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(Video Clip - “In Good Company” - Chap. 8 - 0:41:30 - 0:42:10 - Length:0:40)

Does that bring up any memories about your Father? You may see a clip like that and remember an intrusive, blunt, inconsiderate man. Or maybe worse: abusive or neglectful. The fact is, for many people the word "father" conjures up a negative image. Because your earthly father was not all that he should of been, the term brings back childhood memories, arousing regret, resentment, anger, fear, frustration, guilt. The term "father" stirs up deep feelings. It’s like when you’re a little kid and your mom says: "You just wait until your- what? father gets home!" Then you go to church and you hear, "God is like your father." You feel like saying, “No thanks. If that’s the way God is, I’m not interested!” But that’s why Jesus qualified Who He was talking about. Not an earthly, imperfect father but a perfect ".. Father, in heaven..."

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