Summary: This is a message from Father’s Day 2004 that uses a video clip (PowerPoint available upon request).

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Preached 06-24-04 by Captain PB Stetser

As with all of my sermons, the PowerPoint slides I used are available if you think they would be helpful. Simply email me at and request the slides for the specific sermon.



(begin with a David Letterman type top ten list about dads)

Father’s Day facts

• Began in Spokane, Washington.

– Sonora Smart Dodd thought of it while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

• Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her.

– Her father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

• 1926 National Father’s Day Committee formed in New York City.

– Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.

– In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

Dreary Statistics

• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes --U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census

• 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes --Center for Disease Control

• 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes

--Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26

• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes --National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools

• 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes --U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report Sept., 1988

• 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home --Fulton County Georgia jail populations & Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992

• Translated, this means that children from a fatherless home are:

• 5 times more likely to commit suicide

• 32 times more likely to run away

• 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders

• 14 times more likely to commit rape

• 9 times more likely to drop out of school

• 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances

• 9 times more likely to end up in a state operated institution

• 20 times more likely to end up in prison


• I’m not saying things are hopeless

• I’m not saying single Moms can’t raise well balanced, good kids

• Just that it is harder …

We all have different kinds of fathers

• Birth

– Sometimes best

• Family

– Adoption, etc.

• Historical

– Early Church Fathers, etc

• Surrogate

– We all need role models!

• Spiritual

– Maybe most important!


Psalm 10:14 14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand.The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.

Hosea 14: 3c ”in You the fatherless find compassion”

Galatians 4:6-7 6 And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you

Psalms 103:13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him

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