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Summary: Someone noticed that the word "father" appears in the dictionary just before the word "fatigued" and just after the word "fathead." So, to all us fatigued, fathead fathers, Happy Father's Day! Updated June 2018.

Let us Pray....

O' Gracious Father - bless now the words of my lips and the meditations of our hearts. Breathe your Spirit into us and grant that we may hear and in hearing be led in the way ...... you want us to go. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Someone noticed that the word "father" appears in the dictionary ... just before the word ... "fatigued" ...and just after the word ... "fathead."

So, to all us fatigued, ...fathead fathers, ......Happy Father's Day! (Pause)

One time a little boy ...was asked to define Father's Day ... he said, ... "It's just like Mother's Day, ... only you don't have to spend as much ...on the present."

I recently found a site called.... Kids speak a different language:

Parents frequently make the mistake of thinking ......that they speak the same language... as their children.

We see this kind of misunderstanding ...all the time.

Even though we Americans ...and the people in England .... supposedly both speak "English" ... there is often misunderstandings.

For instance, ... when an American says ..."bonnet" they mean ...a kind of hat.

When the Englishman says "bonnet" ...they mean ...the hood of a car.

The same is true ... when speaking with your children.

At first it seems ......we are all speaking English ......but, on closer inspection, ......it becomes clear ......that children ....and parents ......speak entirely different dialects.

In the interest of better...... transgenerational communication, ...here are some key phrases ... and their... translations.

"I cannot finish my hamburger." ...Meaning: ... Your son has eaten enough.

Or, "I cannot finish my fish." Meaning:

Your daughter, ...who does not like fish in the first place, ......figures ... she's eaten enough ....to satisfy you ...and still get dessert.

"I can't finish my dessert." Meaning: ...Your child is defiantly sick ....and should be taken to the doctor immediately.

"I didn't do it."

Translation: ...It has not been conclusively proven ...that I did do it.

"Frankie Smith is such a no-good rotten liar!"

Meaning: ......Expect a call from Frankie's parents.

"Mom said it was okay."... Translation: I'm going to ask Mom ...as soon as you say.... "yes."

"Dad, can I have a dog?" Meaning: Your son wants a dog.

"Dad, can I have a boa constrictor?"

Meaning: ...Your son wants a dog, ...but figures asking for something really awful... put him in a better ... bargaining position. (Pause)

I think that all parents ... can testify ... that their children or grand-children ......do speak a different language ......than they do.

And it is one of the reasons...... that it is very difficult ......to bring up Children.

There are other reasons of course ...... but I don't want to go into those today ... rather I want to speak to the men who are here ...both fathers and grandfathers.

To address ... some of the things...... we can do ...to make ourselves better parents ...and grandparents.

There is a wonderful wisdom saying .... in Proverbs 22:6 ..."Bring up a child in the way he should go ......and when they are old ...they will not soon depart from it". (Proverbs 22:6)

We love our children and grandchildren .... and treat them well ... yet sometimes they turn away from us.

Sometimes they journey on roads ......that we do not understand ... or roads that we do not approve of.

But in the end ... if our hearts are open ... if the foundation is well laid ... we see them return to us ... much as the Prodigal Son ......returned to his Father.

This seems to be ... the record of things.

If the door is open, ... they will normally pass through it.

I think part of the problem we have as parents ......is not that we have difficult children ......or even that they speak a different language than we do ... though all this ......is very often ... true.

I am convinced ......a portion of the problem ......is that we as parents ......often do not know the way ......our children should go.

And more importantly ... even when we know the way ... we so often fail ......to live it.

And so, ... our children become angry ... distant ... alienated from us ... and from God.

So, ... what is the way?

As men ... we must ... actually live .... Godly lives.

We must keep promises ... concerning our relationship ... to the Lord.

We must keep our promises ... in our relationship with our family... and our relationships with other people.

We must be mature in the faith ......and be the spiritual head of the family ......as God .... has called us ....to be.

We as men ...must commit ourselves ....to building strong biblical marriages ......and support the mission of Christ ......with our time, .... With our talent ... and with our prayers.

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Vishwajeet Michael Dilawar

commented on Jul 10, 2010

I gave 5 stars...

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jul 13, 2010

Thank-you. I enjoy some humor in my Sermons at times. Jeff

Ralph Willis

commented on Jun 12, 2014

This may be the best Father's day sermon I will ever preach. Let you know Monday

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 13, 2014

Thank-you may you have a blessed day.

James May

commented on Jun 13, 2014

Great sermon Rev. Smead. I just might "borrow" a few points. God bless.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 13, 2014

Thank-you for your kind words. Blessings in Christ Jeff

Jordan Perez

commented on Jun 14, 2014

im blessed with this message... first part make me laugh but the last part made me cry.. God bless you brother in Christ.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 14, 2014

Jordan Thank-you for your kind words. Blessings Always Jeff

Eric Torrance

commented on Jun 14, 2014

I'm interested in knowing if you're still in Ligonier? I just took over a church in Irwin. I really enjoyed this message. I'd love to stop by and say hello

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 16, 2014

I would love to get together. The Church number is 724-259-3440. Blessings Always Jeff

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 9, 2018

I moved to Ohio December of 2017 and am the Interim Priest at St. Luke's Ministries in Copley Ohio.

Mark Evans

commented on Jun 10, 2015

Good Illustrations and some good humor. Your points were made well. I appreciate it. I have always been a contributor but today I am going to borrow a couple illustrations or so for my first father's day sermon after getting back into the ministry after a 10 year sabbatical. Thanks!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 10, 2015

Feel free to use any of my Messages. May you be a Blessing to those that you serve. Your brother in the Faith. Jeff

Richard Plock

commented on Jun 19, 2015

Pastor Richard Plock Chaparral Baptist Church The hardest job in our world today is being a real father. Thank you for crying out the tears, and the joy. I want to use some of your excerpts for fathers days. Thank you and Lord Bless you.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 19, 2015

Thank you for your kind words. May we all be the Fathers that God has called us to be. Blessings Jeff

Walter Duncan

commented on Jun 20, 2015

I used your illustration about the minister's son that was dying. That one so poignantly illustrates our responsibility as fathers. Thank you and I also shared the illustration on facebook. If I need to give anyone credit please let me know.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 20, 2015

Thank-you for your kind words. I do not remember who I first heard that story from but it was very moving and speaks to being a father. Feel free to use any of my messages. Others may be heard at www.eafligonier.org which I have full text for if you contact me. Blessings in Christ Jeff

Marcus Glass

commented on Jun 20, 2015

This sermon made me think, laugh,and praise God. Awesome!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 20, 2015

Marcus thank-you for sharing your comments. Sometimes our Lord reaches us even in our laughter. Your brother in the Faith Jeff

David Dyson

commented on Jun 20, 2015

Thank you very much for this message. My congregation is all female and it is very difficult to come up with a good fathers day message that won't bore them to death. I'm sure I can use a lot of this to make something that will work. Many Blessings to you.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 20, 2015

David may your message be a blessing to those that God has placed in your care. Your Brother in the Faith. Jeff

James Brewer

commented on Jun 21, 2015

God Bless you and yours Brother, great message and the personal response to each of our other brothers in The Lord is very impressive. Love the homily and the humor that drives it home!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 21, 2015

Thank-you for your kind words and for taking time to comment on Sermon Central. Sometimes we grow even by laughing at ourselves. Blessings in Christ Jeff

James Cossey

commented on Jun 14, 2016

What a powerful message. Thank you so much.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 17, 2016

James thank you for taking time to share your thoughts and thank-you for your kind words. May you be a blessing to those God places in your life. Jeff

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