CHOOSY FATHERS, CHOOSE JESUS
Sermon shared by Kelvin Parks
Summary: ďAs for me and my house, we will serve the LordĒ
Audience: Believer adults
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CHOOSY FATHERS, CHOOSE JESUS
(v. 15) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Before we get started, I just want to put you on notice that I am going to do things a little bit different this morning.
You see -- Usually the pattern in most of our churches, is to exalt (or praise) motherhood on Motherís Day and beat up (or criticize) Fathers on Fatherís Day. It never ceases to amaze me how whenever there is a male function of some sorts in the church, people look for ways to remind men of all of their shortcomings.
You see -- we preachers are no exception; we usually join the fray by chewing the dads out for not spending enough time with the family, or for being spiritual deadbeats. And when we do so, I find it amazing as to how we have the audacity to come to Church the following Sunday and complained about the lack of male presence.
Sorry brothers, I really donít want to break that tradition, and besides I am a preacher, so letís get that ritual over with. Brothers, I say brothers spend more time with your family and donít be a spiritual wimp -- be the head of your home. Whew, I feel better now, donít you?
Now, if you donít mind, as I said in the outset, Iím going to do things just a little bit different this morning. If you donít mind, Iíd like to preach one of those uplifting "Motherís Day" sermon for our Fathers.
Why? Because I believe that being a Christian Father is one of the highest callings any man can ever achieve in his life.
But before I preach -- I would like to give you brief history lesson about Father Day.
While preparing this sermon, I discovered that the idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. Yes, a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Fatherís Day while listening to a Motherís Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her.
It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Her father was born in June, so naturally she chose to hold the first Fatherís Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th day of June 1910. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Fatherís Day.
So now you know -- and now that you know I would like to go on record this morning to say that a CHRISTIAN FATHER is one of the most unsung, upraised, unnoticed, and unappreciated heroes of all times.
In fact one little boy defined Fatherís Day best -- when he said that Fatherís Day was just like Motherís Day, the only difference is that you donít spend as much money on the gift -- most of you men would agree with me when I say, what gift.
I read a statistic that stated that the greatest numbers of long distance phone calls are made on Motherís Day; however, the largest number of collect calls are made on Fatherís Day.
Someone wrote these humorous words entitled ďThe World According to Dad.Ē These are
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