by Rex Yancey

Timeless Values for Troubled Homes
Rex Yancey
Exodus 20:1-3

Most of you have seen Extreme Home Makeover on T. V. There is a house in need of repair and house owners who cannot afford the repairs. There are opinionated designers and a short time to get the work done. The work is usually first class and greatly appreciated.

You can't do a makeover on a home in a week. It takes a little longer. All of us would like the instant fixes.

We have witnessed a group from Flowerdy, Ga. doing Extreme Grace Home makeovers in our area. The recipients are shocked and grateful.

This morning I want to talk about the foundation for family values. Family values have been politicized in our generation. They have gone the way of being ''Born Again'' as was heralded in the Presidency of Jimmy Carter. -It is great to talk about family values as long as you don't identify which family values. We might say ''Traditional.'' Ozzie and Harriet or Leave it to Beaver would be an example. However, we need to go further back than that. Let's go back to the Ten Commandments. ''Thou shall have no other gods before me.''

Deuteronomy 6:6 says ''And these words which I am commanding you today, shall be on your hearts, and you shall diligently teach them to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.'' -Three great religions of the world agree that these commandments are form God, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

The first one is ''No other gods.'' I want to be your God. I want to be first in your life. The number one family value is to put God first. -Matthew 6:33 ''Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all His commandments and all these other things shall be added unto you.'' -You don't get your family values from Jerry Springer, Beavis and Butthead, Oprah, the Crosby's, the Simpson's, or Roseanne. You get your family values from the Word of God. -These are values we pass on. These are values ...

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