Five For Fathers What Does Father’s Day Mean To You? A. B. C. D. E. Deep gratitude Grief – loss of earthly father Painful memories – absent, abusive, mystery… As a Dad - Fear of Failure As a Dad – Need an Example Five For Fathers -5 Principles for Fathers to live by, and how our Heavenly Father is our example, and our PERFECT Father! “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.” Ephesians 5:1 The Message Provide for Your Family God’s blessing of work Work – a God given blessing to provide for material needs, allow for generosity to others, contribute to God’s work…. - 1 Timothy 5:8 – providing for nuclear and extended family… - Ephesians 4:28 “…but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.” NASB - Colossians 3:23-25 Father God – Our Provider Spiritual provision – 2 Peter 1:3 Material provision – Philippians 4:19 Untold blessings – 1 Timothy 6:17 – “…who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” NASB “ Great is Thy Faithfulness….all I have needed Thy hand hath provided…” Be Available -Presence not presents…. Deuteronomy 6:6&7 – time spent together is the context… God Our Father – Always Present! Psalm 46:1 - “… a very present help in trouble.” Hebrews 13:5 - “… I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Psalm 146:9 – “…He supports the fatherless and widows…” Encourage! 1 Thessalonians 2:11 HOW? - Building words – any life circumstance - Eph. 4:29 - Scripture - Example/Actions: “Values are caught more than taught.” - Prayer – with and for…. God as our Encourager Romans 15:4-6 -encouragement of the Scriptures… - seeing the divine hand through people God uses…. Love Unconditionally! Story of the Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-32 God’s love is unconditional, so much of ours is conditional…. - Romans 5:5-8 – love demonstrated…. Admit it when you blow it! Proverbs 28:13 “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.” THE SHOVEL…. A lasting lesson of respect… Five For Fathers How is God speaking to you today? Thankfulness…. Forgiveness…. Faithfulness…. Foundation of Faith.... Ministry to Fatherless….