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Fathers


There is no other member of the traditional family that is maligned more today than the father. In society today we are told that fathers are a throw back to the old patriarchal system. On television shows and commercials, they are portrayed as being a not so bright klutz. Mom and the kids have more of a clue than he does. Even the gay characters are presented as being stronger role models than these poor guys.

Why does the media want to destroy the image of a father so much? First of all, God is the Father. He is our Creator and our perfect role model. In the last few years I have seen Him portrayed as a senile and forgetful old man, with little interest in what’’s going on here on earth. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A perfect example of God’s father’s heart is found in the story of the prodigal son in Luke

Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

"When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. 
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

"The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

    "But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

" ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ "

Children need strong role models and when they can’t find it in a father, they look elsewhere. A lot of the times the role models they find lead them on a path of destruction. This is why satan and the media are so intent on destroying the image of a strong and faithful father.

The Word of God emphasizes the role model fathers are to be in Ephesians 6:4; "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."

My pastor, Paul Van Buren writes a daily devotional on the web each day. He wrote that even though not much is written about Joseph he had more of an impact on Jesus’’s life than any other human being. If you read the passages about him in the beginning of Matthew and Luke you will find a man of character. A man with a strong faith and conviction as well as a great devotion to God. In all things God asked him to do concerning his family he obeyed. He must have been quite a man for God to entrust His Son to him. A strong role model.

I grew up in a home where I was robbed from having a dad because of his alcohol addiction. I had no role model that I could look up to and when I got married and was to become a father myself, I despaired. How could I be a father? I never learned how. I remember going into Pastor Ken Bomby’s office and asking for his prayers and advise. What he told me was so simple and yet it changed my life forever. He told me that to be a father all I had to do was look to The Father and ask Him to teach about His fathers heart. Studying the Word changed  me and when my daughter was born and I held her in my arms for the first time, I knew I would never worry about being a father again. God had become my role model and because of that I have become a model for my children to follow as well. I have been a single father now for the last eleven years and don’t regret a single moment.

If you want to see God’s father’s heart fllow this link;

http://www.fathersloveletter.com/

I don’t know what happened but I lost this blog and all the comments that were associated with it. Fortunatly I had saved part of it. I apoligize to those of you affected.

 

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Comments on: "Fathers" (22)

  1. Hello Gerry! I was just taking a break from studying for my exams, when I came across your site. I was so encouraged by the message you put on this web-page. It\’s so encouraging to see fellow-christians displaying their love for God in creative ways. I love the parable of the prodigal son and I am so glad that you chose to write about this message. (how apppropriate considering tomorrow is Father\’s day!)Thank-you also for giving us a glimse into to your own personal life and adding your insight! This was much appreciated. I will definitely be checking your site out again. Have a wonderufl evening and God bless. Your in Christ, RachelP.S. Check out my site: rachel_clayton8@hotmail.com

  2. heya Gerry, been checking out your space ya got sum good links in here, i really like the online worship station , so im goint o be listen now cuz i really lie that one..Yeah your right aboutthe whole Oprah thingy , its why i put it up, so many christians i know watch her show, but it is saterated with her views, which we both watch the video, soo …..haha plus ya gots a few pls up in here i know soo thats real cool to haha..Gods Blessings Upon You & your familey…Keep Shineing bright!!…………………………๑۩๑……………๑۩۩๑…………..๑۩۩๑……..๑۩۩۩۞۩۩۩๑……..๑۩۩๑…………..๑۩۩๑…………..๑۩۩๑…………..๑۩۩๑…………..๑۩۩๑…………………………◦◦ĢØĐ◦ßζ€ڴڴ◦◦

  3. Hey Gerry,Another great post! It\’s true that the way father\’s of the home have been portrayed on tv these days is a little disturbing!I just wanted to encourage you to check out http://www.prophecycode.com! I just finished watching these seminars online because I didn\’t get a chance to while they were being viewed over satellite live, all around the world. They\’re a true blessing to anyone no matter where they are in their walk with God as they provide a lot of information and knowledge about things such as end time events, using the Bible as the source.SiYa LaTeRRyan

