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Summary: How to update your fathering skills

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."

Did you know that Father’s Day started in the church?

Dr. Robert Webb conducted what is believed as the first Father’s Day service at the Central Church of Fairmont, West Virginia in 1908.

Sonora Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Smart, for all he had done. Selflessly raising 6 children on his own.

Her father’s birthday was in June and so she held a father’s day on 19 June 1909.

1924 President Coolidge observed a national Father’s Day

1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

Did you know that it is on Father’s Day that the most reverse charge phone calls are made.

Children go through different phases:

First they call you ‘da da’, then they call you ‘daddy’. As they mature they call you ‘dad’. Then when they graduate they call you collect.

What is a father? How does one become an effective father?

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Fatherhood is a blessing

Ps 127:4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them

So what does it mean to be a father? Pray with me …

Our Father . . .

God is our Father. As I refer to what it means to be a father, there is a twofold application:

Firstly, for dads – they should evaluate and update their own fathering skills.

Secondly, for everyone – we need to realize that God is the perfect Father and He is therefore all of these things to us and more.

What does a father do?

five-year-old asked her mother, “Mommy, if the stork brings babies, and if Santa Claus brings presents, and if the Lord gives us our daily bread, why do we keep Daddy around?”

An effective father involved 3 things viz. Being there, being aware and being real

1) Being there

a) Dads are meant to be there.


There! Everywhere!

Dads are meant to be there because there presence brings a sense of security and stability.

b) Protection

i) "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection." -- Sigmund Freud

c) God promises “I will never leave you or forsake you”

d) A Dad’s presence does amazing things.

I find it amazing that children can be shouting at each other, one can be in tears … Mom walks in and the shouting gets louder … Dad walks in … and there’s quiet.

And this isn’t fear of punishment … somehow, Dad’s presence brings stability, peace, security.

e) One of the biggest problems we face in our time is the issue of absent father’s. Homes where Dad isn’t.

In many families Dad isn’t there because he is in heaven or he isn’t there because he and mom got divorced. In too many families, Dad isn’t there not because of divorce or death, but because of a much lamer excuse – he’s at work.

f) This ‘being there’ isn’t about quality time – it’s about quantity.

g) Many times, I might be in my study, but I’m there.

2) Being aware

a) "It is a wise father that knows his own child." -- William Shakespeare

b) Prov “Raise up a child in the way he should grow and he will not depart from it”

c) You cannot treat every child the same. Every person is different. There are four major temperament types . . .

d) Look how God worked differently with different individuals.

i) Mr Details Moses. God gave plenty of time for training (80 yrs) and then reassurance after reassurance. And then gave him a job that required major attention to detail viz. writing the Pentateuch and building the tabernacle.

ii) Laid back friendly Abraham. God was patient with him. Every time Abe was feeling down, God would be there “I am your great reward”

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