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MEMORIES OF HOME…. A DIRGE OR A SONG?. Lk. 15:16-20. All Christian Parents Should Be Concerned about the memories their children will have of home. Memories of his father’s home is what motivated the prodigal son’s resolve to return to his father (Lk. 15:16-20).

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MEMORIES OF HOME…

A DIRGE OR A SONG?

Lk. 15:16-20

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All Christian Parents Should Be Concerned

about the memories their children will

have of home.

  • Memories of his father’s home is what

motivated the prodigal son’s resolve

to return to his father (Lk. 15:16-20).

  • The rich man’s memories of wasted

opportunities will haunt his mind for

an eternity (Lk. 16:25).

  • Impressions made early in our lives,

whether good or bad, will be powerful

in shaping the lives of our children.

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“Memory tempers prosperity,

mitigates adversity, controls youth,

and delights old age” (Lactantius)

WHAT WILL YOUR

CHILDREN

REMEMBER

ABOUT HOME?

LactantiusAD 260 - 326

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THAT YOU HAD

  • GREAT FAITH
  • IN GOD AND
  • THE BIBLE?
  • Children catch

faith from

parents at first.

  • It is later their

faith is both

confirmed and

strengthened

by the Word

(Rom. 10:17).

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Parents failing to trust God, and

so demonstrate it in their lives,

set their children up to do the same

(Prov. 22:6).

  • Solomon was able to catalogue the

things taught him by his mother

(Prov. 31:1-9).

  • Will our children remember or

care that we walked with the

giants of faith who are chronicled

in Hebrews 11?

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WILL THEY REMEMBER OUR

  • ATTENDANCE TO WORSHIP HABITS?
  • The greatest “present” that we can

give them is our “presence” in

spiritual activities.

  • The children observe our presence

or absence. They will use our

presence as encouragement to be

present themselves; our absence as

a license to not be present as well.

  • The greatest teacher of all is the

example set before them.

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“Sunday Morning Christian” is an

oxymoron. Christianity is not

seasonal or restricted by time or

place.

  • What kind of memories do we want

our children to have of our emphasis

upon being present and having them

present for Bible classes and other

services.

  • Parents AND grandparents have a big

obligation to demonstrate right living.

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Christian Homes Join Forces For Upholding

Righteousness and Saving Our Children!

Do We Invite And Expose Our Homes To

Good People And Positive Influences?

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WILL THEY REMEMBER THAT WE WERE

  • SPIRITUALLY MINDED PARENTS?
  • Spirituality is something that is

communicated to others by the order

of our priorities.

  • Can it be observed in every decision

and action in us as parents?

  • Which gets the

attention, their

secular or their

spiritual training?

(Eph. 6:4)

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Simple practices give solid indication

of depth and extent of our spirituality:

  • Expressing thanks before meals.
  • Reading our Bibles daily.
  • Spending time in earnest prayer,
  • in which you pray for them and for
  • self to be the right kind of parents.
  • Choosing spiritual things instead
  • of secular and material.
  • What will they remember about our
  • priorities in life?
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CONCLUSION:

  • As our children remember us in the

future, will they “rise up and call us

blessed” as taught in Scripture (Prov.

31:28).

  • Soon they will be gone from home

having only memories!

  • Will those memories make them

thankful and give them comfort and

direction for their lives?

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A Piece of Clay

I took a piece of plastic clayAnd idly fashioned it one day,And as my fingers pressed it still,It moved and yielded to my will.

I came again when days were past --The bit of clay was hard at last;The form I gave it, it still bore,But I could change that form no more.

I took a piece of living clayAnd gently formed it day by day,

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And moulded with my power and artA young child's soft and yielding heart.

I came again when years were gone --It was a man I looked upon;He still that early impress wore,And I could change him nevermore.

by anon

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What I have written here

May not be remembered long,

But will your children’s memories

Be a dirge or a song?