September 8, 2012 Psalm 145 ABC, 123, penny, nickel, dime howкод для вставки
September 8, 2012 Psalm 145 ABC, 123, penny, nickel, dime ... how to make a buck? What is the most important thing you teach your children? Right from wrong. Do; do not. Do look both ways. DonвЂ™t play in the street. What is the most important thing you teach your children? Cover your mouth; wash your hands. Say вЂњpleaseвЂќ and вЂњthank you.вЂќ What is the most important thing you teach your children? Right from wrong, do - do not, that can be good stuff teaching that can save a life. ABC, 123, penny, nickel, dime ... teaching math, money, reading and writing can set your children up for success in the world. What is the most important thing to teach our children? Depends on what we want for them. We can settle. We can settle for good manners and good behavior. We can settle for good job and good pay or the chance at a good job and good pay, there are no guarantees. Yes, we can settle. Or we can give our families something better, with a guarantee, GodвЂ™s guarantee. We can give them the answer to all their needs, or we can settle. We can we can give them a hand always ready to pick them up no matter how far they fall, or we can settle. We can give them the best of GodвЂ™s goodness, or we can settle. Settling is easier. ItвЂ™s easier to settle for good manners and good behavior - especially since good manners and good behavior arenвЂ™t what they used to be. ItвЂ™s easier to settle for smiles - give most any of us enough sugar and a color screen and weвЂ™ll smile at you. And itвЂ™s easier to settle for teaching for a good job, good pay - the devilвЂ™s not fighting that. Rich or poor, the devil doesnвЂ™t care ... as long as we settle. As long as we settle for the good of this world, we set ourselves up, we set our families up, we set our children up, to miss the best of God. David knew the best of God - and it wasnвЂ™t big dollars or a big house. David knew the best of God - вЂњThe LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.вЂќ David knew the best of God by experience. You might remember how David settled for the good looks and the good feelings of the world. As a father, as the leader of his people, he took the easy way out. He let himself get distracted by the good looks, the good feelings of the world. He killed for those good looks and good feelings. And he deserved to die. David knew it; God knew it. But God was gracious and compassionate, slow to anger ... and forgiving. Yes, David knew the best of God by experience. As a father, again and again David took the easy way out - letting his children have their way instead of doing the hard thing and calling them back to GodвЂ™s way. As a father, David took the easy way out and instead of winning his childrenвЂ™s smiles, his children lost and David lost almost everything. But the LORD picked him up before all was lost. David knew the best of God. When David was at his worst, God was gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. When David fell, his LORD picked him up. When David needed a champion to fight for him, to protect and deliver him; the LORD delivered. When David needed a hand with food and drink, house and home, and whatever else, the LORD opened his hand and provided. David knew the best of God and he wasnвЂ™t going to take that for granted, settling for the good of the world - he set his heart and mind to think more and more on the wonderful works of God. David knew the best of God and he wasnвЂ™t going to keep it to himself - вЂњone generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of you mighty acts.вЂќ David had a hard time with his own children, but for generation after generation David has been proclaiming the great works of God. David knew the best of God; from one generation to another he proclaimed the best of God. You know the best of God even clearer. Not because weвЂ™re more modern, not because of science, but because of Jesus. David knew God would set up his son as King to rule forever - somewhere, sometime, some-how. You know that king as Jesus. You get to share Jesus as Champion, as Savior, as King to keep you safe forever. David knew the horror facing GodвЂ™s King: вЂњMy God, my God, why have you forsaken me!вЂќ You get to share what that horror means - there on the cross Jesus was facing GodвЂ™s anger, GodвЂ™s judgment. Instead of God taking out his anger on you and me ... instead of God damning you and me, Jesus paid for your sin and mine ... in the horror of the cross Jesus took away the sin of the world. Because Jesus faced that horror, we get to face God and live. Yes, we get to face God and live. David knew JesusвЂ™s confidence вЂњYou have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.вЂќ David shared that confidence: вЂњSurely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever!вЂќ But we get to tell even better! We get to tell the history ... we get to tell the mighty works of God ... we get to tell the end of death - on the third day, God raised Jesus back to life. We get to tell JesusвЂ™ promise - вЂњBecause I live, you also will live.вЂќ David got to tell how the Lord saved him from lion and bear and giant Goliath. We may not have any lion, or bear, or angry giant stories, but you can tell what God has done for you. David got to tell about the power of guilt and heartbreak, and he got to tell about the greater power of GodвЂ™s peace and promise. We may not feel as open as David. And sometimes, you might see some eyes roll. DonвЂ™t let that stop you. Plant the seed and let God grow it. I know that sometimes thatвЂ™s a challenge. But moms and dads, you donвЂ™t have to do this alone. Here at St. John we have teachers who have committed themselves not to settle, but to share the best of God. Here at St. John we have Sunday School teachers who love (IвЂ™ve seen it; IвЂ™ve heard it, they love) that they get to share the best of God. DonвЂ™t settle for the good of the world, you get to share the best of God. DonвЂ™t make that decision for your children - that they should have to settle; set them up with school, set them up with Sunday School to have the best of God. And moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and all the rest of us, donвЂ™t settle for fading memories and Sunday snippets of GodвЂ™s best. Join us in a Bible Class. Do like David, and sit down with your Bible at home. Maybe youвЂ™re not into the book thing; if you need it on a screen ... if you prefer to hear it ... go to our website for a daily devotion, a slice of the best of God. ABC, 123, good manners and good behavior, teaching that sets us up for a good job and good pay, are all good. But donвЂ™t settle for good. Fill your hearts ... fill your families with the best of the LORD. Amen.