Leaving a Legacy – Thanks Mom!

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Mother’s Day is May 11th. It’s a time to show our appreciation for our moms and it’s a time to think about how important their role in our family is.   In the book of Joel, we read:

“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (Joel 1:3)

Of course, this applies to both fathers and mothers – and actually to our whole society – since we all pass on learning and a legacy to the next generation. But moms are particularly important in the role of teaching children. Just look at some of the things we learn from Mom*:

  • My mother taught me LOGIC.
    “Because I said so, that’s why.”
  • My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
    “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
  • My mother taught me IRONY.
    “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
  • My mother taught me RELIGION.
    “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
  • My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
    “Just wait until we get home.”
  • And my favorite: my mother taught me about JUSTICE.
    “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

Moms do pass on this and much more to the next generation. But the prophet Joel reminds us that we do best when we pass on not just worldly wisdom, but God’s Truth to the next generation. How good it is when moms share their knowledge, wisdom, experience and love for God with us, because the next generation needs wisdom and knowledge: “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16) And moms have much to share.

The next generation also needs a moral compass. So moms have an important role of placing the Scriptures into the hands of their children and showing them that God’s Word is a lamp for their feet and a light for their path (Psalm 119:105). God’s Word helps children to learn right from wrong, and to be able to discern the devil’s schemes. This is so important in a world where the Truth of God has been compromised and so many are falling for the tricks of the adversary. We wouldn’t let our children wander unguided into areas of danger such as playing in traffic, or near the edge of a cliff, would we? Then we need to show our children the protection, guidance and safety that comes through the wisdom found in the Scriptures.

And finally, the next generation needs love and prayer. You’ve heard the saying, “a face a mother could love?” Mom’s have been known to love us even when we do wrong things. They are proud of us, even when we finish dead last. They cheer us on, even though we gave up a long time ago. They kiss our boo-boo’s and they wipe our tears. And most importantly, they constantly lift our name before God’s throne in prayer. Thank you Mom for leaving a legacy of Godly living and faith for the next generation!

In appreciation and love,

Pastor Augie

*For more things our moms taught us, you can visit: http://tinyurl.com/MomTaught.

IF we confess …

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

“IF” … a little word that can spark big fear!

  • “IF only….” 
  • “I don’t know IF I’ve done enough …”
  • “will God forgive me IF I’ve committed this or that kind of sin …”

But there is a better way to view this little word, rather than to see it as something like the spin of a roulette wheel.  When the Bible tells us “If we confess …”  it’s not attempting to place fear and doubt in our mind, but rather to let us know how far and wide and deep and long is the Love of God and His grace!

In other words, the Bible is telling us that there are no sins that God won’t forgive … and there is no time when God won’t forgive.  The relationship is simple and direct … if you confess … God *will* forgive!  Always and every time … because He is faithful and just … He will do it.

So perhaps a more comforting way to read this verse is simply “WHEN you confess, God is faithful and just and WILL forgive your sins and purify you from all unrighteousness!”

Thanks be to God for His indescribable Gift!