by Jeff Schreve

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Daddy Dearest (6 of 6)
Series: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Ephesians 6:4

Three boys were talking. They were bragging about their dads. And one little boy said this: He said, "My dad can talk an hour on any subject." The other little boy said, "That's nothing. My dad can talk two hours on any subject." Third little boy said, "Well, my dad's got both your dads beat. He can talk three hours, doesn't even need a subject."

Well, our subject today is dad. We're going to talk about dad. Now a few weeks ago I was in Montgomery, Alabama. I was talking to a group of men, talking to them about being a dad. And one of the things I asked them, I said, "Give me some things you remember about your dad. Just in a word or two, just a shout out, some things you remember about your dad."

Well, I heard different things. One shouted out and said, "Hero." One said, "Friend." One said, "Encourager." One said, "Provider." And it was on and on like that. And then, somebody shouted out, "Angry, abusive, absent, impossible to please." Just different ends of the spectrum when it comes to dad.

You know, regardless in your life whether you had a good dad or a not-so-good dad, one thing is for certain. Dad is the most important person in our lives. Dad has such tremendous influence in shaping our lives.

And we're going to talk today about dad. And God is really, really interested in the relationship between dads and their children. You know how I know that? Because the last two verses in the Old Testament, the book of Malachi chapter 4, verses 5 and 6, the Lord says that He's going to send Elijah the prophet to the earth before the great and terrible day of the Lord. And the last verse says this: "And he (Elijah the prophet) will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse."

Well, God wants to restore relationships between dads and their kids ...

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