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Question: Do our children know Godly men?
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Acts 21:3
…..and landed at Tyre;
for there the ship was to unload her cargo.

4 And finding disciples,
we stayed there seven days.

They told Paul
through the Spirit
not to go up to Jerusalem.

5 When we had come to the end of those days,
we departed and went on our way;

and they all accompanied us,
with wives and children,
till we were out of the city.

And we knelt down on the shore and prayed.

6 When we had taken our leave of one another,
we boarded the ship,

and they returned home.
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After a long journey, Paul and his team are hosted by the saints at Tyre for seven days. There are many lessons in this passage.

we stayed there seven days.
Are we hospitable as the saints at Tyre?

They told Paul
through the Spirit
not to go up to Jerusalem.

How does God confirm his word to us?

we departed and went on our way;
Do we persevere in the mission God gives us ?

and they all accompanied us,
with wives and children,

Do our children know Godly men?

And we knelt down on the shore and prayed.
Are we a people of prayer?

we boarded the ship,
and they returned home.

Are we aware that God’s specific plan is different among Christians?

Yet today the passage about the children caught my attention and heart. Do our children know godly men?

The Christian community at Tyre had no warning that Paul and his team were coming. Most likely they had never even met Paul nor his companions. Possibly they heard of Paul’s ministry and journey, but possibly not.

Paul’s group was fairly large, so most likely they were hosted by several families within the church community, possibly even homes with children.

Wow, the stories they must of shared with the hosting families of their adventures and labors in the Gospel!!!

It’s good for children to know other Christian leaders from outside the home. Children know dad and mom’s faith, but to see others serve The Lord is impactful.

Again, I like our house church because the children get the opportunity each week to spend time and even have lunch with their Pastor, Brad, and his wonderful wife, Jamie. The larger churches we previously attended were good, but it was rare to spend a lot of time with the Pastor, especially for the children.

However, to the credit of the large churches, they did host many missions conferences. The families within the church hosted the incoming missionaries and their families. My family never hosted a missionary, but I’m sure it was a wonderful experience for those families that did host.

Hearing Paul’s stories in person must have been incredible: the adventures, the sufferings, the miracles. How inspiring it must have been to host the Apostle Paul. We really have nobody that can even compare to the Apostle Paul in today’s world. The closest person that comes to mind is Billy Graham. The other day I was teaching some teens about evangelism and evangelists. I said, you know an evangelist, like Billy Graham? To my surprise they had never even heard of Billy Graham.

Christian parents, let us be intentional in introducing our children to other mature Christian men and women and to other Christian leaders. Have them get to know your pastor, or host a missionary, or during your next family devotion time, how about watching a Billy Graham video.

I have posted a few Billy Graham videos below.

God bless, Bob.

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This first video is new from Billy Graham. Watch The Cross video.
http://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/the-cross/

You tube video of Billy Graham “Value of a Soul” message at the Washington Convention center.

Joni Eareckson Tada speaking at a Billy Graham event.

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