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Building Characters for Eternity

Theme: Scripture reveals the paramount task of parents-to develop solid characters in their children, characters that will stand firm against negative influences of the world. Theme Text: Deut. 6:1, 2, 5-7; Proverbs 22:6 Presentation Notes: Throughout the following outline, numbers in parentheses (1), (2), (3) are used to indicate items from the section called Sermon…

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Childish Things That Should Not Be Put Away

Theme: An important aspect of becoming an adult is to retain the simple lessons about life and relationships learned in childhood. Theme Text: 1 Corinthians 13:11; Matthew 18:3; Luke 18:15-17 Presentation Notes: While adults will no doubt receive a blessing from this message, the target group are adolescents, young people on the verge of adulthood.…

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Parable of the Wonderful Father

Theme: The Heavenly Father looks every day “up the road,” ready to welcome home prodigals. Theme Text: Luke 15:11-24 In the previous parables of lostness, Jesus has told of a lost sheep that was lost unintentionally and a coin lost through carelessness. This parable of the lost son is, by contrast, a wilful lostness, a…

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The Light of God In a Child’s Eye

Theme: The spiritual development of our children is an important part of parenting and is a task of the church. Adults have a positive duty to enable children’s faith in God and to avoid any attitudes or behaviors toward children that would cause them to stumble. Theme Text: Mark 9:36-42 Presentation Notes: Throughout the following…

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If The Twins Could Talk To Us

Theme: The family experiences of Jacob and Esau with their parents, Isaac and Rebekah, offer profound insights for contemporary parents. Theme Text: Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-46; 28:1-9 Presentation Notes: The notes presented in this section do not constitute a prepared sermon script. The following helps are designed to offer a framework, supportive resources, and illustrations toward…

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I Will Save Your Children

The following excerpts are from the book of poetry entitled Although the Day Is Not Mine to Give, I’ll Show You the Morning Sun , written and illustrated by David Melton (New York: Random House, 1971 by David Melton). The commentary is provided by Karen Flowers. My child, my child, your days of childhood are…

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How to Love a Son of Thunder

Theme: With God’s help we can keep on loving one another in our families even as we pass through difficult periods in our lives together. Theme Text: 1 John 4:7-11 Presentation Notes: The notes presented in this section do not constitute a prepared sermon script. The following helps are designed to offer a framework, supportive…

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A Home Is for Sharing

Theme: The truly Christian home has a faith and experience to share which can help and bless others. Theme Text: Isaiah 39:4 Presentation Notes: Throughout the following outline, numbers in parentheses (1), (2), (3) will indicate items from the section called Sermon Illumination which may be used for illustration. The addition of your personal illustrations…

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Helping Our Youth Catch the Gospel

Theme: Since values are more often caught than taught, we parents and guardians have the wonderful opportunity of helping children and youth to take hold of the gospel by providing an atmosphere of warmth, openness and grace and allowing our young people to witness our own behavior, including our mistakes and our requests for forgiveness.…

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Families Who Foster Faith

Theme: Scripture reveals the paramount importance of the family in transmitting spiritual values from generation to generation. Theme Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-25; Matthew 22:37-38 Presentation Notes: Throughout the following outline, numbers in parentheses (1), (2), (3) will indicate items from the section called Sermon Illumination which may be used for illustration. The addition of your personal…

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