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Scriptures and history reveal many qualities of a father

By BISHOP CRAIG M. GREATHOUSE

Family of God Christian Center

The making of a father.

Sounds simple, right? Have a baby and you are a father, right?

The Bible has many examples of real fathers, their strengths and weaknesses, and their trust in God.

Here are some quotes about fathers:

¯ “Mothers, play an important role as the heart of the home, but this in no way lessens the equally important role fathers should play, as head of the home, in nurturing, training, and loving their children.” — Ezra Taft Benson

¯ “I would say my greatest achievement in life right now — my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it — is to be a wonderful father to my kids.” — Bo Jackson

¯ “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” — Unknown.

¯ “My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.” — Louis Adamic

¯ “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth

¯ “Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” — Exodus 20:12

You don’t have to be Superman to be a super father!

God made you a man, He can show you how to be a good father.

Fatherhood does come with a manual, it’s called, the bible. Abraham was a man, who had an amazing faith in God,

But he still had weaknesses that he modeled before his son, Isaac.

Abraham had great strengths. God tested Abraham severely in more than one instance; and Abraham demonstrated extraordinary faith, trust and obedience to the will of God. He was well-respected and successful in his occupation. He also had courage to face a powerful enemy coalition.

Abraham also had weaknesses, like all of us. Impatience, fear and a tendency to lie under pressure were a few of Abraham’s weaknesses revealed in the biblical account of his life.

Isaac was the child of promise; he followed God, but still modeled the same weakness Abraham had. He told half-truths, and lied.

Noah was a righteous man. Noah stands out among fathers in the Bible as a man who clung to God in spite of the wickedness all around him. What could be more relevant today? Noah was far from perfect, but he was humble and protective of his family. He bravely carried out the task God assigned to him. Modern fathers may often feel they are in a thankless role, but God is always pleased by their devotion

Moses was the giver of the law. Moses was the father of two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, yet he also served as a father figure to the entire Hebrew people as they escaped from slavery in Egypt. He loved them and helped discipline and provide for them on their 40-year journey to the Promised Land. At times Moses seemed to be a larger-than-life character, but he was only a man. He shows today’s fathers that overwhelming tasks can be achieved when we stay close to God.

Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus was surely one of the most underrated fathers in the Bible was Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ. He went to great pains to protect his wife, Mary, and their baby, then saw to Jesus’ education and needs as he was growing up. Joseph taught Jesus the carpentry trade. The Bible calls Joseph a righteous man, and Jesus must have loved his guardian for his quiet strength, honesty and kindness.

God the father, the first person of the trinity, is the father and creator of all. Jesus, his only son, showed us a new, intimate way of relating to him. When we see God as our heavenly father, provider and protector, it puts our life in a whole new perspective. Every human father is a creation of God, and can also become a son of this most high God, the constant source of strength, wisdom, and hope

If there’s anything in shortage today it is real fathers that take responsibility for their actions and take care of the financial, spiritual, emotional well being of their homes. Real fathers serve God; real fathers are men of action; real fathers prepare their children for adulthood; real fathers take responsibility and real fathers are reliable. Today I’m going to talk about six attributes of good and godly fathers using the acronym F-A-T-H-E-R.

“F-A-T-H-E-R: The Six Attributes of a Godly Father”

The “F” in father stands for Faithful — Good fathers are Faithful.

The “A” in father stands for Action — Good fathers are people of action.

The “T” in father stands for Teacher — Good fathers are teachers.

The “H” in father stands for Hope — Good fathers offer hope to their families.

The “E” in father stands for Example — Good fathers are a positive example.

Finally, the “R” in father stands for Reliable — Good fathers are reliable.

Put your faith in Jesus Christ today, and follow his heavenly father’s example and you will be a good godly father, not perfect, but prepared to lead and love and serve your family.

God bless you this Father’s Day.

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of the Weirton Ministerial Association)

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