VIDEO For Fathers by Joe Stowell

touch and love of a father
June 2014

Happy Father’s Day! Listen in as Joe Stowell discusses the attributes of our Father in heaven and encourages fathers everywhere to ask themselves, “What has God been like to me? How can I model that for my own children?

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The Power of Fathers

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As I watched the movie with my children, there were the usual suspects: a cute little girl, a dog and a father who didn’t know he had a daughter but was about to get his chance at redemption. Throw in some Elvis Presley tunes and competitive professional sports for dramatic effect, and you’ve got one of those feel-good movies that tugs at your heartstrings while tickling your funny bone.

Throughout the movie, the main character kept saying, “the power of the father.” What started out as a phrase to help him stay focused in his newly discovered role became something more: the belief that a father has the power to give his children something that no one else can. And while this film was no Old Yeller or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, it did manage to successfully ask, “Do children really need a father?” Even in the midst of Hollywood dips and turns, the answer was clear: Yes, there really is a power that only a father brings to his children.

Any time I see a film that even remotely acknowledges such a truth, I’m thankful. Much of our media do not believe a father to be necessarily beneficial, and those that include dads in a script often portray him as an absolute idiot. It’s sad, really. Actually, it’s a disgrace.

The pattern established in the beginning was this:

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Gen 2:24)

A man would leave his father and mother and take a wife. They would be fruitful and multiply. The children would benefit from both parents, as each one would bring different and necessary facets to the child’s life. This was the pattern, the divine design.

I realize the phrase power of the father might stir up less-than-desirable reactions from some. Power is a word that can be used for good or evil. But just because some have and will abuse the reality behind the word, there’s no need to write it off. God’s Word clearly indicates that men — fathers — bring power to the parenting relationship. The woman brings life; the father brings strength. There will be days when a mother brings strength to things and there will be days when a man brings life. But the abiding pattern, the divine design, gives power to the father. The question, as always, is, “How will the power be used?”

I hope this series will cause you to stop and ponder a little — or maybe a lot. A father’s presence means something to a child. The permission a father gives differs from that a mother offers. It’s not necessarily nice to point, but a father had better set nice aside from time to time and point out a few things along the way. If he doesn’t, then who will?

As a father, you may read these articles and think, My father never did those things for or with me! As a result, these words may bring pain to the surface. Please remember that if we don’t seek to transform our pain, we’ll just transfer it to others — often our sons and daughters.

The love of our heavenly Father can redeem any pain and transform it into something strong, solid and powerful. Fathers, we all get a second chance — maybe many chances — at redemption. There may not be canned laughter or the dramatic lighting of a Hollywood movie, but a redeemed father’s power might just make the difference in a little girl or boy’s life.

Copyright © 2008 John Blase.

Get Moving Adide in Him

Abide in Me . . . —John 15:4

In the matter of determination. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by way of the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I then have to build my thinking patiently to bring it into perfect harmony with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that make human life what it is. Our lives are not made up of only one neatly confined area.

Am I preventing God from doing things in my circumstances by saying that it will only serve to hinder my fellowship with Him? How irrelevant and disrespectful that is! It does not matter what my circumstances are. I can be as much assured of abiding in Jesus in any one of them as I am in any prayer meeting. It is unnecessary to change and arrange my circumstances myself. Our Lord’s inner abiding was pure and unblemished. He was at home with God wherever His body was. He never chose His own circumstances, but was meek, submitting to His Father’s plans and directions for Him. Just think of how amazingly relaxed our Lord’s life was! But we tend to keep God at a fever pitch in our lives. We have none of the serenity of the life which is “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

Think of the things that take you out of the position of abiding in Christ. You say, “Yes, Lord, just a minute— I still have this to do. Yes, I will abide as soon as this is finished, or as soon as this week is over. It will be all right, Lord. I will abide then.” Get moving— begin to abide now. In the initial stages it will be a continual effort to abide, but as you continue, it will become so much a part of your life that you will abide in Him without any conscious effort. Make the determination to abide in Jesus wherever you are now or wherever you may be placed in the future.

by Oswald Chambers

Love of Every Love the Best

“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19)

The love of Jesus has been our theme these last two days, following the insightful hymn “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.” And deep it is, as many Scriptures attest.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!

The depth of His sacrificial love for us transcends knowledge. His love for us overwhelms any love we have for Him or for one another. His nature of true love drives His love for us, even though we are quite unlovely, for “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Our response? “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Romans 8 lists many aspects of the loving work He has done and is still doing for us. We are fully covered by His love. It asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35), followed by a carefully worded list of the things that cannot sever our place in His favor, our secure position in Christ. The section closes with the affirmation “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14). JDM

This day is salvation come to this house

This day is salvation come to this house.—Luke 19:9.
From this day will I bless you.—Haggai 2:19.

EVERY day is a fresh beginning,
Listen, my soul, to the glad refrain,
And spite of old sorrow and older sinning,
And puzzles forecasted and possible pain,
Take heart with the day, and begin again.

EVERY temptation to evil temper which can assail us to day will be an opportunity to decide the question whether we shall gain the calmness and the rest of Christ, or whether we shall be tossed by the restlessness and agitation of the world. Nay, the very vicissitudes of the seasons, day and night, heat and cold, affecting us variably, and producing exhilaration or depression, are so contrived as to conduce towards the being which we become, and decide whether we shall be master of ourselves, or whether we shall be swept at the mercy of accident and circumstance, miserably susceptible of merely outward influences. F. W. ROBERTSON.

Why wilt thou defer thy good purpose from day to day? Arise, and begin in this very instant, and say, “Now is the time to be doing; now is the time to be striving; now is the fit time to amend myself.” Unless thou dost earnestly force thyself, thou shalt never get the victory over sin. THOMAS Á KEMPIS.

Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things

Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. Luke 10:41

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap. Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not. Seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. Your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

Having food and raiment let us be therewith content … They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Luke 12:24,27,29,30. 1 Timothy 6:8-10. Mark 4:19. Hebrews 12:1.

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5

The fellowship of his sufferings. — Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. — For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him. — If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. — Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Philippians 3:10. 1 Peter 4:13. 2 Timothy 2:11. Romans 8:17. Hebrews 6:17,18. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.