Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 166
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please go the first video link to hear Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing the poignant and pertinent song I Want To Be Just Like You, reminding dads – on this Father’s Day – that we need to become the fathers our kids for us to be … and then to this link to hear the same group singing the song, How Deep The Father’s Love reminding all Christians just how deep was our Heavenly Father’s love to give His only Son for His love for His children.
Highlight Passage – NKJV: Ephesians 6: 4 [NKJV] …
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Ephesians 6: 1-11 [NKJV] … Go to this link …
Reference Passages #1 Deuteronomy 6: 4-7 …
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Reference Passages #2 Proverbs 22: 6 …
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Reference Passages #1 1st Timothy 3: 2-4 …
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence.
My Journal for Today: I know that this journal is read by some overseas; so if you’re reading this in Europe or another continent, please know that it is “Father’s Day” here in the USA; and this day is set aside to honor Dads in our families. And given the state of this world, especially here in America, the question comes up on this Dad’s Day, … ”What would this world be like if fathers were the fathers which are called upon by God’s word to be?” … And I dare say that our world would be a far different world – a far better world – if Dad’s were Dads as God leads them to be.
The images I’ve called up in this blog [see the photo and the songs] are those which follow God’s commands for fathers from His word. And right from Moses in Deuteronomy, … onward by Solomon in Proverbs; … and then in the New Testament from the Apostle Paul, all from scriptural admonitions, we fathers (and yes, I am one) are called upon to raise up our children “… in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
In fact, if you read Paul’s words, later in his ministry, where he was trying to help a younger Timothy to lead a church, Paul taught him that no man should be an Elder (or leader) in Christ’s Church unless he had a track record of being a good and Godly father in his own home (see 1st Timothy 3: 4).
Here in the USA we have a crisis of absentee fatherhood; and the social consequences have been painfully apparent – gangs, violence, and growing child endangerment. Kids are growing up without dads and the society is falling apart at the seams. So, I ask again .. “What would the world be like if dads were the Godly dads as they are called – by God - to be?”
My Prayer for Today … Lord, help me to be the dad you’ve called me to be. … Amen
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