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What does God say about fatherhood? | Fathers' Round Table

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June 23, 2024 2:17 am

What does God say about fatherhood? | Fathers' Round Table

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June 23, 2024 2:17 am

In our final episode the group of dads discuss what the Bible says about being a father. Thank you so much to Bernie, Josh, Patrick, and Todd for joining us and sharing their hearts on fatherhood.

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Hi, from the Salvation Army, you're listening to Words of Life.

Welcome back to Words of Life. Today is our final episode in our series with our group of dads as we've discussed fatherhood, discipling our kids, married life, social media, so much more. Thank you so much to our group of dads for taking the time to come join us for this series.

It's been such a blessing to me, so I hope it has been for you as well. One of the main takeaways that I've had from this whole series that I've heard come up again and again is we know that our kids are watching us. They're watching how we treat our wife. They're watching how we pray. They're watching how we live out our faith.

In that, it's so important for dads to stay well-fed spiritually, to be checking in on your spouse, to be dating your wife, to be making sure that you're okay so that you can be a good example to your kids. Again, we really hope you've enjoyed this series and reach out. We'd love to hear from you. Shoot us an email, hello at wordsoflifepodcast.org. Welcome back to Words of Life. I'm Bernie Dake with the Salvation Army, and I am joined by three wonderful men of God who happen to be dads. We've been talking about fatherhood or parenthood from a father's perspective. I want to welcome you back, guys. This is our last chance to be together.

Yeah, good to see you. Thank you very much. Now, today we really just want to kind of wrap up this series with some thoughts, and I want to know what you think the charge is from God. What does the Bible tell us about being a father, and how do you take that challenge, that information, and live it out in your own lives? For me, it's all about what does the Word of God say about being a father.

I think it's Ephesians chapter 6. There's a discourse there about a wife's role and a father's role and a parent's role, and there's a place where Paul's talking about the parents, and then there's the shift. And the shift is that a father's responsibility is to teach their children and instruct their children. I believe as a father, God has entrusted in me the role of head of the household, right? It's a shared responsibility as a husband and a wife to raise a family and to do life together, but I do think that as Christian men, that we're all called to be heads of our households, and called with the vocation of raising godly children and leading them. It's a responsibility that's God-given, and one that I think is important these days, especially in the days where perhaps dads are being minimized.

I think we need to make sure that the father's role in the family remains what God intended it to be. Speaking of training up your children in the way that they should go, and I'm grateful for grandparents. Part of my story is my grandparents raised us, and so I just, like I remember watching my grandfather always having this Bible in his hand, and I'm like, man, I want one of those, and my grandmother overheard me, and she gave me one. And so I'm in my bunk, and I'm reading, my granddad come in, and he was like, man, I want you to read through the book of Proverbs.

And I'm like, all right, cool. So like now I've got my oldest, like you're reading through the book of Proverbs. We can do it together.

You can do it solo. If you have questions, come to dad. And so just making sure he's biblically sound, because at the end of the day, those are the things that will not depart from him. Those are the things that will not lead him astray, even though I am human, like I am not perfect in any way, shape, or form. And I want him to understand that. And so I think that being able to show him that is going to supersede anything that I can do, any of the failings that I'm going to fail him, because again, we are human. I am human, but to just to know him that, man, I'm proud of you no matter what. So, you know, just to be there and to be in his corner and to be that support. That's what God is calling me to do. Amen.

What do you think, Patrick? I am, I'm stuck in the Psalms, Psalms of ascent. And when the pilgrims were coming into Jerusalem, they would have to go up the steps to the temple. And so as they're climbing these steps, they're singing Psalms of ascent.

And this morning I read one that started with, I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. And I always want my children, as we looked at the heavenly father for his guidance to us, I always want to be able to present an image, an example that my children can always look up to.

And so I'm not putting myself in the place of God because I want to be the moon. I want to be the one that reflects the son, which is Jesus Christ. And so when they look up to dad, when they look up to me, I hope that they see Jesus. And so with that being said, it also falls in line with what Jesus said in regard to being the salt and the light, being the salt of the earth and the light on the hill, salt influences. And so I want to be able to influence my children in a way that they, again, experience my walk with Christ and that they too want to walk with Christ. And then also being a light on the hill, again, reflecting Jesus. As fathers, I applaud you for trying to pour scripture into your children because that is what's going to sustain them and protect them. And that is what they will draw from in those moments where the pressure happens and their faith life is poured out. So keep doing it. And to our listeners, we want to encourage them to dig into God's word. That's how we know him.

