Dads lead the Way!



Ready for something different this week in honor of Father’s Day? Here is the list of the Top 10 Things You Will Never Hear Dad Say.


10. Well, how about that? I’m lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for directions.


9. You know, daughter, now that you’re 13 years old, you’ll be ready for un-chaperoned car dates. Won’t that be fun?


8. I noticed that all your friends have a certain hostile attitude. I like that.


7. Here’s a credit card and the keys to my new car. GO CRAZY!


6. What do you mean you want to play football? Figure skating’s not good enough for you, son?


5. Your mother and I are going away for the weekend. You might want to consider throwing a party.


4. Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car. Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies – you know – that make it run or something. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.


3. No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring. So quit your belly-aching, and let’s go to the mall.


2. What do you want to go and get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to spend.


1. What do I want for Father’s Day? Aahh, don’t worry about that. It’s no big deal. (OK, they might say it, but they don’t mean it.)


How important is a Dad to a family? He makes a Huge impact! I read a startling statistic this week: Something like 15% of the time, when a mother comes to faith in Christ, the rest of the family will. 35% of the time, when a child comes to faith, the rest of the family will. But 90% of the time, when the father comes to faith, the rest of the family will also. Dads lead the way!


As I shared a few years ago, my life has been shaped in many ways by my own Dad. I am very thankful for the Christian heritage I have received from him and others. I am at least a fourth generation Christian, and probably more. That does not mean every relative was a Christian (not even close), nor does it mean I inherited salvation. Like everyone else, I needed to come to the place of repentance and surrender to Jesus Christ on my own. But it does mean that I have had the blessing of Christianity influencing my life and family for many years. If you have the same legacy, I’m sure you rejoice in it too.


You may not have had the privilege that I had to grow up in a Christian home. You may not have had godly parents and grandparents pray for you and teach you about Jesus Christ. But you can start a legacy of your own. You can begin the blessing that will extend beyond your children to your grandchildren (or to other loved ones).


The Apostle Paul declared, “...you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15). We have been adopted into His forever family as sons and daughters. How precious it is to be able to call Almighty God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, our “Daddy.” He truly is our Father God!

 

This Sunday, June 19, we will honor and challenge Dads with special prayer and a gift. Please bring the Dad in your life and join us at 10:35am in the building or online for the Live broadcast on either Facebook (Honolulu AG) or our YouTube channel (Honolulu Assembly of God). We Livestream every Sunday to both locations.


Coming Up: July 3 is our Freedom Celebration! We will celebrate the freedoms we have as Americans and, most of all, as Christians. After the 10:35am service, we will share in a special Freedom Celebration BBQ. Teri-burgers and hotdogs and buns will be provided. Please bring your favorite picnic foods to add to the table. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!


Aloha ke Akua!