by Steve Wagers

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FATHERS: The Head of the Home! (2 of 4)
Series: Homeland Security
Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 5:22-6:4
February 27, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. LOVE His Family!
A. An Illustration of a Heavenly Love!
B. An Application for a Human Love!
2. LEAD His Family!
A. Lordship!
b. Headship!
3. LIFT His Family!
A. The Family is to Grow in Gifts!
B. The Family is to Grow in Grace!

o An old English proverb states: "One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters." Cal Farley spoke volumes when he said, "A boy is the only thing that God can use to make a man." Focus on the Family president James Dobson comments:
"The Western world stands at a great crossroads in its history. It is my opinion that our very survival, as a people, will depend upon the presence or absence of masculine leadership in the home. Fathers hold the keys to the preservation of the nuclear family."

o I recently read of a father who walked into a shoe store and asked for a pair of shoes, size 8. The obviously well-trained salesman said, "But, sir, you take at least an 11 or 11 ½." The man shouted back, "Just bring me a size 8." The salesman brought back the shoes, the man stuffed his feet into them, stood up in obvious pain, and said, "Listen, I've lost my house to the IRS, I live with my mother-in-law, my daughter ran off with my best friend, and my business has filed chapter 7. The only pleasure I have left is to come home at night and take my shoes off!"

o According to a recent poll taken by George Barna, 57% of children admitted being closer to their mothers; while, 39% indicated that they were emotionally closer to their fathers. (1)

o In his book, "In There a Man in the House," Philip Inrig showed that, every year, 1 million babies are born to unwed mothers with no male figure present. By the age of 13, 60% of those children, raised without a father, are more likely to commit crimes, use drugs and be illiterate. (2)

o As we continue our study of 'Hom ...

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