Summary: Homes need a dad & fathers obviously need help. In our passage of Scripture, God teaches us a great lesson on becoming a man from His man David. We become men of God by maintaining our spiritual duties & by wisely fulfilling our practical responsibili

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1 KINGS 2: 1-4


[2 Samuel 7:12-16 / Deuteronomy 17:18-20]

The final words of a father to a son are profoundly significant, especially when a transfer of divine purpose and responsibility are involved. King David had some advice for his son Solomon as he lay dying. When his time drew near, he charged his son Solomon to be spiritually strong, obedient, and faithful. Sounds like wise advice to me; advice that still resonates a few thousand years later.

Newspaper columnist Abigail Van Buren wrote, "If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders." Responsibility isn't a curse, it's a blessing. Booker T. Washington said, "Few things help an individual more that to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him."

To become a man means your willing to take responsibility for how you live your life. Irresponsible people run away, make excuses or blame others, but those who do never learn to become men or women of integrity and proven character, nor do they know the joy of the Lord or inherit the promises He gives to the faithful.

David became a real man, because he was a man after God's own heart. Yes, he had his warts and blemishes, but he became a man of God, and received promises from God like few others ever have. David determined not to run away from away from his difficulties and sins but to faced them and thus he learned what it takes to become a real man.

Do we men still need such advice today? I think so. Fathers are too significant not to learn to become real men. Let's read through some statistics and find out just how incredibly important the Dad's role is simply for children to become well-adjusted adults.

- 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]

-63% of teen suicides are from fatherless homes. That's 5 times the national average. SOURCE: [U.S. Dept of Health H.S., Bureau of the Census]

-90% of all runaways and homeless children are from fatherless homes. That's 32 times the national average.[US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]

-80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes. 14 times the national average. SOURCE: [Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978]

-85% of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average. SOURCE: Center for Disease Control

-71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]

-71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 9 times the national average. SOURCE: National Principals Association Report

-75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. 10 times the national average. SOURCE: Rainbow's for all God's Children

-85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average. SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Justice

-Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.

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