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May 11, 2022 8:00 am
This edition of PowerPoint with Jack Graham a little later in the program will tell you how you can get a copy of Williamsport men of God first hears the message. Where have all the fathers. This Father's Day gives us a lot unity to speak specifically to the man into the dad's about what it means to live a legacy so many talk about leaving a legacy, but I believe the emphasis grip of Scripture is liberty a legacy and if we're going to pass our faith along with this first possess our faith and that's what I want to talk to the dads and all of us about this morning you would turn with major Bibles of the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, where have all the fathers go so many dads and man. They really don't know how to act when it comes to being a father and being a friend of their family. One author wrote the following is different for fathers than from others. Motherhood is honestly close to the surface.
They don't have to hide what they feel and they don't have to pretend when a sound happens in the middle of the night downstairs.
A mother is allowed to pull the covers over her head and hold it will go away, but I thought is supposed to put on a robe and slippers, and marched boldly downstairs, even if he's pretty sure is a leftover member of the Manson family waiting in the kitchen when roadsigns are confusing and seemingly looks a little bit unfamiliar. It is natural for mother to pull over and asked directions of the first person comes along, but our father is supposed to know exactly where he is going even if he has to drive 200 miles out of the way to prove it. When the electricity goes off or a faucet leaks. No one expects more of a mother than a lot of the candles and pick up opponent Wayne on the repair man but a father is expected to pick up a screwdriver proceed to the basement and try to fix it. Even if he doesn't know the difference between a fuse box and Aesop pump mothers can load a broken bicycle into a car and bring it home. Fathers are supposed to fix it on the side of the road and ride it home mothers are allowed to go to a football game and cover their eyes, worried that their kid will be dragged out from the pile players with arms broken in several places fathers however are the pace the sidelines and shop. Let's hit somebody out there, never allowing anyone to know he holds his breath every time his kid is under that pile.
Mothers can admit to the real estate agent that they don't know a thing about variable interest rate, second mortgages and balloon payments, but fathers are supposed to nod their heads and pretend it makes all perfect sense. Mothers can bang on the jar of peanut butter on the counter until it's loose enough to open, but her father is supposed to twist it off with his bare hands without getting red in the face. Mothers who lose their jobs or unfortunate but fathers who lose their heirs or failures when a mother gets hurt.
She may want to swear but is only allowed to cry but fathers may want to cry, but only swear were told today that what we need to do is delete that leadership is at a premium. We know that, and we been called upon his men to leave the lead. Our families delete in the community to lead in our churches. Some well-worn axioms on leadership I could remind you this morning. Everything rises and falls with leadership on this one. A leader is someone who knows the way shows away goes away of this when the waited to get to the top is to get off your bottom is a good one.
Or how about this one lead, follow or get out of the way. We've all heard these were all challenged to lead and much is being said about the dad being the leader of the home and setting the post and I agree, but in today's message I want to take a different point of view. I want to talk about fathers who follow specifically fathers who follow Jesus Christ because no matter where all the fathers have gone. I challenge you today to get in line and following Jesus Christ as his servant, and if you're a follower of Christ. I believe you'll be the right kind of leader in your home in your family with your kids and in the community and church. Jesus said in Matthew chapter 4 and verse 19 of Matthew. Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Now what does that mean when we say follow Jesus Christ. When Jesus says come after me, and follow after me. What exactly does that mean well, first of all it means a change in your direction. It is a call, I challenge to change your direction in life not to go your own way, choosing your own path, but rather now until under the Lordship of Christ to follow him get all men have a great deal of trouble following directions. We are just challenged in that way especially when it comes to taking directions from our lives. I've determined in the past to go down the road in the direction that I have chosen.
When Debbie said no it's not that this way is the other way when I choose to go my way. Sometimes you just let me have it even fall asleep and I find myself out of bounds way out there somewhere. Just praying to God that she won't wake up until I get this thing turned around and going in the right direction. We have trouble taking orders, but there's a principal in life. If you want to be over. You must be willing to be under and it starts with being under the authority in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It begins with changed hearts and change lives and the question is, can a man get a person really change. Some are saying no, but we're just the product of the result of evolution, Darwinian evolution that who we are. We are by nature branch somewhat by nurture environment and circumstance we can really change, but I'm in a listen to Jesus. Jesus said man women you can change if you will allow me to change your life. What we are by nature can be transformed by the saving grace and power of Jesus Christ. You don't have to be stuck in the past. You don't have to be stuck in a lifestyle that doesn't please God, but rather if you will follow Christ by repenting of your sin and receiving Jesus Christ into your life. The Scripture says, anyone in Christ is a brand-new creature, old things are passed away and all things have become new. You can be transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. But you must be willing to repent, you know what the word repentance means.
