by Jerry Vines

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Fantastic Family Children (6 of 9)
Series: Fantastic Families
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 6:1-4

I am in a series of messages which I am calling Fantastic Families. We are building around our theme for the year, Come Home. Among other things we need to be sure that we have a strong family and a strong home for our family.

This morning we are going to talk about fantastic family children. Next Sunday morning, for those of you who may have prodigal sons or daughters, I will be speaking on the subject of A Fantastic Homecoming. It will be a message of encouragement and hope for you.

There is a front-page article in the Florida Times Union this morning which discusses the issues of marriages. It says that marriage is in trouble as an institution in America. I believe this is true with the furor going on now about the same-sex marriages taking place out in San Francisco. Basically there is anarchy breaking out in America. We are all aware that the institutions of marriage and family are in trouble in America.

When a society begins to undermine its bedrock institutions, it means that civilization is in the death throes. So this is a very serious and a very grave time in American society. As goes the marriage, so will go the family. As goes the family, so will go the children. My heart is concerned and burdened for children. I want to talk to you about the importance of children. Many of you have children, many of you are children, and many of you have grandchildren.

What a wonderful blessing is it to have children. Psalm 127, verse 3, says, ''Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord.'' On down in that psalm it says, ''Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.'' The great blessing, the great wonder, the great thrill of having children!

We are aware of the fact that there are many problems confronting children today. There is the problem of the aborted child. Millions of children are aborted before they are even given the chance to live.

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