Summary: To show what it takes to truly be a Godly father in today’s world.

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-Here we stand on another Father’s Day, this third Sunday of June

-We do not honor them today simply because we honored our mothers little more than a month ago

-We do not honor them today because Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea in 1909

-We do not honor them today because Calvin Coolidge instituted it as a proclamation in 1924

-We honor them today because they have had a key role in our lives and we are grateful for all their sacrifice on our behalf

-Today is my first Father’s Day as a father

-I have learned much in the last 9 months about being a father

-Some through books (though not much)

-Books tend to differ in opinion

-Some through others

-Some through coincidence

-Some through mistakes

-Much through relationships

-The key to being a great father is all about having great relationships

I. Have A Longing Relationship With Your Heavenly Father

-Psalm 63:1

-Do you long for God this morning?

-Nothing else will make you a better father

-Not any book

-Not any self-help technique

-Not any other relationship

-Not any action

A. Make sure you have a relationship

-It’s not about how much you know, it’s about who you know

-Or how much you go to church

-Or how kind and good you are

-Or how much your parents had a relationship with God

-That’s what the cross is all about

-Opening up a door for a relationship with the living God

-Locked by our sins

-Only those who have been renewed by God can be the most successful in their pursuits on earth

-If you do not have that relationship today, this morning would be a great time to begin it

B. Make sure you nurture your relationship

-Through daily disciplines

1. Prayer

a. For guidance as you parent

b. For protection for your child(ren)

2. Scripture

-More than for content

-For direction

-“What does this teach me?”

3. Obedience

-Nothing hinders any relationship more than disobedience

-We get upset with our kids when they disobey, but how obedient are we to our own Heavenly Father?

-We must walk in all the light God has given us

-Following His commands

-Submitting to His will

II. Have A Learning Relationship With Your Earthly Father

-Proverbs 1:8-9

-Mark Twain - “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father as so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

A. Valuing his insight

-He has seen much over his years

-That’s the beauty of experience and age

-He can see from the outside and sometimes that offers a better view of the circumstance

B. Valuing his guidance

-Don’t be afraid to ask, “How do I. . .?”

-He has already learned through the school of hard knocks

-We can learn from his mistakes

-He has seen what has worked for others

-He often has great ideas

III. Have A Loving Relationship With Your Spouse

-Colossians 3:19

-Your kids are watching your relationship

-Children of spousal abusive situations are more likely to later be in a spousal abusive situation

-Children of divorce or separation are more likely to become divorced or separated

-Children of well-adjusted homes are more likely to have well-adjusted homes of their own

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