It means that you're going in one direction away from God out of the will of God going your own way doing your own thing and then you come face-to-face with your sin and the waste of life without God, without Christ and then you look to Christ died on the cross for your sins and rose again on the third day, and having repented. That is turning from your sins, you trust in Jesus Christ resealing them into your life and now you're going in a brand-new direction.
That's what the Bible calls repentance and faith and to follow Jesus Christ means becoming a Christian in your heart in your life, not just adopting a religion, but receiving a savior into your life and that's where it starts by inviting Christ in your life. Dad, so I ask you this morning to ask yourself and I say have I repented of my sin. Do I know Jesus Christ personally is there evidence in my life that I belong to him knew my children know that I belong to Christ is wonderful being a great dad.
But are you a godly dad is Christ in your life.
Jesus said, follow me is a call to change your direction you're listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in his message. Where have all the fathers transfer this month with a special gift for listeners to give a gift to PowerPoint your book man of God. What can you tell us about this powerful resource you know I have a real passion to see men know and follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and as their Savior and that if I was just thinking of men right now.
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Now it's Québec. Today's message where have all the fathers, this admonition is a call to trust in his navigation. Jesus said, follow me. In other words, walk in his steps in God's word. God's word is our tool for the navigation of life. And if you're a believer in Jesus Christ. If you're following Jesus Christ you're going to listen to his word, you're going to respond to his word. This book will no longer be a relic sitting on the coffee table or a museum piece in your life, a family heirloom, but it will be the living breathing word of God that will begin to direct your life and you will begin living your life according to the pattern of Jesus Christ.
The Scripture says that were to walk in his steps. We should be asking ourselves in the power of God spirit. What would Jesus do in this situation, how would Jesus respond.
What would Jesus say how would Jesus live in the good news is the spirit of Jesus is living in us and his word will enable us because this book is a book of wisdom of the ways of God. The wisdom of God the principles the presets the promises of God, and this book will give your life order and purpose, and you don't have to make something of your life. You can allow Jesus Christ to make something out of your life by putting your trust in him. Thomas Carlisle said what this country needs is a man who knows God, other than by hearsay. Do you know God personally, individually, Jesus said in John chapter 10 verse 27 my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me to follow Christ means a close relationship these men in the New Testament, he began to follow Christ left their nets and left their tables of taxation and all the rest, and they began the following this close life partnership with Christ, life becomes an adventure when you're following Jesus Christ, you can trust don't feel sorry for me or any other person who's following Jesus Christ because it's the greatest adventure and joy in life, follow me.
Jesus said it is a call to change your direction. It is a call to trust his navigation and then it is a call to obey his instruction. The word here in the New Testament is a word, follow me, which literally means fall that is the picture of an officer calling his troops to fall in and in that sense, the word of God gives us instant specific instructions as to how we are to follow Christ as men and women as believers, let me just mention a few commands of God. First of all your to confess your faith openly.
That's an instruction, a clear instruction from our commander-in-chief.
Romans 10, nine and 10 says if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in our heart that God has raised him from the dead, we shall be say or the heart man believes in the righteousness, but with the mouth confession is made under salvation. Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be say I want to challenge men today to step out and stand up for Jesus Christ to confess your faith openly. There are no secret disciples.
Jesus said in Mark chapter 8 and verse 38. If you're ashamed of me in this single and adulterous generation.
I'll be ashamed of you when I come in great glory with my holy angels. Are you willing to openly identify with Christ. The man in your office and the women on your staff will coworkers do they know you to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Are you highly identified as a Christ follower in your family. One way the initial way that we identify with Christ as the believer's baptism in the days of the New Testament. The primary way of confessing faith in Christ was not signing a card going forward. Though they certainly must've separated the believers from the unbelievers on the day of Pentecost when so many came to Christ. There was some way in getting people separated and yet the primary way that people identify with Christ in the New Testament was by believers baptism to identify with Christ following Christ and his death, his burial and his resurrection and how wonderful it is to see men and women in Boys and Girls Club week after week service after service identifying lovingly in obedience to Jesus Christ.
The believers that this and I'm speaking to men today.
Some of you need to take that stand for Christ and you need to be the next one in the water following Christ in this way to openly confess him to be a man in the power of God spirit and to openly follow Christ. The stand stand where than say with Joshua of old. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord is not only a call to obey his instruction by confessing faith openly. But by living in purity and in integrity little eyes are watching you. Dad and there's no place in our lives for the state of moral impurity or the lack of integrity we need to be setting the highest possible standards for our lives, not seeing how close to sin. We can get without being burned, but rather to separate ourselves from sin and the power of temptation upon our lives. We all face it, we all know the struggles keeping your heart writing. Keeping your heart pure living and walking in integrity is essential if you're going to be God's man in a dad that can lead your family begins by following Christ in his holiness and his purity. Also, I would say it means loving your wife devotedly. One of the greatest things you can do for your family for your kids men is to love your wife for your kids.
