Break #53

Click here for a 40 minute 'sermon' from 2006 on
the other things that we are to fully know about Paul.
(from the fair booth days)

Neither count I my life dear unto myself,

 ...neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy,
and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus,
to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20: 24

This stuff has great family application.
What kind of manner of life do you have
for the 'others' in your home?

  • a)  rotten childhood yourself?  Well, don't give them 'what you never had' - do right for their sakes - somebody has to stop the bad path!
  • b) rough times - light affliction, Paul calls it.  Nothing like it will for the glory to come later in life.  We learn from these tough times, don't we?  We can still grow up ok even if the childhood wasn't 'perfect.'
  • c)  reason with Scripture!  Do right rightly!
  • d)  be seriously stirred about what is going on today 'towards' your kids!
  • e)  dispute with whom you have to dispute with, but make they are those of whom are trying to HARM your children, not help them!
  •  f)  do you parent with humility of mind - or are you a parent who knows all and there is nothing anyone can show you?
  • g)  do you have tears of concern or tears of embarrassment and hurt personal parenting pride?
  • h)  don't hold back what you need to do to guide and protect your kids.  You are NOT their friend, you are their parent, but you can be friendly!
  •  i)  declare ALL your counsel
  •  j)  be led by the Spirit of God - He knows your children quite well - as well as your self!
  •  j)  your life is not to be dear unto yourself - you will be by yourself soon enough!  And then you can do what you want - if your children let you!

Always OTHERS!

Needful for others, not what you yourself wants!

  • Your children need you more than ever!
  • They need you to say 'no' as well as 'yes!'
  • They need you to 'not give' as well as 'give!'
  • They need you to be the right example and to know right and do right in this world of subtle & sneaky satanic attacks! - some are even blatant and parents still miss seeing them???
  • Philippians 1:20-25 - According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
Give your self to others!
  • Proper parenting involves sacrificing of your self for your children, not the sacrificing of your children for yourself!
  • I Thessalonians 2:7-13 - But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:  So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:  As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
He prays for others - us!
  • Do you pray these things for others?
  • Ephesians 1:16-21
  • Ephesians 3:14-19
  • Philippians 1:7-11
  • Colossians 1:9-11
Furtherance of the gospel!
  • Life doesn't always go well or to your satisfaction - but Romans 8:28 can still take place in the home.  God still gets all the glory!
  • Philippians 1:12 - But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
  • Also, make sure it is the proper gospel that gets furthered - Paul's!
No other doctrine!
  • No cults, no religions, no denominational teachings, no baptist distinctives, no church buildup, no faith based concepts, etc.
  • I Timothy 1:3 - As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine...
  • Jealous - Suspiciously vigilant; anxiously careful and concerned for.
  • II Corinthians 11:1-4 - Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
  • Galatians 1:8,9 - But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
  • Galatians 1:11,12 - But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Took the time to tell them all what ALL needed to be said!
  • Acts:20:27 - For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
  • Acts 20:7 - And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
  • II Corinthians 12:15 - And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
With Tears
  • Tears for them or because of them?
  • Acts 20:31 - Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
  • II Corinthians 2:4 - For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
They behaved themselves for the sakes of others!
  • If we only knew how much our kids learn FROM us, instead of just BY us.  That includes how much we can be a good or bad example as grandparents...!
  • II Thessalonians 3:7-9 -  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;  Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
Endure for their sakes!
  • II Timothy 2:10,11 - Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
You want others to have the good of what you had from the Lord!
  • Acts 26:29 - And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
  • It isn't what you do, it is what you are... and "who you be!"
  • Do you want your kids to be LIKE you?  don't let them trick you with their 'likeynesses'.  If you are afraid to lose them when they graduate, you probably already have lost them.
  • Do you want your kids to be better than you?  they won't be...
  • Do you want your kids to be worse than you?  that is the standard pattern, it seems.
Unless the Lord gets ahold of them through that Book, the devil will instead through the world!

Who are the "Others" in your life?


Mikel Paulson
P.O. Box 327
302 Western Ave.
Hazelton, ND, 58544
509-876-1611  cell phone