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10/10/10

The Godly Father

The Godly Father

Joshua 24:14-18

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Her father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Roses are the Father’s Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

A GOOD FATHER IS ONE OF THE MOST UNSUNG, UNPRAISED, UNNOTICED, AND UNAPPRECIATED HEROES IN ALL HUMANITY.

One time a little boy was asked to define Father’s Day and he said, “Its just like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on the present.”

The greatest number of long distance phone calls are made on Mother’s Day; the largest number of collect calls are made on Father’s Day!

WE COULD GO TO MANY PLACES IN THE BIBLE for an example of a godly father. One such is without a doubt, JOSHUA.

At the age of 110, he summoned the leaders of Israel to Shechem for a farewell address. He charged them to obey the Lord who had fought for them and given them an inheritance. He warned them of the danger of apostasy, saying, “Choose you this day whom you will serve….”

He chose the perfect setting, because Shechem was alive with sacred memories: Abraham’s altar, Jacob’s well, 25 years earlier, a tremendous dedication service had taken place here.

As Joshua spoke, he did so with authority of experience, for he had walked with Moses for 40 years and led Israel into the conquest of Canaan for another 25 years.

He reinforced his appeal with the POWER of a GOOD EXAMPLE. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

There are alot of things we could say about Joshua, but for the sake of time I want to mention just two—two qualities that he possessed that all fathers would do well to emulate.

I. Priest of the Home

A. He acknowledged his responsibility for the spiritual life of his family. He spoke for his family; he declared their intent.

(1) A priest cannot function unless he is in close contact with God.
(2) According to the Bible, the family was designed to be the basic educational unit (Deut. 6:6-9; 11:18; Eph.6:4).
It is the father’s duty, then, to make sure his children know how to be saved and how to walk in the ways of the Lord.

(3) The greatest thing a father can pass on to his children is the
love of God. We all know that love begets love. In chapter 3, verse 11, Joshua urges Israel to make love of God their special aim.

B. The family will usually follow the parent, especially the father.

Someone has said, “A boy loves his mother, but will follow his father."

Some months ago I heard a touching story about a humble, consecrated pastor whose young son had become very ill. After the boy had undergone an exhaustive series of tests, the father was told the shocking news that his son had a terminal illness. The boy had accepted Christ as his Savior, so the minister knew that death would usher him into Glory; but he wondered how to tell his son that he soon would die. After earnestly seeking the direction of the Holy Spirit, he went with a heavy heart through the hospital ward to the boy’s bedside. First he read a passage of Scripture and had a time of prayer with his dear child. Then he gently told him that the doctors could promise him only a few more days to live. "Are you afraid to meet Jesus, my son?" asked his father. Blinking away a few tears, the little fellow said bravely, "No, not if He’s like you, Dad!"
C. As priest of the home, the godly father is also a man of prayer. He goes to God often on behalf of his family, asking for wisdom and courage for himself, and protection for his wife and children. Job is an example: “Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom” (Job 1:5).

The second quality that Joshua possessed is that he had a….

II. Plan for the Family

Being priest of the family is not enough. The godly father must also have a plan for the spiritual life of his loved ones. Joshua said, “…we will serve the Lord.”

A. We must strive with God’s help for family unity.
When Joshua spoke his voice rang with the sound of unity: “me and my house.” There was togetherness. And I believe that the reason that unity was there was due to his godly character, his example. His faith was genuine, authentic and as a result his family said, in essence, “Whatever you say, dad, we will agree.”

When marriage vows are kept, and the couple is devoted both to the Lord and to each other, there is no more powerful statement of family unity.

B. When the family is united, it will endure the trials that come its way. Joshua pressed a godly determination to persevere with his family. He was prepared to stand alone with his family if necessary.

