Father’s Day: Reflections and Resources

Posted: June 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Father’s Day will be tomorrow, June 17. Many churches often build up moms on Mother’s Day and beat down dads on Father’s Day.  No one should question a mother’s worth and we should “rise up and call them blessed” at the same time we must emphasize that healthy children ideally come from healthy families where dads are present. That becomes quite a challenge in our families with the amount of fathers absent in the home today. One in three children, according to the Census Bureau, lives without a biological father (24 million children in America ). Many children overcome these obstacles, and many mothers rise to the challenge of parenting alone but research suggests that absentee dads can be linked to an increased likelihood of teen pregnancy, incarceration, child poverty, child abuse, health problems, and drug and alcohol addiction. The instruction from 1 Corinthians 16:13 to “be watchful” is to the church for us to be alert. These statistics should be a loud alert to the church today.

The call to Christian men (and all Christians) is to stand firm, act like men, & be strong. So, take the time to honor dads tomorrow but also pray for them. These are weighty instructions that we desperately need God’s grace and strength to live out.  If you are dad, play the role God’s called you (act like men”) too and take up the challenge is to have a multigenerational vision for biblical faithfulness.  Not only pray for and honor them but encourage them (here’s the “let all that you do be done in love” comes in), as they face the challenges of being a faithful dad in this day and age are increasing. We certainly want to take the time also to pray, remember, and encourage the millions of single moms out there that pull double duty, THANKS!

Remember also those that will not have a much needed dad in their life tomorrow (or for the long haul). We are told that there are over 140 million orphans in the world today and 127,000 children in the US waiting to be adopted. Numerous times God describes himself as the Father & Protector of the fatherless.  The primary way he wants to show his love to the “fatherless” is through the church. It is a call every Christian must heed  from James 1:27:   Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. How will we answer this call? For some it may mean considering adopting or fostering children. For others it may mean mentoring needy kids while others may give help these causes. How will we pray to see how God would have us play a role to the fatherless this Father’s Day and “let everything that we do in love”?

Below are some resources to help encourage us this Father’s Day. The first is a brief clip to show how Fathers are vital, followed by 5 ways to be a Good Dad, and finally some notable quotes for Father’s Day. May the good Father to the fatherless bless you this Father’s Day as you worship Him and honor Dads.

5 Godly Ways to Be a Good Dad

Notable Quotes:

Every dad begins fatherhood clothed in garments of praise [Proverbs 17:6]. It usually happens naturally and effortlessly. He possesses an authority that is both inexplicable and awesome. For this reason, few things are more important to a boy – or a man – than a touch, or a smile, or a word of encouragement from Dad. ~Robert Lewis in  Raising a Modern-Day Knight

“Men are never manlier than when they are tender with their children – whether holding a baby in their arms, loving their grade-schooler, or hugging their teenager or adult children.”~ Kent Hughes in Disciplines of a Godly Man.

“A famous cigarette billboard pictures a curly-headed, bronze-faced, muscular macho with a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth. The sign says, “Where a man belongs.” That is a lie. Where a man belongs is at the bedside of his children, leading in devotion and prayer. Where a man belongs is leading his family to the house of God. Where a man belongs is up early and alone with God seeking vision and direction for the family.”~ John Piper

4 THINGS BOYS LEARN FROM THEIR FATHERS:

1. How to deal with, look at, and think about women
2. Confidence
3. Strength, Sacrifice, and Service
4. What it means to be loved by the Heavenly Father

~from Johnny Hunt

“America has now embarked on a foolhardy experiment to discover what happens to a culture in which nearly half the children do not live with their fathers. One result is that many people do not know how to call God “Father,” nor do they want to.”~ Philip Graham Ryken  –Taken from When You Pray

““Father” is the most significant name of the God of the Bible. It is the name that sets Christianity apart from all the other religions of the world. Other religions invite us to worship their gods, allahs, creators, or metaphysical forces, but Christianity invites us to believe in a Son and to enter into an intimate family relationship with a loving Father. Jesus, the Son of God, came so that we could meet His Father, be adopted into the family of God, and relate to the almighty God of the universe in an intimate, personal, concrete way as sons and daughters (2 Cor. 6:16, 18).”~  Mary A. Kassian  –Taken from: Biblical Womanhood in the Home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

1. If both your parents worshipped with you regularly while you were growing up, there’s an 80% likelihood that you’ll worship God regularly as an adult.

2. If only your mother worshipped regularly with you, there’s only a 30% probability that you’ll worship regularly as an adult.

3. If only your father worshipped regularly with you, the likelihood that you’ll worship regularly as an adult increases to 70% percent!

Fathers have an enormous impact on their children’s faith and values. One of your most important ministries is worshipping with your kids! ~Author Unknown

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