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"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,  how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to  them that ask him?" Matthew 7:11

A young man was getting ready to  graduate from college.  For many months he had admired a beautiful  sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well  afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.  As graduation day  approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased  the car.  Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called  him into his private study.  His father told him how proud he was to  have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him.  He handed his  son a beautifully wrapped gift box.  Curious, and somewhat  disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely,  leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold.  Angry,  he raised his voice to his father and said "With all your money you  give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business.  He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.  Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son.  He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.  He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.  His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matthew 7:11, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"  As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible.  It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired.  On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words "PAID IN FULL".

Dear Friend, how many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?


"A good father does these basic things:
provides for his family, protects his family, 
and gives spiritual and moral guidance."

-David Blankenhorn


"A father's love gives strength to his sons,
guidance to his daughters, and protection to the home.
He is the most important teacher in their lives,
because in him his children see the qualities 
they will look for in other men."



"More than virtually any other factor,
a biological father's presence in the family will
determine a child's success and happiness."

-U. S. News and World Report


"Committed fatherhood would do more to restore a normal
childhood to every child,
and dramatically reduce our nation's most costly social problems,
than all of the pending legislation in America combined."

-National Fatherhood Initiative


Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political 
figure and diplomat, kept a diary.
One day he entered: "Went fishing with my son
 today--a day wasted."
His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is 
still in existence.
On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: 
"Went fishing with my father--the most wonderful day of my life!"
The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing 
with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time.
The only way to tell the difference between wasting 
and investing is to know
one's ultimate purpose in life and to judge accordingly.

-Silas Shotwell, in Homemade


"My only regret in my life is that it was always so difficult
to let my father know the great depth of my affection for him."

-Dwight D. Eisenhower


"The Lord ... commanded our fathers that they 
should make [His Word] known to their children:
that the generation to come might ... set their hope 
in God, and not forget the works of God"

(Psalm 78:4-7).


Dear Friend, the Bible say to love others
but when comes to father and mother say honor them:

"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
John 15:12

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it;"
Ephesians 5:25

"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Matthew 22:39


"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be
ong upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. "
Exodus 20:12

"Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
Deuteronomy 5:16

"Honor thy father and mother; and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Matthew 19:19

"Honor your mother and your father which is the
 first commandment with a promise."
Ephesians 6:2


I Luv Dad (Greeting Card) <(Click Here)


Hymns & Songs  ( Music Clips )

My Father's Love http://www.oldchristianmusic.
Tower.mp3 <(Click Here)

Behold, What Manner of Love http://www.
Scripture%20Songs%20I.mp3 <(Click Here)

On My Heart Imprint Your Image http://www.
More%20Like%20You%20Lord.mp3 <(Click Here)

Under Their Father's Hand http://www.oldchristianmusic.
Under%20Their%20Father's%20Hand.mp3 <(Click Here)

Take Thou My Hand, O Father http://www.oldchristianmusic.
%20O%20Father-Fulness%20Of%20Joy.mp3 <(Click Here)

My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me http://www.
%20Over%20Me--Immortal,%20Invisible%20God.mp3 <(Click Here)


Blessed is the Lord,
the Father of Fathers,
this Father's Day
and Forever !


Examples of Fatherhood

Adam A SINFUL father Disobeyed God
Enoch A GODLY father Walked with God
Noah A FAITHFUL fatherWorked for God
Abraham A MODELfatherObeyed God
Lot A FAILING father Forgot God
Moses A NOBLE father Served God
JoshuaA WISE fatherChose God
Saul A DISGRACEFUL father Ignored God
ZachariasA HUMBLE father Worshipped God
JosephA FRUITFUL father Honored God

Father, can you locate yourself in the above list?


Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DADDY!

Eternal Hell - THINK ABOUT IT!

How Can I Go To Heaven? (Video)

By Dr. James A. Scudder

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God Loves You!  "I Have Always Loved You!" <(Click Here)

Bridge To Life
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God's Simple Plan in Many Languages <(Click Here)

Did You Know (Video for Children) <(Click Here)

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"What is born of the flesh is flesh; and that what is born of the Spirit is spirit."
John 3:6

You Need Him
The Most Important Decision of Your Life  <(Click Here)

Come on home, Jesus is still waiting for you...

