by Jerry Vines

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A Fantastic Family Talk (3 of 9)
Series: Fantastic Families
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 4:25-5:2

I'm talking to you this morning on how to have a fantastic family talk.

Let me describe for you a typical scene of family conversation. The father and his favorite son are having a private meeting. The other family members are not included. They are talking about some things that they are intending to do and some plans they are making between one another. The mother is eavesdropping on the conversation. What she hears is not satisfactory to her at all. So she gathers in her favorite son and tells him what's going on between dad and the other boy. They devise a plot so that they can override what the father and that son are doing.

In the course of the affair, this boy deceives the other boy and steals his inheritance. The boy finds that his inheritance has been stolen. He is filled with anger and outrage about the matter; and he has made the threat that just as soon as the old man dies, he's going to kill his brother. The mother realizes they have a serious situation on their hands and so she sends her boy away. She says, "When this thing calms down a little bit, I'll send for you." The truth of the matter is that she never saw that boy again.

Am I describing a family conversation that may have taken place in Jacksonville? The truth of the matter is I am not. Actually I am describing to you a scene which took place 2000 years ago, and it is recorded for us in the Bible. The family is the family of Isaac and Rebekah and their twin sons, Esau and Jacob. But it is an illustration of typical family conversations.

I want to talk to you about how to have a fantastic family conversation. Of course, I am moving in the realm of communication. Communication is the sharing or exchanging of information and the emotions which accompany the information between individuals or groups of individuals. When you communicate you not only share what you think about a matter, but ...

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