by Stan Coffey

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Series: Timeless Values for Today's Family
Stan Coffey
Exodus 20:1-3

We are beginning a brand new series of messages entitled ''Timeless Values For Today's Family''. And if you have your Bible, turn to Exodus 20:1 and this is the giving of the Ten Commandments.

That is the first commandment, ''thou shalt have no other gods before me.'' Then look at Deuteronomy 6:6, ''Never forget these commands that I am giving you, teach these to your children.'' We want to talk about I the next few weeks, the values that made us what we are, the values that are dear to us, the values that we were taught as children, and we want to talk about communicating these values to the next generation and the generation after that and the generation after that.

When you talk about family values you are invoked today because in Newsweek, Time, and all the news magazines and the television news programs, the politicians have brought family values to the forefront in America. In the elections this year, family values will be a hot topic. William Bennett, former Secretary of Education said, it is now fashionable to talk about family values as long as you don't identify which family values. Because when you identify which family values then you begin to divide people and classify people.

So when we talk about family values, somebody says well you need to get back to traditional family values. Well, we need to get back further than that, amen? We need to go back further than ''Ozzie and Harriet''! You young people don't know about them, but it's all right! We need to go all the way back to Moses and the Ten Commandments because God gave Ten Commandments long ago and these are commandments that the three great religions of the world agree are commandments of God and ought to be followed. The religion of Christianity, the religion of Judaism, the religion of Islam, all respect and recognize the Ten Commandments.

And the Ten Commandments ...

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