"Taste and see that the Lord is GOOD."
Psalm 34:8


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and  that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:  Not  of works, lest any man should boast"
(Ephesians 2:8,9)

Dear Friend,
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about how to begin
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ call at:
888-NEED HIM or 888-633-3446
If you want to talk to somebody in person, please contact 
the pastor or the missionary
of a Bible believing church in your area.


"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Hebrews 13:8

Prayer Requests

Pray for all missionaries, pastors and many others who
are in God's work around the world.
Pray for all persecuted Christians all over the world that 
the Lord will give them strength, 
provision and protection.
Pray for the protection of all Americans who serve the Lord 
around the world at this time.
Pray for our President, our Leaders, our Nation and our 
Armed Forces.
Pray  for Barbara, baby Caitlin, for Sharon's mom, for Tracy's baby 
daughter,  Jeff, Loran Boe, Keith Lockwood, Terry, George Kantarzis, 
and Basil  Zetas for their health situations.
Pray for Missionary Larry Pieri and for his two children--Joseph 
and Faith
Pray for Mr. and Mrs. Godi: For the Lord to bless them and their 
ministry in India.
Pray  for Charles who has been in jail for three years and waits for a trial.  He says he is innocent and the evidence proves it, too.
Pray for those with financial difficulties due to the world's economy.
Pray for the prosperity of the ministry of "The Gideon's International" 
all over the world.
Pray for more laborers to be sent forth into the harvest.

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing

"I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon 
him as long as I live."

Psalm 116:1& 2


Prayer is taking our troubles to God...Faith is leaving them there.


PRAY For One Another


"I was born in Tunisia to a devout Jewess.  She taught me to trust in the  God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Later my family moved to Israel to  build the country as good Zionist pioneers.  As a teenager I asked  myself, Why doesn't God speak to my Jewish people as He used to.  Later,  I started seeking God.  I asked my brother-in-law, who was a religious  man 'What I should do to be close to God ?' His answer was 'Keep Kosher  and Sabbath.' I had already tried that. I could not believe that the God  I knew wanted only my works and not my heart.  For it is written: 'I  desire mercy not sacrifice and acknowledgement of God, not burnt  offerings.' Hosea 6:6 - M." TUNISIA


Our Heavenly Father

Four years ago I requested that a representative from a heating company be sent to my house to give me an estimate for a new furnace.  Unexpectedly, the salesmen they sent happened to be a member of a church which I attended seventeen years ago.   As we talked together and discussed a few spiritual matters, I was surprise when he told me, " My wife and I never forgot one special Wednesday night in the prayer meeting.  When you prayed from the church pulpit, we felt that you were talking to God. That was a really sincere prayer..."

Dear Christian Friend, God is our Heavenly father and we must be sincere when we talk to Him through our prayers. If we love and honor our own earthly father we have to love, honor, respect and reverence our Heavenly Father much more. If we pray and do not feel our spirit connected with the heavens, it is not a prayer, but just talk with ourselves. For this reason, many times we wonder why the Lord does not answer our prayers when we do not have the power to reach even the ceiling of our own house. -Ted Matamis, Founder and Editor of the Spiritual Note.

Dad, I may not need you to hold my hand anymore-
but I'll always need you to hold me in your heart!
I love you, Dad!

Fundamental Fire Preaching

"Preach the word;
be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all long suffering and doctrine."
2 Timothy 4:2

"The best way to revive a church is to build a fire in the pulpit."
-D. L. Moody

by Pastor Larry Clouse
Father's Day - What Kind of Father Should You Be? 
< Click here first and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW


by By Pastor, Missionary and Evangelist  Paul Washer
Family Series Part 3 (Responsibility, The Duty of Fathers) 
< Click here first 
and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW


by Pastor Mark Chanski
Duties of Fathers 
< Click here first and 
after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW
A Biblical Prescription for Phantom Fatherhood 
< Click here first 
and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW


by Pastor Tim Conway
The Ungodly Practice of Dating - Fathers Protect 
Your Daughters (11 of 12)
61506205713 < Click here first 
and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW
It Costs to be a Father -
The More Satanic a Society, the Less the Fathers Are involved with 
the Children (4 of 12) 
< Click here first and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW



by Pastor Richard Caldwell Jr.
A Godly Father  
< Click here first and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW
A Godly Father - Part 2  
< Click here first and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW


by Dr. John Whitcomb
Father's Day 
< Click here first and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW


Generations Radio
Host: Pastor Kevin Swanson
What God Hard--Wired into Fathers
The Surprising Influence of a Father
<(Click Here)
Fathers and Daughters

