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Can You Still Hear His Voice?

Can You Still Here His Voice?

I saw this picture on social media this week and I new it was time for me to touch this subject. This is something that I as a man deal with on a regular basis. It is something that happens in our society a lot because we have so many things that can take our attention. We can have games and television right in our hands anywhere we go. Even right now while I’m writing this my wife is in the room with me and the tv is going. Distractions from our calling are all around us. It is up to us to secure our time with God. We must understand that even now with this digital age that we live in everything can be done at our fingertips. Since that is the case when it comes to our favorite shows on tv then why cant we pause sometimes and take out some time for God? Why can’t we put everything on pause and take some time to read our Bible or pray and meditate unto God.

Just like we see in this cartoon distractions are everywhere but God is still calling for us to hear him. Have you put yourself in a position to maintain your good relationship with the father. Will your distractions get in the way of what God has called you to do in this season? I personally have a desire to be able to hear from my Shepard all of the time. I pray that you will take a look at your distractions and make a move towards God. I Love You and So does the Shepard.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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The SHEMA “Reborn”

So the “Shema” came back up in my bible study this week. It has been shown to me this week that it is also a New Testament philosophy. Jesus brought it up as something special that we must also look into. Let’s look up what Jesus said in the book of Mark.

“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭12:28-34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Jesus saw it has the First Commandment that we should follow. So what does that mean to us today? To me it means that the SHEMA was so important that Jesus himself had to mention it. That it is so important that we as men should understand it and use it in our lives. God gives us tools we have to be willing to use the tools that he is giving us. One of my words of wisdom that I even give to my children is this: “I have the answers to the test why try to figure them out on your own”. I let them know that when they are going through something in life that I have done before. Jesus already knew that the SHEMA was a very important prayer and way of life that is why it is quoted word for word in the New Testament. Let’s go fathers lets dig into our faith.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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SHEMA

I just did a wonderful Bible Study this past week about a very important prayer. The Study was done on the prayer the SHEMA. You can find this prayer in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 it reads “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” This scripture was something that was prayed on a daily basis by the children of Israel. It prepared them for their day and allowed them to tone the relationship that they had with God and strengthen it for the day.

The prayer teaches us that we must Love God with everything that we have. That the love that we have for him has to come from our entire heart. This is a love that we as fathers must also have for all of our children. We must be able to have this also for our wives.

The study explains that when we are loving the Lord our God this much then it is something that is coming from everything that we have. It develops us in ministry, and it develops us as men. I feel that all of us have to have a personal prayer declaration that we pray. Something that is calling out all of the things that may get in your way throughout the day. You have to put the love of Jesus over your day and over your wife and children. The SHEMA is a great start for us as men to do this. It is something that we should teach our families to do as well. Prepare yourselves daily and pray the SHEMA

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad


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Response To Men Being Taught How To Be Better Husbands and Fathers

After my last message about the church teaching men to be husbands and fathers. I received a lot of mixed reviews over social media. Some that I feel like were trolls within a Fathers ministry page but others gave really good feedback. There were some things that were brought to my attention that I was not really aware of. There was things that were said that gave me some good insight about what is really needed.

One of the people that has actually done a lot of work in this ministry field said that “People that want to be good fathers and husbands are already looking for the tools that make them good and are already pretty good parents. While parents that are doing bad don’t want to be told that they are doing bad and don’t really want help.” I looked at this insight from someone who has been in the trenches with this type of ministry has very informative. I see it this way because it gets you grounded in your thoughts about ministry. It helps you to understand that there will always be people that you will not be able to help in this world. The ones who are going to want to do better are going to try and do better.

This brings me to my next point that was interesting to me. A guy commented that you can give men all the tools but if they don’t use them then what are you supposed to do. It seemed to me that he was very indifferent about doing this type of work. Yes his statements are true but in his full context he said that it was not necessary to teach these skills because they wont be used. That is the part that bugs me God called us to ministry not for the masses but for the one that we may be able to save through the things that God has given us.

There was even a friend that said that his church has ministry that teaches men how to be fathers and husbands. He said that he feels that he is a better man for it. It allows him to be aware of his shortcomings and the things that he has to improve. He looks at the training that he has received as needed and thinks that it should be done all over the world.

If I would have to look at everything that was said about this topic on my comments I would be able to gather that there are many people who feel like this should be happening in ministry. However, there are just as many who have lost faith in the work that ministry can do and don’t believe that it would even work if we tried. My prayer is that men everywhere would get the opportunity to do the things that will make them better husbands and fathers. I believe also that it is the church’s responsibility to help get us there.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Can Churches Teach Men To Be Husbands and Fathers?

