The Harmony of the Home by Marvin D. Patterson

The Harmony of the Home
Marvin Patterson
Ephesians 6:1- 9

There was a young couple who had just purchased brand new appliances for their house, and they decided to give their old refrigerator to their parents. Since they lived many miles apart, they just shipped the refrigerator to their parents. A few days later the phone rang, her mother said, "Honey, we want to send you a check for the refrigerator." The daughter said, "No, Mom, it's a gift. We want you to have it."

The mother said, "But you could have sold it and made money." The daughter said, "Look, Mom, just consider it as repayment for all those days that you took care of me when I was at home." After a slight pause her mother said, "In that case the refrigerator doesn't cover it."

A 40-year old eligible bachelor left his hometown to seek his fortune. Several months later he returned home to share some exciting news with his father. He exclaimed, "Pop, I just got married." His father said, "That's good." The son said, "But, she sure is ugly." The father said, "Well, that's bad." The son said, "But, she sure is rich." The father said, "Well, that's good." The son said, "But, she sure is stingy." The father said, "Well, that's bad." The son said, "But, she did build a brand new house for me." The father said, "Well, that's good." The son said, "But, the house just burned down." The father said, "Well, that's bad." The son said, "No, that's good, because she was in it."

Introduction:

We are currently studying through a wonderful Pauline Epistle called Ephesians. We come to the beginning of chapter six, and we see that Paul continues the teaching on certain relationships. Last week we studied what it takes to have a wonderful home, and this theme is continued in this chapter as well.

Body:

1- Children are to obey their parents

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Paul starts out by giving an admonition that needs to be he ...


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