< Click here first and after click the arrow at LISTEN NOW


Is Your All On The Altar?–


20the%20Altar–Crown%20Him.mp3 <(Click Here)




For The Christian Family

Hymns & Songs  ( Music Clips )

God of our fathers





Hymns%20Triumphant%20Volume%20I.mp3 <(Click Here)

This Is My Father’s World





%20Father’s%20World–Hymns%20Triumphant%20Volume%20I.mp3 <(Click Here)

Wonderful Words Of Life



Life-Quartet–Old%20Time%20Gospel%20Favorites%20Vol%204.mp3 <(Click Here)

Where He Leads Me




Old%20Time%20Gospel%20Favorites%20Vol%202.mp3 <(Click Here)

Go In My Father’s Name



A%20Strong%20Tower.mp3 <(Click Here)

Almighty Father


brethren-met-to-worship.wma <(Click Here)


My Father’s World


father’s-world.wma <(Click Here)

My Father’s Majesty


ather’s-world.wma <(Click Here)

My Father’s Love



world.wma <(Click Here)

My Father’s Sacrifice



father’s-world.wma <(Click Here)

My Father’s Plea



world.wma <(Click Here)

My Father’s Grace



father’s-world.wma <(Click Here)

My Father’s Guidance



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My Father’s House



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Interesting Web Sites
(Click every one of the sites below to open)

Honoring Father and Mother
(Order this important message from Love Worth Finding Ministries)
Raising a child is a precious responsibility. And these days, everyone wants 
to share in that responsibility.
But, it doesn't take a community to raise a child, it takes a family.
Join Dr. Adrian Rogers as he provides practical and spiritual advice from God's
 Word to help you
reclaim lost ground and establish new traditions for your family.
Today's Father
Father's Day's%20Day.htm
A Place Called Love
Charlene's Father's Day
Father's Day Art Ideas for Kids
Wilstar's Father's Day
Remembering the Importance of Dads
Alphabet Soup's Father's Day
In Honor of Fathers at A Kids Heart
Black Dog's Father's Day
Brag on Your Dad Contest from A Girls World
Father's Day Gifts to Make  cute ideas from
Grace Sylvan's Father's Day Page
Rexanne's Father's Day - Site Map:
Rexanne's Father's Day - Main Page
Father's Day Cards & Graphics
Father's Day Kid Sites
Father's Day Food & Cooking
Father's Day Sites & Homepages
Father's Day Gifts

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Father's Love Letter
Read, Watch or Listen
Ill Need You Dad
Im Watching You Dad - Send to all the Dads you know!!
Father's Day video
Father's Day video

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Father's Day - June 21
DaySpring Greeting Cards
Father's Day Greetings Index

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Father I can read your mind - Fido Puzzle

1) Go to the link below. After reading each window, click on the boy in
The lower right corner of the picture.

2) In the last window type in your answer in the white box using the
Keyboard (there is NO cursor).

3) Watch the paper in the boy's hand. You will be amazed. <(Click Here)

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An Alarming video every Westerner should see (Video)
Our Judeo-Christian Nation (Video)
Religious Freedom Coalition
Center for Individual Freedom
Liberty Counsel
Christian Examiner
ACLJ . American Center for Law & Justice
United States Justice Foundation
WorldNetDaily-A Free Press For A Free People
CNSnews-The Right News, Right Now
Town Hall
ABYZ News Links
News and Newspapers Online


"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need 
for a father's protection."
Sigmond Freud


A Father

His shoulders are a little bent,
His youthful force a trifle spent,
But he's the finest man I know,
With heart of gold and hair of snow.
He's seldom cross and never mean;
He's always been so good and clean;
I only hope I'll always be
As kind to him as he's to me.
Sometimes he's tired and seems forlorn,
His happy face is lined and worn;
Yet he can smile when things are bad:
That's why I like my gray-haired dad.
He doesn't ask the world for much-
Just comfort, friendliness, and such;
But from the things I've heard him say,
I know it's up to me to pay.
For all the deeds he's done for me
Since I sat rocking on his knee;
Oh, not in dollars, dimes, or cents-
That's not a father's recompense.
Nor does he worship wealth and fame-
He'd have me honor Jesus' name.


He teaches kindness by being thoughtful and gracious even at home.
He teaches patience by being gentle and understanding over and over.
He teacher honesty by keeping his promises to his family even when it costs.
He teaches courage by living unafraid with faith, in all circumstances.
He teaches justice by being fair and dealing equally with everyone.
He teaches obedience to God's Word by precept and example as he reads 
and prays daily with his family.
He teaches love for God and His Church as he takes his family regularly 
to all the services.
His steps are important because others follow.


Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
as often as we should.
For somehow, Father seems to be
the man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
and nurses all our ills.
And Father struggles daily
to live up to "his image"
As protector and provider
and "hero of the scrimmage."
And perhaps that is the reason
we sometimes get the notion
That Fathers are not subject
to the thing we call emotion
But if you look inside Dad's heart,
where no one else can see,
You'll find he's sentimental
and as "soft' as he can be.
But he's so busy every day
in the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
to his partner and his wife.
But Fathers are just wonderful
in a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
and accolades of praise.
For the only reason Dad aspires
to fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
and to bring them happiness.
And like our Heavenly Father,
he's guardian and guide,
Someone that we can count on
to be always on our side.

Fatherless Families

Why There is No Substitute for Parents"
By Wade F. Horn

In 1960, the total number of children living in fatherless families was fewer than eight million.  Today, that total has risen to nearly twenty-four million.  Nearly four out of ten children in America are being raised in homes without their fathers and soon it may be six out of ten.  How did this happen?  Why are so many of our nation's children growing up without a full-time father?  It is because our culture has accepted the idea that fathers are superfluous-in other words, they are not necessary in the "modern" family.  Supposedly, their contributions to the well-being of children can easily be performed by the state, which disburses welfare checks, subsidizes midnight basketball leagues, and establishes child-care facilities.

Ideas, of course, have consequences.  And the consequences of this idea
have been as profound  as they have been disastrous.  Almost 75 percent of 
American children living in fatherless households will experience poverty 
before the age  of eleven, compared to only 20 percent of those raised by two parents.   Children living in homes where fathers are absent are far more likely to  be expelled from or drop out of school, develop emotional or behavioral  problems, commit suicide, and fall victim to child abuse or neglect.   The males are also far more likely to become violent criminals. As  matter of act, men who grew up without dads currently represent 70  percent of the prison population serving long-term sentences.


Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers
Effective Fathers are:
Committed to their children.
Know their children.
Are consistent in their attitudes and behavior.
Protect and Provide for their children.
Love their children's mother.
Are active listeners to their children.
Spiritually equip their children.


Practical Ways for Men to Impact Fatherless Kids:

1. Be a mentor to a boy without a father through Big Brother or some other agency
2. Contact your local junior or senior high school to tutor a needy kid
3. Teach Sunday School
4. Become a leader in Awana, Pioneer Clubs, or Adventure Club
5. Meet one-on-one weekly, with a boy in your church or neighborhood who doesn't 
have a father in the home
6. Become a leader in Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts
7. Coach Little League or some other sport
8. Volunteer to work with needy kids in an inner city ministry
9. Hire a potentially "at risk" kid for yard work or in your business
10. Become active youth leaders in your local church or a parachurch 
11. Start a church-based sports league that reaches out to needy 
kids in the community
12. Lead a Bible study in a juvenile detention center or group home

-June 1996 issue of The Standard

Most Frightened Man in America

Thomas J. Watson, Sr., died six weeks after naming his son as the new head of IBM, the company the elder Watson had led for more than forty years.  The junior Watson said his promotion made him "the most frightened man in America." But he took the helm and led IBM into the computer era and ten-fold corporate growth. His success was made possible, he said later, by his dad's confidence in and acceptance of him during his college years, when he was more interested in flying airplanes than in studying or applying himself.

Dad Is Destiny

A cover article of U. S. News & World Report concluded that: "Dad is destiny.  More than any other factor, a father's presence in the family will determine a child's success and happiness."  The article noted that nearly two out of every five children in America do not live with their fathers.


Parent's Impact on Religious Beliefs

"Research has established that parents can have a significant impact on the religious beliefs and practices of their children.  In one recent study it was found that fathers who frequently attend church (over three times per month), discuss religion at home, and are committed to their religion, have sons who follow the same pattern concerning religious values and behavior. Interestingly, fathers who did not do these three things had an inconsistent pattern of influence over their son's religious responses."-- Dr. Michael Green

The Role of a Father

A father's role is seen at its highest level in God the Father and His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Their eternal relationship of Being was one of love that is lavished upon all of God's spiritual children, born of Him through the work of the Holy Spirit and belief of the Truth. "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us," writes the apostle in 1 John 3:1 concerning the Father's love for His children. In His prayer to the Father, the Lord Jesus says, "Thou hast sent Me and hast love them, as Thou hast loved Me" (John 17:23). Surely, there can be no greater love!

