by Jim Henry

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The Way Home, Part 1 of 16
Proverbs 30:18, James 1:5
Rev. Jim Henry
Sunday, 01/09/00, 9:15 A.M. Service

Our text this morning is found in two places. The
first is in the Book of Proverbs and the other is in
the Book of James. I am beginning the series today on
the Home and the Family. It begins, of course, with
marrying right. Why would we spend so much time, four
months, on the family? I will tell you in just a
moment. I want to read these texts.

Proverbs 30:18 - "There are three things that are too
amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way
of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a
man with a maiden."

James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask
God, who gives generously to all without finding
fault, and it will be given to him."

Please pray with me. Lord, bless now the sharing, the
teaching, the challenge. Let the words of my mouth and
the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your
sight, Oh, Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer. In
Jesus' name, Amen.

Why such a message and why such a series? It is very
important for you to know. Through the years I have
taught on the family and I have always felt that it
was important to do that, and it has become
increasingly important to do that.

Just recently in James Dobson's mail-out, he brought
these statistics about today's families and the
cultural attitudes toward them. Since 1970, there has
been a decline of more than one-third in the annual
number of marriages per one thousand women. The
percentage of adults in the population at any one time
who are married has also diminished. However, the
number of unmarried co-habiting couples has continued
to increase--865% since 1960. The number of intact
married couples who rate their marriages very happy
has decreased. In 1973, 67.4% said their marriages
wer ...

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