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Series: Guidelines for a Godly Home
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Let me say to every parent here today that the most important job you have is to point your sons and daughters to Jesus Christ! More important than to work-front is the home-front!
You say, ''Pastor .. I'm succeeding at the work-front but I'm failing at the home-front.'' Well .. I've got some goods for you: there is help for the home-front! In fact .. that's why God gave the Ten Commandments to start with! He gave them to the parents of the children of Israel .. so that when they arrived in the Promised Land .. that they could build godly homes in a godless land.
So .. the Ten Commandments were given to parents to help them to fortify their families. Listen to what God says in Deut 5.29, ''Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever.''
I know that you want things to go well with your family and with your children! I'll tell you somebody else who wants things to go well with you and your children: God does! Moms and Dads .. God wants your family to be successful! And the secret to your family success is found in Genesis 39.2, ''The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man ..''
Now look with me to Exodus 20. God is giving Moses 10 guidelines for building godly homes. God gives them to Moses ... Moses gives them to the children of Israel so that their families could survive and thrive in the Promised Land.
The first 4 guidelines teach us about the priority of our relationship with God. The most important relationship is our relationship with God! Once that relationship is established through His son Jesus Christ ... then all of our other relationships will work.
So .. the first four guidelines teach us how to get right and stay right with God. The last six guidelines teach us how to be right in our relationship with others. M ...
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