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4-Letter Words to Teach Your Kids | Mike Mazzalongo | BibleTalk.tv

4-Letter Words to Teach Your Kids | Mike Mazzalongo | BibleTalk.tv

– One of the worst things
about movies and TV, and now the internet of course today is the amount of swearing
and vulgarity contained in movies and things that you,
videos that you see online. It seems that no matter
what the program or film, both men and women, and even children now, they’re putting words in
the mouths of children. Even men, women, and
children think nothing of using the Lord’s name or
various kinds of profanities. Even in movies that are comedies. There was a time, if it
was a comedy, you know, you could kind of trust
that it’s going to be funny. But today, you know, comedies are rated R, all kinds of bad language in these movies. This is not going to be
a rant about movies here, just the idea that the
phenomenon of vulgarity, public vulgarity is demonstrated a lot in the entertainment industry today. I really took note to
remember this scene here. Robert DeNiro, an actor, using the F word to curse our president. Doesn’t matter if you’re, you know, what party you belong to,
the president is still the president of the country. And using the F word to
curse him on television. I think it was The Tony Awards,
where they’re handing out awards for plays, you
know, musicals, comedies, best drama, whatever. And in the middle of all
this, he just stands up and pulls a stunt like that. And received a standing
ovation for his efforts. So this phenomenon, of
course, is carried over into our society and
especially into the world of young people, where
vulgarity and swearing, filthy language are seen as no big deal. Maybe even a mark of being mature. I think that’s always been
the case with young people, even if you go back, as a way of, you know establishing their independence. But today, the degree of
vulgarity, the degree of swearing is at a level that I can’t remember it, not in my lifetime anyways. We know that Christians
are encouraged, of course, to avoid this kind of language. Paul says, Ephesians 4:29, let no unwholesome word
proceed from your mouth, but only such a word that
is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give
grace to those who hear. These type of words,
these expressions used in books and videos are not edifying for those who watch these things. And certainly, certainly
not edifying for Christians. Although, Hollywood may
be promoting the use of the four letter word. A brother in Christ named John Watty, I think many of you have heard of him, he’s a preacher and teacher, wrote an article suggesting several other four letter words that
we as Christian parents should be teaching our kids. And so the lesson tonight
is four letter words that we ought to be teaching our kids. I’d like to share a couple of those four letter words with you. The first one is W-O-R-K. Work. Children need to learn the meaning and the importance of work. Even before Adam sinned, God intended work to be a healthy part of his life. Genesis chapter two, verse 15. After his sin, Adam still needed to work, but it would be much
less satisfying for him. But nevertheless, he still had to work. Genesis three, verse 19. Solomon said that the greatest
satisfaction in this life, this is not including one’s relationship with God in heaven, but
the greatest satisfaction in this life was the satisfaction and joy that comes from one’s work. Ecclesiastes nine, verse nine. Even Jesus learned to
work from the teaching of His earthly father, as
well as His heavenly father who obliged Him, excuse me,
to work the works of God. John nine, verse four. God did not design society
to be a welfare state, where some who are healthy and able, live off of the work of other people. Paul of course establishes
the best welfare method going. He says, for even when we were with you we used to give you this order. If anyone is not willing to work, then he not to eat, either. That would solve and
resolve many, many problems. Remember, he says here, willing. Those who are willing and able to work, if they refuse to work,
they shouldn’t eat either. Unless we teach our children
the importance of work and impress upon them the dignity and the potential rewards of honest work, they’ll not be pleasing
to God or to themselves. Great satisfaction that
comes from doing a good job, no matter what it is. Another four letter word
to teach our children. G-I-V-E, give. You know, one of the reasons we work is so that we can give
to those who are in need. Ephesians four, verse 28. It’s not the only reason we work, but one of the reasons that we work. The ability and the habit of giving, giving regularly, giving
cheerfully and giving generously is not an inherited trait. It is taught mainly by example. Usually parents who
are too busy or selfish to serve others, too worldly
to give to the church end up having children who
grow up to have this same immature and unspiritual character. Why? Because that’s what they
learned from their parents. Jesus taught that it
was more blessed to give than to receive, Acts 20, verse 35. But this lesson comes alive for children if they witness the joy and satisfaction that their parents feel from their various giving experiences. If they see their parents
enjoy giving, enjoy serving, it’ll be something that they also would like to participate in. If we don’t teach our children to give, they will miss out on the blessings that come from giving because no one else will teach them that lesson. That’s a lesson we teach our children. Another three letter word
to teach our children. L-O-V-E. Another character trait
that is not inherited, but taught at an early age. Fathers need to teach their
sons how to love a woman. With tenderness and understanding. Mothers need to teach their daughters how to love their husbands with respect and how to be devoted to their families. You learn these things. Children learn the nuts and bolts of how to love within their own families. This is why institutional
care is so inadequate for raising children. Yeah, it feeds them, it
puts clothes on their back, it teaches them two plus two
