Summary: Father's Day Sermon - A major part of world considers Abraham as their father. What makes this man so great and what can we learn from him to be a great father ourselves. 7 characteristics of this great father. Sorry, this is just an outline.

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Scripture Reading:

Genesis 17:4. "Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.

Father of Multitude of Nations

Have you ever been out on I15 on the way to Las Vegas at night? If you take one of those exits such as Zzyzx, turn right and go about 1 mile into no where. It is much like the road in the movie Cars.

Then you get out of the car and look up. The sky is amazing. It is filled with millions of little lights.

It is much like the night about 4000 years ago when a 80 year old man walks out of his tent and looks up to the sky. There is Orion, and the Big Dipper, and there is the Little Dipper. All of a sudden he heard a voice.

“Abram” -- He looks around but finds no one.

“Abram” – He realizes that it is a voice from above.

“What is it Lord? Your servant awaits your command.”

“I will bless you Abram. See all the stars in the sky, your descendants will be as numerous as that. You will be the father of a multitude of nations.”

Abram immediate bows low and worships the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Abraham, the father of a multitude of nations. Have you ever thought of what it takes to become the father of multitude of nations? That led me start doing some research about what it take to become a great father. I found Seven Characteristics of a Great Father.

For those of you that are not yet fathers, pay attention. And for those that are already fathers, please don’t think that I’m trying to lecture to you. This sermon is for my benefit as much as it is for you.

Due to the interest of time, I will not go into detail on each point or we will be here until sun down.

1. Protector & Warrior

Abraham recovering Lot *** Story *** Gen 14.

Four kings from the North wend to battle against the 5 kings of the Siddim valley. When the Siddim valley kings lost, Sodom and Gomorrah was ransacked. Taking all the inhabitants and valuables with them.

Abram’s 318 men, along with his two allies kings, immediately went on the pursuit. They caught up to the vast army about evening.

Abram divided his forces into three groups and waited until near dawn, when the air was cool and the sentries were falling asleep.

At Abram’s signal, all three groups rushed into the enemy’s camp. The captives were tied to stakes and the soilders were all laying drunk.

Before the enemy knew what was happening, the fight was over.

If you want to know the details, go read Genesis 14 this afternoon.

Abram was a protector and a warrior. He felt the responsibility and obligation to protect his family from all harm. But Abram not only protected his family with his own strength, he relied on God’s guidance.

Fathers, you need to protect your families, but today our biggest enemy is not the kings of the north. It is the principalities unseen.

Eph 6: 12-13. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

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