by Daniel Rodgers

Who Is a Faithful Father?
Dan Rodgers
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
June 15, 2003


1. When I was in Seminary, the homiletics professor said, "The best way to begin a sermon is to use an attention getter - a story, a question, a statement, or maybe a bit of humor. Here's the humor:

HUMOR: One night a hillbilly's wife went into labor. He sent for the doctor. These folks lived so far back in the woods, they didn't have any electricity. As the doctor prepared for the delivery of the baby, he said to the hillbilly, "Here, hold this lantern for me, so I can see what I'm doing. "Just about that time, a cute little, baby girl was born. The doctor said, "Whoa! Don't be so fast with that lantern, I see another one coming." And sure enough, here came a little baby boy. Just as the hillbilly was about to put the lantern aside, the doctor once again sounded off, "Wait a minute, I see another one," to which the hillbilly replied, "Do you think it's the light that's attract'n 'em?"

HUMOR: A little boy said to his grandfather, "Hey Grandpa! can you make a noise like a frog?" "I think I can do that. Why?" "'Cuz Dad says when you croak, we're going to Disneyworld"

2. In our text we find one of the most important passages of Scripture in all of the Bible. It is important for several reasons:

a. It is important because it is God's Word. These are not just the words of Moses, these are the very Words of God given to Moses. Samuel said, "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue" (2 Samuel 23:2). Anytime God speaks, we are wise to listen.

b. These verses are important because they remind us that we, and our families, are to love God above all else and more than anyone else (vs.5). By the way, God deserves our undivided love, doesn't He? The Psalmist wrote, "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified" (Psalm 40:16).

c. This pass ...

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