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					  Hallmark estimates that 150 million
 Mother’s Day cards were sent this year
 Americans spent an average of $105 on
     Mother’s Day gifts this year

More phone calls will be made today than
       any other day of the year
     The busiest day at car washes?
Yesterday- the Saturday before Mother’s
                  Day
     Answers given by 2nd Graders
      Why did God make mothers?
She's the only one who knows where the
             scotch tape is.
       Mostly to clean the house.
 To help us out of there when we were
              getting born.
     Answers given by 2nd Graders

      How did God make mothers?

He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

God made my Mom just the same like He
  made me. He just used bigger parts.
      Answers given by 2nd Graders

 What ingredients are mothers made of?

God makes mothers out of clouds and angel
 hair and everything nice in the world and
             one dab of mean.
      Answers given by 2nd Graders
Why did God give you your mother and not
           some other Mom?
           Cause we’re related.
God knew she likes me a lot more than other
         people’s moms like me.
     Answers given by 2nd Graders
What kind of little girl was your Mom?

I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but
    my guess would be pretty bossy.

      They say she used to be nice.
    Answers given by 2nd Graders
 Why did your Mom marry your Dad?
She got too old to do anything else with
                  him.
My Grandma says that Mom didn’t have
        her thinking cap on.
      Answers given by 2nd Graders

What does your Mom do in her spare time?

      Mothers don’t do spare time.

 To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day
                    long.
     Answers given by 2nd Graders
  What would it take to make your Mom
                perfect?
On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside,
   I think some kind of plastic surgery.
 Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe
                    blue.
      Answers given by 2nd Graders
 If you could change one thing about your
         Mom, what would it be?

 I’d make my Mom smarter. That way she
would know it was my sister who did it and
                not me.
   Of
Ministers
  and
Mothers
The background of First Thessalonians is to be
found in Acts 17:1-9

Paul had twice attempted to revisit the brethren
there but had met with disappointment in his
attempts

He had sent Timothy to inquire about them and
had received a favorable report, with some
exceptions
Chapter 2 begins with a reminder to them of
Paul’s character and life as he ministered among
them previously
In his reminder he uses an illustration of a nursing
mother to correspond to his care of and concern
for them
Through his illustration we not only see the
compassion of a mother, but also the character
that should attend every ministering servant of God
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in
unto you, that it was not in vain: But even
after that we had suffered before, and were
shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi,
we were bold in our God to speak unto you
the gospel of God with much contention. For
our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of
uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were
allowed of God to be put in trust with the
gospel, even so we speak; not as
pleasing men, but God, which trieth our
       From the neither at any “to used
hearts. For Greek word meaningtime keep we
flatteringwarm; to cherish with tender love” cloke of
            words, as ye know, nor a
                    is a witness: Nor of
       The picture Godof is nursing mother and men
covetousness;
sought we       gentleness with her infant
            herglory, neither of you, nor yet of
others, when we might have been burdensome,
as the apostles of Christ. 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.
                          I Thessalonians 2:1-
9
Notice some of the qualities of mothers that Paul
points out as also being qualities that characterized
his service among them and that should
characterize the way we minister to others
Mothers
 Care
Gently
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.
                             I Thessalonians 2:7-9
A nurturing, loving mother cares deeply for her
child
She deals gently with him and cares for his every
need with a love unparalleled in human activity*


Gentleness is a characteristic of all faithful followers
of God
And the servant of the Lord must not strive;
but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach,
patient, In meekness instructing those that
oppose themselves; if God peradventure will
give them repentance to the acknowledging of
the truth; And that they may recover
themselves out of the snare of the devil, who
are taken captive by him at his will.
                              II      Timothy
A nurturing, loving mother cares deeply for her
child
She deals gently with him and cares for his every
need with a love unparalleled in human activity


Gentleness is a characteristic of all faithful followers
of God

It is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit and
as having originated in heaven
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is
no law.
                                  Galatians
5:22, 23
For where envying and strife is, there is
confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom
that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality,
and without hypocrisy.
                                    James 3:16,
17
As a loving mother, each of us must deal gently
with our fellow man in bringing him to obedience



Gentleness bespeaks a loving heart and genuine
affection


“No one cares how much you know until they
know how much you care”
   Mothers
    Desire
Affectionately
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
            ye of manner meaning our this
us. ForAdverb remember, brethren, “after labour and
                fashion; in this manner”
travail: for labouring night and day, because we
         not fashion of an unto any mother
would In thebe chargeable affectionate of you, we
preached Paul desired their obedience to the
           unto you the gospel of God.
                          gospel
                                 I Thessalonians 2:7-9
Loving mothers have great aspirations for their
children
They want the best for them in every facet of their
lives

