Summary: The devil has been hard at work attacking fathers all across the globe, for thousands of years, Because he knows the word, he knows the significance of the word and the significance of something that God instructs us to do.

Fathers, Teach Your Children Well

You, " said the doctor to his patient, "you are in terrible shape, you’ve got to do something about it.

*First, tell your wife to start cooking more nutritious meals.

*Stop working like a dog.

*Also inform your wife you’re going to make a budget , and she has to stick to it.

*in the evening, have her keep the kids off your back so you can relax.

Unless there are some changes in your life, you’ll probably be dead in a month."

30 days? That's not very long

"Doc", the patient said, "this would sound more official coming from you.

Could you please call my wife and give her those instructions?’

When the man made his way home, his wife rushed to him.

"I talked to the doctor" she cried, "you poor, poor man, he said you only have 30 days to live".

Ill. What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so, He called it…Dad

I remember a lot of things about my dad

*liked to talk, never met a stranger

*liked to drive fast

*only liked to eat places that had silverware on the table

*loved horses, I learned to ride when I was two

*was self made, self taught man

*was the original McGyver, always had pliers, a pocket knife and baling wire close by and thought you could just about fix everything with them.

*tender hearted and honest, pretty much would give you the shirt off his back, never heard anyone say a bad word about him.(even 20 yrs later)

*never told me about Jesus, my mom did

Proverbs 22:6 NKJ

Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it.

MSG. Point your kids in the right direction,

when they're old they won't be lost.

Fathers are suppose to be the spiritual leaders of the home and yet a large percentage fail to understand, just how important it is.

The devil has been hard at work attacking fathers all across the globe, for thousands of years,

Because he knows the word, he knows the significance of the word

and the significance of something that God instructs us to do.

Ill. Researchers from Switzerland examined whether parents’ religious habits were transmitted to their offspring.

They studied different variables, but one critical factor towered above the rest:

the practices of the father determine whether children grow up attending church or not.

And the results were somewhat shocking: the habits of the mother had almost no influence over their kids’ future devotion.

Consider these findings:

....When Mom goes to church regularly but Dad goes infrequently,

just 3 percent of their kids go on to become regular churchgoers.

....When Mom is regular but Dad never attends, just 2 percent become regular attendees.

Now, let’s flip the scenario, what if Dad is faithful?

When both Mom and Dad attend church regularly, 33 percent of kids grow up to attend regularly.

When Dad is regular but Mom only goes once in a while, the figure jumps to 38 percent.

Here’s the real bombshell: when Dad is faithful but Mom never attends,

44 percent of the kids end up as regular church attendees!

Bottom line: in spiritual matters, kids take their cues from Dad.

If daddy doesn’t go to church, chances are very slim that his children will become regular worshippers.

If the kids see religion as "Mom’s thing" they are more likely to become disenchanted.

But if Dad leads by example, children are twenty-two times more likely to become lifelong churchgoers

Are there exceptions, there are always exceptions to every rule.

I stand here today as an exception, one of the 2 Percent group

God has a plan for each one of our lives and He gives us every opportunity to walk in the plans that He has for us!

Some of us realize His plans for us earlier than others, the main thing is once you realize it, embrace it and walk in it!

Do I consider myself fortunate? Yes I do!

No earthly father is perfect, there is only one perfect father and that is our heavenly father.

The scripture tells of the importance of raising up children in the Lord, its all part of Gods great plan for each of our own lives.

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