First Baptist Church of Barberville

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GOD'S Word FOR TODAY

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)

IN THE NEWS
OBAMA NATION

GOP takeover of Congress would mean 'hand-to-hand combat,' Obama warns
http://lat.ms/dzXfci

Obama ignores plea for cross restoration
http://bit.ly/aw7jlb

Student Gets Violent Reaction After Shouting ‘You’re a Liar’ at President
http://bit.ly/bREov1

Three dozen fall ill at Obama rally in Md
http://bit.ly/9eQjSf

OBAMA CARE

Clinton Appointee Rules ObamaCare Is Constitutional
http://bit.ly/bTo8rc

Healthcare waivers = 'arbitrary government'
http://bit.ly/94PCDh

POLICE STATE NEWS

Operation "Rail Safe" amplifies DHS voice over loudspeaker
http://bit.ly/dpAqQW

Lawless Spying in America to Obstruct First Amendment Freedoms
http://bit.ly/9B91AI

Brave New Police State World
http://bit.ly/d81i8I

Government Seizes Newborn Baby Over Political Beliefs Of Parents
http://bit.ly/d4C80Z

SPLC, DHS, Community Officials Team Up to Attack Patriot Groups
http://bit.ly/cTy7IP

Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: Privacy a price to pay for travel ticket?
http://bit.ly/aRwspA

Top Fed Repeats Ominous ‘Absorb Terror’ Rhetoric
http://bit.ly/aNgjR8

First Amendment Ruling Destined to Kill Internet Free Speech
http://bit.ly/aHW5fK

FBI Informant May Have Fired First Shots In Kent State Massacre
http://bit.ly/a5syAJ

Social Micro-Engineering Begins: NYC May Ban ‘Sugary Drinks’ From Food Stamp Buys
http://bit.ly/93S7dc

YouTube Censors Pro-Life Sermon Seen by Millions of Brazilians
http://bit.ly/dxDI5S

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

The feds' disease: Spending! Part 1
http://bit.ly/bTRcLY

Nullification Tour Heads to Orlando, Florida
http://bit.ly/dgg4l4

Recording Captures Brown Camp Calling Whitman a 'Whore'
http://fxn.ws/bgiiTq

72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people
http://bit.ly/btNEmZ

NEA's ties with Democratic Party ignored
http://bit.ly/bxJJpF

FDA has 'low view' of women, says Wright
http://bit.ly/bppduT

ECONOMIC NEWS

Government spending rises 9%
http://bit.ly/9VabBj

Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.1% in September
http://bit.ly/cMa0ej

Little-Noticed Bill Could Make It Harder To Challenge Foreclosures
http://huff.to/aNVg2X

Legal chaos forces US banks to halt repossessions
http://bit.ly/9xRQrt

Norcini, Sinclair – Financial Hurricane To Collapse the System
http://bit.ly/9u1xRO

23 Million Americans Hit by a Tax Hike, But They May Not Know It Yet
http://bit.ly/9edbdf

27 Signs That The Standard Of Living For America’s Middle Class Is Dropping Like A Rock
http://bit.ly/bVlBji

Goldman Sachs Says U.S. Economy May Be `Fairly Bad'
http://bit.ly/c0XgJx

JP Morgan ‘thug’ breaks into home not in foreclosure: report
http://bit.ly/98VSWJ

TOXIC SLUDGE IN HUNGARY

Hungarian officials recalculate volume of red sludge flood almost as much as Gulf oil spill
http://bit.ly/9491UI

Scientists Say Heavy Metal In Sludge NOT Dangerous? UMMM OKKKKAAAAY
http://bit.ly/alyQp9

Hungarian toxic sludge reaches Danube river
http://bit.ly/cdvAYu

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

'Abstinence' money goes to Planned Parenthood?
http://bit.ly/aGLuNn

Live your faith - lose your job?
http://bit.ly/dxwbbE

ILLEGA LIMMIGRATION NEWS

Report: Lou Dobbs employed illegal immigrants
http://yhoo.it/criKxD

HEALTH NEWS

The View Ignores Whether Government Should Dictate Citizens’ Diets
http://bit.ly/bSZZ3n

