The Father

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

Yesterday, I talked about how the older brother resembles the average Christian, in how they lack care when a wayward Christian returns home. Today, I want to look at the father and just point out a few things about how he reacted to his son coming home.

The first thing I see is the father WATCHING for his son. He saw his son while he was a great way off, which means that he was watching. The father wanted to be the first one there when his son came home. We as Christians, should be watching for that wayward Christian to walk through the doors of our church so that we can be the first ones to greet them!

The next thing I see from the father is he WELCOMED his son home. The Bible says he ran to him and fell on his neck! The father welcomed his son home, we don’t only see it here in his actions but also through the celebration that he threw. Hey Christian, welcome that brother or sister back to church with open arms and a loving heart! That is what they need the most! Don’t just sit there in your pew watching them come back and than be like the older brother and criticize but welcome them back and encourage them!

The last thing that I want to point out about the father is that he WAITED. When his son left, he didn’t go after him and get him and bring him back. I am sure the father prayed everyday that his son would return home. The father longed for the day that his son would return home. The point I want to make about waiting is that if the father would have went after him, what if the father got caught up in riotous living? He would have wasted his life and all the good that he done would have been for naught. We as Christians need to wait or stay at home in the Christian life. If we go chasing after someone who left, even with good intentions, we could get bogged down and ensnared while we are away from home. We need to wait and pray earnestly for those who leave, but make sure that we stay faithful to the Word of God and what we are commanded to do!

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Happy Anniversary!!

Happy Anniversary, Dad and Mom!! 31 years and still going strong! Thank you for being willing to stick together in good times and bad times! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow up in a home that wasn’t torn apart by selfish desires. Thank you for showing me that no matter what happens, teamwork always works! Thank you for being a team in raising myself and David and Sue in a Christian home where we were taught to love the Lord! I look up to you both and love you both!!

A Letter to my Father

Dear Dad,

Dad you are the best role model I could have as a father. I called you this morning to wish you a “Happy Father’s Day” and I interrupted your Bible reading. I remember as a kid all the times I interrupted your Bible reading and you always made time for me.

Dad, thank you for loving me even when I was hard to love! When I did stupid things, you were always there with your fatherly love and advice.

Dad, thank you for teaching me to work hard. You taught me to always give my best no matter what I was doing. You taught me to work hard to support my family. I work hard now because of my name, I don’t want to let you down.

Dad, thank you for teaching me to respect authority. You taught me to respect authority whether it was you or mom, or the school teacher, or the preacher. A saying that you taught me, I still remember “Respect the position, whether or not you respect the person in the position.”

Dad, thank you for teaching me how to love my family. I know you love mom and us kids and if you could ever do anything for us, you would. I hope I can love my family like you loved us.

Dad, most of all, thank you for teaching me to love Christ, love the Bible and love church. You taught me that the Christian life is the best life, no matter how hard it gets. Thank you for being faithful to Christ even when it was hard.

Dad, I hope I can be half the man you are! I love you so much! Happy Fathers Day!

Your son, Bub