By Series - Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day 2016

Friday

June 24, 2016

Be an Example

Read

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8

Think

Think about someone from your past who has made a difference, someone who has left an indelible impression on your life. Whether that person was a teacher or parent or coach or some other figure, we all have someone who left their mark on us. God wants us to be that kind of person – the kind that leaves a positive mark on those around us. Today’s verse shows us how.
As you go through your day today, look for ways to set an example to those around you. Be a person of integrity, and do what is good. In our world, that kind of thing stands out. It gives us the opportunity to tell others why we live the way we live. It gives us the chance to talk about Jesus!

Pray

Pray for opportunities to display integrity, kindness, and goodness to someone in your life. Then, pray for the words they need to hear that will point them to Jesus.

Act

Think of a random act of kindness that you can perform for someone. But don’t let it just be an act; follow that act up with telling them WHY you did it. In other words, tell them that because of Christ’s example in your life, you want to set an example to others as well!

 

Thursday

June 23, 2016

The Most Important Relationship

Read

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

Think

Statistics show that the vast majority of men and women will get married at some point in their lives. As the most important earthly relationship we can be part of, marriage should be one of the very highest priorities we have. If you are married now, the way you treat your spouse is an example of your understanding of that priority. If you're single, the way you pursue relationships now determines the path you take towards marriage in the future. In other words, what you do  before the altar determines what you will do after the altar. And what you do after the altar determines the direction of your family!
Whether you are single or married, realize that marriage is crucial. Don’t neglect marriage. Because so goes marriages, so goes society. Do you place an importance on supporting marriage according to God's plan and purpose? Do your relationships reflect that reality? Are you reflecting Genesis 2:24 in your marriage?

Pray

Thank God for creating an earthly relationship that mirrors His relationship with us. Pray for your marriage and for the marriages that have an influence in your life. And ask God to use your relationships to reflect His purpose to the world.

Act

Married couples: write out your vows to one another, and place them in a prominent place in your home. Singles: write a list of the characteristics and qualities you are looking for in a significant other.

 

Wednesday

June 22, 2016

Construction Project

Read

“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

Think

If you are a parent, have you ever realized that you are in the construction business? Sure, you may be a teacher, a business person, a stay at home parent, a doctor, or have some other profession. But your real calling is in construction. And one of the most important construction projects we can be a part of is constructing the lives of our children.
God, as our ultimate Father, has instructed us to build into our children a love for Him, a passion for His Word, and a desire for His plan. To do that, we have to put on the hard hat, though, because parenting is tough. We can’t skate by on this job. But if we are willing to do the difficult things, the things that are right but may not be popular, the results will be amazing! When we put on the hard hat and follow God’s blueprint for our children, the legacy that we will see as a result will put to shame even the most beautiful structures in our world. Because what our children will be a reflection of is the very creator of our world!

Pray

Thank God for giving us the blueprint for life. Ask Him to help you build into your children the very things that He wants them to experience!

Act

Building into your kids’s lives requires more than getting them to church for one hour per week. Check out LeadershipForKids.tv, and give your children the kind of foundation they need to become the amazing construction projects God has in mind!

 

Tuesday

June 21, 2016

Lifelong Students

Read

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” Deuteronomy 6:5-6

Think

Talk to the world’s most prolific leaders, and you will discover something that they all have in common. Leaders are learners. In order to stay on top of their game, they become lifelong students. The moment they stop learning is the moment they stop leading.
In life, we must do the same. And there is no greater subject to be a student of than Scripture. Deuteronomy 6:5-6 is part of what is known as the “shema.” In the 1st century Jewish culture, in which Jesus lived, this passage was a focal prayer that reminded both children and adults of the importance of impressing God’s Word into their hearts. In other words, they were to study it and apply it every day. It was this Scripture that Jesus reminded His followers of when they asked Him was the most important commandment is. In other words, Jesus was telling His followers, and us, that we must love God fully and remain students of God’s Word – every day, and throughout our lives. Are you a student of God’s Word? Is it something you pursue with passion? Is it impressed in your heart?

Pray

Thank God for His Word. Pray for the kind of discipline you need to focus on His Word, study His Word, and rely on His Word every day of your life.

Act

Commit to reading Scripture every day. Find a solid reading plan (there are many online), and pursue with passion the only subject that can change everything!

 

Monday

June 20, 2016

From Good to Great

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"But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16

Think

One of the best leadership books ever written (besides the Bible) is Jim Collin’s “Good to Great”. The basic premise is getting leaders to understand the difference between being a GOOD leader and being a GREAT leader, and the simple steps it takes to move from the former to the latter. In today’s world, there are many GOOD fathers. But fatherhood requires more than our being good at it. God has created us and designed us to be GREAT! How do we do that? It isn’t complicated. To become a great father, we need to first of all look to the ultimate Father as our example. When we model our lives, submit our lives, and surrender our lives to our heavenly Father, we can experience the change from good to great, and we can become the kind of fathers that God wants us to be – the kind of fathers who make a lasting difference in the lives of our children.

Pray

Thank God for His example to you as a father. Pray for the discipline, strength, and focus you need in today’s world to be the kind of father He has created you to be.

Act

Whether you are a father or not, the way to move from good to great in any area of life is to commit and submit to your heavenly Father. Discover what that looks like, and help others experience that move as well!