A friend of mine from High School made a post on social media about how churches. Her thought was “If Churches would teach men how to be husbands as much as they try to teach women to be wives”. It was left as an open ended statement but I see it to be very something that is tangible to talk about. Something that I feel needs to be discussed.

In the day and age that we live in women in many cultures to include the Christian Church are groomed to be mothers, wives, and alike. However, at the same time men are not groomed on how to be fathers and husbands. They are not taught what it means to be the head of their homes. I see that all over the internet and in churches you have successful women’s ministry that are developing women to be the best that they can be. When it comes to things for men those same things are lacking. It’s hard to believe that those things are lacking being that you have so many successful men in ministry. It just seems that the focus is not for them to reach fathers and husbands but on so many other things in ministry.

My wife has said to me for so long that she enjoys churches that focus on “Inreach” more so than “Outreach”. Working on the people within the ministry more so than the ones on the outside. If some of those things were focused then we could possibly have better husbands and fathers in this world. It’s not to say that there are not some good fathers and husbands in this world because there are. We still need work and we still need lessons to be taught. I am not claiming to be the greatest father or husband by any means. I have made many mistakes in my time being both but we must work towards being better.

Let’s start a conversation on where we can go from here. What are somethings that we can do to bring ministry to husbands and fathers? How can we teach boys to truly become better men? Women are trained to be great can men do the same? Write me and tell me what you think.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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What Happens When A Wife Prays For Her Husband To Become Saved?

On more than one occasion this week this topic has been brought up. It is something that I have heard about a few times before this but never really pegged it as being important. Now I am seeing it as being some what of a big deal. I am seeing that a lot of Christian fathers are dealing with this problem and it is something that we need to get in front of before it is to late. The issue that we are going to discuss today is: “What Happens When A Wife Prays For Her Husband To Become Saved”?

On more than once this week it has been brought up to me that a mans wife prayed for them to become saved and God made it happen. The man became a Christian and started working in the church. He was finding joy that he had never experienced before because the Lord was really moving in his life. Only for all of this to happen and the wife gets upset about the husband’s new found love for Christ. She feels left out, she feels like the church has taken her place, even that the church that they attend might just be a cult. Why is this really happening? Is the wife wrong for being upset? Is the husband wrong for doing so much at the church?

Some would say that all of this is complicated but I personally don’t think that it is. I think that the wife has every right to be a little upset and the husband is not wrong for working more at the church. However I feel like there needs to be some communication done. The wife has to be able to express to her husband how she feels about his new found faith. This has to be done so that they can possibly come to a conclusion together that makes both parties happy. However we have to remember in the New Testament when dealing with the Apostles it was mentioned on more than one occasion that some of them were married. However they were only mentioned and the Bible doesn’t give much notice to them because the work that they were doing for God was more important. Jesus even said in Chapter 8 of Matthew to “Let the dead bury the dead”.

We as Christian Fathers have to understand that even when we are young in Christ we are first supposed to minister to our own homes. We are supposed to be willing to split our time between the things that are most important to us. God first family second. But let the love that you have for God increase the love that you have for your family.

Yours in Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Have Faith

Many times as Christians we find ourself in a situation where we have to learn to put all of our trust in God. I have heard multiple stories this week that remind me of the story of Job. Stories that people have told about how they lost it all. How they lost their health, their jobs, their homes, their everything and how those experiences have changed the relationship they have had with God.

All of these people I want to seek God in prayer for. I want them to be restored everything that they have lost in life and be made new. Some things are unrepayable like the lost of a love one. But the God that we serve has the ability to place someone in your life that reminds you of the person that you had once lost. I am seeing that we have to have the ability that even when we are going through those hard times that we must continue to trust in God. These times are hard because we are still humans and when things hit us personally how do we remain faithful. I listened to a man in bible study tell about how he had a heart attack while preaching and that was the beginning of the journey that God was about to take him through. That was the beginning of how God was about to change his life forever. It is like what God had to do for Gideon he had to make it so that no matter what happen the people that would hear about it would know that it was all God and had nothing to do with the man himself.

So Christian Dads here is your challenge for today. Look at things that you are experiencing in life and figure out how you can put all of your faith in God.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Let God Have Control!!

I started a devotional today inspired by Sam Collier. It is based off of his book “A Greater Story”. The first lesson in the Devotion helped us to give God the control over our lives. We have to stop trying to do things on our own and trust that God is going to make greater things work out. The lesson was amazing and made me really look at the scripture text Matthew 8:23-27. The scripture discussed the amount of control our God has. It also expresses the amount of faith we must have in God that he would be willing to take control over whatever situation we may turn over to him.

