Father Figures: Abraham
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. James 2:23
In the early years of Facebook, the race was on to collect “friends”—people whose posts would show up in one’s news feed. The more “friends” the better! It became a status thing, with some users befriending tens of thousands of people, most of whom they didn’t know. So, Facebook put a cap on the number at 5,000—still an unreasonable number if you think about the definition of friend.
The Bible names only one person as being a friend of God: Abraham (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23). Abraham was the person God called out of humanity to put in place the rescue mission for humanity. Through Abraham the Messiah would come to “gather together in one all things . . ., both which are in heaven and which are on earth” (Ephesians 1:10). So friend became a covenant term, signifying loyalty, blessing, and fruitfulness. Jesus established that covenant relationship with His disciples when He called them His friends (John 15:13-15).
On this Father’s Day, every Christian should renew their loyalty to God and enjoy the blessings of friendship with Him.
They are rich who have true friends. Thomas Fuller
Biblical Fatherhood: You Can Always Be A Great Dad | Patrick Morley
The origin of Father’s Day are not nearly as clear as those of Mother’s Day, but a most generally accepted story is that a woman named Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is responsible. The idea occurred to her while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day 1909, and she resolved that fathers should get the same respect. She had good reason. Her father was a Civil War Veteran who’s wife died bearing their sixth child; he raised all the children alone on a farm in Eastern Washington. In honor of his birthday in June, she campaigned to establish the observance of Father’s Day in that month. President Calvin Coolidge lent his support, but it wasn’t until Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation in 1966 that the holiday became official. (Source: The Speaker’s Quote Book by Roy B. Zuck)
In the celebration of the Father’s Day, I would like to give you these verses to ponder and reflect with. I believe, that you are as important as mothers and you are most valued by God to lead the wives and guide your children.
As you read these verses and the following quotes, may they remind you of your duties and responsibilities to God and to your family, may they also strengthens you and help you succeed more and more.
Happy Father’s Day!
.01 In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Pro. 3:6)
.02 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Pro. 16:3)
.03 Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes. (Pro. 14:29)
.04 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. (Ephe. 4:26-27)
.05 For God carefully watches the way people live; he sees everything they do. (Job 34:21)
.06 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. (Psalm 139:1)
.07 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you. (2 Thess. 2:16-17)
.08 Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. (1 Peter 5:7)
.09 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:37)
.10 Don’t use fool or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephe. 4:29)
.11 A patient man has great understanding. (Proverbs 14:29)
.12 In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach. (Titus 2:7-8)
.13 Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
.14 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephe. 4:32)
.15 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgave others. (Col. 3:13)
.16 And may the Lord make your love grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love overflows toward you. (1 Thess. 3:12)
.17 The Godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children after them. (Proverbs 20:7)
.18 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. (1 Chronicles 29:17)
.19 But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15
.20 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children live in the truth. – 3 John 1:4
.21 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. – Proverbs 1:5
.22 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening– it is painful! But afterward there will be quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (Heb. 12:11)
.23 Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant. (Matthew 20:26)
.24 For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)
.25 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
.26 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Cor. 16:13)
.27 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Col. 4:2)
.28 When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor. (James 4:10)
.29 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8)
.30 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)
.31 A person who doesn’t give a promised gift is like clouds and wind that doesn’t bring rain. (Pro. 25:14)
.32 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. (1 Timothy 6:18)
.33 As the Scripture say, “Godly people give generously to the poor.” Their good deeds will never be forgotten. (2 Corinthians 9:9
.34 There is time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecc. 3:1)
.35 So if your are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you. (1 Pet. 4:19)
.36 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. (1 Peter 5:7)
.37 For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you needs and plenty left over to share with others. (2 Cor. 9:7-8)
.39 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. (Pro. 3:9-10)
.40 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as the working for the Lord, not for men. (Col. 3:23)
.41 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. (Ecc. 9:10)
.42 But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. (Jer. 17:7)
.43 For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4-5)
.44 The blessings of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. (Pro. 10:22)
.45 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Deut. 28:2)
.46 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
.47 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
.48 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.(Gen. 18:19)
.49 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? (1 Timothy 3:2-4)
.50 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. (Pro. 14:26)
“If you follow the steps of your father, you learn to walk like him.” – West African Proverbs
“The quality of a child’s relationship with his or her father seems to be the most important influence in deciding how that person will react to the world.” – John Nicholson
“The mark of a good father is his compassionate understanding at the fact that mistakes are a part of growing up.” – Gary Smalley and John Trent
“When a child is convinced he is greatly loved and respected by his parents, he is inclined to accept his own worth as a person.” – James Dobson
“My number one responsibility is to evangelize my children.” – James Dobson
“It’s the wise parent, indeed, who can let go, little by little, as the growing child is able to stand on his own. If you watch and listen carefully, the critical milestones will be obvious to you.” – James Dobson
“Loving discipline encourages a child to respect other people and live as a responsible, constructive citizen.” – James Dobson
“Father hold within your words the power to help your children feel important and have more meaningful life experiences.” – Dong Fields
“Children Miss nothing in sizing up their parents. If you are only half-convinced of your beliefs, they will quickly discern that fact.” – James Dobson
“The best gift a father can give his child is the gift of himself–his time. For material things mean little if there is not someone to share them with. – C. Neil Strait
I hope these helps!
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• Become an engaged and connected father • Achieve work-life integration and career success • Identify and prioritize what matters most • Step into true leadership at home and in life
The Fatherhood Is Leadership movement is about shifting to a conscious, heart-centered, service-oriented, ownership mindset. Use this practical playbook to transform your life from the inside out. Discover for yourself that fatherhood is leadership, and create a life greater than you’ve ever imagined.
Once again, thank you for being here today!