and how to parse a sentence. Sure, you get all that in an institution, but you don’t learn how mom treats dad and how dad treats mom. You learn that within the family circle. Parents are responsible
to teach their children the higher goals of loving
their neighbors and loving God. I appreciated what
Harold said this morning. You know, step up in
September, yes of course. We need our elders to exhort us in this. And of course, I’m preaching to the choir. You are all here. But the point he’s making,
that it is important for us as parents and grandparents to impose or to develop in our children the desire to worship God
and to be with God’s people. Parents are responsible
to teach their children these higher ideals. Politicians think that societies problems will be solved with better education or better medical care or better policing. But we know that if people
don’t know how to love one another, all these
other things will not work. We need to teach our children love for them to be fully
human and to be mature. Another four letter word, P-R-A-Y, pray. Young people are bombarded
with all kinds of messages and sales pitches and
information to the point that they often feel
anxious and depressed. They’re taking in so much stuff online. They’re always on the
phone, I’m on the phone. I’m on my iPad. And I see, you know, at my age, but I can imagine younger people. They’re always in front of a screen. And don’t you think that on that, don’t you think that marketers know that young people are glued to the screen? Of course they know. And so these young people are, you know, as I say, bombarded daily
with non-stop advertising and ideas from marketers
and all kinds of individuals that are online. Add to this the peer
pressure they feel at school and the uncertainties of growing up in a fast paced, and a violent society. They need to pray and
we need to teach them to meet every challenge
and every anxious moment with the soothing and
reassuring habit of prayer. The best thing a dad
can say to his daughter when she’s crying and she’s had a hard day and she lost her best friend or whatever, and after he’s tried to
comfort her that you know, life is long, you’ll
make some new friends, it’s okay, blah blah blah. The best thing he can say
to her at this point is hey, let’s pray about that. Why don’t we pray about that? To a daughter, to a son, to a grandchild. Somewhere along the line,
the adult needs to point that child to God. And the best way to start doing that is to say to them, why don’t
we pray together about that? Why don’t we bring this before the Lord? You know what, that
young person eventually is going to think to
himself, you know what? Even when grandpa isn’t
there or grandma isn’t there or mom or dad, I remember
what they used to do with me when I was having problems,
when I was stressed. When I thought all was lost. They used to encourage
me, take me by the hand and lead me to God and in prayer. Maybe I should start doing
that, just for myself. But that’s where it begins. If we want them to know
the peace that surpasses all understanding that Paul talks about in Philippians four, verses six and seven, we have to teach them and encourage them to pray without seizing. First Thessalonians 5:17. Another four letter word, O-B-E-Y, obey. – [Man] Amen. – A recent survey done for
the military in this country showed that every branch
of the Armed Forces is not finding enough
recruits to fill their need. Have you ever wondered why that is? I think it’s because
the younger generation rejects authority figures and can’t stand being in a situation where
they’re expected to obey orders. I’m not making, you
know, all young people. I’m just saying this generation is, this becomes a particular problem. If you don’t learn to obey your parents, you won’t be able to obey
your Sergeant either. Of course, if you don’t
learn to obey your parents, there are other problems
that you’re going to face. You won’t be able to obey your conscience. You won’t be able to
discipline yourself to study or to learn how to play the piano. Or to throw a 95 mile an hour fast ball. You won’t be able to practice
self-control in marriage if you don’t learn how to obey. And you’ll find it difficult
to obey the Gospel. You may believe the Gospel
but since you’ve never been taught to obey, you may
find submitting even to God too difficult for you. From the Garden of Eden
to the coming of Christ, those who have had the
most rewarding lives here on earth, as well
as in the Kingdom of God have been those who learned
to obey at an early age. It is time consuming. And it requires
self-discipline for parents to teach this to their children. How many times do parents say, how many times do I have to tell you no? Well, the answer to that,
as many times as it takes. Kids, yeah. The strategy for kids
is, I’ll wear them out. Because that’s all kids have got to do. They got nothing else to do,
you know what I’m saying? They don’t have a job to go to. They don’t have to fix the car. Okay? They don’t have to balance the checkbook. The only thing they got
to do is get their parents to agree to give them what they want. They got all day to do it. I asked mom early in
the, well mom you know, can I go sleep over at Janice’s house and we’re going to go
to the ice cream party? And she said, well it’s a week night. No, no there’s no going, no
sleepovers on the weeknight. Oh please? No, I said no. Okay, and she turns away. Well mom thinks, I took care of that. You know, nipped that thing in the bud. But little Suzy walking away,
she says well it’s only 10AM. We got all day. I got all day to work on her. I mean, that’s how kids think. So as I say, it’s time consuming and it requires
self-discipline for the parents to teach this to their children. But if you don’t invest your
time and effort in doing it now you will spend a long
time regretting it later. Another four letter word. R-E-A-D, read. Although we live in an
advanced technological society where there is an overabundance
of visual stimuli, nothing has greater
power to stir up the soul and motivate the spirit
than reading God’s word. From childhood, Timothy,
Paul’s coworker and evangelist read the scriptures
which eventually led him to the wisdom and the
