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Summary: A message that uses the acronym "g.o.d.l.y."to show how all fathers can reclaim their rightful role as the spiritual leader of their family.

AN ARTICLE IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEVERAL YEARS AGO PROVIDED A DEEP PICTURE OF GOD’S FATHERLY LOVE FOR HIS CHILDREN. AFTER A FOREST FIRE IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, FOREST RANGERS BEGAN THEIR TREK UP A MOUNTAIN TO ASSESS THE INFERNO’S DAMAGE.

ONE RANGER FOUND A BIRD LITERALLY COOKED SOLID IN ASHES YET PERCHED GRACEFULLY ON THE GROUND AT THE BASE OF A TREE.

SOMEWHAT SICKENED BY THE EERIE SIGHT, HE KNOCKED OVER THE BIRD WITH A STICK. WHEN HE GENTLY STRUCK IT, THREE TINY CHICKS SCURRIED FROM UNDER THEIR DEAD MOTHER’S WINGS.

THE LOVING MOTHER, AWARE OF THE IMPENDING DISASTER, HAD CARRIED HER BABIES TO THE BASE OF THE TREE AND HAD GATHERED THEM UNDER HER WINGS, INSTINCTIVELY KNOWING THAT THE TOXIC SMOKE WOULD RISE.

SHE COULD HAVE FLOWN TO SAFETY BUT REFUSED TO ABANDON HER BABIES. WHEN THE BLAZE HAD ARRIVED AND THE HEAT HAD SCORCHED HER SMALL BODY, THE MOTHER HAD REMAINED STEADFAST. BECAUSE SHE HAD BEEN WILLING TO DIE, THOSE UNDER THE COVER OF HER WINGS WOULD LIVE.

THE SAME IS TRUE FOR THE LOVE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. PSALM 91:4 (quickview) , "HE WILL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS, AND UNDER HIS WINGS YOU WILL FIND REFUGE."

LET ALL FATHERS BE ENCOURAGED THIS FATHER’S DAY, TO ENSURE THEIR OWN CHILDREN ARE NESTLED SAFELY UNDER THEIR WINGS OF LOVE, PROTECTION AND GUIDANCE.

WE NEED, NOW MORE THAN EVER, FOR FATHER’S WHO ARE WILLING TO PUT FORTH SUCH AN EFFORT. IT IS TIME FOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD TO RECLAIM THEIR FATHERS.

WE NEED OUR FATHER’S BACK! WE HAVE ALLOWED THE PEWS OF OUR CHURCHES TO GO ON BEING "HALF-FILLED" WITH "HALF-FAMILIES" FOR FAR TOO LONG.

WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS THAT THE CHURCH IS SEEING FEWER FAMILIES COMING TOGETHER AS A COMPLETE FAMILY TO BOTH SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP ON A REGULAR BASIS.

WE NEED TO MAINTAIN ACCOUNTABILITY. WE’RE LETTING TOO MANY FATHER’S GET AWAY WITH STAYING HOME ON SUNDAYS. TOO MUCH PRESSURE IS BEING PUT ON OUR MOTHER’S TO ENSURE THAT THE KIDS ARE UP, DRESSED, FED, AND TAKEN TO CHURCH.

IT IS HEART-BREAKING TO THINK WHAT A "SILENT " MESSAGE THIS SENDS TO THE CHILDREN AS THEY GO OFF TO CHURCH EACH WEEK WHILE DAD STAYS HOME. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE TO HAVE BOTH PARENTS WITH THEM IN CHURCH.

I AM NOT ACCUSING ANYONE OF BEING A BAD FATHER. WHAT I’M SAYING IS THAT WE NEED TO SEE MORE GOOD FATHERS BECOME GREAT FATHERS BY ASSUMING THEIR RIGHTFUL ROLES OF BEING THE RELIGIOUS LEADER OF THEIR HOME.

THE BIBLE MAKES IT CLEAR THAT HE IS TO NURTURE HIS CHILDREN BY GIVING THEM INSTRUCTION, PROTECTION, PROVISIONS, COMPANIONSHIP, ASSISTANCE, LOVE, DISCIPLINE, AND EXAMPLE.

PROVERBS 22:6 (quickview) , "TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH, AND WHEN THEY ARE OLDER, THEY WILL REMAIN UPON IT."

THIS MEANS, WE NEED MEN WHO WILL BE "G-O-D-L-Y" FATHERS. A FATHER WHO: G=GUIDES THEM IN GOD’S WAYS, O=ORPHANS THEIR SELFISH DESIRES, D=DELIGHTS IN THEIR CHILDREN, L=LOVES THEM UNCONDITIONALLY, AND Y=YEARNS FOR THEIR SALVATION.

G: GUIDES THEM IN GOD’S WAYS. ALL CHILDREN WILL GAIN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR HEAVENLY FATHER FROM THEIR EARTHLY FATHER.

THIS IS WHY IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR MEN TO BE A GODLY EXAMPLE TO THEIR CHILDREN. KIDS NEED TO KNOW THAT THEIR FATHERS LOVE GOD WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART, THAT THEY KNOW GOD’S WORD, AND THAT THEY ARE ANXIOUS TO SHARE IT WITH THEM.


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