In light of God's calling for men to live holy purposed lives, Spring Hill Music has released ==In Honor of the Father== - an album featuring ten songs that focus on what men want to say to their brothers, their families and their God. ==In Honor of the Father== showcases the talents of some of today's most recognized names in Christian music, including Bill Gaither, Wes King, Greg Long, Jonathan Martin, Gaither Vocal Band, Scott Krippayne, Marty McCall, and Mark Lowry.

Click to hear a clip from "In Honor Of The Father"


As we celebrate Father's Day this month, The Music Channel at crosswalk.com is pleased to present some intimate thoughts from some of the men who participated in this project.

We'd love to hear your thoughts as well. We would like to invite you to create your own personal tribute to your father and post it in an area created especially for this purpose. This makes for a great way to honor your own father.

To participate in the TRIBUTE TO YOUR FATHER 2000 section of our site, please click here!

Read "Tributes to Dad" written by crosswalk.com members - right here!


Contributed by {{Scott Krippayne}}:

Click to hear a clip from "All For The Cause Of Christ"

A few years ago, I was encouraged by a speaker at a retreat to take my dad on a date. (I know it sounds a little odd, but hang with me.) When I got home, I called up my dad and asked him out to lunch. When I told him I was buying, he was there. For two hours that day I asked him questions about his childhood, what growing up was like, his family, odd jobs, college, marriage, etc.; I realized that for the first time ever, I was truly getting to know my father. His life experiences explained so much about the kind of man he is - the things I love and the things that sometimes frustrate me.

I learned more about my dad in those two hours than I had in 22 years of life. Understanding more about my father, what he has done and what he has been through made it easier to accept him the way that he is. It helped me to love him better. So, this Father's Day, consider taking your dad on a date - you never know what you'll discover.


Contributed by {{Marty Mc Call}}:

Click to hear a clip from "Finish What You Started"

Father's Day is an especially great day for me being the father of two teenaged boys, Ben and Peter. Being a father has it's frightening moments, the responsibility is staggering sometimes, but the relationship is unique and rewarding and a tool in our spiritual understanding. Our own fathers model our first way of relating to God the Father. Our sons give us the chance to see the other side and further illuminate our relationship to God the Father.

Two memorable moments as a father: One was witnessing the birth of my two sons and the second was when my oldest son was sixteen. We had a heated argument and I saw him emerge as a separate entity from me. I saw him becoming a man for the first time.

My father gave me a love for traveling and for cultural diversity. If we did anything while I was growing up with my two brothers, it was travel. It stretched us and introduced us to new people, places, foods, and customs. My memories of him are full of negotiating train, plane, boat, and cab transportation in different parts of the world.


Contributed by Woody Wright (Ponder, Sykes & Wright):

Click to hear a clip from "Let's Walk"

I shared a lot with my dad growing up. We had the same name (I am "Junior"); we both played guitar, sang in Gospel groups, enjoyed piddling with electronic gadgets, and neither of us missed an opportunity to tell a joke or kid people. My relatives say that I look more like my father than my tow older brothers. I have the same nose, same ears, and same hair and eye color.

My dad lost his long running battle with cancer and heart disease when I was almost twenty years old. There have been many times that I needed my earthly father's advice to help me to make important decisions. I have missed him and have often longed to share my feelings with him in the twenty-plus years since his death. Looking back now, I am thankful that my Heavenly Father has been there in my earthly father's absence. He has been my constant source of support through His Word. He helps me to think more clearly when I call on Him for guidance. He has sent Godly men and women to help me through difficult days. His Spirit nudges me in directions that don't come naturally for me and helps me to accomplish things that I would never have tried on my own. You know, the kind of encouragement and help that caring earthly fathers give to their sons.

God has shown me that He can fill voids that we define as unfillable. With His help, I can do all things as He gives me strength. When my dad coached my little league baseball team, I could always hear him yell from the third base line, "Come on son, you can do it. Give it all you've got! Hustle!" Now that I am a dad myself, I am thankful that from the portals of heaven, there are two voices now resounding the same encouragement, loud and clear!


