"Family Tradition"
II Timothy 3:1-5: But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For
men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 
With some of these, I wasn't so sure how exactly the text and the lecture fit--but anyway...Cal Thomas is something of a humorist and I don't think he really used an outline. My notes are rather spotty, so please bear with me.

Love is not based on happiness. Not only that, love is a choice, not an emotion. Rather than 'happiness' we should strive after contentment because contentment is tied to the eternal.

Anything that does not strength us morally is actually an attack. (Is. 5:20)

The problem (in a general sense) these days is the lack of fathers--Mr. Thomas gave a whole list of statistics showing how children with no fathers tend to 'go bad' in greater numbers than those from heterosexual two parent homes.

Then he asked the stinging question, "What influence can we [the Church] have if we aren't any different?" Christ must be the center of our lives.

In the end, he summed up by saying, "When people stop believing in God, they will belive in anything."

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