This love of the Father is seen in action towards His children in its intrinsic concern and tender compassion. As the Psalmist writes, "Like as a father pitieth His children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him" (Psalm 103:13). Hence, a father's role is based upon and motivated by divine love. What an example for all earthly fathers!

Love must act for the well-being of its object. Every act of God the Father toward His children is for their good. The discipline so necessary is ministered in love, because "whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth [or disciplines]" (Hebrews 12:6). This may take the form of correction, instruction or prevention, but in any case it is with the end in view that His children should be responsive and produce "the peaceable fruit of righteousness" (Hebrews 12:11).

The apostle Paul wrote as a father to the Thessalonians. They were his children in the faith. The gospel He brought to them caused them to turn "to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for His Son from heaven (1 Thess. 1:9,10). In chapter 2, verses 11 and 12, he writes, "As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory."

He exhorted them. The word implies encouragement. It suggests the urging on of one in a race to continue stedfastly, keeping the goal in view. Nothing so helps one who is flagging in spirit as a word of encouragement. What better encouragement can be given than God's Word in Hebrews 12:2? Keep "Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Children need this from their fathers.

He comforted them. Times of trial with disappointment and sorrow come in various forms and degrees. How imperative it is to be able to feel the need of children, enter into it and bring forth tender, soothing consolation. How needful that fathers are available to listen to hurting children and bring the comfort so needed (2 Corinthians 1:4).

He charged them. In other words, he set down the rules and principles of the Word of God to be followed. There must be no compromise with truth, that they might "walk worthy of God," who had called them "unto His kingdom and glory."

Abraham is a role model father. In Genesis 18:19 God says of him: "I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him."

Eli, on the other hand, is an example of a father not to be followed. In 1 Samuel 3:13 his failure is revealed in not commanding his sons who "made themselves vile, and he restrained them not." Alas, Eli's life and that of his sons ended in tragic deaths brought to pass through God's judgment (1 Samuel 4:11,18).

A New Testament injunction to fathers needs fresh consideration and obedience: "Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).

What blessings would come to children, to households and to the assemblies of God's people if the father's role set forth in Scripture would be followed! -By mwtb

Like Father, Like Son

I am the father of a fine boy, seven years old. As things went I figured I was pretty good, since I provided for the family as best I could. But then all of a sudden, I found out what an awful mistake I had been making all these years, and what a failure as a father I had been. I work on the four to midnight shift in a large factory. I have been working there on that shift for the last nine years. Every afternoon at about quarter after three, I leave the house, walk the long hill down to the corner, and then slip into the East End Grill for a quick drink. Just one, you understand, or maybe two, once in a while. Never any more. Sort of "sets me up" for the job in a way.

Well, it started the same way that particular afternoon. It had been
snowing the day before, and when I opened the door, it lay there, crisp,
heavy and white. The sound of my boots biting through it sounded like 
firecrackers. About halfway down the hill I heard my son call to me. 
He had just gotten home  from school. Turning around I saw him there in the snow, trying to put  his feet into the tracks I made. It looked so funny I started to laugh.  He waved his hands and yelled, "Watch me, dad! I'm following right in  your tracks!"

I don't know just what it was but those words hit me like a whip. All at once I saw a picture of myself sneaking around for that "set me up," and I felt sick and ashamed deep inside. You see, my boy knew nothing about that. And now, he never would--never! Right then and there I said to myself, "No, my boy, no! You're not going to follow me into the East End Grill at all." And from that moment I haven't touched the stuff.

I told some of the boys about it at supper-time as we sat at work by the tool-crib. I felt kind of proud of myself, too! And I could see they looked up to me for it.

It was just about time to get back on the job, when one of them reached over. He was a quiet sort of chap, serious looking. He said something to me that I'll never forget. Set me to thinking real hard. Let me give it to you just as he said it.

He said, "You were wrong, friend. Very wrong. You have only given that boy of yours half an example of what a father should be. You have shown him what not to do, but that will never be enough. You have to show him what to do--the right thing to do. That comes when you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and become a new person. Becoming a born again Christian is the most important thing for this world and for the next. Give that son of yours the sight of a real Christian father and example!"

