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Our Gen-X daughter, Cristie, made my husband a Father’s Day card entitled
“Things My Dad Would Never Say.” Such as: 

“Can you turn up that music?” 

“Go ahead and take my truck. Here’s 50 bucks for gas.” 

“I LOVE your tattoo. We should both get new ones.” 

“Here, you take the remote.” 


~Submitted by Deanna Schneider (Reader’s Digest)
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I was put on the spot this week.  I nice lady called and was concerned about our sign out on Cleveland Ave.  She was wondering where we came up with the phrase “Fathers, Honor your Children.”  She was concerned…thinking that was a quote from scripture, which she could not find.  She was doing the right thing by calling in to someone she doesn’t know and asking a question out of concern not knowing what I would say in return.  We had a great conversation.
Her concern came out of children honoring their parents and them emphasis the Bible places on that specific theme.  I walked her through where we had been as a church family and our recent messages since Easter concerning relationships.  She came to an understanding of where we had been and where we were heading.  But I was on the spot … had to think quick … had to draw a big picture for her about “sequence.”  A Dad needs to honor the position he has and the One who gave him that role in order for kids to get a vistion of the God he follows.  If that doesn’t happen first, then the kids have less of a chance at respecting and obeying like God would want them to.
However, on the flip side of the coin, I have seen kids who honor the dads in a way that makes God smile.  Their dads haven’t been the ones who are Godly role models.  Guess what?  Some of those dads are now in church families.  Go figure! 
What we’re obviously getting back to is the major verse that Paul penned so many years ago.  It’s bedrock in our faith.  It’s Paul’s paraphrase of Jesus’ answer to the legal warriors of His day.  Ephesians 5:21 states, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  Jesus said it this way, “Love one another as you would love yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). 
Does this make sense?  I hope so.  Let’s go back to the beginning again.  I know you’re probably tired of me “going back to Genesis,” but it makes things simpler and easier for me.  I’m getting old.  We find in the first book of the Bible that God and man were separated by man’s sin.  Well, sin separates man from man as well.  That wasn’t how it was meant and created to be.  Man was suppose to be hand in hand with God and with his fellow man as well.  The Father/Child relationship just happens to be the one we’re focusing on this weekend.  Does it make sense that if there is a break in this relationship that there will be consequences and fall-out?  This is true of both the father’s relationship to his kids and true of the kid’s relationship to their dad.  When we get it right, we give people around us, and even ourselves, a glimpse of our Creator’s original intent.  We get a glimpse of perfection.  We get a glimpse of Heaven.
Love-Serve-Spread the Word,
Ed
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