Teachable Moments (3 of 6) by Jeff Strite

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Teachable Moments (3 of 6)
Series: Raising A G-rated Family In An R-rated World
Jeff Strite
Deuteronomy 6:1-23

OPEN: I once read the true story of woman who had been just learning to golf. She had been at it for about a month or so when her father-in-law invited her to go golfing with him. After teeing off on one of the holes, her father-in-law was intent on finding the ball he had sliced into the rough. Meanwhile the woman, concentrating deeply on her shot, was unaware of his position. Her shot was a low, whistling ball that passed within inches of his head. He instinctively dropped to the ground.

Almost immediately the woman ran to him and blurted out, ''I would have warned you, but I couldn't remember the number to yell.''

APPLY: What ''number'' was she supposed to yell???
Fore!
Now, of course, we all know that's not a number. We're not sure why golfers yell that word (there's about 3 different theories) but nonetheless she didn't.
Why not?
Why DIDN'T she yell FORE?

Well, she forgot.
She was a new golfer and in the panic of the moment, and because she lacked experience, she froze. And frankly, she endangered her father-in-law (and she knew it) because she forgot.

Forgetting things CAN be dangerous.
If you forget to put oil in your car you can ruin the engine
If you forget to turn off the burner on the stove, you can burn down the house
If you forget your anniversary

And here in Deuteronomy 6, God is telling us that if we want to have the kind of family that will make us proud; if we want a G-rated (God-rated) home then you and I need to REMEMBER certain things, and we need to TEACH our families to remember those things.

I. What do we need to teach our families to remember?

ILLUS: A Sunday school teacher asked her group of children if any of them could quote the entire twenty-third psalm.
A little 4 year-old girl raised her hand. A bit skeptical, the teacher asked if she could really quote the entire psalm.
The little ...


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