All at once I saw it like a flash. Now I know it came from the Lord, whom I have trusted as my personal Saviour. The Bible says, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Now, I am a complete father.

Why don't you consider Christ? "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:31). Then you will be able to heed the admonition to fathers, "Provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). --John R. Anderson

Foundation for Fatherhood

Every third Sunday of June in the United States is set aside for honoring  fathers. The idea was originated in 1909 by Mrs. John Bruce Dodd and  officially approved by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. In 1924  President Calvin Coolidge recommended national observance of the  occasion "to establish more intimate relations between fathers and their  children, and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their  obligations."

How does a father know the full measure of his obligations and decide on the right things to do in raising his family? The best guidebook to follow for child rearing, written by a true Expert, is the Bible. It gives many examples and instructions for parents, such as "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6). How important it is that parents guide their children in ways that please God, our heavenly Father.

In order to do this, the father (or parents) must himself be a child of God through personal faith in Christ Jesus. "As many as received Him [Jesus Christ], to them gave He power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). Unless one is born again (John 3:3,5,7), thus possessing the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and being indwelt by the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 3:16), he will be powerless to either live as an example to his children or to know God's will and wisdom to guide them aright.

At times this guidance will require that parents "chasten [their] son while there is hope" (Prov. 19:18). Discipline is an important aspect of emotional well-being in a child. It should center around proper training and teaching. Good discipline provides a child with the security of knowing what is expected of him.

Eli was an example of a father who failed to discipline his sons (1 Sam. 2:12-36). Because he would not restrain his sons' rebellious behavior (1 Sam. 3:13), chastisement fell upon Eli and his sons. Had Eli raised his boys with firm discipline, they may have initially interpreted his actions as a lack of love, but perhaps they would not have rejected God and been subjected to the judgment that ended their lives.
For discipline to be proper, it must  be administered in love. When a father uses discipline in an effort to  restrict or encourage certain behavior, he should make sure the child  knows that the training is being administered because of love. "Fathers,  provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged" (Col.  3:21). Good training not only will encourage children in their proper  areas of interest but also will restrict them from activities that are  not proper. Positive words of appreciation should be at least as  frequent as words of disapproval.
Proper training will include  spiritual teaching that encourages the child to open his soul to the  ministry of the Holy Spirit in his life. Spiritual training should take  place, on the one hand, by a father as he teaches orally. On the other  hand, oral instruction to children in biblical truths must be reinforced  by the example set by parents as they practice the truths they teach.

King David saw the results of being a poor example to his sons. David was a valiant warrior with a strong faith in God, but he willingly indulged his personal desires. His example of lust influenced his sons who suffered from the consequences of walking in his steps. The child died that was born as a result of David's sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 12:18). David had other sons by various wives, and they followed his immoral example. Amnon, who ravished Tamar (2 Sam. 13:1-19), was murdered by Absalom's servants (2 Sam. 13:22-29). Later, Absalom plotted to seize David's throne (2 Sam. 15:7-14). Though David loved God and wrote many psalms of worship and praise, his sons tended to follow his actions rather than his words. A father's words must be faithfully lived out before his children.

When a child sees that God is real and important in his father's life, that child will be inclined to make God important in his own life too. A child who sees that his father takes an active interest in serving Christ and studying His Word will be more inclined to develop those interests himself. It is especially important that children see those qualities in fathers. Too often our culture assumes that religious activity means more to women than to men. When our children see that the things of God are important to their fathers, they will be more encouraged to pursue spiritual matters.

Abraham "pitched his tent ... and ...builded an altar" (Gen. 12:8). The first thing his family saw when they stepped out of their tent was the altar. We do our children a great disservice if we send them out each day to face the world without first reading God's Word with them and letting them hear us commend them to God in earnest prayer.

Isaac was too young to remember when his father, Abraham, circumcised him (Gen. 21:4); but he grew up aware that his father had obeyed God in the matter. When God instructed Abraham to offer Isaac, there is no indication that Isaac resisted (Gen. 22:1-19). The Bible does not directly state Isaac's age at the time, but refers to him as a "lad" (Gen. 22:12). Isaac was strong enough to carry the wood that was to be used for the sacrifice. He certainly would have been able to resist when his elderly father bound him and laid him on the altar. Isaac had developed a strong, obedient, and submissive faith in the Lord. He followed the example of his father! And later, he, too, built an altar outside his tent (Gen. 26:25).

