by John Barnett

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Mary, Mother of James - How to Love Our Moms (3 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
Luke 1

Open your Bibles to Luke chapter 1-we are talking about Mothers.

Chuck Swindoll is his classic book, You and Your Child writes these words,

''She cooks, she cleans, she comforts, and she corrects. She has six pairs of hands and eyes in the back of her head. We call her: MOM. Mother.

For some, this word conjures up images of June Cleaver, complete with lace apron and pearls -- singing lullabies, baking brownies, kissing away a child's hot tears. Others envision the Erma Bombeck model, who drives a wood-paneled station wagon and whose hobby is dust. Whatever the type, no one has more influence than a mother. For better or worse, she will forever impact the life of her child.

Tough and tender, wise and warm, a mother must be all things to all her family ... at all times. That's quite a job description, and anyone who is a mother or has watched one in action knows there's no career more demanding or more endangered and more needed in today's society.

One thing is for certain on this Mother's Day - I couldn't think of anything that more touches our lives because either you have a mother or you are a mother. Luke 1 introduces us to a special mother. I you have a mother and we all do, you can show your love for her whether she is present here this morning, whether she is alive and present somewhere else around here or if she has passed away either out of your life or maybe out of this world- you can still honor and express your love toward her. The Bible shows us how we can do that.

Second, if you are not a mom or are going to be a mom someday--- or a man and will never be a mom--- there is something we can learn from Mary's life. Something about the devotion that God honors. Something about the character and quality of life that God wants.

This morning may I introduce you (or reintroduce you) to MARY, the mother of James-- and that's ...

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