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A. Mrs. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington first proposed the idea of observing a day for fathers. Her idea was that the holiday be centered on special church services. Her reason for the holiday was to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran, who, for 21 years, was a father and a mother to his six children. Mrs. Dodd wanted the holiday to be celebrated on the first Sunday in June, which was her father’s birthday. However, the Spokane council couldn’t get the first reading until the 3rd Sunday in June. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a National Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Then, in 1972, almost 60 years after Mother’s Day had been proclaimed an official holiday, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day.
II. The Prodigal and His Provider
A. Text: Luke 11:15-24
1. What does this story have to do with Father’s Day?
B. Jesus gives us a beautiful portrait within this parable of God the Father’s love toward His wayward children.
C. Let’s look at some of the traits of a loving, caring based on this story.
III. Traits of a Loving Father
A. Faithful Provider
1. First of all, according to our text, when the son asked for his inheritance, and the text referred to the father having servants, it implied the father’s resources.
2. God has an endless supply of resources for His children! In fact, we’ve just recently studied what our inheritance is that has been given to us!
B. What does God provide for us?
C. Genesis 22:14 says that He is our Jehovah-jireh, God our Provider.
1. He Offers Divine Preparation for the Needs of His Children
(a) Overflowing Blessings – Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my heard with oil; my cup runs over.”
(b) Treasures of Goodness – Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You…”
(c) A Spiritual Feast – Matthew 22:4 “Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, ‘see, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’”
(d) A Glorious Inheritance – Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…”
(e) A Heavenly Home – John 14:2 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
D. God is a Father that Gives, and Gives, and Gives…
A. He Gives in Superabundance. (Read Joel 2:24; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 14:20; Luke 6:38)
B. He Overshadows Us With His Love. (Read Exodus 33:22; Psalm 57:1; Isaiah 25:4; Isaiah 51:16; Matthew 23:37)
C. He is a Keeper of His Children (Read Genesis 28:15; Psalm 121:4; John 17:11; II Timothy 1:12)
D. He Supports the Weak. (Read Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 18:35; Psalm 91:12; Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 46:4)
E. He Preserves the Faithful. (Read Deuteronomy 6:24; Psalm 31:23; Psalm 37:39; Proverbs 2:8; II Timothy 4:18)
E. So, a Loving Father will be a Providing Father.
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