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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Since we come together to encourage one another because the days are evil (Hebrews 10:25), let us encourage, exhort, and comfort one another today.
One time a lady was telling my wife and me how her late husband took care of her and her daughter and son while he was alive, and, now, through the provisions he made, he continues to provide for them. "But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8). One of the signs of a believing man is he takes care of his family! One of the things my wife told the son was that his father had left him his character and his good name! "A
good
name
is
rather to be chosen than great riches,
and
loving favor
rather than silver and gold" (Proverbs 22:1). This man bestowed a good name upon his wife and his children. "A good
man
leaveth an inheritance to his children's children . . ."
(Proverbs 13:22). I look forward to seeing the inheritance he has left to his children also being a blessing to their children.
Malachi 4:6 tells us the heart of the father should be turned to the children. I've watched another man's heart turn to his children. I see him going to great lengths to be part of their lives. Yet I know another father who exhibited this trait leaving North Alabama and security, and going to be close to his children in order to be part of their lives.
Deuteronomy 4:9 says, "Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons." A grandfather I know used to bring his grandchildren often to church to hear the word of God taught.
Well, Dads, Happy Father's Day. Today is the only day we have. Let us take our responsibilities seriously. "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong" (1 Corinthians 16:13).
Grace to you.
Ekklesia,