by Jeff Strite

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Listen To Dad (3 of 5)
Series: Model For Positive Parenting
Jeff Strite
Proverbs 4:1-27

OPEN: A writer named Donald Ogden Stewart, had a son away at prep school. When his son reached the age of 14, Stewart wrote him the following letter: "Dear son, now that you have reached the magic age of fourteen, the time has come to tell you about the flowers and the bees. There is a male and a female bee, although I haven't the slightest idea which is which. As for the flowers - we get ours from the Plaza Florist. Well, that takes care of that.
Write soon, Affectionately, Father.

APPLY: Last week we talked about the significant influence women have on their children and grandchildren. This week, I want to talk about Fathers. What role do they play in raising their children.

I. Actually, in our society, you wouldn't think men played much of a role at all in the family

Over the past 40 years or so:
- Divorce has become increasingly common, so much so that many children have been raised without a father.
- Feminism has gradually succeeded in questioned the value of men in marriage.
- In vitro fertilization has allowed women to have babies without a man.
- And now, science has even succeeded in producing a baby mouse - the offspring of two female mice… no daddy required at all.

Essentially - in our society - dads have become a throw away commodity

BY CONTRAST, the Bible repeatedly stresses the value of both mother and father in the home
• The book of Proverbs opens with these words:
"Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." Proverbs 1:8-9
• And again, Solomon tells his son:
"My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching." Proverbs 6:20

Paul tells the early church that mother AND father are important to the upbringing of children, even when the husband is a non-believer.
"… if a woman has a hus ...

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