by Steve Wagers

God's Plan for the Man!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 5: 22-6: 4
Father's Day 2004

1. LOVE His Family!
A. Some Illustrations of a Heavenly Love!
B. Some Applications for a Human Love!
2. LEAD His Family!
A. Lordship!
B. Partnership!
C. Headship!
3. LIFT His Family!
A. The Family is to Grow in Gifts!
B. The Family is to Grow in Grace!

1. 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 says, "But sir, you take at least an 11 or an 11 ½." The man replied, "Just bring me a size eight." The sales guy brings them and the man stuffs his feet into them and stands up in obvious pain. He turns to the salesman and says, "I've lost my house
to the I.R.S., 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."

2. According to a recent poll conducted by George Barna, kids appear to be closer to their mothers than their fathers, with 57% indicating that they are emotionally close with their mothers compared to 39% indicating that they are emotionally close to their fathers. 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.

3. As you know there is a grave difference between a 'father' and a 'Dad!' And, of course being a 'dad' is not an easy chore. I was recently humored by an article entiled, "Fathers: Then and Now." It reads:
? In 1900, a father's horsepower meant his horses; today, it's the size of his minivan.
? In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family's head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, a deck, a pool and a 4-car garage. And, that just the vacation home.
? In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived. ...

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