Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Pastor's Ponderings, June 19, 2024

Celebrating Fathers

On Sunday, June 16, 2024, we celebrated Father’s Day.  This is a great day for those of us who are biological fathers or for those who are fathers for others.  A father expresses his love sacrificially, completely and without concern for their own protection or safety.


But we are blessed to have the true Father in heaven who loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son for us (John 3:16).  Despite our disregarding Him, denigrating Him and disobeying Him, He still loves us and wants the best for us.  He even wants us to sit with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).


Jesus taught us how to pray to our Father saying, “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9). This Father is our Shepherd, (Psalm 23:1), our Healer (Psalm 30:2), help in trouble (Psalm 46:1), and our hope in a weary land.  Unlike our earthly fathers, God the Father supplies all our needs (Philippians 4:19).


As fathers, we should value our role, our responsibility, and our ongoing relationship with those who have been placed in our life.  For those fathers have passed, let us treasure their memories and share the value and importance of fathers with others. God is our perfect example.  Let us emulate God who is the greatest Father.

John 3:16

New International Version

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Ephesians 2:6

New International Version

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,


Matthew 6:9

New International Version

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,


Psalm 23:1

New International Version

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing


Psalm 30:2

New International Version

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.


Psalm 46:1

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.


Philippians 4:19

New International Version

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus




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