Our love for our children should be expressed by a deep committment that makes
us willing to sacrifice  personal desires to provide for them. However, we must never put our  love for our children above our love for the Lord. We need to care for  the physical needs of our children, while still giving adequate time for  their emotional and spiritual needs.

Such intricate and difficult balances would be impossible to achieve by
our own wisdom and  strength. Happily, God can help fathers establish and keep balanced  family goals. He has said that he "will instruct thee and teach thee in  the way which thou shalt go" (Psalm 32:8). The challenge of parenthood  would be overwhelming if we had to plan our own methods! God has  reassured us that we do not need to depend on our own understanding  (Prov. 3:5,6). A father can seek wisdom from God who "giveth to all men  liberally" (James 1:5).

Some fathers find it difficult to admit that they do not have all the answers or wisdom. However, the truly wise man realizes that by using the Bible and its divine principles as a foundation, he can build a family structure that is sound, secure and successful (Joshua 1:7,8). To NOT depend on God is, in fact, the most dangerous thing a father can do.--Adapted

D + A + D = LOVE

by Dr. Adrian Rogers.

Don't forget Father's Day June 21!

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127
Psalm 127 implies that when  dads learn to shoot straight, the kids are going to hit the mark. You  see, an arrow is no more effective than the warrior who shoots it. And  the bow is not much better than the man that holds it in his hand.


When I was in college, I was introduced to the sport of archery. I learned that no matter how fine the arrow, and how strong the bow, it takes an incredible amount of skill. There must be

a good aim
a full draw, and
a smooth release

to make that arrow go where you want it to go. It takes skill, practice,
and determination.
If an arrow missed its target, it may have been that the arrow was of  inferior quality, there were moving targets, or there was an unforeseen  wind that blew the arrow away from the target.

But despite all of these interferences, the warrior still has the responsibility to hit his target. Circumstances like these should only increase his efforts.

The same is true of fatherhood, so my responsibility as a father is to shape, sharpen, and shoot those arrows at the enemy. Do you know what my goal in life is? To be a good preacher? I hope I can be a good preacher. But my highest ambition, is to be a good husband and father. I believe that if a man doesn't practice his Christianity at home, he ought not to be telling others about it.
The father must be working his spiritual muscles to do the work 
to which God has 
called him. They need to be
reading, studying, and meditating upon the Word,
spending time alone with God every day to
develop their relationship with Him, and
get their marching orders.
praying for their faith and family to grow spiritually.


You cannot shoot straight with crooked arrows. And so, your job as
a dad is to sharpen 
those arrows to shoot at the enemy.
Now,  how do you shape and sharpen arrows? Read Ephesians 6:4. The word  "nurture" literally means the discipline and teaching of the Lord. You  are to sharpen by teaching and training.

Begin Early. When you have a young twig that is soft and pliable it is easier to shape it. That's the reason Proverbs 22:6 tells us to train a child.

Be Creative. Read Deuteronomy 6:6-7. There are countless occasions during the life of your child to sharpen them. Just be available!
Work to Build Character. Teach contentment, courage, courtesy, discernment,  fairness, generosity, gentleness, helpfulness, honesty, humility,  kindness, obedience, orderliness, patience, persistence, self-control,  tactfulness, thankfulness, thriftiness, wisdom, and zeal.
Learn to Set Some Limits on Your Child. When you set limits, remember to have  some great principles. And most importantly, adhere to them, because  that child will push against them.

Assign Responsibilities. Give them regular work assignments. Teach them that
there's a link between success and work. And make them complete the job - don't fix it for  them. Teach responsibility.

Let Your Home Be Filled With Laughter. Your home ought to be the happiest place in town. If your home is happy, it has a much greater chance of survival.

Let Your Kids See God At Work In Your Family. Your home is a laboratory. Let your children see that God is a vibrant reality in your life.
Cover Them  Constantly With Prayer. A father without prayer is like an archer with  an unstrung bow. No matter how dark it gets or how discouraging it may  become, never stop praying.


Fathers need a goal to take their family back from the devices of this world and devote them to God. How are we ever going to shoot down the humanistic ideas of a post-modern generation?

Psalm 127:5 has a clue, "but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." Our arrows will speak with the enemies. They will say, "That's a lie. Here's the Truth that my father taught me from the Word of God."

Many times we try to keep our children from the enemy. But friend, we ought to aim our children at the enemy. They are our arsenal.
Joyce and I did not  raise four children just so they could live in safety and harmony. We  raised them them to be arrows to go out against the enemy. The apostle  John said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in  truth" (3 John 4).

