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Proverbs 4: 1

"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding."

Billy Graham has said, "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed,
and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society

We honor motherhood, and we should.
But we often forget father.

The present economic system has somewhat deemphasized the importance of Dad.
Among the very poor, various governmental social agencies have become the provider and in many
of the affluent families a portion of the income is a result of the wife's earnings.
From a Biblical standpoint, man was created for something more than "bringing home the bacon."

God said concerning Abraham,
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep
the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he had spoken of him
(Genesis 18: 19)

From a Biblical standpoint the father was to be a provider, a protector, a priest, a guide, and a teacher,
as well as a disciplinarian.

Potentially, the father is the best possible teacher about God that a child can have.
The father is the human counterpart of God in a manner in which it is impossible for the mother to be.
When Jesus caught his disciples to pray, He said, "After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven
." (Matthew 6: 9)
He taught His disciples that they were to think of the eternal God in terms of a wise, devoted, generous, forgiving father.

The child who never has the privilege of knowing a loving father has a serious handicap at the point of obtaining
a proper understanding of the nature and character of God.

Dr. R. G. Lee tells the story of a father whose little son was stricken with diphtheria.
He was placed in isolation in the hospital.
It was necessary for the parents to wear a mask while visiting their little son.

The boy asked, "Why are you dressed that way?"

The father replied, "I want to protect others because you are very sick."

After some hesitation, the little fellow asked, "Daddy, am I going to die?"

The father who had taught his boy never to tell a lie said, "That is what the doctor says."

After a great deal of inward agony, the father put a question to his little boy:
"Son, you are not afraid, are you?"

From the sick bed the little boy replied, "Daddy, if God is like you are, I won't be afraid."

The home is the most basic institution in our society.
The responsibility for the spiritual stability and success for such is too great for the mother to bear alone.

On this Father's Day it would be well for all of us to recognize that the help of the father is absolutely essential
if the home is to be fully Christian.

"But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith,
and is worse than an infidel
." (1 Tim. 5: 8)
If we would provide our children with a godly father there are certain essentials that must be considered.

Make certain that you give your heart and soul to Jesus!

There is no way by which you can practice the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount unless
you have the Christ in your heart as Saviour and Lord and Teacher.

Much time is required for the task of being a good husband and a good father.
It is not commendable for a man to hold down an extra job merely to provide more gadgets for his family
if he is denying his family of his time and presence. Be an example in all things.

A Chinese proverb says, "One picture is worth a thousand words."
Today, it is recognized by all teachers that visual education is one of the most effective methods of teaching.
One good example may make a greater impact than a hundred lectures.
A father must seek to provide an atmosphere which is conducive to good character development in the lives of his children. Providing proper discipline

Ephesians 6: 4: ";Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline
and instruction of the Lord
." In our quest to provide material benefits for children, let us not be neglectful to provide that which is
the greatest benefit of all – a godly father who loves Jesus Christ sincerely and steadfastly,
and who seeks to demonstrate this faith in every area of life.

I pray that every father here will make the decision, or the decisions, that are necessary in order for your children
to have the invaluable benefit of a godly father.

Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
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