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Authority – Over or Under

rear-view-mirror-policeWhat is the first thing that you think, when you see someone of authority?

It could happen to be your supervisor walking past your station at work, an officer of the law hiding behind a light pole with a radar gun, or the white Crown Victoria on the highway that grows lights on the roof as it gets closer.
Is your reaction one of fear, or peace?
Generally speaking, our reactions will be reflective of our past and current actions.
For example, when you see the car on the highway with the cherries on top, does your stomach go into a knot as you look down at the speedometer?
It comes into play for me when I see my general manager’s name pop up on my call display. I have this default mode of instantly thinking that I am in trouble even when I haven’t done anything wrong.
If we were really honest too, I wonder how many of us would admit thinking this way when it comes to our relationships with God?
Many of us are still of the thinking that God us up in heaven with a big stick ready to rap us over the head when we do something wrong. When this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Yes, God expects obedience, but He doesn’t expect perfection. He has given us freely all things pertaining to life and godliness, which includes His grace, the ultimate power to reign over sin!
I remember my Pastor teaching about authority not too long ago. His key point was that it’s not all about who you are in authority over, but rather whose authority you are under. I never fully understood this until a few months ago when I started a new position at work, under a new manager. The difference in the level of management was night and day, I was very happy to be under the new manager due to the skills, experience, and authority that was carried by him.
We don’t need to wince or cower when the name of The Lord is mentioned (unless someone is using it in vain.) There is a big difference between bowing in reverence, and cowering in shame.
The God of the Heavens rebuilt the entire universe’s infrastructure, just so you and I could spend eternity with Him. He longs for our affection, time, and worship. Let’s pray that we would receive supernatural revelation of His authority.
When He is for us, who can be against us?
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Where’s Daddy

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“Where’s Daddy” is a wonderful game Angela and I play with our kids when they are little.

I take cover behind a baby blanket and say, “Where’s Daddy?” I suddenly drop the blanket and to the baby’s delight I laugh and smile at them while they giggle with surprise. (Kids are SO fun!)
For our family, this is a joyful game of bonding, but for many others this question is a harsh reality that leaves a wake of invalidated and hurting kids.

Some kids never meet their Dad, some only see him as he grabs a cup of coffee on his way out the door in the morning, and others still question (years later) if it was something that they did to cause their Dad to desert the family when they were young.

Our kids crave our attention and they need our affection. We must acknowledge and comply with their yearnings on top of our nine to five.

To put it plainly, there is no easy path in the life of a Dad.

How many movies or shows have you seen where the kid is at their sporting event and scanning the bleachers for Dad? Kids need consistent affirmation and validation from their dads.

Dads are often portrayed as blundering idiots and buffoons in mainstream media. They tell their kids to act one way, while doing the exact opposite. We should all understand by now that this is a gross misconduct of the responsibility placed upon us as Dads.

Too many men are quick to make a deposit, and just as quick to leave when the reality sets in that it’s time to grow up and stop thinking about someone other than themselves.

If you still don’t believe me let’s take a look at the statistics.

Father-deprived children are:

72% of all teenage murderers.
60% of rapists.
70% of kids incarcerated.
twice as likely to quit school.
11 times more likely to be violent.
3 of 4 teen suicides.
80% of the adolescents in psychiatric hospitals.
90% of runaways

I hope I’ve made my point clear, Dads have an unsurmountable amount of responsibility placed on their shoulders the second they make a contribution to a life. Every single child in the statistics above started from an egg and sperm, so where are all the Dads?

It’s no wonder God says that sex is confined only to the marriage bed. A child needs both a committed father and mother to train him/her in the way he/she should go. The statistics prove it.

Being a Dad is easily one of the hardest things I have done and continue to do, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that it is worth it. Much correction occurs, both in our children’s lives and mine, but I won’t stop. Ever.

I refuse to be one of these dads who continuously puts work, a hobby, a vehicle, a raise, his own ambitions, or his own ego before his family. God is my provider and sustainer, He will continue to make me complete in every good work to do His will.

Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:20, 21 NLT)

What is one of the things you feel a Dad should always do? Maybe it was something your Dad did for you that made you feel loved, or maybe he didn’t… Please share your thoughts below.

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Sources: National Fatherhood Initiative (U.S.A.), US Bureau of Census (U.S.A.), FBI (U.S.A.)

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Potential and Direction

I’d like to think that I’m the kid of guy that tends to look at the bright side of the coin in each situation. I make it a point to see the potential in people, in a team I’m involved in, in my home life, in ministry… I can often dream big and can see projects and goals achieved in my mind months, even years before they are done. I believe God created me this way.

I built a couple of small decks around the house last fall, but before a single screw went into the wood, I had built that deck over a dozen times in my head. I had planned out the concrete pilings, (the spacing, the depth, the diameter)… I had visualized the joist layout, the cuts I had to make, the screw lengths, the deck board orientation. It was all complete in my head. So when it was time to build, I went for it!

But there are times when I don’t know how to carry out a task, or make a decision and I struggle. Then I remember that there is a code-book for building a life on this earth. The Bible! When answers are unclear, the effort is demanded on my part to get alone with God and His precious word, and ask Him to reveal His will to me for such a time as this.

God always wants to show us the right choice, He wants us to be succesful in all that we put our hands to. The key is seeking him whole-heartedly. He doesn’t want half of an attemp for us to get close to Him, He wants all of us. Every single part.

I’m making a point to give God my all when it comes to seeking Him and His direction for my life.

Who else is with me?

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You Can’t Argue With Experience

Church is designed to be a place where people of every age can have a radical, life-changing experience with God.

We as parents, need to continually look for and create these opportunities where our kids can be exposed to the powerful presence of God.
Our kids aren’t the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today! God’s word clearly indicates that we are to involve our kids in the work of the Lord.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Training involves learning to do something under the supervision of someone who has completed the tasks before. The verse doesn’t say we should only tell them, it says we should train them. Let’s remember that.

To me this means that when someone in my family is sick, I get everyone else (kids included) to lay hands on the sick one and we pray for healing in the name of Jesus. When we are in church, I expect my kids to be involved in worship (although I admit it’s tougher with 4 kids now.) Our kids see us working out our faith, and we involve them in it, knowing that this faith of ours will sooner than later become their faith as well. Angela has working on scripture memorization with Talina already, and she is just like a little sponge right now, she soaks it all in and retains so much of it. It’s actually unbelievable how she can memorize so much.

The latter part of this verse says that when our kids are old, they will not depart from the Way. This doesn’t come from continually cramming rules and commandments into our kid’s brains, this is nothing but the law. Instead, we must begin by by introducing them to the Savior of the World at a young age. From there they will learn to hear the Lord speaking to them, they will learn what conviction is,and their motives will be pure.

This way our kids won’t be solely motivated to behave because they fear punishment from Mom or Dad, instead they will be convicted in their hearts when they are doing something they know is wrong. Then they will be come focused on what they should do rather than focusing on not doing what they can’t do.

I have this burning desire within me to see my kids grow up to be so strong in the Lord, to be properly equipped, anointed, and commissioned to go and take on the giants of this world. I want my kids to be mature enough to be on their own in their faith far before they are ready to be on their own physically.

Who else is with me?

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