I have goals for myself; but I have desires for my children. I desire godly
children; so my goal is to be a godly dad.
A song by Phillips, Craig & Dean called I Want To Be Just Like You  has a lot of applicability to this message on fatherhood. It is sung  from a father's point of view, and the chorus is a prayer to God:

Lord, I want to be just like You
'Cause he wants to be just like me.
I want to be a holy example
For his innocent eyes to see.
Help me be a living Bible, Lord
That my little boy can read.
I want to be just like You
'Cause he wants to be like me.

Fathers need to have an aim (or desire) before they release those arrows. It is our job, as parents, to work ourselves out of a job. Arrows are to be straight, sharpened, and sent. There comes a time when they are in your hand, then they are out of your hand.
In conclusion, if you are a father, let me ask you these things:
a. Would you ask God to make you a mighty man?
b. Would you get to work shaping, sharpening, and seasonings your arrows?
c. Would you work on your skills at being an archer?
d. Would you rethink what your goals and desires are for your family?
e. What is your aim for your child?
f. What kind of success do you want for your children?
Now, if your children have flown and you feel it's too late, let me tell you  that it is not too late. You can recover lost arrows. Keep praying. Ask  God for His mercy to give you a second chance.

Some reading this today may have a father who is nothing like the dad I've been talking about. Your father may have deserted you, or abused you, or been cruel to you - and perhaps he still is. But I want to tell you that there is a Father in glory who loves you more than any earthly father ever could. Psalm 27:10 promises, "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up."
God wants to be your forever Father. Have you  trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior and made God your heavenly  Father? If not, I beg you to do that today. Jesus can be the Love you  have always been trying to find.

Promises for Fathers

A father's world is filled with responsibilities and concerns, but God promises
wisdom and strength from his Word.

When you need strength.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 
2 Corinthians 12:9
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

When you need wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without 
reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

When there are family tensions.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in  Christ forgave you.. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the  church and gave himself up for her.. Fathers, do not provoke your  children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction  of the Lord. Ephesians 4:32; 5:25; 6:4

When you are concerned for the future.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare  [peace] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah  29:11

When you face difficult problems.
Let us then with  confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy  and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
When you face financial trouble.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ 
Jesus. Philippians 4:19

When you are worried.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and  supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your  hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

When God doesn't seem real to you.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 
I will be found by you, declares the LORD. Jeremiah 29:13-14

When you face career choices.
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will 
be added to you. Matthew 6:33

When you are tempted.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is  faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but  with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may  be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

When you wonder if God loves you.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for 
us. Romans 5:8

When you need forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse 
us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

When you need assurance.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me  has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from  death to life. John 5:24 -GNP

Live,  Love,  Laugh!

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine"
Proverbs 17:22

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Sentence Me

Perhaps the most tragic and heart-rending cry in the Old Testament is the cry of David when he received the news of the death of his foolish and traitorous son, Absalom. A careful study of the relationship of Israel's great king with his son reveals that Absalom's errancy could in no small measure be laid at David's door. The poignancy of David's cry carries with it the sense of his own personal responsibility: "O my son Absalom, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!" (2 Samuel 18:33).

"Sentence me!" a modern father said to the judge before whom his son stood to receive the sentence for a crime he had committed. "I have been so busy all my life making money, going through the chairs in my lodge, serving on boards and committees, I failed to concern myself with my boy.  I alone am to blame." Undoubtedly, many a youth, serving a sentence in prison or reformatory, could point an accusing finger at his father who spent all his spare time on secondary matters to the neglect of his high responsibility of fatherhood.


Bragging about Dad

Three kids bragging about fathers:
First: My dad's so smart he can talk for one hour on any subject.
Second: My dad's so smart he can talk for two hours on any subject.
Third: My dad's so smart he can talk for three hours and doesn't even need a subject.


Why Do We Have Daddy?
A little boy was quizzing his mother. "You say the stork brings babies?" he asked.
"Yes," answered his mother.
"And the Lord gives us our daily bread?"
"Yes, dear."
"And Santa Claus brings us presents?"
"Well, then," the little boy frowned, "why do we need a Daddy for?"


"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
-Henry Ward Beecher

God gave me one of his greatest creations!

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We have heard the joyful sound:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to ev'ry land,
Climb the mountains, cross the waves;
Onward! 'tis our Lord's command;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
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Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
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