  4. Hey Gerry,Sorry, just take out the exclamation mark for the link to work! http://www.prophecycode.comSiYa LaTeRRyan

  5. Unknown said:

    Hello.I see dat ur a worshiper.Well me 2~2day is the third sunday of this month so this thing called Living Worship takes place.This place is great for young kids and told people!It takes place in my church.(since not much churches want to let the living worship team use their chruchMaybe you can check http://www.cctor.com.(its korean though..-_-;;)uhoh..Well living worship does alot of english songs.My chuch once had pastor from Amercia(which i 4got..sry)cum a congrated us bout our new church..:]Well..I hav 2 get ready to go to church..so..bye

  6. charlotte said:

    Happy fathers day !

  7. wow love ya space ay so cool hehe nice nice:Dcool cool i love god so much too hehe:DHI IM GEOFFREYLOVESGOD :DAND GOD LOVES U AND HE LOVES MEI BELIEVE HE WANTS TO KNOW U BETTER AND U MIGHT WANA KNOW HIM AS WELL ASK ME OR ASK HIM COZ HE IS THE WAY, TRUTH AND LIFECOOL COOL U COOL, ME COOL, WE ALL COOL. :DU KNOW WORDS CAN NOT DISCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE U :DCONTACT ME IF U WANA AT GEOFFREYLOVESGOD@HOTMAIL.COMOR VISIT MY SPACE AT http://spaces.msn.com/members/GEOFFREYLOVESGOD/

  8. wowoww third dat is one of my fav!!!!i saw them in concert i was like 5 meters from mac powel so cool love ya hehe :DHI IM GEOFFREYLOVESGOD :DAND GOD LOVES U AND HE LOVES MEI BELIEVE HE WANTS TO KNOW U BETTER AND U MIGHT WANA KNOW HIM AS WELL ASK ME OR ASK HIM COZ HE IS THE WAY, TRUTH AND LIFECOOL COOL U COOL, ME COOL, WE ALL COOL. :DU KNOW WORDS CAN NOT DISCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE U :DCONTACT ME IF U WANA AT GEOFFREYLOVESGOD@HOTMAIL.COMOR VISIT MY SPACE AT http://spaces.msn.com/members/GEOFFREYLOVESGOD/

  9. Teresa Dawn said:

    That happened to my cousin the other day too, she posted a long blog and it disappeared! odd. Anyways, great post and Happy Father\’s Day!

  10. elizabeth said:

    Happy Father\’s Day to you???bye,check out my space some time ok bye

  11. Happy Father\’s Day!!!I love the reality of the Father\’s Heart shown in the story of the prodigal son!You mentioned Ken Bombay….is he the same pastor from Penticton, pastored Bethel Pentecostal Church??Just wondering…I knew a Ken Bombay too!JOY in JESUS! Today and everyday!Sherra

  12. Hi, Gerry!Happy Father\’s Day! Hope you have a great one!Kim

  13. Unknown said:

    heya again,totally unrelated but can u have a look at my cousins christian space and leave him a comment… also could you put a link to his space on you list of those taking a stand! ?? Without him I probably wouldnt be with Christ at the moment. his space is http://spaces.msn.com/members/hopeinchaosthanksgod blesslove claire

  14. Gerry, Hey I noticed my post was deleted for Father\’s Day. Not sure if I said something wrong, but if I did let me know.Jason

