Faith Christian Temple Church - Company Message
Text: Deuteronomy 6:6-7-- Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

INTRODUCTION: Mark 9:36-37--He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

There are approximately 7.6 billion people living in the world today according statistics from the World Bank. According Humanism, an international child sponsorship organization, of that 7.6 billion people approximately 2.2 billion are children. There are approximately 330 million people living in the United States according to the U.S.Census Bureau.  Approximately 74 million of that number are children.

So, the question again what is the state of affairs of our children today in this messed up world. A world in which only God can order peace and love.  Today let us consider four things that matter most concerning our children’s life and well-being.

POINT ONE: Abortion. What is abortion? Keeping it simple, abortion is point blank—the killing of an unborn baby. Killing a baby because you don’t want it is murder. Those who advocate a position on this type of killing are called pro-choice advocates.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported in its most recent report in 2016 that approximately 600,000 abortions took place in the U.S. To keep it simple again, there are people who made a decision to murder over 600,000 precious souls from the Lord in the name of pro-choice. “Thy shalt not kill.”

Proverbs 6:16-19--There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. God hates murder.
Matthew 19:14-- Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Even after a baby has been born there are people who choose to destroy what God has allowed to enter his creation—a new helpless baby. Infanticide is the intentional killing of infants. “Now universally illegal, infanticide was a widespread practice throughout human history that was mainly used to dispose of unwanted children.” “Parental researchers have found that mothers are slightly more likely than fathers to be commit infanticide in general.
The predators, wolves in sheep clothing, come in all types. Many of our children are being captured and sold for forced labor or sexual exploitation. According to a USA 2018 report, about 10,000 children a year suffer the horrors of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States.

Take care of your children before birth and thereafter. First Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking, whom he may devour. 
POINT FOUR:Training. Why should we train?Proverbs 22:6--Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

When we look at what has been happening around our nation this year and previous years, it may make you wonder if those individuals, young and old, who have been participating in the looting, rioting, burning, violence and killing have had any child rearing at all. Their behavior is a reflection of their core values or lack thereof.  We are living in the last days.

Second Timothy 3:1-5 says,But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Proverbs 29:17--Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
Now, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Roosevelt McPherson, Pastor
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