Father’s Day

June 16, 2013
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When you hear the word, “father”, what sort of emotions surface?   Did you even have a dad?  If so, were you close to him?  Did you feel protected, secure and loved by him?  Each one of you has a unique experience.


For some, this day set aside to honor fathers is very painful.  You bear the scars of neglect and suffer from a sense of abandonment.  For others, the day obligates you to buy a card and try to write something meaningful.  Your dad was there, but not very present, sort of like the deist’s view of God.  He is watching from a distance and has left us alone to figure things out.  Still others have strong emotions of love and gratitude for a father who helped shape their lives and give them a strong foundation.

One of the most remarkable and tender names for God is father, a word that he invites his children to use in addressing him. There are a couple passages in the Bible that highlight the significance of that relationship.  The first provides the basis.  John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  We are adopted by grace.  In other words, we are welcomed into God’s family through Jesus Christ and accepted because of the costly sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.  In Jesus, we who were orphans are given the gift of becoming sons and daughters of God. Then, Romans 8:15 gives us benefit of having God as our father.  “…but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  If any of you have children you know how frequently young ones call for their mom and dad.  In fact, one of the first words children learn is “dada”, or “papa”, or in Hebrew, “abba”.  I remember taking my children to playgrounds and parks when they were small.  The air was filled with the noise of happy children, calling out to each other and to their parents.  It was all just background noise to me until my own kids called my name.  Their calls cut through all the others and go my attention.  Well, not always!  My grown children remind me that when they were small they would sometimes call my name repeatedly and then finally, put their hands on my cheeks and turn my face in their direction!  Sadly, it’s true.  The important thing from this passage is that those who have received the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God.  We have a Father who invites us to call to him and who is perfectly attentive and intimately aware of our every thought, feeling and deepest yearning.  Every earthly father will fail and at times disappoint.  But you are protected, secure and loved perfectly by your Heavenly Father.

  • Pam Marks

    Dear Steve, I have almost all your albums, cassettes, and CDs. I have been with you from the beginning and the songs you pick and the Spirit of God that comes through have ministered to me through the years like no sermon has ever done. I have been folding clothes and suffering from heart ache and while listening to you God has been able to minister to me. The other day I thought my heart would break over the struggles and decisions of two of our children and I didn’t even know how to pray, but I was listening to your CD “In Between” and found myself crying and worshipping God in a cleansing way. All I can say is Thank-you for being faithful to the Lord and sharing the gift of your voice and talents to the Lord and to His people. Pam

  • rachel

    My mom’s dad just past away a couple of months ago AS GROWING she said he was the best dad. I have a dad too and I love him I am thankful for him. When I was going through adoption he was with me every step of the way.( he is my adopted father)

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  • Pb

    Speaking of fathers… I knew your dad. Could you update me… is he home with the Lord and what year? I knew him when he pastored at Bible Baptist in Phx Arizona. I was attending Southwestern Bible College. I sure would appreciate … you can also inbox me on Facebook under phyllis Begay. Love your music … thank you.

  • spyhuman

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  • Saadat Rahim

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