by Steve Wagers

Will The Circle be Unbroken? (2 of 4)
Series: Heaven Born, Heaven Bound
Steve N. Wagers
Luke 15:8-10
May 8, 2005
Mother's Day 2005

Sermon Outline
1. A Sadness that is Expected!!
A. What the Coin Reveals!
B. What the Coin Represents!
2. A Search that is Extended!
A. The Desire of a Desperate Woman!
B. The Determination of a Diligent Woman!
3. A Salvation that is Explained!
A. An Internal Rejoicing in the Home!
B. An Eternal Rejoicing in the Heavens!

* The first Mother's Day observance was a church service in Philadelphia, in 1908, requested by Anna Jarvis to honor her deceased mother. Jarvis, at an early age, had heard her mother express hope that a day to commemorate all mothers would be established. Her mother had also expressed the sentiment that there were many days dedicated to men, but none for mothers.

* Two years after her mother's death, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to declare a national day to honor mothers. Finally, on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

* In an article in the Detroit Free Press, Bob Greene cited a study on the monetary value of a mother's services in the home. First, he listed the various duties she performs: chauffeur, gardener, family counselor, maintenance worker, cleaning woman, housekeeper, cook, errand runner, bookkeeper, budget manager, interior decorator, caterer, dietician, secretary, public relations person and hostess.

* Using this impressive list of household duties, he figured the dollar value of a mother's work in today's (2005) labor market. He came up with an amount of $885.07 a week, or $46,023.64 a year. I'm sure that many of you mothers feel extremely underpaid.

* Today, as we continue our study of Heaven we catch a glimpse into a day in the life of a godly mother in Luke 15. She is a mother who epitomizes what every mother should desire, and that is for the family circle to be unbro ...

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