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Lee Strobel is raising an important question. Take a quick look at this article and see what you think:

New Poll Reveals a Generational Gap in Relationships with Fathers and Struggles With Faith: Are They Connected?

We could read this report and feel overwhelming discouragement. But I would encourage another response.

Perhaps strengthening our fathers in their roles can have major impact on the faith decline of our kids' generation!

Perhaps mending broken relationships can have eternal implications.

Perhaps it is not too late!

For some of us reading this post, we will want to hug our husbands and do all we can to help them succeed in their God given role.

But for others of us, we are starkly aware of the father pain or father absence that is already hindering our children's lives.

We will need the Lord's intervention to make up what man cannot easily fix. (And our God is able to do just that!)

Today will you join me in prayer? As we continue to ask God to heal our land, let’s also ask him to heal our dads.

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Hats off to all our Frontline Dads out there who sometimes feel unappreciated ...or even obsolete!

Turns out, God's plan for an intact family with one man and one woman is a proven winner even as many in our culture try to alter the plan.   

That’s the conclusion found in American Enterprise Institute’s study Dad and the Diploma: The Difference Fathers Make for College Graduation. 

Please take a moment this week and tell the fathers you know who are still on the job with their kids that you count them as important.

Also, let them know you noticed they are spending precious time with the kids.

They hear enough criticism. I think it is time for some celebrating.

How about you?

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By Doug Cherry

It felt just a little awkward…

We were in our family worship time this past Wednesday, reading together through Proverbs 4.

With Fathers’ Day coming up soon, we could not help but focus on the first two verses:

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,

  For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.

There we were discussing the value of  Dad’s instruction with Dad sitting right there in the room!  …Especially with Mom and the kids knowing full well Dad’s weaknesses and shortcomings. 

Dads are being bashed and undermined in America like never before and to some extent, rightly so!  There has been much failure in fathering!

But facing the truth of the scripture was so important for our entire family.        

…For Dad, to see the standard set for him. 

…For Mom to see the need to facilitate the important instructions from Dad to children. 

…And for children to open their hearts to receive in spite of the weak vessel that Dad sometimes is.

The reward for listening to Dad is clear: “Understanding and sound teaching.”  The warning likewise: “Do not abandon my instruction.” 

It is no wonder that the instruction coming from fathers is being opposed by every evil force in the heavenlies. 

Would the real fathers please stand up!?

As we discussed Fatherhood, we recognized these roadblocks that are at work to stop the effectiveness of a father:

1)    His own weaknesses.

2)    A societal downgrading of the value of fatherhood.

3)    A spirit of rebellion and lawlessness across the land.

But we did not stop there.  We discovered these clues to tap into the power of Proverbs 4:1-2:

1)    Our vision must be to look past the earthly nature of our fathers to see that a divine flow originates in heaven from God and is sent to pass through fathers to children as a life-giving force.  God can and will use even weak fathers to pour out His instruction if our attitudes are right.

2)    Though almost every human being has some level of “father wound” from mistakes our own fathers have made, we are called to rise above the failures and to lay hold of the victorious life that has been offered to us through the cross.  We must lay aside the imperfect for the perfect.

3)    We must train our boys from a young age to prepare for the days when they will be fathers bringing Godly instruction to their own children.

4)    We can call our fathers up to a higher level of Godliness as we recognize and honor their supernatural calling in the family.

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