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Summary: We will not become the Dad God wants us to be accidentally, instead it will require intentionality.

Being An Intentional Dad

#FamilyMatters – week 9

1 Thessalonians 2:8-12

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YEAH – that was pretty awesome….

TODAY – is Father’s Day 2017…

Happy Father’s Day to every DAD out there this morning…

MY - goal this morning is…

• TO - first and foremost honor God our heavenly Father

• AND SECOND – to honor, encourage and challenge the DADS in this room…

(and when I say dads I am talking about…

Dads and step dads, foster dads, adopted dads) to live out more fully this (radical, awesome, empowering… most of the time intimidating call to DADhood…

NOW – this will be the final message in our series families…

A SERIES – where we have uncovered powerful truth, timeless principles and met several biblical families that have taught us invaluable lessons and practical steps about…

• How when it comes to your family and how it should look and live, it all begins with God

• Being single and finding your soul mate

• Ingredients that if we put them into our family they will always work and have a positive impact.

• The 4 keys to successful parenting

• Dealing with family conflict in a healthy, God-honoring and relationship restoring way

• Praying desperate prayers when our families face real problems

• Faith in the family means – leaving where you are, living out what you believe, looking beyond the here and now, leaning on God’s promises and learning the cost of following Jesus.

• AND – today we are going to talk about being an intentional dad

AND LISTEN – if we, if you, if I…

PUT – these truths into practice …THEY WILL - help our families (as diverse as they are)… BECOME – better.

BECOME - what God intends them for them to be.

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:17

The one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. – James 1:25

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.

26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” - Matthew 7:24-27

Pray

The Truth About Being A Dad,

According To 13 Really Funny Famous Guys

On how kids' songs should really go:

“There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’” – Jim Gaffigan

The truth truth...

“Having children is like living in a frat house -- nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up.” -- Ray Romano

On how simple dad-hood should be:??

"Be a dad. Don't be 'Mom’s assistant.' That's depressing, just waiting for her to write you a list, walk around a store staring at it, calling her from the cereal aisle to make sure you got the right thing. Be a man. Make your own list.

Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can’t dress and feed a 4-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids and have your own ideas about what they need. It won’t take away your manhood; it will give it to you. I did that. I spent more time with my kids. And I found out that I’m a pretty bad father. I make a lot of mistakes and I don't know what I'm doing. But my kids love me. Go figure." -- Louis C.K.

The truth:

"When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they're crazy, because 'sacrifice' infers that there was something better to do than being with your children." -- Chris Rock

On yelling:

“My daughter said, ‘Why are you yelling at us?’ and I said, ‘I’m trying to discipline you!’ And then she looked up at me with her tear-stained eyes and said, ‘This is how you teach children, by making them cry.’ And it was such a clenching reminder — she won not only the argument, but she won life with that statement. I just burst out laughing, and I think they were so surprised that I burst out laughing, that they did too.” — Stephen Colbert

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