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease
http://bit.ly/c82Ch9

Mobile phones responsible for collapse of honeybee populations?
http://bit.ly/dxlQ5f

Shameless flu shot pushers use strip clubs to entice people into medically useless vaccinations
http://bit.ly/dz5Qjp

CRIME NEWS

US offenders unmonitored as tagging system fails
http://bbc.in/byzEOr

MORAL DECLINE

Fight between mother and daughter turns violent
http://bit.ly/arWzdY

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY & HACKING NEWS

Google Street View captures blood-spattered dead bodies in the streets of Brazil
http://bit.ly/bHa9Zr

Why you should never donate your body to medical science
http://bit.ly/avHSFs

Hackers hijacking your 'canceled' e-mail accounts
http://bit.ly/bby9uQ

Lights Out: US Smart Grid Vulnerable to Hackers around the World
http://bit.ly/bU0Y8J

Black hat tricks used by hackers
http://bit.ly/d9pzd6

Michigan Hackers Describe Voting System Vulnerabilities
http://bit.ly/bhsZ4l

Criminal Hackers Create 3 Million Fraudulent Websites Annually
http://bit.ly/ailks7

Discount Grocer Discloses Data Breach
http://bit.ly/9oKU4j

Worlds sexiest hacker may not be a hacker
http://bit.ly/aY8G3q

STRANGE EVENTS

Large crevice remains a mystery
http://bit.ly/9lptnm

06/05/09

Will You Surrender All?

The song below was written in 1896 and it talks about surrendering. Not surrendering to the whim of Legislators but surrendering your life to Christ.

Giving your sinful ways and living for Christ.

The song was inspired from the verse Luke 14:33 and says far more than what I need to try and describe in my post.

Luke 14:33 (King James Version)

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Winfield S. Weeden, 1896

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
* Refrain:
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

OBAMACARE GOP balking at government-run health plan 6/5/09
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/05/gop-balking-at-government-run-health-plan/?feat=home_headlines

Utah genealogy firm digs up Obama's German roots 6/5/09
http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_12522012

Arrest warrant issued for Daniel James Murray, man 'on a mission to kill' President Obama 6/5/09
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/06/05/2009-06-05_arrest_warrant_issued_for_new_york_man_who_threatened_to_kill_president_obama.html

Defiance: Jews name West Bank hilltop after Obama 6/5/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100260

Obama Birth Atty Orly Taitz Receiving Death Threats 6/5/09
http://www.rense.com/general86/taitz.htm

'Birthers' take eligibility battle to next level
White House can't hide from swarm of citizenship posts in 'open government dialogue' 6/4/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100161

Eligibility billboards dubbed 'misleading' 6/4/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100201

Obama names Chicago environmentalist as Great Lakes czar 6/4/09
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1607289,w-great-lakes-obama-davis-060409.article

Sonia Sotomayor found friends in elite group 6/4/09
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23375.html

Writings Reveal Sotomayor's Controversial 'Wise Latina' Remark Not Isolated 6/4/09
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/04/white-house-delivers-sotomayors-writings-records-senate/

Sotomayor's Firefighter Case May Not Be Over Yet 6/4/09
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32131

Sotomayor Gotchas Would Clear the Bench [VIDEO] 6/4/09
http://www.racewire.org/archives/2009/06/sotomayor_gotchas_would_clear.html

Rightists start anti-Obama campaign 6/3/09
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244034988150&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

2ND AMMENDMENT

Fort Bliss soldiers told to register private guns 6/5/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100151

Ky. pastor welcomes handgun owners to church event 6/4/09
http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=10479301

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Suit alleges Wis. officials illegally sold records 6/4/09
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WI_DRIVERS_RECORDS_LAWSUIT_WIOL-?SITE=WIMAD&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

ECONOMIC NEWS

The Eye of the Economic Hurricane 6/5/09
http://lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner386.html

