Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Today at CrossWay we’re looking at 5 things about our dads that we’re grateful for.  (Or as my mom would have me say: Today at CrossWay we’re looking at 5 things about our dads for which we’re grateful. [It’s that whole ending-with-a-preposition thing.])

ANYway…  There’s no question that we’re experiencing a crisis in fatherhood today.  Unfortunately, Father’s Day is often a time when people expound on the problem.  But that’s not what Father’s Day is for.  Instead of bashing our dads for falling short, we’re going to honor them for how much they measure up.

In particular, we’re going to look at 5 good things that dads do, and we thank them for it:

(1) Provide for our needs. (Matthew 7:9-11)  My dad is a great example of this, often going way above and beyond the call of duty, so I’m sharing a story about one of the countless times he demonstrated this dadly responsbility.

(2) Love our moms. (Ephesians 5:25)  At CrossWay, LJ is a great model for this one, so I’m relating a conversation we recently had that explores this fatherly duty.

(3) Teach us biblical values. (Proverbs 22:6)  Carolyn’s dad is one of the best examples of this I’ve ever seen, so he’ll find himself a useful sermon illustration on the subject.

(4) Give us life. (Proverbs 23:22)  Wait–don’t our moms do this one?!?  Either come to CrossWay this morning or catch the podcast in a day or two, and you’ll hear about how my brother Jason, as well as many other dads, give life to their kids.

(5) Discipline us. (Hebrews 12:7-11)  Yeah, that’s right–we’re thankful for discipline from our dads.  As we look at Josh & Christi’s kids, you’ll see why.

These are just 5 things from an inexhaustible list of stuff our dads do that make them one of the most important gifts that God gives us.

So to all the dads out there–happy Father’s Day!

Below is a picture of my dad with his dad and brothers.  Today all of them are dads and granddads–and my grandfather is the great-granddad of seven, with #8 on the way.  My dad is the second from the right:

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