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Sunday - November 12th, 2006
"PROTECTORS, PROVIDERS, PREPARERS
OR
DEAD BEAT DADS"
by Pastor Tony Sutton

THE FAMILY WAS ORDAINED OF GOD, AS HE SET IT FORTH IN THE GARDEN. (Gen 2:15-24) GOD SET FORTH THE STANDARD, IN WHICH HE MEANT FOR THE FAMILY TO FOLLOW. MANY PLACES YOU WILL FIND IN THE WORD EXACTLY HOW GOD WANTED THE FAMILY TO FUNCTION. Eph 5:22-25 THE FAMILY IS TO WORK AS A TEAM, HOWEVER EVERY TEAM HAS A LEADER. THE MAN IS TO BE BOTH THE PHYSICAL LEADER AS WELL AS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER. THE WORD OF GOD SAYS TO "TRAIN UP A CHILD" (Pro 22:6) THIS SIMPLY MEANS THAT WE AS PARENTS ARE TO TEACH, TRAIN AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

Gen 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
PROTECTORS
A) KEEP - PROTECT WHAT GOD HAS SET US BEFORE. GUARD WHAT WE HAVE WITH ALL WE HAVE.
B) ALERT - WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ALERT TO THE VISES OF SATAN.


1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
PROVIDERS
A) FOOD - AS A PARENT WE SHOULD ALWAYS PROVIDE FOR OUR CHILDREN AS BEST AS WE CAN. THIS DOES NOT PERTAIN ONLY TO PHYSICAL FOOD, BUT ALSO TO SPIRITUAL FOOD AS WELL. AS A PARENT IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A GODLY HOME FOR OUR CHILDREN.
B) CLOTHING - PARENTS, ARE YOU IN CHARGE OR WHAT? DRESS YOUR CHILDREN RIGHT! THEY ARE CHILDREN NOT ANIMALS. I DON'T CARE WHAT THE FADE IS. WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE IN TROUBLE YOU DON'T SEE THE FADE THERE PICKING UP THE PIECES DO YOU.
C) GUIDANCE - CREATE A PATH FOR THEN TO FOLLOW, BE A ROLE MODEL. OH! WHAT A CONCEPT! DO YOU WANT ME TO ACTUALLY BE WHAT THE CHILDREN SHOULD BE? DUH!


PREPARERS
A) HOME - OUR HOME SHOULD BE A SAFE HAVEN, A PLACE OF PEACE, A BIBLE SCHOOL AND A BOOT CAMP.
B) ATMOSPHERE - A PLACE THAT ONE CAN FIND GOD IN THE CENTER OF.
C) EMBARKMENT - WHEN WE TRAIN A TROOP FOR THE SERVICE, WE PREPARE THEM FOR UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR A BATTLE ON HARD GROUND AND IN LIFE THREATENING CASES. WHY DO WE ALLOW OUR CHILDREN TO GO TO THE WORLD UNPREPARED?


GOD HAS GIVEN US A GREAT WEALTH OF CHILDREN. WE NEED TO SEE THAT THEY ARE NOT THROWN TO THE WORLD UNPREPARED. WE SAY WE LOVE THEM, BUT DO WE? HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS I WANT TO ASK YOU. READ EACH ONE CAREFULLY AND THEN ANSWER. ANSWER HONESTLY THE CHILDREN ARE DEPENDING ON YOU!!!
Deu 6:4-9
DO YOU LOVE YOUR CHILD ENOUGH:
1) TO GET THEM IN CHURCH ALL THE TIME?
2) TO TEACH THEM THE WORD OF GOD?
3) TO TRAIN THEM BY EXAMPLE?
4) TO READ THE WORD OF GOD WITH THEM?
5) TO TURN OFF THE TV AND NURTURE THEM?

HOW MUCH:
1) WORK DO YOU MISS FOR BALL GAMES, SCHOOL MEETINGS, CLASSES, ETC...
2) MONEY DO YOU SPEND FOR SPORTS, VIDEO GAMES, HOBBIES, ETC...
4) TIME DO YOU DEVOTE TO YOUR CHILD'S ACTIVITIES?
5) DO YOU GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO SEE THAT YOUR CHILD IS HAPPY?
6) WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO TAKE YOUR CHILD TO BALL PRACTICE SEVERAL NIGHTS A WEEK AND STAY WITH THEM?
7) ARE YOU WILLING TO DO A FUNDRAISER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SUMMER CAMP? HAVE YOU?
8) ARE YOU WILLING TO BRING YOUR CHILD TO REVIVAL AND STAY WITH THEM?
9) ARE YOU WILLING TO GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO SEE THAT YOUR CHILD GETS TO REVIVAL?
10) SLEEP ARE YOU WILLING TO LOSE, TO SEE THAT YOUR CHILD IS SAVED?


WHAT EXACTLY DO I CHERISH:
1) MY CHILDREN'S SALVATION
2) SPORTS
3) EDUCATION
4) KEEPING UP WITH EVERYONE ELSE
5) MONEY
Luk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 

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