by Stan Coffey

A Godly Father
Stan Coffey
Psalm 128

I know many of your fathers are in heaven and I know today as you worship that you bless their memory and you thank God for them. You will always be blessed with what they left you and the heritage that they left in your life. If you have your Bible this morning I want us to turn to Psalm 128. I want to speak on this subject ''A Godly Father.'' You know, God said of Abraham, ''I know him in order that he will command his children and his household after him that they may keep the way of the Lord in righteousness and justice. And the Lord will bring to Abraham that which he had spoken to him.'' It is a great blessing to follow the biblical pattern of being a godly father. Psalm 128 ''Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.'' What a tremendous verse about the blessings that come to the man who is a godly father.

Now we live in a day when people have the roles of men and women mixed up. We're living in a time when some of the psychologists and sociologists and many political groups have tried to erase the differences between men and women. But you know, in the Bible God teaches that men and women are supremely equal, but their roles are drastically and meaningfully different. Dr. Joyce Brothers said it clearly when she said, ''Are men and women really so different? They are. I've spent months talking to biologists, neurologists, geneticists, research psychologists and psychologists and what I've discovered is that men are more different that I' ...

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