You the Man Dad!

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
— Billy Graham,

Father’s day is great.  The kind words, the platitudes and the cards.  But if all we do on Father’s day is soak up the attention or simmer in our regrets then we miss a real opportunity.  For me it is an opportunity to enjoy my relationships but also to seriously consider the way I interact with my children and lead in my family.

What kind of example do I set? – Where does my time go?  Am I healthy, honest, clean living and hard working?  Do I teach by example or only with the things I say?  Do we love the scriptures and God’s work or do we just talk a good game.  Kids notice more than we often see.

Do we treat our wives with honor and respect? One of the very best things we can do for our children is to love their mom.

Do we give our children time? Many Dad’s succumb to the temptation to be absent or busy much of the time. It’s hard to have an impact if you are always out of the picture so if you want to inspire your children give them time to learn from you.  This is how we earn the credibility to speak into their lives.

Do we encourage our kids without finding fault?  Sometimes it tough to strike a balance between being firm and supportive but while our young people often make mistakes they can usually see them as clearly as we can. I want to use my influence to admonish my children to make right choices but find qualities and accomplishments that will let me praise them as well. In the end kids remember love most of all.

God bless you all on this Father’s Day 2014

Pastor Doug

What is the Church?

When we talk about “the church” we mean an assembly , a gathering of Christ followers.   It is worth repeating that the church is no building, no place, no temple of worship but rather the gathering of God’s people together.(2 Corinthians 3:3)

When the church gathers we are to be people of love and brotherhood.  To comfort the lonely and sin oppressed among us and to restore the fallen must be among our chief aims.  When the church gathers we are to be people of truth.  To walk faithfully, with temperance, Godliness and the energized intent to live uprightly must be the desire of our hearts. (Matthew 5:16)

When the church gathers we are to be people of Thunder.  To be light) bringers in the darkness of this world, to protect and serve the widows, the children, the weak, the fatherless, this must be the compassion that fills our souls and drives us to action.  And when the church gathers we must be people of understanding and wisdom.  To be full of humility so that the great grace of God changes the way we see and live in this life.

That Christ in our gathering would be evident and known.

This is my earnest prayer for our church.(Hebrews 10:25)

Pastor Doug