Summary: This is a message from Father’s Day 2004 that uses a video clip (PowerPoint available upon request).
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 PBStetser@use.salvationarmy.org 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.
• 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
• STAY WITH ME!
• 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
– Sometimes best
– Adoption, etc.
– Early Church Fathers, etc
– We all need role models!
– 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