Fatherhood

15 06 2009

June - 2009 004Let me begin by stating that I know this picture of me and my two oldest boys is quite scary! But come-on, that’s real life stuff!

Well, I’m currently re-reading one of my books by Dr. Myles Munroe this week as I prepare for FATHER’S DAY next Sunday morning. He entitled it, Understanding the Purpose and Power of Men! It really is a very good book…it’s very detailed, but good. In the next to the last chapter he addresses the topic of being a good father. And I thought I might share just a few of the key points he makes in this chapter to inspire and encourage you as you think about the role and purpose of the father this week. He writes:

“A father is meant to represent the fatherhood of God to his children. Never before in the history of the world have we been as much in need of good fathers…Certain men think their ability to produce a child makes them a man…These men don’t know the meaning of being a covering, protection, and rold model for their children. many men were never toaught what it means to be a good father, and their own fathers did not provide good examples for them…In a large number of homes today, fathers are absent, due to separation, divorce, and the rising number of out-of-wedlock births. Other fathers live in the home bnut are absent from the family for all intents and purposes…Gentlemen, we have a tremendous calling ahead of us. Our task involves changin not only our own perspectives of fatherhood, but also those of our children, especially our sons. We have to communicate to them the standards of God, so that the trend I’ve just described can be reversed.”

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FATHER

1. A Good Father Knows The Heavenly Father.

2. A Good Father Loves The Mother Of His Children.

3. A Good Father Loves His Children.

4. A Good Father Is Responsible For His Children.

5. A Good Father Teaches And Instructs His Children.

6. A Good Father Trains And Disciplines His Children.

7. A Good Father Encourages His Children.

8. A Good Father Comforts His Children.

Well, I think that is enough for one blog. i don’t want to overload you with information. But, I do want to encourage you to think on these things. And, if you’re a father – evaluate how you are doing at the fulfilling the greatest role and calling ever given to you. And if you aren’t doing so well…the start over today! Don’t beat yourself up over the past — just begin again right now. Live up to your calling and experience fatherhood the way it was meant to be!

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Building the Team

8 06 2009

Orange ChurchI know that the idea of ministry being a “Team Sport” is still somewhat foreign to many pastors and church leaders…but I am totally convinced that this is the best and most biblical way of approaching ministry. Yesterday I shared with our church family that our “Team” was growing again. Soon we will be celebrating a new addition to our pastoral staff. Pastors Sam & Beth Adair will be moving to Greenville, SC at the end of the summer to develop our Youth Ministries.

Sam has served in Youth Ministry for the last 4 years in Missouri while his wife has served overseas as a missionary to university students in the Netherlands. They have so much to offer by way of gifts and calling…and I am thrilled to partner with them in reaching our amazing city for Christ.

It was the apostle Paul who wrote, “Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the “body” of Christ.”1 Corinthians 12:12(TLB)

Here’s the thing, “CHURCH” is not an organization in any way. It is much more accurately described as an organism with living, breathing, moving parts…which all work together as one! And as Paul would note – we all must work together for the “common good” (1 Corinthians12:7). That common good is the vision and mission — literally, that thing to which we have been called as a body: To serve this culture and win the lost to Jesus Christ.

As we look towards the next chapter of our ministries at TFC (Trinity Fellowship Church), we do so with great anticipation as the partnership with Sam & Beth leads many students into an authentic relationship with Christ!





Culturally Savvy…

4 06 2009

Culturally Savvy ChristianOkay, here is a very powerful quote from William R. Inge about culture. He writes, “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.” That statement totally reminds me of those days growing up when leisure suits and polyester pants had gone COMPLETELY out of style…and yet there were those who proudly wore them (years later) who obviously had no idea they were passe’! Oh it was funny to most  — but if you were the one wearing the polyester…not so funny, huh?

Culture and society changes often! As a Christ-follower it is really important that I base my life and my passion on the person of Jesus Christ and not the cultural representations of Him. Meaning of course, that I stick to the core of my faith and not be detoured by the on and off ramps of culture. This, however, is not an easy task. Without even realizing it I find myself lulled into a lethargic stroll into culture. Now, it is vital that I understand the culture and speak the language of the culture – however, I must not be “baptized” into a lifestyle that is based on the culture in which I live. As I recall, the Bible challenges me to live IN this world but not be OF this world!

In the book I am reading by Dick Staub entitled, The Culturally Savvy Christian, he writes,

“The 1960’s gave rise to a general hopefulness that we were on the verge of a new age that would be ushered in by popular culture. Instead, we have produced a spiritually confused, superficial popular culture that is artificially sustained by technology, money and marketing. If you believe, as I do, that humans possess innate spiritual, intellectual, creative, relational, and moral capacities, it seems clear that what we see today is a diminishment of God’s image on the part of both the creators and consumers of popular culture…American Christianity, which initially set out to transform culture, is itself in need of transformation.”

Wow! Those are tough and heavy words…and yet, I believe they are probably very accurate.

I  recommend you pick up this book and read it for yourself. Oh, and one more thing…give the polyester a break. Box them up and give them to Goodwill! 🙂