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God's Formula For Faithful Fathers
Dr. Stan Coffey
I want to speak to fathers. I think, after the last lesson, if I don't speak to the men, I'm in big trouble, after that message on women. I pray that I'll redeem myself with all the women and be able to set the tone for what God has to say to men as fathers. I think if there's a shortage of anything in America, it's a shortage of what the Bible would describe as a real man. They have a saying, "Real men don't eat quiche." I don't know about that, but the Bible has much to say about what a real man is. I would say real men fear God. That's what this Psalm is all about. You can be born a male, but it takes maturity to become a man. Somebody has well said, "You're only young once, but immaturity can last forever." Real men are in shortage, real men who say, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." The Bible speaks of real men, men of value. Someone was visiting a little village, and they said to someone who had lived there all their life, "Have you had any famous men born here?" They said, "No, only babies." So great men aren't born; great men are made. Psalm 28 has much to say about what a faithful father is.
"Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house; thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel." (Psalm 128)What is real manliness? When you buy a refrigerator, you get a book of instructions that tells you how to operate the refrigerator. If you buy a lawn mower, you get a book that tells you how to operate the lawn mower. If you buy ...
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