May 11

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Happy Mother’s Day

Many of us living in these United States are finding it a time of tremendous transition. Many of the values that have been long accepted, are being questioned, and even changed into something that is far from wholesome. It is offensive to many of us, that people in high political positions are agreeing to the debase, immoral and anti-biblical teaching that many of us have been taught from our youth up. Unfortunately, such biblical based values are not being taught very often in the home. Most of the values that society holds today, I would be bold enough to say that television, and radio are shaping. The kind of movies and music that is being bombarded upon people today is far from wholesome. Not only the movies- but even the advertisements are many times just plain filthy.
Why have we dropped to such a low standard of acceptability? Why have so many “dumbed down”? One of the major contributing factors is the lack of home-yes, the lack of home. I’m not talking about building, but rather what makes up a home!!! It takes fathers and mothers to make a home what it should be. I realize that sometimes, one is missing, due to no choice, but because of accidents or illness. However, there is a tendency today for people to be irresponsible, and just want their lust gratified, and try and call it love. That’s one reason there are so many young people living in fornication, having children, and then the state is given the responsibility of raising the child and giving them WHAT SHOULD RIGHTFULLY come from parents. The state takes over the “welfare” of the child. That is a joke!!! No government agency can do the job God intended for parents to do. Sure the state can take children from an abusive environment and “protect” them by placing them in a “safe household.” But that is not the answer to our problems here in the United States. It will take people who take responsibility for their actions to choose to be parents and love their children to make a difference in this country.
May I suggest that the most influential person in a child’s life is it’s mother! However, motherhood is being ridiculed, and held in reproach by some women who are only looking for gratification, without responsibility. Why is an abortion so prevalent? I’ll tell you why – because women choose to be ungodly and self-centered. There was a choice made long before the child was ever conceived. People are making choices which are simply ungodly, and the government then says in essence, “That’s okay, we’ll just get rid of this “tissue” and you can go on your way…”
God’s plan from the beginning is to have one man, one woman, for life. That these two have children, and raise them to be responsible to God. However the high and lofty position of motherhood is slowly eroding away. How many homes today have both parents in it, that love their children and nurture them in the admonition of the Lord? Few, I suggest…
In the first book of the bible, Genesis, we find that mothers were honored and recognized during the Patriarch period of time-”And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20). Then during the time of the Law given to Moses from Mt. Sinai we have one of the ten commandments which instructed them to “honor father and mother” (Exodus 20:12). Today, under the New Testament, we have instructions given in Ephesians chapter six, the first six verses how parents and children are to interact.
I appreciate what Paul had to say of Timothy’s upbringing. There is nothing mentioned specifically about any men in his life, but there is that tremendous influence that Eunice and Lois had Timothy (cf. 2 Timothy 1:5-6)
I don’t know where the statement originated from, but it is a great attitude which says: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”
To all the mothers who might read this bulletin, who are striving to do their best to train up children in the admonition of the Lord – I “hold your hand up” in honor to you and your love for the Lord and children. Such realize the great privilege that God has granted you to be a part in raising the next generation. Perhaps your mom is still living, if so, then give her the kindness due her. And if she has gone on to her reward – may you retain the good teachings that she tried to instill in you and others. My mother has been gone for a number of years. She wasn’t perfect, she had her flaws, but she didn’t have any perfect children either. She did what she could. Sometimes it wasn’t enough, and at other times, was more than enough.
To all the women who are Christian mothers – keep on keeping on. Don’t give up. You are making a great difference in the lives of children. You are helping with other women, by your good example. Your days may be long, and difficult and filled with stress, but don’t give up. I love you for all the loving effort you put forth.
May we as men, show due respect and honor to our wife, children and to “Mother’s” in general who are striving to be godly moms.
There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” And vice versa for mothers.
To children, realize that your parents are not perfect – they make mistakes, they make choices that you may not agree with. However, respect them, love them and strive to obey them completely, and you’ll find life is full and rewarding in your home.
May we that don’t have children in our home any longer, encourage and help those who are training their youngsters. You can remember how it was with your children. Give a loving hand and smile.
For those who don’t have any children – you may have a blessed opportunity to help with others. Show your love, support and kindness when you have the opportunity.
I’m so thankful for women who are Christians. Who love the Lord, love their husbands, love their children, and love other people’s children as well.
To all you moms out there – may you have a very good and rewarding “Mother’s Day.”

By: Will Mayhue

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