by Frank Pollard

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Exodus 20:12
Moses was not a preacher with ten suggestions for people
who might opt to be religious. Rather he was the leader of
a brand new nation who for the first time in four hundred
years were experiencing freedom. God was beginning the
preamble of the Ten Commandments in a very positive way
saying, "I made you free, I am the one who brought you out
of Egypt, I want you to be free, and now here are ten principles
by which you can keep free."
Now, he's talking about the kind of character it takes to
keep free. In verse 12 he says, "Honor your father and your
mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord
thy God has given thee."
I don't know about you, but I have teenage children and it
stirs up all kind of guilt in me, to start telling people how
to raise kids. I think all of us, when we get to this stage,
feel terribly lacking in that kind of capacity.
I heard about a man, who, when he first started preaching
didn't have any children and he had a sermon on how to raise
children. After a while when his children were young he called
it a sermon on'Suggestions as to How to Raise Childrerl'and
then when they got to be teenagers he changed his title to
"Helpful Hints for Fellow Strugglers." I am certainly not
trying to raise any guilt there that isn't shared by all of
us who have gone through this thing, but I think we do have
to understand that there is a principle we need to pray about,
to think about. This honoring of fathers and mothers is a
very, very serious thing, because the home is the laboratory
for living. We all establish our patterns there. I am
convinced that in our society ther comes a time when
parental influence and the home influence is not more than
20% and almost every other influence the kids have around
them is trying to lead them into wrong directions. I am
convinced that in those formative years with the right kind
of patterning ...

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