by Roger Thomas

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A Look in Dad's Toolbox (6 of 8)
Season of the Family
Roger Thomas
Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; Psalm 127
June 15, 2003

Introduction: Today, we honor our fathers and grandfathers, and by extension all of the men who perform such vital roles in our lives. We do so because we know it is good to give honor to whom honor is due. Gratitude is a part of our faith.

As people of the Bible we know that fathers, husbands, and men in general are critical to the church. You would think from the way many folk talk that the challenge for most churches is the debate over the proper place of women in the church. Certainly work and discussion may need to be done in that area. But the unvarnished truth is that most churches struggle more with the other side of the coin. It is a fact—more women than men attend church, serve in church, and shape the life of the church. Many congregations would have closed their doors long ago if it were not for the diligent sacrifices and leadership of the women. On the other hand, the healthiest, strongest churches are those who also encourage and involve men.

That's why it is important that we honor dads. We are blessed with many faithful, believing, hard working fathers and men. We must never take them for granted. Instead, we need to do everything we can to promote and multiply their tribe. Our futures depend upon it!

The old Art Linkletters's "House Party" TV show once carried an interesting conversation with a six-year old about her dad. In this particular segment where Art interviewed kids, he was asking about their fathers, always a dangerous line of questioning—especially for the dads. One little girl offered, "My dad's a lawyer, but he's learning to do something else." "What else is your father learning to do?" asked Art. Without blinking she answered, "Have a baby!"

Art turned toward the audience and winked. He turned back to the girl and asked with an innocent look on his face, "Well, t ...

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