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Summary: Do you desire to be the man, the husband, the father father of integrity that God desires for you to be?

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Father’s Day June 18, 2000

Smith’s Grove Baptist Church

Happy Fathers Day!

Bill Cosby wrote a book called Fatherhood and in it he reacalls two humerous

observations.

Father milking cows

5 kids $20 each

Dennis Rodman and Howard Stern have a lot in common.

They are both famous

They are both rich

They are both extremely profane

They are both rebellious and have no respect for authority

They are both rude

Unfortunately they are both national role models

They both appear in public dressed in women’s clothes

So, what is the explanation for these two adolescents trapped in bodies of

men? The explanation for both is their father.

Now before I go any further, let us push the pause button and allow me if you

will to put a disclaimer in here.

“I do not agree with the current waive in society of blaming everything

from our actions, to poor judgment, bad decision making and our

unwillingness to respect and adhere to the authority that God has placed over

us on the way we were raised and/or on our father or mother. To be truthful

with you I am growing increasingly weary of the peoples of our nation and

our inability to accept responsibility for our actions. Parenting does play a

key role in the way we view the world and the happenings around us, as with

Rodman and Stern, however we have a God in heaven who can and does

make a differance.

OK now go ahead and push play and let us continue.

Dennis Rodman has not seen his father for over 30 years. Philander Rodman

moved to the Philippines when Dennis was a young boy and currently has

two wives. By these two wives he has fathered some 15 children, giving him

27 in all, and when asked by a Newsweek reporter was quoted as saying that

he was shooting for thirty. This kind of helps explain Dennis Rodman

doesn’t it?! But what about Howard Stern.

In a recent Rolling Stone magazine article Howard said, “I will never have a

lot of self-esteem. I don’t feel very good about myself. I still have an

inferiority complex. I can only remember my father saying that I was a piece

of XXXXX. Even though my mother said that I was a great little boy and

that she loved me, I can only remember my father tellling me that I was a

piece of XXXX.

Is it any wonder why Stern talks to millions of people every day on the radio

like that. An you know I doubt that the problem started with Howards father.

Howards father probably grew up hearing the same sorts of things. And his

father the same. This problem has been growing and going on for generations

in the Stern family, I would be willing to guess.

And what about Philander Rodman? I would guess that his father was

unfaithful and was not around when Philander was young.

Proverbs 20: 7 gets to the heart of the matter here, “The righteous man

walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him”

Fathers with integrity don‘t label their children with profane names. And they

don’t walk out on one wife and family to marry two more.

Rodman and Stern have a lot of money and a lot of fame, but they are not

blessed men. And the reason that they are not blessed according to Proverbs


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