Their desires are expressed in every aspect of
childrearing

They teach, train, guide and discipline based on
the desire for making their children productive
citizens*
In this same manner Paul was desirous of his
brethren in Thessalonica, that they would be
productive citizens of the Lord’s kingdom


His desires were expressed in various ways-
instruction, guidance and even disciplinary measures


As members of Christ we must have the same
desire and attitude today
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that
which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with
brotherly love; in honour preferring one
another;
                                  Romans
12:9, 10
  Mothers
  Invest
Spiritually
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.
                            I Thessalonians 2:7-9
Paul wanted to impart the gospel to them

He was investing himself in them in order that they
might understand the great need for the gospel
they had in their lives

His statement is still under the shadow of a
mother’s love
Godly mothers invest heavily in the spiritual
wellbeing of their children*
Jochebed, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary, Lois and
Eunice, all stand as great examples of mothers
who invested in the spiritual lives of their children
And that from a child thou hast known the
holy scriptures, which are able to make thee
wise unto salvation through faith which is in
Christ Jesus.
                                       II
Timothy 3:15
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned
faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy
grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and
I am persuaded that in thee also.
                                           II
Timothy 1:5
Jochebed, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary, Lois and
Eunice, all stand as great examples of mothers
who invested in the spiritual lives of their children


A preacher and his four sons (who were all
preachers) were asked on one occasion which one
was the best preacher in the family


Almost in unison they replied, “Mom”
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and
forsake not the law of thy mother: For they
shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head,
and chains about thy neck.


Proverbs 1:8, 9
  Mothers
    Love
Sacrificially
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.
                             I Thessalonians 2:7-9
Epitaph found on the tombstone of a woman
married for 60 years: “She always made home
happy”
Solomon used his knowledge of a mother’s love to
solve a difficulty on one occasion


His judgment depended on the fact that this
woman loved son more than self and would do for
him what she would never do for herself
And the king said, Divide the living child in
two, and give half to the one, and half to the
other. Then spake the woman whose the living
child was unto the king, for her bowels
yearned upon her son, and she said, O my
lord, give her the living child, and in no wise
slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither
mine nor thine, but divide it.
                                       I Kings
Mothers sacrifice time, wants, sleep, health,
finances, interests and a host of other things



Their love is sacrificial at its core*

Through the sacrificial love of moms we find the
kind of love we should have for Christ and His
Cause
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.


Romans 12:1
We would expect no less than sacrificial love from
mothers; God should expect no less than sacrificial
love from each of us



Paul also presented his love for the Corinthians in
terms of sacrifice
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for
you; though the more abundantly I love you,
the less I be loved.
                             II    Corinthians
12:15
 Mothers
  Work
Tirelessly
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.
                             I Thessalonians 2:7-9
“A father’s work is sun to sun, but a mother’s
work is never done”
Her tireless efforts are depicted in Lemuel’s
presentation of the virtuous woman
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh
willingly with her hands. She is like the
merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from
afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and
giveth meat to her household, and a portion to
her maidens.
                                Proverbs
31:13-15
She girdeth her loins with strength, and
strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that
her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not
out by night.
                              Proverbs
31:17, 18
She looketh well to the ways of her
household, and eateth not the bread of
idleness.
                            Proverbs
31:27
“A father’s work is sun to sun, but a mother’s
work is never done”
Her tireless efforts are depicted in Lemuel’s
presentation of the virtuous woman


Mothers give tireless efforts in their domain- the
home*

Like a working mother, Paul worked tirelessly
among the Thessalonians
Likewise, our efforts for the kingdom are to be
tireless
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of
liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a
forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this
man shall be blessed in his deed.
                                       James
1:25
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and
labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his
name, in that ye have ministered to the saints,
and do minister. And we desire that every one of
you do shew the same diligence to the full
assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not
slothful, but followers of them who through faith
and patience inherit the promises.
                                    Hebrews
6:10-12
In order for an illustration to be effective it
   must be practical and understandable

Paul was counting on their understanding
  of a mother’s love to demonstrate his
            concern for them
Mothers & Ministers:
     Care Gently
Desire Affectionately
 Invest Spiritually
 Love Sacrificially
   Work Tirelessly

				
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