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Father’s Day is a reflective time when we stop to evaluate and celebrate the role of a father. It is a time to thank our dads and remind them we love them. Whether you are a father seeking instruction from the Bible or a child discovering what the Bible has to say about your role in the relationship with your father the following Bible verses will give you inspiration and guidance Father’s Day and forever. Honor for your Father is an important theme throughout the Bible. The entire Old Testament is based on a patriarchal system. Some father’s are easy to love. Some dad’s seem to be a terrific ideal and it is not difficult to honor them on Father’s Day and throughout their lives. Some father’s are more difficult to love. They may not have been dependable. They may have left when you were young. Perhaps they were in the home, but not there at the same time. Regardless of what your relationship is like with your Father, what he has done, or what he has not done there is an overlying principle in Scripture that our Father is to be honored. Ephesians 6:1-3 KJV is one of the two verses we turn to by default when speaking of our relationship with our father. Paul’s quote in Ephesians comes directly from the Ten Commandments. In the Bible, “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12 KJV Honoring your father means to love and respect him. It is not only the right thing to do, this commandment holds with it the promise that you will live a long life. That alone is a promise I like to stand on and helps overcome the days when honoring my father may be more difficult. The Bible also says, “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.” Deuteronomy 6:1-2 KJV Then you can follow-up with this verse, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV With this being the greatest commandment in Scripture, you can say the positive part of Ephesians 6:4 is expressed in a comprehensive direction to educate them, bring them up, develop their conduct in all of life by the instruction and admonition of the Lord. This is the process of educating and discipline. The word “admonition” carries the idea of reminding the child of faults constructively and duties responsibilities. The Christian father is really an instrument in God’s hand. The whole process of instruction and discipline must be that which God commands and which He administers, so that His authority should be brought into constant and immediate contact with the mind, heart, and conscience of children. The human father should never present himself as the ultimate authority to determine truth and duty. It is only by making God the teacher and ruler on whose authority everything is done that the goals of education can best be attained. In this verse, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 KJV Thіѕ іѕ the training of the child or the process οf educating аnd discipline. Also in this scripture, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV A father’s first responsibility is to acquaint his children with Scripture. The means and methods that fathers may use to teach God’s truth will vary. As the father is faithful in role modeling, what children learn about God will put them in good standing throughout their earthly lives, no matter what they do or where they go.
July 3rd during our 6:00 pm service, we will be having a Singspiration! If you would like to sing during the service, please contact Cory Weaver.
Enjoy time fishing with your father June 18. After breakfast in the fellowship hall at 8:30, we will have a devotion and then head out to a local pond for some fishing. This is open to everyone. Your entire family is welcome to attend.
When it comes to the month of June, I tend to think of changes. We change from snow, cold, and rainy weather to warm sunshine, flip flops, and beautiful flowers and trees. There are graduations and weddings with more homes on the market in June per real estate websites such as Zillow. So June is very much a month of change and transition.
Genesis 2:24-25 tells of the change of a man leaving his mother and a woman leaving her home. Children leaving home or even following family as did Ruth follow Naomi from the land of Moab. In Exodus 12 we learn of an entire nation leaving slavery to follow Moses to the Promised Land. Exodus 12:37-14:41 tells of their panic.
The Bible tells of many more instances regarding change and leaving a life we are accustomed to. Though most of us never have the blinding light on the road to Damascus occur, the message we have been given is pretty much the same as the message given to Paul. Jesus gives pretty clear instructions in Mark 16:15 that we are to “Go.” To be able to go, we must first leave. And that my dear friends involves a change.
Some embrace change and welcome the chance to do something new and different. But, most of us fear change and have concrete poured around our ankles to keep from moving from our spot. However, notice the word I just used, “fear”. That is what it all boils down to. We are afraid of what that change may be that God is asking us to make. However, we have to remember that over and over in the Bible, he tells us not to fear. Over and over we are given the assurance that He is with us. Philippians 4:13 tells us we have His strength to do anything. Christ would never ask us to make a change unless He is going to be there with us; no matter, the change he is asking us to make. It may be nothing more than to change a habit. It could be a change of a job. God may be asking you to change your city, your state, even your country. But the first thing that will need to change, is your heart and then your mind will change as well. After all, God is already where He wants you to go.
Missionaries to New Zealand, Lewis, Kimberly, Deborah and Elizabeth Howell are faithful in their correspondence. Recently, Brother Lewis shared exciting news about their second soul winning revival successes and his desire to become the Gospel tract distribution point for New Zealand.
The revival was an “on the road” endeavor. They went to four locations which yielded more than 300 attendees and resulted in four people trusting Christ as their savior. Brother Lewis included in his letters that a huge obstacle in their outreach is a previous charismatic movement (tongues and healings). The movement has caused a major satanic strong hold in New Zealand, and many who visit his church do not return due to the charismatic beliefs held by the New Zealand people. He asks that we pray diligently in their behalf; for their church to overcome the strong hold and for the New Zealand people to open their hearts to the true Gospel.
Brother Lewis’ desire to become the Gospel tract distribution point for New Zealand is supported by the Hope Tract Ministry which recently provided 320,000 tracts. Eighty thousand tracts have been sent to churches throughout New Zealand and twenty thousand were put out during their “on the road” revival.
In addition to his good news of the revival and his desire for a central tract distribution point, he shares that in June they will be going on furlough, the first since their leaving the United States on Christmas day, 2010. Pastor Jim Baily will fill in during the furlough. Brother Lewis asks that we pray for Pastor Baily and consider providing support for him. Along with sharing their anticipation and excitement of the furlough, he adds that he will be having carpal tunnel on both hands and requests our prayer for his recovery.
In each of Brother Lewis’ newsletters, he ends with “God is good….All the time”. Because we at Immanuel hold this phrase in our hearts and repeat it in unison regularly, it seems appropriate to mention that we share this belief:
God is good…..All the time! All the time…..God is good!
Join us on June 5th at 6:00pm for the Daycare Graduation. We will also be honoring our senior and college graduates.
Join us as Pastor Devy speaks at both the 10:30am and 6:00pm service on June 12th.
All AWANA participants will be treated to ice cream, games, and receive awards Wednesday, May 25 starting at 6:30pm. Come join the fun!
What do people need? We live in a broken generation. Billy Graham has said that people attend his crusades for one or more of four unmet needs: loneliness, emptiness, guilt, and a fear of death. People are hurting, and they need a message from God. People need healing, encouragement, hope, salvation, and truth. They need someone who has been in contact with God and they need Christian role models. Is your life an example?
FIVE AREAS IN LIFE TO BE AN EXAMPLE
1. in word – speech; what you say and how you say it.
2. in conduct – behavior, how you live. This is your walk. Let your walk match your talk.
3. in love – agape love, the greatest Christian virtue. Christian love never allows itself to hate. Christian love never refuses to forgive. Christian love never holds grudges.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that he also love one another.
4. in spirit – describes the inner enthusiasm and excitement of a child of God; enthusiasm in knowing God and in serving God.
5. in faith – faithfulness, loyalty, consistency
Too many people have roller coaster Christianity. Always up and down, up and down. Many people have “Revival Religion.” They get all excited about living for Jesus at revival, but lose it before they get back to church the following Sunday.
The candles we hold up for others to see ought to be extensions of the light within ourselves. What we are shines more brightly than anything we say or do.