by David Burns

Father's Day
David L. Burns

Mark Twain said, "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned."

Charles Swindoll said, "A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living."

I struggled with landing on the right scripture for this sermon. First I landed on Mark 5 and felt and studied the love that Jarius had for his dead daughter that Jesus resurrected. I thought about bringing out that Father's love that will do anything for his child, As God did for us.

Then I of course consider the prodigal Son or as I like to call it, the forgiving father, Luke 15.

I read through King David's mistake he made with his children, and the terrible consequences!

But as I prayed and asked God to move my heart I felt that God led me to II Kings 4:26.

I'll let you start now, to locate II Kings 4 as we prepare to study it.

Today is Father's day. I called my dad this morning. Every Sunday, he and my mother go to their church's early service, so I called him about 7:30 and told him how much I love and appreciate him. Probably most of you get tired of hearing me talk about my dad so much, but he is just an incredible person. This morning, and whenever I talk to my dad, he always will ask these 3 questions:

1. How are you, Dave.
2. How is Sheri
3. How are the children.

I want to share with you an incredible story from II Kings 4. This story demonstrates and makes real to us, the love of a father, and the importance of a family committed to God.

Elisha asked the Shunammite woman 3 questions, and they are the same questions my dad asks me:

Elisha said in verse 26 "Are you alright? Is your husband alright? Is your child alright?"

Today, I want you to consider the answers to these three questions. Depending on whether you are a husband, a wife or a child, ...

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