And that's a beautiful thing. What are your biggest dreams for them now? Because I think everybody said, well, your son is out in college. Your kids are high school age and we've got high schooler, middle school and elementary. Okay. So what are your dreams for them?

What are, where do you see them going? Just keep dreaming. And yes, the world is out there. To be what it is you want to be. Don't settle because every time you settle you become stagnant and stale. To constantly be innovative with inside of themselves. To know that they are worth way more than what this world tells them that they are. Just to be reminded that mom and dad love you endlessly.

Even when you mess up, even when you fail, we're still there to pick you up. And so my oldest has talked about being an engineer and this is me just talking about him briefly in this moment right here because I want him to do that. I watched this kid literally take Legos that he had from tons of other Lego sets, build this car and left enough space in the car to put a motor in the car. And I'm like, wow, who does that?

You do, right? Like you, you are so much more than the video games. You're, you're, you're so inquisitive. Never stop worrying and continue to grow and, and we'll be your support. How about you guys? What are your greatest dreams for these kids? That they continue to grow and mature number one on their walk. They, they both have professed. Praise God. They both have professed Jesus Christ as Lord and savior of their lives. And they, they continue to come into the fellowship that is church, the community that is church. And I give God the glory for that. But beyond that walk that they, they feel, they feel fulfilled in what they choose to do.

Neither of them, right? Well, our son right now, he's working another job as he's going to university. And so seeing him find joy in that, that nine to five job is, I hope that that would just continue.

And that he would continue to find something he loves and finds fulfillment in it. Our daughter, she hopes to pursue a career in veterinary service. And so she wants to work with animals and she's, she's got a beautiful mind for it. And she has a wonderful spirit of compassion when it comes to animals.

And so I'm very excited to see where God leads her in that. Amen. Yeah.

Yeah. For me, I think the, um, I want my children to know that dad and mom are praying for them. And the things that I pray for are pretty simple, but just for example, their own personal faith, they've got to have their own faith. It can't be daddy's faith. Can't be the church's faith.

It's got to be their own faith. Um, I pray for them, um, to find godly spouses, you know, partners that they can live and and love and share their, uh, their beliefs with. I want them to, um, enjoy their, their work and their, their, their lives.

Um, you know, I could have started with, I want them to be successful, but how we measure success sometimes from there, I want them to be successful, but I want them to be happy in whatever they're doing. So if they can get the personal faith and a loving partner and a family of their own that they can share, um, and just be happy in the work that God calls them into, um, that that's a good recipe, I think, uh, for life. Um, so I, I'm praying for them, praying for all those aspects of their lives as they're growing up. I mean, we got a ways to go, right? So I got a lot of praying ahead of me. Um, I mean, we're doing college visits, you know, some of you have been through that. We're just getting started. Um, and, uh, you know, high schoolers, middle schoolers, and they're just ever, ever changing. And so the prayer life changes alongside that. I just, um, you know, I just, I'm just blessed to be a father of these three guys or two guys and a little girl that I call my children. Yeah.

And listen, it doesn't stop there, right? Just because they're out of the house. I get, I'm still fortunate enough to have both of my parents with me alive.

Um, they're not living with my house, otherwise I might not be married. But they're still praying for me, you know, when I get to catch up with them and they'll ask me about the week ahead or, uh, you know, how, how's everything going and is there anything we can pray for? And I know my mother is writing that down in that moment. And that next breakfast morning, it will be a matter of their prayer right after they read their devotions.

And, uh, it's a beautiful model. And I long to just get home, like you were talking about and just hold their hands while they're praying, because it's a gift and a legacy that I've been given, which is cool. But our faith is not inherited. We have to claim it. We get, it's there for the taking, but you can't rely on someone else's faith to, you know, meet your, meet your maker.

So to speak, you, you really need to confess your sins and ask God into your heart and, uh, learn how to love him, learn about him, learn to be like him. And that's why we use the Bible, that perfect gift from your grandpa. It's pretty cool. We're really glad that you guys have joined us. Thank you so much for making time for our audience for this opportunity to talk about parenthood from a father's perspective. And we hope that this has been a blessing to you. If there's any way you haven't heard the other episodes, don't forget to go back and take a listen.

Otherwise there's always more to come. So we hope you'll join us on the next episode of words of life. Hey, what's up guys. This is Ed Escobar. One of the voices for the salvation army's heartbeat. Heartbeat is a one minute show about everyday life, ranging in topics from finances and prayer to dating and mental health.

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