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June 16, 2019

  


   Sermon Title: Portrait of a Father





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I Thessalonians 2:7-12



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Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 5:1-3; Ephesians 5:1-5



Scripture Text: I Thessalonians 2:7-12

7 Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,

8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.

10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.

11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.



Portrait of a Father

Today, is Father's Day "Happy Father's Day!" I thought I'd start out today by sharing a few precious dad moments.. Moments that would only happen to a dad and only a dad would appreciate.

PRECIOUS DAD MOMENTS One night a wife found her husband standing over their newborn baby's crib. Silently she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, skepticism. He would stand back, shake his head and say, "Amazing," while smiling from ear to ear. Touched by his unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, her eyes glistened as she slipped her arms around him. "A penny for your thoughts," she whispered in his ear. "Isn't it amazing!" he replied. "When you take the time and really look close, how can anyone make a crib like that for only $45.99!"

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Mark Twain said, "When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to the 21, I was astonished at how much the old man learned in 7 years."
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Popular comedian/entertainer wrote, "Now that my father is a grandfather he just can't wait to give money to my kids. But when I was a kid and I asked him for 50 cents, he would tell me the story of his life. How he got up at 5 a.m. when he was 70-years-old and walked 23 miles to milk 90 cows. And the farmer for whom he worked had no bucket, so he had to squirt the milk into his hand and then walk 8 miles to the nearest can. All for 5 cents.

The result was...I never got my 50 cents.
But now he tells my children every time he comes into the house, "Well, let's see how much money old Granddad has for his wonderful grandkids.' And the minute they take money out of his hands I call them over to me and I snatch it away from them. BECAUSE THAT IS MY MONEY."

Here are some words that most dads have said at some time or another to their children.
This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.
Quiet. I'm watching the ball game.
Don't forget to check the oil.
Bring back all the change
Okay who touched the thermostat
Where is the remote control
How should I know? Ask your mother.
Do I look like I'm made out of money!
When I was your age I walked 5 miles to and from school each day and it was uphill both ways.
Who's paying the bills around here, anyway?
Be quiet! Can't you see I'm trying to think!
Why? Because I said so!
If you don't quit, that I'm going to call your mother
If you don't tell mom neither will I
You better get that junk picked up before your mom comes in here.
Just wait till you have kids of your own

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