminds me of Billy Sunday, the great evangelist.
As he was out winning the world he neglected his
children. In fact... all of his children turned from
the faith and several became alcoholics. And at the
end of his ministry, Billy Sunday said, I have won the
entire world to Christ, but have lost my family.
Well Eli made some tragic mistakes with his family.
Mistakes that if you make will lead your children down
the road of rebellion. And that road leads to ruin!
That’s what I want to talk to you about this morning.
It’s from the Word of God that I want to show you as
parents How to Help your children avoid the road of
rebellion! And I say help be ...
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