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Jim Henry, pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from radio program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #130, CT # 305082
"WHEN YOU WANT A HAPPY FAMILY"
In this series on the family, I want to look at Ephesians 6 in close detail
because I believe that Satan comes against the family, but if the family will
stand on God's principles, God will help us to have happy homes. That doesn't
mean that children can't go wrong. In a week or two, I'll be preaching about
prodigal children. The Bible teaches a lot about children who go wrong even
when they've had godly homes. Why does this happen? What's the child's
responsibility? I'll deal with that later,
I believe that God expects the family to be the place where basic roots are
given. Yet the family is under great attack today. And I'm going to ask you to
listen carefully and pray much as we look at this text.
James Dobson, who is a great writer and counselor, said that among the many
letters he gets was one from a little boy. He said something like this:
"Dear Dr. Dobson,
I've just finished reading your book, "Preparation
for Adolescence." I'm in the fifth grade and I have a girl-
friend. She broke up with me. I have family problems.
It bothered me so much, I decided to take my life. I
put a noose around my neck and tried to hang myself. As I
was dying and felt the breath leaving my body, I decided I
didn't want to die. Somehow, I got the noose from around
my neck, and God and I are struggling together.
Thanks for your help."
"P.S. Some of my friends at school tried to give me drugs,
but I won't take them and I never will. Some respect me
for it, some call me chicken, but I don't care."
Now, did you get that? Not a tenth grader, but a fifth grader! Drugs,
family problems, suicide. You see, we live in such an era, particularly in the
United States, when things that we wouldn't have dreamed of are happening.
Kids of our generation ...
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