Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Ephesians, chapter 5, and we are studying today a very important passage of God's Word. I am speaking about THE HOME. We want to think about the CHRISTIAN HOME, the home that God blesses.
THE HOME is the greatest institution on the face of the earth. Today we are in a time of national crisis. Today we are worried about the condition of the world. We are worried about war. We are worried about our nation. But actually the fundamental problem is not with our nation. The results of the problem SHOW UP in the nation, but fundamentally it is not the nation, as such, that is at fault. Let me remind you also that the Church is not altogether the problem. To be sure, there is a declension in many places in the Church. Many of our churches are not measuring up to what Christ wants them to be and there are evidences of apostasy abroad in the Church today, a lowering of standards, a failing to measure up to the Word of God and obedience to Christ. All of that is true. But fundamentally the trouble is not with the nation, and it is not with the Church; the trouble is with THE HOME. It is THE HOME that God has particularly focused His blessings upon, in order that He might bless THE WORLD. As THE HOME goes, so goes the nation; and as THE HOME goes, so goes the Church. THE HOME is the great unit of God's revelation and manifestation of blessing in the world, and real CHRISTIAN homes would make a blessed church; real CHRISTIAN homes would make a blessed nation.
God in the Beginning did not create nations, as such. He did not create the Church as such. God created the HOME, in the beginning. We read in the Book of Genesis how God made the home. You remember, He brought the woman to the man. He gave them the command that they should be FOR HIM and should multiply the earth. The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept. And God took one ...
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