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Samuel (5 of 5)
Series: Here Comes The Judges
1 Sam. 1:20-28; 2:11-26, 34-35; 3:1-10, 19-21
INTRO: What is a child? A cute little bundle of energy that is often self-programmed! They are explorers, trekkers seeking out new things, going where every man has gone before their 5 year mission, to explore, mess up, turn upside down, to laugh, to cry until they become humans sometime around the age of 21. (Or in some cases, later!)
Most of us put children in the class of a minor impact on society.
BUT think about this, the entire future of our society is right now running around in diapers! Think about these truths:
a. These same little entities that cannot control their bladder will control the atomic weapons in less than 4 decades!
b. These same children whose food drools down their chins will be producing the world's supply of food in a few years!
c. These screamers now that don't get their way will one day be shouting orders in board rooms for control taking over our institutions that govern our society!
d. The same rebellious kids will one day take care of you!
ILLUS: Let every Christian father and mother understand, when their child is three years old, that they have done more than half of all they will ever do for his character. - Horace Bushnell (1802-1876) - Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entry 8306.
Life tomorrow is running around our feet today can we avoid teaching them the critical values and morals our God has given to us? Most importantly, will we INTRODUCE them to the same wonderful God we ourselves serve? If we don't, can we expect a NATION UNDER GOD, or ever expect to see people who know the living God?
ILLUS: ''If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures.'' - Daniel Webster - Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: St ...
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