This however is not where I was going with what I am writing you guys on tonight. I am writing this because I want to bring up something else that he spoke about that I feel at times are overlooked. Collier decided to let us know that he was taught all of the things about a relationship with God by his father. The thing is though his father is not his biologically. He was adopted and over came his hardships. He was able to give God the control over his life that he needed in order to succeed. He shared a quote that stated “If you can lose, then you can also win”. What it means is if you are losing and making mistakes without getting results then try Jesus. Try giving him the control over your life that you have tried to have all this time. Take control of your life like the great father that you are.

What really stood out to me was that he was not bitter about the circumstances of knowing that his father was not his biologically. It is exciting because they both embraced it. He was able to build a relationship with his adopied father and take the things that he learned and make himself a better man. That is something that we all must do. We must prepare our children for the better days ahead. We have to prepare them for the things that they are going to be when they grow up. I tell my children I have the answers to the test you don’t have to start from nothing. Your children have to believe that you are available to listen to them and hear the problems that they are having in life.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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A Christian Dad At A Lost!!

It took me a while today to get prepared to write my post for today. I still don’t feel as if I am ready but here it goes. Many things have happened this weekend alone that have taken me back a few steps. From one of my children going off to college, to helping my sister get some life choices made, to having to deal with my younger children missing their big siblings and acting out. The weekend has been a lot and it is not even over yet.

I was overly excited to take my child off to school. Like I have mentioned in previous post children going off to college during this pandemic is a very trying experience. However, the child is at a time in their life where they have to move on so that they can grow. This particular child had a lot of hardships throughout their formative years. So to see them make it this far is nothing short of amazing and truly a blessing from God. This child will move into this new role and grow to levels that they never thought was imaginable. I am beyond excited for them. I pray daily that all the things that is for them to learn that God will place it in their path and give them success. I believe that God will make this happen

Then I have the event where I had to help my sister. This was a huge thing for me because of the things that I do already in ministry was able to touch so close to home. My children get to experience it all the time but we have never had the opportunity to touch other family members. This experience was great though because it allowed me to be able to see the true impact that I have in my community and on the people around me. God was able to show me that the things that he has called me to do have not been in vain. That the work that he has me doing for his kingdom is reaching full circle. I thank God for the ministry that he has birthed into me and I ask that he continues to allow it to grow in me.

Now it comes to the thing that really has me lost and in a bind. I have to little ones still at the house. They are really sad because they are seeming to lose siblings at home with them by the handful. So as a Father it is my job to make sure I am aware of their feelings and how I can help them to grow. Then they start acting out and doing some things that under normal circumstances would get them in a world of hurt. However knowing what I know about how they feel with everything else I wonder should I show them some grace. Should I let them know that the things they have done wrong should get them in trouble but because of their recent lost they are getting out of trouble. I love my children but with this level of destruction that they are reaching seems like it has gone to brand new heights. God I ask that you clear my mind on the things that you would have me to do and to say to my children to help them learn from this mistake. Lord Jesus continue to give me strength in this trying time. You are my King of kings and my Lord of Lords. Thank you for being my Savior.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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What Do Christian Fathers Do When Their Children Are All Grown Up?

I have three children who have come of age to begin their journey on leaving the nest. One of them has gone off and is doing really well and I have two that are going through the college journey. This year is very difficult in the sense that one of the college kids is a vet and is going into their junior year. The other though is going to be a freshman. This child has their entire life ahead of them but yet they are entering college during a global pandemic. They are leaving home with many skills that we have taught them but never would we have thought that we would have to teach them how to live with people with this type of thing going on. Never did we think that we would have to send them out into the world with the United States so racially and socially divided. But here we are in 2020 and all of these things are right in front of us.

I am truly at a lost myself but because I know my children have a relationship with God I know they will be ok. I know that I have given them tools that should help them to navigate through these hard times that have been placed before them. I believe that even during times when our children are “all grown up” the praying and fasting for them is not over. I feel that we have to move it to a deeper level. Our children need us Fathers. They need us to be ready to stand in the Gap for them. They need us to hold them up when there are tears. They need us to still be there for them financially when they really end up in a bind. John told us in 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater Joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” When we have given them the tools to make it through the world then it will give us so much joy when we see them succeeding.

Let’s look at it from another view you have given your child all the tools and they decide that they don’t want to follow in the path that was laid out for them what comes next? I personally feel like I stated before that is when the additional fasting and praying comes into play. You lay down specific things before the Lord when it comes to your children. It doesn’t even have to be when your children are doing wrong. Just when things are not going best for them or you want them to be better. It makes me think about a story the First Lady of our church told. She was telling us that one of her children was really in need for a job and to be out of the situation they where in. She told us that is when her faith took over and she began trusting and believing in God that he was going to make things work out for her child’s good. She told us that she prayed and she planted a seed for her child’s situation and in a few days time the child was offered multiple job offers. God has the power to work things out for us and our children we just have to believe.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad