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A Father’s Day Encouragement

This is NOT a dad-bashing Father’s Day post! There are times for correction & admonition when men aren’t doing their jobs, but not right now. There are a lot of dads out there that take their God-ordained roles and responsibilities seriously and strive hard to be good stewards of our families. It’s good to be reminded of the weight and importance of our role, but we also need to be encouraged in it! It is a long, tough, challenging responsibility to be a dad, but the benefits are more than worth it to remain faithful. So, dads, keep praying, keep seeking God, keep loving and leading your family well, and keep “fighting the good fight of the faith!” (1 Tim 6:12-16). The original post below was posted last Father’s Day 2010.

What a great day to remember and honor our dads. My crew does such a great job every year of letting me know how much they love me, but then again, they do that all year around anyway. I wanted to offer a word of encouragement to all dads today. You are important! Your role is huge! Never underestimate that, or you may wind up spiraling down into depression wondering if all your work and effort really make a difference. It does. More than we know.

Think about it… God allows you the honor of sharing one of His special names–Father. This means that you will impact the way your kids see God as their heavenly Father. That is a big deal! What a great role! What a great title, position, and privilege… Dad–Family Shepherd!

Your relationship with God matters more than you think it does because your life impacts more than just you. The best thing you could do for yourself and your family is seek God and worship Him without rivals. When you fail, repent, remember, and rely on the grace of God given to us in the work of His Son. Then you will be able to teach your children about the beauty of Christ; with your words and your life.

I really can’t get enough of this video!

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Discipleship Inside the Home

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Show Notes

I am joined on this episode by my good friend, Deric Thomas of Christ Fellowship in Gadsden, AL, as we offer a brief theological overview on what God, in His Word has called fathers to in the family. We also seek to provide some practical advice on how we shepherd the children in our homes and what ideas might work for you in your home.

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Biblical Masculinity in Fatherhood Pt.2

This is the fourth post in the Biblical Masculinity series. Post One: What is Biblical Masculinity?Post Two: Biblical Masculinity in Marriage, Post Three: Biblical Masculinity in Fatherhood Pt.1.

In part one of Masculine Fatherhood we discussed what God expects of us as Christian dads. We also covered a few key areas of development that you should be working into your child’s life. In this post we will talk about some practical ideas that may help you as you decide what it looks like in your home to raise your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Keep in mind that these are suggestions, not an exhaustive list. Don’t feel that if you aren’t doing everything on this list that you’re not a good dad. These come and go in seasons at our house – except for worship, catechism, Bible, etc. If God does convict you in an area, don’t beat yourself up. Run to Him, repent, and start doing right.

So here are a few ideas, in no certain order. Read more

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Biblical Masculinity in Fatherhood Pt.1

This is the third post in the Biblical Masculinity series. Post One: What is Biblical Masculinity?, Post Two: Biblical Masculinity in MarriagePost Four: Biblical Masculinity in Fatherhood Pt. 2

There is so much more to cover on this topic than I will be able to deal with in this post. At the end of the next article (Biblical Masculinity in Parenting Pt. 2) I have provided a list of books and resources that have helped me and will shed more light on the spiritual aspects of fatherhood. I just wanted to do a brief fly-over of some of the spiritual issues related to fatherhood and then focus in on some practical ideas that may help you lead your family and fulfill your God-given role as a dad.

The big idea I want you to take away from this post is discipleship. God has blessed you with a house full of little disciples. This is one way you are able to fulfill God’s call on your life to be a disciple maker. – Mt. 28:18-20

Teaching & Training

  • Fathers are required to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord – Eph. 6:4. If we raise our children in any other way, we walk in disobedience to the Lord and harm our kids in the process.
  • This charge is given to fathers, not mothers. It’s not that mothers don’t play a huge role in this instruction (they most certainly do), this means that fathers as the family head are held responsible for seeing to it that this happens.
  • We need to lead by example. We should be able to say to our children “follow me as I follow Christ.” Read more