knowledge of salvation. We read about that in Second Timothy 3:15. David, the king and the writer of Psalm said that God’s word was what guided his every step in life, Psalm 119:105. Again, children will only do what they see their parents doing and are
encouraged to do themselves. We teach little children
to brush their teeth because if they don’t, you
now, bad things will happen. We tell them, well your
teeth will fall out if you don’t brush them. And drink their milk to
help their body be strong. And yet the teeth and
the body and all of that is all going to pass away eventually. But we often neglect to teach them how to nourish and care for that part of their being that will last
forever, which is their soul. What’s important, what’s more important? Bright shiny teeth or an
everlasting soul with God? Teeth are important, don’t get me wrong. But we have to keep things in perspective. I know parents would not skip a night to make sure that little Suzy and Johnny brushed their teeth. You brush your teeth, up
and down, and in the back. Every night, you know,
to get that habit in. But wouldn’t demand that we
sit together and read the Bible every night before going to bed. Which is more important? Not having cavities or living eternally? I ask you. Another four letter word that we need to teach our kids, L-O-R-D, Lord. Our children deserve to learn the meaning of the word Lord. They need to know what
Lordship really means in their everyday lives. Not just repeating the name at the moment of their baptism or wearing a bracelet that says Jesus loves you. We need to show them
that if Jesus is Lord, this means that he is
the king and the ruler of every area of their lives. How they think and what they say. How they act and what they wear. What they see, what they listen to. He is the Lord of all those things. Where do they learn that concept? Not just from a on Sunday if the preacher happens to be talking about
that in his sermon on that day. And they happen to be sitting there. No, they learn the meaning
of it and how to apply the Lordship of Christ,
they learn to apply that in their everyday lives from their parent and watching their parents
put the Lordship of Christ. This concept into practice
in their own lives. Some young Christians think
that having Jesus as Lord means you say a prayer before eating or you go to church service regularly, and certainly it does. But they need to be taught
that Jesus wants them to surrender every aspect of their lives and their goods to Him. Having Jesus as Lord isn’t just, as I say, wearing a t-shirt with
His name printed on it. It’s having His name stamped on your heart and stamped on your soul
and stamped on everything that you do, that
everyone around you knows where you’re coming from
and where you’re going, and who exactly is your Lord. There’s no doubt in
anybody’s mind around you, who you know and see and serve as Lord. So we have to make up our minds. Who will have the upper hand
in teaching our children? Who’s going to be the boss of that? Who’s going to have, you
know, the hand on the control? Will it be the writers of books and movies and internet celebrities? Are they the ones that
are going to handle, are they the ones in
control of what goes into the mind and heart of our children? Will it be their friends
or the advertisers of products for the youth market? Are they the ones that are
going to be in control? Or will it be you, the parents? Will it be you, the Bible class teachers? Will it be you, the Christian
friends and mentors? They will either learn the
world’s four letter words, or they will be taught
the four letter words that guarantee a healthy, happy, and pleasing life before God. And it’s up to you, it’s up to me. We’re the ones that need
to take the initiative. Okay, one last four letter
word before I close tonight. S-A-V-E. Save. Peter used it when he
preached his first sermon on Pentecost Sunday. What did he say to the people? And with many other words,
he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Marty began his sermon this
morning in Acts chapter 2:37-38, explaining Pentecost Sunday. And the people said, what should we do? We’ve crucified our
savior, what do we do now? And what did he answer? Repent and be baptized, right. Everyone of you for the
forgiveness of your, in Jesus’ name, for the
forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the
gift of the Holy Spirit. Yes, we know that, but
then a little later on he kept on exhorting them. It’s like he was saying,
folks, I’m not kidding here. This is serious business. You did crucify your savior. You are guilty of that. You stand condemned before God because of that action,
and others of course. So he continues to exhort them, be saved from this perverse generation. He was insistent that his countrymen not waste any time in confessing Christ and being baptized in order to be saved. Well my point, of course, we need to teach our
children and our friends and our neighbors about
the need, the urgency to save themselves from the
judgment that is coming. We don’t talk a lot about judgment, but that doesn’t mean the
judgment isn’t coming. It is coming. So let’s not be fooled. Let’s not become complacent. Let’s not become too
comfortable in this world. Jesus is coming, for
each and every one of us. Young and old. And he’s coming for us in
death or in his sudden return. I say, like Peter said, save yourselves. Come to Christ, and if you
need to come to Christ tonight in repentance and in
baptism as Peter preached in Acts 2:38, and you will receive the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive this very night, the gift of the Holy
Spirit, which will guarantee your eternal life in heaven. If you need to respond to the invitation to be baptized, or perhaps
as a parent a grandparent, you need help, you need
prayers of the church and encouragement to do a
good job with your children, maybe even do a better job, you feel, the church is here. As I say often, the elders
are here to serve your needs, to pray with you. If you have any reason to
respond to the invitation, please do that now as
we stand and as we sing the song that has been chosen.

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