Contributed by Guy Penrod (of the {{Gaither Vocal Band}}):

Click to hear a clip from "Count On Me"

Even though we live in a world of broken promises, shattered dreams, and more specifically, shattered homes - basically a fallen world, (of which I am a part) - I believe that the Holy Spirit of God is the source that keeps us steadfast in the Godly decisions we make through life. He enables us to be able to be counted on. If we as followers of Christ cannot be trusted then who can? This is not to say that we won't make mistakes and be in need of forgiveness but it is the gift of repentance that keeps us honest trustworthy people. For example, when we repent as husbands and fathers, there is reconciliation and God gives us the strength to grow in our relationships with one another. So having said that, I believe the message "You Can Count On Me" is one worth saying and singing from the rooftops. Truly that is what Christ tells us and as He is Lord of our lives then we can then be counted on too.


Contributed by Jonathan Martin (of {{The Martins}}):

Click to hear a clip from "I've Got You Covered"

Becoming a dad awakens awareness of how our Heavenly Father feels toward us as His children - the unconditional love, knowing what's best and watching advice given go unheeded. Sometimes as children, we chose to turn away and learn life's lessons the hard way. We, as fathers, must honor God through our words and deeds; showing our children how to be obedient to God's guidance. In today's society where the position of fatherhood is no longer respected in many homes it is a privilege to join together with other "dads", in honor of the Father.


Contributed by {{Wes King}}:

Click to hear a clip from "Mitch's Song"

Dear Daddy,

I just put Harrison to bed, and I wanted to write and tell you about this moment that I had. He ate really well, and fell asleep in my arms. Fran fed Mitch, who is having trouble with an ear infection right now. We were in our bedroom feeding them, and after Harrison finished, I took him into the baby room and rocked him. I am so glad that I get to do this because it gives me a special chance to bond with them. There are times when I am still lazy and get frustrated at how they cut into my day, but I am always glad when I get to spend time with them, serving them, and just being their dad. They are my little "blessed interruptions."

What I wanted to tell you is that I had one of those experiences that, I suppose, only parents have. As I rocked Harrison, I realized that I was being sure that his head didn't swing back too far when I went forward in the rocker.

I placed my hand behind his head and applied the slightest pressure to alleviate, or at least lessen the gravity on his head as we went forward. And as I did this the memory of you and me at the fair came into my mind, and surprised me like an unexpected friend.

I can't remember the ride, but it was those little cars you sit in and they go all crazy different directions. The last thing I remember was the gravitational pull on our heads, and how we laughed together. We laughed until our stomachs ached, I am sure the ride helped too. It was that fair that use to come to Holly Hill Mall. I remember the cotton candy, and you and me on the Ferris wheel and oh, yea, "The Bullet." But the thing that stopped me in my tracks, was the memory of you and me together in those little seats fighting gravity to keep our heads on our shoulders.

I sat there with my son sleeping so peacefully in my arms, and I cried, as if there isn't enough of that going on around here these days. I don't know why. I guess they were the tears of a son, who has become a father, and is coming face to face with the joy and fear of being a father.

It made me switch places in that picture of you and me in my mind. I think that I cried remembering the beauty of how much that meant to me, and I cried for you. For all you must have had on your shoulders. I saw me sitting where you sit, big, strong, confident, and scared. Frightened of the future, overwhelmed by the responsibility of this priceless gift beside you. Painfully aware of your own weakness, as little eyes gaze up at you like you are a god. I am so glad to be a dad, and need your prayers, and any advice you can give.

I don't know if there is any profound significance to this story, but I do know that it felt good to cry, and remember, and feel a deep and ancient bond that is passed on between father and son.

I think about gravity, how it is friend and foe. It keeps our feet on the ground, but also keeps us from flying, and eventually pulls us to our graves. I think of the gravity of our fun ride, and the gravity of my situation in being a parent and provider.

I don't have anything profound to say, so I will stop trying. In case I never said it, thanks for taking me to the fair, the cotton candy, and thank you most of all for the memory. It is really a sweet memory. That really is the most blessed thing we can give each other. I am going to try and remember that for my sons. Tell Mama I love her.

Your son,
Wes


We'd love to hear your thoughts as well. We would like to invite you to create your own personal tribute to your father and post it in an area created especially for this purpose. This makes for a great way to honor your own father.

To participate in the TRIBUTE TO YOUR FATHER 2000 section of our site, please click here!

Check out the archived postings from last year - right here!