A House or a Home ?

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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from:

Joshua 24:19 ~Choose Whom You Will Serve 19 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and sins. 20 If you forsake the LORD and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.” 22 “You are accountable for this decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the LORD.” “Yes,” they replied, “we are accountable.” 23 “All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God. We will obey him alone.”

With that thought in mind let me remind you this day of celebration of National Grandparent’s Day.

Yes it is. In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents. It was proclaimed in 1973 by Governor Arch Moore. It was then sent to the Senate where it languished in committee. But, five years after its inception passed legislation that the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent’s Day. The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. Today it is observed by millions.

Here just for fun is few Grandparent’s Proverbs;
Erma Bombeck: A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know you on Halloween.
Jimmy Carter: Because grandparents are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.”
Bill Cosby: What is about grandparents that is so lovely? I’d like to say that grandparents are God’s gifts to children.

And now few great quotes about Grandparents:
Rudolph Giuliani “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents providing abundance. They give unditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons inlife; and most importantly…. Cookies”
And then, the famous Mr. Anonymous: “A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.”

With all that  let me begin today’s message; which is titled “A House or a Home ?”
I’ll start with a story. That’s not surprising, is it? A family moved to a new city where the father’s company had transferred him. This meant that little Sharon would enter the first grade in a brand-new school. On the first day of class, the teacher was asking each student to provide her with some information as she called the roll. After asking for the proper spelling of her name, the teacher asked Sharon for her address. The youngster replied, “Miss Smith, we don’t have an address yet!” “Oh,” said the teacher, “your family doesn’t have a home yet?” Sharon replied, “Yes, ma’am, we have a home; we just haven’t found a house to put it in!”

How right that little girl was! A house is not automatically a home. There are people who live in enormous houses with every convenience you can imagine, but they don’t have a home.

We Christians have a divine responsibility to strengthen America by having the kind of homes God wants us to have. If we make our families strong, we will make our nation strong. So today I want to suggest some ways to create and maintain strong Christian homes. In other words- you grandmothers ( and for that matter – grandfathers and mothers and fathers; and I might throw in step parents.

The rest of this message covers:
First, let your house be a place where positive Christian values are transmitted from generation to generation.
The second factor is A Place of Welcome.
Third, Keep Pressures Out
The Fourth way: Let Jesus Be Central !
And finally, Grandparents: A Bond to Behold

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