Summary: This Fathers Day sermon uses a story of a man and his sons to illustrate the need for integrity in fathers.


PROVERBS 10:1-10

[1] The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

[2] Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

[3] The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

[4] He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

[5] He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

[6] Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

[7] The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

[8] The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

[9] He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

[10] He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

There are Dads....and there are Duds.

There are Fathers....and there are Failures.

There are Pops....and there are Flops.

But the man who lives by the wisdom described in the Proverbs

can be truly called a Worthy Father!

The principles here can apply to all of us.

To illustrate, let me tell you about Bobby Lewis of Evansville.

Bobby is a father who is interested in his sons...Billy & Jason.

As we will see, he is more interested in building boys

than building up a big bank account.

He is more interested in raising sons

than making it big in the business world.

Bobby Lewis recognizes the truth of verse 1:

"A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother."

He knows how to raise wise sons.

One sunny Saturday afternoon...

Bobby Lewis took his 2 sons to a miniature golf course.

Bobby asked the fellow at the ticket counter

“how much does it cost to play miniature golf.

The man said,

"$4.00 for you and $3.00 for any kid older than 10.

We let them in free if they are 10 or younger.

How old are your 2 boys?"

Bobby replied, "Billy is 11 and Jason is 14,

so I guess I owe you $7.00."

The young man said, "Did you just win the lottery or something?

You could have saved yourself 3 bucks.

You could have told me the younger one was 9.

I wouldn’t have known the difference.

That’s what most people do...I’m sure.

In fact, that’s what my Dad does.”

Bobby is a good example of Lesson #1.

Fathers: if you want to be worthy,

build these principles into your life, too.



Verse 2, 9:

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

· "Ill-gotten gains do not profit" says Solomon.

· That principle is seen in various other proverbs:

· "A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight." Proverbs 11:1.

· "Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice." Proverbs 16:8.

· "The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death." Proverbs 21:6.

· That’s not confined to the area of money.

· It’s also true in morality,

telling the truth,


hard work,

and genuine Christian faith.

A father should be a person who lives by honor.

· A man of honor

· Will not cheat

even if he could get away with it.

· Will not cut corners

even if it will save time and money.

· Will not lie

even if it is to his apparent advantage.

· Will not risk his integrity

even if it would be very profitable.

· Will not compromise his Christian convictions

even if it will cost his popularity.

· Will not lower his standards

to go along with the crowd.

· Will not cheat others

to get himself ahead.

· A man of honor

· Will do what is right

even if it is the hardest thing to do.

· Will do what is right

even if he’s the only one doing it.

· Will do what is right

even if what is wrong is easier.

· Will do what is right

even if everybody else urges him to do wrong.

· Will do what is right

even if it costs him.

Bobby could have saved $3.00

by claiming his 11 year old son Jason was only 9.

The fellow at the ticket counter made fun of Bobby

for not doing it!

So what is the difference between Bobby and the ticket seller?

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