  15. Sorry Gerry, I reread your last post and saw that your blog was mangled. Nevermind. Have a good day!

  16. Gerry, Hey I also notice you added my Space to your list. I\’m honoured. Blessings!Jason

  17. Funny how you ask why Fathers and men in general are portrayed to be idiots… when in fact, so many people, like yourself, said that you couldn\’t find a role model growing up, because your father was an alcoholic. Perhaps there\’s your answer. There simply aren\’t alot of good male role models around; and that\’s that! Society seems to let "boys be boys" and they (boys) don\’t really take responsibility for their actions. They also don\’t have ovaries, so they don\’t have the maternal instincts a woman does. I was brought up by a family of females because all the men were out whoring and drinking their money up. And what is really sad, is that all this makes it pretty bad for the few good guys that are out there.I feel that the diety does not have a sex… that concept is just too much of a human concept. God/Goddess is a state of mind; and if it is a being, I would think it only normal that he/she would have the attributes of both sexes. Giving the creator a gender has only oppressed the other half of the human race for centuries.It is because of my experiences with men that I am this angry… and so many other women left on their own to raise and nourish their offspring on their own. I could go on and on… All I\’m saying, is that while you preach, don\’t forget the strong women out there… its is to them that we owe our lives, they carried us and nourished us after birth so we could survive, it is the WOMEN that make the world go round.

  18. Val it\’s not to hard to see your a feminist. Women don\’t make the world go round and neither do men. And while men do have a lot to answer for so do women who support abortion as a means of birth control. Who are willing to lie to the courts and police in order that the father\’s of children are barred from seeing the children they love. Don\’t tell me the myth about how abusive men are. Women are just as abusive and it\’s because of pride and knowledge that the law is on the woman\’s side that men don\’t speak up.Studies show that the majority of chjildren raised in a home without a male figure are more likely fo wind up a criminal and in jail. Many of them become homosexuals because they look for that strong reaffirming love that they lacked from not having a strong father figure.I have had 2 very strong women in my life and they were my mom and grandmother. They taught me to respect women and many other things but they couldn\’t teach me about being a man. For that God sent some good men who helped to nurture me and point me in the right direction. There are more good men out there then you feminists even realize. God is God. He is called the Father and not the mother and He created us male and female both equal in His sight.

  19. I\’ll agree to disagree…Cheers!

  20. PS: If you read what I said carefully, you will see that I did not say that children were better off without a father; I said that father\’s don\’t seem to be around for the most part. My father was never around, and all my friends who had children for the men they loved are all on their own devices now. They are begging for these guys to help them… not telling cops lies. And their father\’s were never around. Its just so common for guys to bugger off on their families. You have no idea how many married men are in the clubs hitting on other women because they are bored. For what I have witnessed, I feel that there are alot of dead-beats out there… So if the terrible role models that I had whilst growing up, as well as 99% of the females that I know, makes me a feminist, then I guess that is what I am. I only know what I\’ve seen; and I\’ve seen quite a bit. I also agree with you that there are women out there that do clandestine things; but again, I think its a result of their role models. Women are usually angry because of what a guy has done to them. For Real!! Just read all these blogs… women love fiercely and hurt fiercely just as quickly. About the abortion issue… I dunno what it is like where you are from, but here, we can control what our body does through proper birth control; and I think that is wonderful. So to conclude this comment… I think everyone should have a mother and a father… what I\’m saying, is that more often, men don\’t own up to their responsibilities. And to the men that do… bring your boys up to be like you.I won\’t comment again… just thought I\’d clarify that. I know what I know, you know what you know. We\’ll agree to disagree.

  21. Thank-you for the clarification Val. I hope you meet one of the good guys. They are out there. I can tell you Jesus will never reject you.

  22. -x-тεε-јαу-x- said:

    Hello,I seen your article about fathers…never had the time to read it yet. But just wanted to leave my 2 cents worth. My father left when i was young. And we go loooong periods of time without seeing each other. But anyhow i was recently at a youth camp and the speakers sermon was all about Emotional pain. Anyways.. he singled me out and knew exactly what was going on, even though I never spoke to him in my lifetime. He didn\’t even know my name until I told him. But anyways it was an experience. He kept telling me how God wanted to be my father. And I just don\’t know what to do. Because this year has been hard for me because I focused in on this subject in my life more now then ever before. And the devil is at work in my life and he wont leave me alone. And I just wanted to know if you had any advice or help you could give me? If so just leave a post there and I\’ll read it next time im on.Thank You

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