SERMON DATE AND TITLE:20120513: "A Mother Of Great Faith"

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A Mother of Great Faith


PRESSURES ON MOM TODAY are greater than ever. Its got to be the toughest job in the world. Just think of what’s expected of her in our success-driven society:

 Have a successful career
 Keep the house spotless
 Raise perfect children
 Be a great cook
 Look like a model
 Be a charming hostess and conversationalist

She cooked the breakfast first of all,
Washed the cups and plates.
Dressed the children and made sure
Stockings all were mates.
Combed their hair and made their beds,
Sent them our to play;
Gathered up their motley toys,
Put some books away.
Dusted chairs and mopped the stairs,
Ironed an hour or two;
Baked a jar of cookies and a pie,
Then made a pot of stew.
The telephone rang constantly,
The doorbell did the same;
A youngster fell and stubbed his toe
And then the laundry came.
She picked up blocks and mended socks,
Then she polished up the stove;
And when her husband came at six
He said, “I envy you!
It must be nice to sit at home
Without a thing to do!”

Worth of a Housewife
In 1979, a young divorce attorney named Michael H. Minton successfully argued that a housewife was worth more than $40,000 a year. The public snorted and the press made fun, but the ramifications proved enormous. When the dust finally settled, the 33-year-old Chicago lawyer had catapulted matrimonial law into an entirely new arena.

First, he listed the various functions she performs:
 Family counselor
 Maintenance worker
 Cleaning woman
 Errand runner
 Interior decorator
 Caterer, dietician, secretary, hostess
Using this impressive list of housewife’s work in today’s labor market, He came up with $985/week. That’s $51,220/year!



THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN conducted a nationwide survey several years ago in which they asked thousands of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 what they would like to be in adult life. A surprising 80% expressed a desire to be like their mothers!

It has been said that no other force in the life of a son is as strong as the influence of a mother.

“A Lesson on Magnets”

A teacher had just given her 2nd grade class a lesson on magnets. Now came the question session. She asked the class, “My name starts with an 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?” A little boy shot up his hand and said, “A mother!”


My mother is 90 years old and resides in what we call a "Country Club Nursing Home in Southern California. Her mind is sharp, especially when her oldest son calls her to wish her Happy Mother's Day. I am her first-born.


Pastor Phil   <><<





Sheepfold Ministries - May 13, 2012

Mother's Day - Pastor Phil Roland


A Mother of Great Faith


"When you think about it, motherhood requires great faith. No one will have more faith in you or in God than the one who has given you life. Today, we stand up and bless her."                                                 Pastor Phil  <><<


"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."     Hebrews 11:6

THE CANAANITE WOMAN - A descendant of the ancient Canaanites, the bitter biblical enemies of Israel whose paganism led Israel into idolatry.

Her ancestors practiced demon-worship, occult rites, child sacrifice and cannibalism.



"And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."  v. 22
A. She crossed the Barrier of Gender Bias / Intimidation

                        1. Women were considered Property / Furniture

                        2. Women were not Educated, Illiterate

                        3. Considered Inferior to Men

            B. She crossed the Barrier of Religion

                        1. Jews considered non-Jews, "Goyan"

2. Gentiles were non-Jews who worshipped False Gods

                        3. They worshipped the Goddess Ashtoreth

                        4. They built the charred bodies of their kids into the                                                          foundations of their homes and buildings

                        5. Their first-born children were sacrificed to False Gods
            C. She crossed the Barrier of Racial Hatred

                        1. Her ancestors were part Jew and part Gentile

                        2. In Judaism the woman was be Jewish to produce a racially                                         pure Jew

                        3. The Northern Kingdom Israel was overrun by the Assyrians 

                        4. Israel's Inhabitants were exported to another country

                        5. That country's Inhabitants were brought in to occupy Israel

                        6. So. Kingdom, Judah treated them with hatred and contempt

            D. What Drove the Canaanite Woman to Cross the Cultural Barriers?

                        1. Desperation - She knew she couldn't free her daughter by                                           herself - She needed help - Jesus could help her

                        2. Love - She loved her child - It fueled her persistence

                                    a. Jesus was her last and only Hope

                                    b. She could handle His disciples' resistance



                        3. Vision - She saw Compassion and Healing

                               b. She saw in Jesus a Compassion that wouldn't reject her

                               c. She saw His Potential for Healing

                        4. What Mother wouldn't turn in desperation to Jesus?

                                    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
                                    Look full in His wonderful face,
                                    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
                                    In the light of His glory and grace.

"Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour." NKJ

NIV - "Woman, you have great faith!"

A. Character Summary: Jesus summed up her character w/4 words

                        1. Great Is Your Faith

                        2. We don't know her name. . .If she was married. . .

                        3. Jesus never told His disciples, "You have great faith"

                        4. Amazing honor to a persistent mother

            B. Three Factors could have Prevented her from Persisting

                        1. The Silence of Jesus - v. 23a

                         "But He answered her not a word."

