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June 15, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jun 15 at 09:22am

Family Portrait | The Spirit of Fatherhood

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

“If fatherlessness was classified as a disease, it would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.” – Carey Casey

Impact of Fatherlessness in America

71% of high school dropouts

85% of kids diagnosed with behavioral problems

71% of teenage pregnancies

90% of homeless & runaway children

63% of youth suicides

85% of youth in prison

No man will ever even begin to try to save men unless he first loves them.  – William Barclay

1. Paul’s WORK (1 Thessalonians 2:8-9)

Application: BE PRESENT

2. Paul’s WALK (1 Thessalonians 2:10)

Application: BE A MAN OF INTEGRITY

3. Paul’s WORDS (1 Thessalonians 2:11)

Application: BE A TEACHER

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim to low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo

4. Paul’s WITNESS

Application: LEAVE A GODLY LEGACY

The only worthwhile legacy of a dad is what he gives away of himself to the mind and heart of a child, which in turn, prepares that child for his or her own life…A good father mentors his children; he walks inside their heads and leaves his footprints on their hearts. Then, when he is gone, they will be just like him. – Howard Hendricks