Despite fewer cuts, May jobless rate seen rising 6/5/09
http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090605/D98KFD1O0.html

Feds giving 'lip service' to fiscal responsibility 6/5/09
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100133

Barney Frank convinces GM CEO to keep his district's plant open 6/4/09
http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2009/06/04/barney-frank-wins-delay-of-gm-plant-closing-after-ceo-meeting/

South Carolina governor trumped, must take stimulus money 6/4/09
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/04/south.carolina.sanford.stimulus/index.html?eref=rss_us

Civil War-era cash helps SC make some money 6/4/09
http://www.sunherald.com/218/story/1391990.html

SEC charging ex-Countrywide CEO with fraud 6/4/09
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31108985/

Nine accused of $92 million U.S. mortgage fraud scheme 6/4/09
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE5534OL20090604?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=76

Schwarzenegger: California Is Broke, Plain and Simple 6/3/09
http://moneynews.newsmax.com/economy/california_economy/2009/06/03/220957.html

$100 Billion Bailout For IMF Tagged On To War Funding Bill 6/3/09
http://www.prisonplanet.com/100-billion-bailout-for-imf-tagged-on-to-war-funding-bill.html

COMMENTARY

Obituary of Common Sense
http://www.naute.com/thinkery/obituary.phtml

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

ACORN probed after homeless voter registers 9 times 6/5/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100216

Russia assembling rival to NATO 6/5/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100135

White House Set to Appoint a Pay Czar 6/5/09
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124416737421887739.html

Federal ruling could limit water for Californians 6/5/09
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jun/05/1n5fish23161-federal-ruling-could-limit-water-cali/?uniontrib

Asheville man charged in alleged Liberty Dollar fraud scheme 6/5/09
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090605/NEWS01/906050331/1009

House Bill Proposes Commission to Explore National Servitude 6/5/09
http://www.prisonplanet.com/house-bill-proposes-commission-to-explore-national-servitude.html

San Diego withdraws Bible study warning 6/4/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100071

Senator threatens filibuster of 'Pedophile Protection Act' 6/4/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100162

UK minister quits, calls for Brown's resignation 6/4/09
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/06/04/britain.minister.resignation/index.html?eref=rss_latest

Free Speech Alliance Delivers 400,000 Petitions Calling on
Congress to Ban Regulation of Political Speech on Radio 6/4/09
http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=49093

IRS may seek licenses for tax preparers 6/4/09
http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=10479303

OAS ends Cuba suspension after 47 years 6/4/09
http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090604/D98JQ2KG0.html

Tiananmen 20th anniversary brings new repression 6/4/09
http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090604/D98JQ7MO0.html

STRANGE WEATHER

The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world 6/2/09
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1189877/The-cloud-Meteorologists-campaign-classify-unique-Asperatus-clouds-seen-world.html

MANUFACTURED TERRORISM THREATS?

Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico 6/3/09
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/03/al-qaeda-eyes-bio-attack-via-mexico-border/

POLICE STATE NEWS

Judge: Tasering a suspect for DNA legal if not ‘malicious’ 6/4/09
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/06/04/judge-tasering-a-suspect-for-dna-legal-if-not-malicious/

High school student who wouldn't stop using cell phone Tasered 6/4/09
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/09155/975068-100.stm

Prison Planet Moderator Victim of False DEA Raid 6/4/09
http://www.prisonplanet.com/prison-planet-moderator-victim-of-false-dea-raid.html

HEALTH NEWS

One in seven scientists say colleagues fake data 6/4/09
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6425036.ece

SUICIDE?

Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok 6/4/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090604/ap_on_en_mo/as_obit_carradine


STUPIDITY IN THE NEWS

Young driver caught on video going 160 mph on U.S. 151 6/3/09
http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/latest/453385

CRIME IN OUR SCHOOLS

Busted! 2nd teacher arrested after predator principal 6/5/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100148