                                    a. She didn't take His silence as indifference

                                    b. She spoke directly into the Heart of God

                        2. The Rebuke of His Disciples - v. 23b

                        "And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for

                         she cries out after us."
                        3. The Initial Behavior of Jesus

                                    a. He engaged her by flatly telling her He wasn't                                                                  responsible for her

                                    b. Note: She didn't interpret rejection

                                    c. Her maternal need was so great, she let it speak for                                                       itself

                                    d. She fell at His feet and cried, "Lord, help me!"

4. The Essence of all Great Faith: Reach out to Jesus in                                                    Desperation

                        5. Washington Irving Quote: "The love of a mother is never                                  exhausted. It never changes-it never tires-it endures through                               all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's                                  condemnation, a mother's love still lives on."

"And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
            A. She makes no Obligatory Claim for herself





                        1. She relied wholly on the Grace of Jesus - Ephesians 2:8,9

                        "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of

                         yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should


                        2. GRACE = God's Righteousness At Christ's Expense

                        3. Greek: Charis - "The Dancing Arbitrary Hand of God"

B. She Bore an Implied Insult w/o walking away in Tears - v. 26

            "But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and              throw it to the little dogs."

1. Gutsy Mother answered Him back - v. 27

                        "And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the

                         crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
2. Can you sense her persistence in seeking God's Favor?

                        3. "Jesus, throw me Your crumbs!"

            C. Jesus replies profoundly, "You have Great Faith!"

1. From that very moment her daughter was made whole

                        2. She surrendered herself and her daughter to Jesus

            D. Jesus spoke the word and she was made whole - v. 28b

            "Let it be to you as you desire. And her daughter was healed from that very                          hour."

                        1. Don't despair when faced with hopelessness or problems

                        2. Cross all the barriers to Jesus

                        3. Persist in your belief in Him

                        4. Approach Him with true humility

                        4. Receive His Favor/Grace



A Mother of Great Faith

Matthew 15:21-28 (NKJV)
21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold, a woman of
Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."
23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us."
24 But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"
26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.




Just Trust Mom

A young man was standing at the grocery store checkout line when he noticed an elderly woman in front of him. As she unloaded her grocery cart, she kept looking up and staring at him. After a few awkward moments, he asked, “Why do you keep staring at me?”

The woman said, “I'm sorry, but it's just that you look exactly like my son who recently died."

"I'm so sorry to hear that," the young man replied. "Is there anything I can do for you?"

"Yes," she said. “As I leave, if you would say, 'Goodbye, Mother' it would make me feel so much better because I need closure."

"I’d be glad to do that for you," he answered.

As the old woman was leaving, he called out, "Goodbye, Mother!"

After unloading his cart, the bill came to $147.50.

"How can that be?" he asked the clerk. "I only purchased a few items."

“Oh,” the clerk replied, "your mother said that you would pay for her."

Kent Crockett’s Sermon Illustrations, www.kentcrockett.com


MOTHERHOOD "The joy of motherhood is what a woman experiences when all the children have gone to bed."



Erma Bombeck

Some day when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I will tell them:

I loved you enough to ask about where you were going, with whom and what time you would get home.

I loved you enough to insist that you buy a bike, that we could afford to give you, with your own money.

I loved you enough to make you return a Milky-Way— with a bite out of it—to the drug store and to confess "I stole this."

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, disgust and tears in my eyes.

I loved you enough to admit I was wrong and ask for your forgiveness.

I loved you enough to let you stumble, fall and hurt.

But most of all, I loved you enough to say NO when you hated me for it. That was the hardest part of all.






Brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions!!

Why did God make mothers?

          a. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

          b. Mostly to clean the house.

          c. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

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

          b. Magic plus super powers, and a lot of stirring.

          c. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used                           bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

          a. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice                      in the world and one dab of mean.

          b. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use                        string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?

          a. We're related.

          b. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's Moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?

          a. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.

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

          c. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about Dad before she married him?

          a. His last name.

          b. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get                          drunk on beer?

          c. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES                     to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your Dad?

          a. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a                       lot.

          b. She got too old to do anything else with him.

          c. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.





Who's the boss at your house?

          a. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad's such a goof                 ball.

          b. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the                       bed.

          c. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between Moms and Dads?

          a. Moms work at work and work at home, and Dads just go to work at                      work.

          b. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

          c. Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power 'cause                     that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.

          d. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?

          a. Mothers don't do spare time.

          b. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?

          a. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of                            plastic surgery.

          b. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

          a. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean.

                   I'd get rid of that.

          b. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister                         who did it and not me.

          c. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her                    head.



My Grandma


Grandma, on a winter's day, milked the cows and fed them hay,

          hitched the mule, drove kids to school...

did a washing, mopped the floors, washed the windows and did some chores...

Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit, pressed her husband's Sunday suit...

swept the parlor, made the bed, baked a dozen loaves of bread...

split some firewood and lugged it in, enough to fill the kitchen bin...

Cleaned the lamps and put in oil, stewed some apples before they spoiled...

churned the butter, baked a cake, then exclaimed, "For goodness sake!"

when the calves ran from the pen, and chased them all back in again...

Gathered eggs and locked the stable, back to the house and set the table...

cooked a supper that was delicious, then washed and dried all dirty dishes...

fed the cat and sprinkled clothes, mended a basketful of hose...

then opened the organ and began to play: "When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day..."


Reminisce, premiere issue, 1991, pp. 46-7.