For The Love of The Father

With Father's Day approaching and the privilege I have to preach on that day, I have been spending a good deal of time thinking about what it means to be a good father.  In my estimation, there is not greater task in life for the man with children, than to father them well.

I firmly believe that our view of God the Father is shaped in great measure by how we view our earthly father.  I for one want my children to have a healthy and right view of God. It is when we have a proper understanding of God and His love for us, that we desire to live a life that pleases and honor Him.

I will be opening my message with this video.

Not too long ago, I asked my 5 year old son what he wanted to be when he grew up.  I expected to hear answers along the lines of a firefighter, or even superhero.  What he answered with, humbled me.  He simply said ... you.   It brought back memories of this scene a year early as I was mowing the lawn and how he quickly got his little play mower to mow along side me.  My son wants to be like me.  It is my responsibility to model for him a life that honors God, so that He may do the same.

May it be our desire to emulate our Heavenly Father, because of the love He has for us.
May it be our desire to obey Him and live for Him, not out of duty, but rather out of the love we have for Him.
May we as parents reflect a loving Heavenly Father to our children in all that we do.

UPDATE:  Hear Father's Day message here.


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