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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to MOTIVATE FATHERS to model CHRISTIANITY by demonstrating LOVING BEHAVIORS to their children and the fatherless.

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19 June 2005

Psalms 68:4-5a (KJV)

by

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

CP Walker, Taegu South Korea

BIG IDEA: GOD COMMANDS FATHERS to be full-time DADS by demonstrating loving behaviors for THEIR CHILDREN AND THE FATHERLESS.

REFERENCES: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew &:11 – KJV); Man that is born of a woman is of fw days, and full of trouble (Job 14:1 – KJV); Genesis 22:1-12 (MSG); Psalms 68:4-5a; Malachi 4:4-6; Genesis 1:26-28; Isaiah 3:1-13; Exodus 20:5; Mark 14:36 (And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt);Mark 14:36 (KJV)

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Malachi 4:4-6 (KJV) & Psalms 68:4-5a (KJV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: Malachi 4:4-6 (KJV) & Psalms 68:4-5a (KJV)

III. READ THE TEXT: Malachi 4:6 (KJV) - And he shall

turn the heart of the fathers to

the children, and the heart of

the children to their fathers

&

Psalms 68:4-5a - Sing unto God,

sing praises to his name: extol

him that rideth upon the heavens

by his name JAH, and rejoice

before him. 5 A father of the

fatherless,…

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate FATHERS to model CHRISTIANITY BY demonstrating LOVING BEHAVIORS to their children and the fatherless.

V. SERMONIC THEME: ”HALF-A-DAD”

INTRODUCTION: “HALF-A-DAD” is the theme of our Fathers’ Day Message. But, before we began, let me not be remiss in saying, Happy Fathers Day to all fathers.

It’s my sincere prayer that you TOO would CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY, if you haven’t done so already, to acknowledge your FATHER (OR THE FATHERLY IMAGE IN YOUR LIFE) on this special day – FATHERS’ DAY 2005.

******TAKE 5 BEATS******

MOVE 1: I believe “FATHERS ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING.

a. WHEN FATHERS ARE ABSENT, CHILDREN SUFFER. FATHERLESSNESS IS link to to poverty, high school drop-out rates, crime, adolescent drug, and teenage pregnancy”.

b. It has been said that God has blessed the United States of America IN MANY WAYS. We are world leaders in many areas: economics, medicine, science and MILITARY MIGHT.

c. In fact, just last evening the 19th Theater Support Command and many of our soldiers within Area IV celebrated the Army’s 230 years of existence. The Army’s Birthday is June 14, 1775.

d. Please join me in a moment of silence – as we commerorate the Army’s 230th Birthday.

******TAKE 5 BEATS******

MOVE 2: AMERICA is, no doubt, the MOST POWERFUL NATION in the world WITH THE MOST POWERFUL ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, COAST GUARDS, AND MARINES.

a. YET, SHAMEFULLY, THERE IS ANOTHER AREA THAT WE ARE ALSO WORLD LEADERS: FATHERLESS-NESS.

b. IN SOME AREAS OF AMERICA, ON JUNE 19, 2005 …,

c. THERE WILL BE MORE THAN 40% - THAT IS AT LEAST 40 OUT OF EVERY 100 – OF OUR CHILDREN will go to bed without a father in the home.

d. And the statistics is even greater when WE IDENTIFY THE HOMES WITHOUT EVEN A HALF – OF – FATHER:

******TAKE 5 BEATS*******

MOVE 3: A man that calls himself dad, WHILE AVOIDING THE FATHER-CHILD FELLOWSHIP and relationship.


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