Sunday, June 17, 2007

Godly Fathers

Ephesians 6:4 – “And, ye fathers, … bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: "Went fishing with my son today--a day wasted." His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: "Went fishing with my father--the most wonderful day of my life!" The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time. Each of us can look to the past and remember the lessons learned from our dads, the wondrous memories of good times, and those times that were precious to us, even when they didn’t realize it.

I recently heard a message by Robbie Smith, a missionary to Brazil, about lessons he had learned from his father, Buddy Smith, a long-time pastor. He spoke of how thinking about his father led his mind to memories, both good and bad, of days gone by with his dad. Of course, his dad was a preacher and lived a godly life and led his family to live godly lives. His fondest memories were those of great Spirit-filled services that his father had preached and how God had moved mightily. He then proceeded to tell us of some things that he had learned from his father.

First, he said his father taught him to respect the house of God. David said in Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” We respect the house of God by faithful church attendance. It’s God’s house where we are taught the precepts of God’s Word. It’s God’s house where we worship God. It’s God’s house where we lift our praises to Him. It’s God’s house where we fellowship with brethren of like precious faith. We respect the house of God by proper behavior. We need to teach our children to reverence the sanctuary – not run around like wild Indians. We need to dress with appropriate reverence to the eternal God – like we are in the holy presence of God not at an amusement park. A proper respect for God’s house is crucial to proper development in the Christian life.

Secondly, he said his father taught him to respect the man of God. 1 Timothy 5:17 says, “Let the elders that rule be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” God has given the man of God charge over our souls – “For they watch for your souls, as they that must give account (He 13:17).” Think about that next time you decide to have the man of God in derision. You complain about him – you talk about him – you disrespect him – you teach your children to do the same. How can he preach the whole counsel of God to you and yours if you constantly disrespect him? God has given the man of God the awesome responsibility of delivering the message of God. “He is the minister of God to thee for good (Ro 13:4).”

Finally, he said his father taught him to respect the Word of God. Psalm 119:11 tells us, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” God’s Word is precious to us – we need to hide it in our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” – and what better way to keep our heart than to fill it with the Word of God. God’s Word helps us to cleanse our way (Ps 119:9) – by heeding it (v. 10) – by hearting it (v. 11) – by hiding it (v. 12). The Scriptures are filled with admonitions to reverence His Word: Philippians 2:16, “Holding forth the word of life.” – Psalm 119:16, “I will delight myself in thy statutes.” – Psalm 119:73, “That I may learn thy commandments.” – Psalm 119:101, “That I might keep thy word.” – Psalm 119:114, “I hope in thy word.” – Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” – John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word.”

Quote – “Our very survival as a nation will depend on the presence or absence of masculine leadership in the home." – Dr. James Dobson

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Wife of Thy Youth

Proverbs 5:18 – “Rejoice with the wife of thy youth.”

Today, June 16, is our wedding anniversary – all those wonderful years with the same lovely lady. It’s amazing how anniversaries turn your mind to memories – and each year that goes by builds more wonderful memories. Happy Anniversary, Hon.

From Family Matters:
Looking for a gift or just a unique way to say "I love you?" What do you give when his dresser is full of cologne and you're both on diets? When she thinks flowers die too soon, and you've already spent next month's paycheck? Here are 21 great inexpensive ways to tell the love of your life just how much you care.

1. Make a homemade card with a picture of the two of you on the cover. Get ideas for a verse by spending a few minutes browsing through a card shop.
2. Write a poem. It doesn't have to rhyme.
3. Send a love letter listing the reasons "Why I love you so much."
4. Pledge your love for a lifetime. Write it on calligraphy or design it on a desktop computer and print it out on parchment paper and have it framed.
5. Plan a surprise lunch, complete with picnic basket, sparkling grape juice and goblets.
6. Bake a giant cookie and write "I love you" with heart shaped redhots or frosting. (Don't worry about the calories, it's not for eating!)
7. Make a coupon book and include coupons for a back rub, a compromise when about to lose an argument, a listening ear when needed, and doing the dishes when the other cooks.
8. Kidnap the car for a thorough washing and detailing.
9. Design your personal crest combining symbols that are meaningful to both of you.
10. Compose a love song.
11. Arrange for someone to sing a favorite love song to you and your love when you're together.
12. Call a radio station and have them announce a love message from you and make sure your love is listening at the right time.
13. Make a big sign such as: "I Love You, Kristi. Love, Joe" and put it in front of your house or her apartment complex for the world to see.
14. Buy favorite fruits that aren't in season, like a basket of strawberries or blueberries.
15. Hide little love notes in the car, a coat pocket, or desk.
16. Place a love message in the "personal" section of the classified ads in your local paper.
17. Florist flowers aren't the only way to say "I love you." Pluck a single flower and write a message about how its beauty reminds you of your love. For greater impact, have it delivered at work.
18. Prepare a surprise candle light gourmet low-calorie dinner for two.
19. Write the story of the growth of your relationship from your perspective, sharing your emotions and your joys. What a treasure!
20. Make a paperweight from a smooth stone, paint it, and write a special love message on it.
21. Promise to change a habit that your love has been wanting you to change.

Quote – “Love is an itch that it takes two to scratch.” – Bobby Grubbs

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