Father’s Day quotes and messages from Christian leaders by Pat Patrick (Examiner.com, June 13th, 2012)

http://www.examiner.com/article/father-s-day-quotes-and-messages-from-christian-leaders

These Father’s Day messages offer spiritual lessons with quotes from Christian leaders to inspire dads everywhere.

Franklin and Billy Graham; father and son together at Cleveland Stadium in June 1994.

“I think being a good Christian father your responsibility varies with the age and the stage that your children are at,” Bishop T.D. Jakes says. “Instilling in them the values of our faith is important at early ages. Listening to them through adolescence becomes more important than teaching because if you haven’t instilled in them at early ages now it’s time to listen and get your report card and let them find their way.”

Fathers carry a legacy.

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, talked about the greatest lessons he learned from his father.

“Being the son of Billy Graham is interesting because he is such a fantastic person, he’s bigger than life.  My father always wanted to lift people up, he always showed respect, even to his enemies and I remember that, it has helped me in life.”

Franklin Graham instills these lessons and traditions to his own children. “One of the things that my father did at home was we had devotions every morning and every evening. My family, my children, we started that practice and I noticed that my children now do that with their children.”

Fathers need to talk to their children.

“Be involved in their lives,” Pastor James Buchanan says. “Tell them about God, and tell them about the Bible. Remember what God has done for you, so that you can share it with others. Are you sharing it with your children, what God has done for you? You need to, you ought to.”

Pastor Buchanan says, “Don’t let the schools be the only thing that instruct the children. Don’t even let this church be the only thing that instructs your children. And that’s not an indictment on the teaching ministry of this church, but mom and dad; we are not responsible for raising your kids. We will help you, but when the bible tells us to Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it—that’s not to the church, that’s to parents.”

Children look to their fathers as role models.

Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Bill Hybels says, “If you’re a dad, what kind of mark are you leaving on your children, especially your sons? Do you realize that your little boys are watching you like hawks? They’re trying to figure out what maleness is all about, and you’re their model.”

Godly men work diligently to be good fathers and positive role models.  A man who is respected by his children is a man destined for greatness.

In his book, “What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons For Life,” author Dr. Michael O’Donnell says, “We’ve got to be there for our sons. The world is impacting them and calling to them all the time. The day they leave home will be the moment of truth. Will they be ready to stand on their own two feet? Will they have sufficient moral courage to do what is right?”

O’Donnell writes, “We’re not talking about raising perfect sons or holier-than-thou plaster saints.

We are talking about raising balanced, healthy young men who have a strong inner core, who are not emotionally crippled and unable to love and lead their families.”

These messages are to inspire dads to be godly men. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

(Above) Franklin and Billy Graham; father and son together at Cleveland Stadium in June 1994.
Photo credit: By Paul M. Walsh/Creative Commons
Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then. It’s a love without end, amen.
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~ by revdrmichael on June 15, 2012.

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