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Your Real Battle (8 of 8)
Season of the Family
June 29, 2003
Finally! That's how our text begins. This passage signals the end of an extended discussion that began three chapters back in this book. This also marks the end of our Season of the Family Series of Sunday morning messages. Ever since Mother's Day we have been exploring a host of themes from the Bible all relating to strengthening our family connections. A number of those have been based in the last two chapters of Ephesians.
On one hand, these parting words may seem to have little to do with family matters. But I think that the more we think about them, the more I am forced to conclude that these may actually be the most important words of all to the family. This passage is a reminder of the battle we are really in and how we are going to win or lose it.
Can anyone deny that we live in a world in which there is a battle for our families? Raising happy, successful, honest, godly families is not easy. It probably never has been. But almost everyone acknowledges that it is getting tougher not easier. The pressures, the temptations, the distractions are everywhere. All one needs to do is compare the normal television fare today with what many of us grew up on or our kids grew up on to find all the proof we need that we live in a world that is getting less and less family friendly every day. Small town Missouri might have once upon a time been partly insulated from the problems. No longer. We all know that.
We have a battle on our hands. The destinies of our children and our grandchildren are at stake. There are forces at war against their futures and ours. The more serious we are and the better prepared to do battle, the better the outcome.
Finally, the bottom-line! The conclusion to the entire subject! The last word! That's what our text brings us to today. It is a fitting place to draw this year's Season of the Family to a close. ...
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