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Today, our message series is called “Growing a Godly Family.” The family is the foundation of society. A society where families are growing in godliness will be blessed and prosperous. Of course, the opposite is true as well. Even when godly families are the minority in society, they will be blessed as they follow God.

So, today, we’re going to talk about how to “Develop Family Kindness.” In this message, we’re going to look at three areas in which God desires us to grow in kindness. First, we’ll look at our immediate physical families. Then we’ll look at the church family and finally, we’ll look at growing in kindness to everyone else.

So, in order to talk about kindness, we need to define what kindness is. Defining kindness isn’t the easiest thing in the world. When we get past the dictionary definition of kindness as the quality of being kind, we find quite a few definitions. The definition that I believe captures the essence of what the Bible means by kindness is as follows. Kindness is the quality of being gentle, caring and helpful.

Let’s briefly look at this three descriptions of kindness. Being caring is the attitude of having compassion for the needs of others. Being helpful is taking action to help meet the needs of others. Finally, being gentle is the manner in which a kind person takes action. So, let’s begin to look at what the Bible, God’s Word has to say about kindness.

Proverbs 11:17 (ESV)  A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

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Today, our message series is called “Growing a Godly Family.” In this series, we’re talking about how parents and children can grow together in knowing and serving God. In order for that to happen, every family must make God their priority. When God is a priority in every family member’s life, than the family will be blessed. When the family is its own top priority, then God’s blessing will not be upon that family. We must put God first in our families with child training.

Today, my message is entitled “Train Your Children.” Our recent Mega Sports Camp VBS was a great experience for all the children who attended, their parents and all the workers from our church family. I believe that each child grew in learning about sports, but more importantly in learning more about God’s plan for their lives.

Today, we’re going to be looking at what God’s Word says about child training. Now, my message will focus on the training of children in your family, but the principles also apply to spiritual children. Each believer should be discipling or training others as spiritual children. So, let’s begin by looking at the key verses in the Bible with regard to training or discipling others. These verses are often referred to as the Great Commission. They are commands for every believer from Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Happy Father’s Day! We’re glad that all of you are here to worship with us today. The Bible talks a lot about fathers.

Ephesians 3:14-16 (ESV)  For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

We have a heavenly Father and as believers, we are His children. The father of every family in heaven and earth is named after our heavenly Father. The authority and leadership of every earthly father comes from our Father in heaven. These verses tell us that our heavenly Father desires to strengthen earthly fathers with His power through His Spirit. As fathers, we must draw our strength from our heavenly Father.

This morning, I’m going to direct the message to fathers, but everyone can learn from the biblical principles. I encourage every father to open your heart this morning to receive blessing and strength from your heavenly Father, so that you can be a blessing to others.

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Today we are honoring Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. President Ronald Reagan designated the first National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 22, 1984. The day was inaugurated to not honor, but draw attention to the evil Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand on January 22, 1973. Today, January 22, 2017, we have had 44 years of legalized abortion in America. Over 59 million unborn babies have been murdered by abortion since 1973.

Abortion ends the lives of about 1 million unborn children in America every year. More innocent children are put to death every day, about 3000, then died in the 9/11 attacks. Yet, most people, including most Christians hardly give abortion a thought. It’s just one of many problems we have in the country, people think. Why should we get worked up about it?

Today, we’re going to talk about “Responding to Abortion.” We want to be clear on what God’s Word teaches about abortion. Then we want to discover how we should respond to it in our day and in our city. God is the author of all life. He is the only one with the authority to both give and take life. As people, we are to value the lives of all people created in God’s image, including the unborn.

You would think that Christians would be universally opposed to abortion, yet the majority of women who have abortions identify as being Christians. 76% of women who have had an abortion said that their church had no influence on their decision to abort. In a recent survey, only 10% of Protestant pastors preached a prolife message in the past year.

So, today, we’re going to look at the topic of abortion in greater detail. My goal is that each person here would be convinced of the importance of being pro-life in their own lives and families. Not only would you be convinced, but God wants to use you to persuade those you know and talk to to also be pro-life in their talk and actions. The eternal destinies of people hang on their response to the issue of abortion.

The church needs to lead the fight for those who cannot defend themselves. The fate of nations hangs on their response to the unseen holocaust of abortion. In the next few years, abortion will once again be the center of violent struggle in our nation. A struggle between those who value all human life and those who fight for the right to murder their own children. In order to prepare us for what lies ahead, we are going to look at three questions today that will help us to respond to abortion in a God-honoring way.

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In our message series on Jesus, the Messiah, we looked at His birth, His miracles, His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection. But the story of Jesus the Messiah does not end there. Today, we’re going to talk about the Messiah’s Exaltation. Of all the aspects of the Messiah that we are talking about in this series, this one is probably the least known. However, it is one of the most important, as it speaks of what Jesus the Messiah is doing in the present.

So, what are we talking about regarding the Messiah’s Exaltation. Let’s begin by looking at what happened after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus spent 40 days teaching His disciples after He rose from the dead. He was seen not just by the twelve apostles, but by many others, even 500 on one occasion. Let’s take a look at Jesus’ final instruction to His disciples in …

Acts 1:8-9 (NIV2011)  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Earlier in Acts 1, Jesus had commanded His disciples to wait to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Spirit baptism, Jesus explains in verse 8, would give them the power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. After this final instruction, Jesus ascended up into heaven and has not been seen physically on the earth since the ascension.

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