The Godlyfather
Fatherís Day Message
Joshua 24:14-15
June 15, 2003 Chesterís FBC, Chester, IL Mike Fogerson, Speaker

A THE IDEA FOR CREATING A DAY for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. 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.
a 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.
b Her father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Fatherís Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Fatherís Day. Roses are the Fatherís Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.
*One time a little boy was asked to define Fatherís Day and he said, "Itís just like Motherís Day, only you donít spend as much on the present."

B Anybody can be a father. It takes a special man to be a dad. It takes an even more special guy to be the "Godlyfather."
a Joshua 24:14-15
*Joshua is in Shechem: (Special place, Sacred place.)
Gen. 12:6-7* Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. [7] The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
Joshua 24:1* Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.
Joshua 24:25*On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he drew up for them decrees and laws.
JOS 24:14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. [15] But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
b Joshuaís most important life achievement was being a Godlyfather. (ETS)

C The greatest fathers are Godlyfathers. (ESS)
a I want my dads to commit (or recommit) to being Godlyfathers today.Obj.
b What are you doing that shows youíre a Godlyfather?
TS: Letís look at two qualities that Joshua possessed that made him the "Godlyfather."
*=Put entire text on Power Point, reference ONLY in the listening guide.

I The first quality that Joshua possessed is that he. . ..was the priest of the home.
A I remember a little fellow, frightened by lightning and thunder, who called out one dark night, "Daddy, come. Iím scared."