The demonstrated and the show to be enraptured with her to be caught up with her following Jesus Christ to love your wife as Christ loves the church and gave himself for it. The Bible says God hates divorce is a difficult subject to deal with incident because is sort of like a tight rope and I IC today. Dad's and and and moms and husbands and wives with their children on this tight rope call life and many winds are blowing in their many difficulties and frankly sometimes people fall off the tight rope and we need to make sure that the church of Jesus Christ is underneath, with the net to catch people when they fall show grace and mercy and love and our church is committed. This is a great place for all people who've been through the tragedies and the traumas of life, including divorce and we believe very strongly that we ought to extend God's grace and mercy and I believe frankly that one of the reasons the statistics show that evangelical Christians have a high divorce rate in the church is because Christians who believe in the new birth experience in churches who teach it often receive people who been through a divorce, whose lives are brand-new now in Christ that makes up some of the stats, but having said all of that. I want to listen to me guys, in particular time of the church to raise the standard for marriages for our relationship included me in endeavoring to meet people at the point of their need and loving them in spite of failure in marriage, etc. that we have somehow in the minds of our young people in our young adults lowered the bar lowered the standard so that now it seems that we even applaud those who divorce God says I hated man I want to challenge you to love your wife. If you're in a new marriage in a new relationship you can't go back and unscramble eggs.
You can't change what is past, but you can change today you can live for Jesus, and you can commit to your wife and your kids of your family, but I challenge you men and women to love one another because one of the most often asked questions kids are asking today.
According to evangelist and you speaker Jay Strack is this question dad, do you still love mom dad, do you love mom follow Jesus Christ by obeying his instructions and live according to the word of God. Fourthly, by spending time with your children daily. Ephesians chapter 6 talks about embittered children, embattled children, exasperated children.
Children who are angry and agitated because they have been neglected. The lack of attentiveness or favoritism of overprotectiveness or discouragement or lack of encouragement and all abuse and all the rest and spend time with your kids. The only way to spend quality time with your kids is to spend quantity time with your kids ever notice that the best times don't happen when you set everybody down and say okay 123 were going to have quality time.
No quality time takes place in the midst of being together.
A lot of the time in those golden moments, those great moments come that Marcus and make us but if we're going to fall if we're going to lead our families. We must follow Christ by obeying his instructions because those little boys little girls in those older boys and girls are watching us to follow Christ means a change in direction it means to trust his navigation. It means to obey his instruction.
It means to surrender your ambitions to follow Christ to pick up your cross and to do what is necessary. Again, not in our own strength because human strength will fail. But in the power energy.
The dynamic of the spirit of Christ who lives in us because you see when you surrender your life and your will and you ran missions to Jesus Christ and you begin following him all the good things in life can follow all the blessings all the benefits all the privileges of the child father and an example, I challenge men and women you're listening to PowerPoint Jack Graham introduced message wherever today's culture has so distorted the concept of mass and some even reject it as toxic better world doesn't need less manly men. We need more men of God. Men who lent Jesus make a living. Husbands and fathers and lead as servants we'd like to help you uncover what God says about true masculinity by sending you Dr. Graham's the man of God yielding difficult insight into how you men in your life can win with purpose and passion in Christ first in living radically for him. Men of God is our thanks for your gift to proclaim God's word to PowerPoint to request your copy when you call today: 800-7954 627-1800 795-4627 can also text .59789 and don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.March pastor. What is your PowerPoint for today PowerPoint today. Scott is a little girl I want to share a little point that I think sums up what really means to be a godly father is called my little boys dad. I may never be as clever as my neighbor down the street. I may never be as wealthy as some of the other people I meet. I may never have the fame that the other men may have, but I've just got to be successful is my little boys dad their dreams that I cherish and I'd like to see come true. There things that I'd like to accomplish before my life is through the task of my heart is to set on.
No mere passing fad. I just got to be successful is my little boys dad is the one job I dream of the past. I think of most for if I fail my little boy I've nothing else to boast for all the wealth and fame. I gather my fortune. It would be sad if I fail to be successful is my little boys dad.
I may never come to glory.
I may never gather gold and men may count me as a failure when my business life is told, but my little boy can just grow up godly. Then I'll be glad that I'll know I've been successful as my little boys dad men.
Your children are watching you and you want to have a truly successful life and give them Jesus modeled the character of Christ likeness in your life in the power of the Holy Spirit so that when you boys and girls grow up and they follow Christ, and love him and follow after him. You can say I've been a successful dad. There's no greater accomplishment.
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