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Discover the Book - Dec. 30, 2007

  • 2007 Dec 30

Joseph: Father of James

Just before her death in the eighties one of America's best known faces, Lucille Ball, was interviewed by Merv Griffin. He asked her a very insightful question, "Lucille, you've lived a long time on this earth and are a wise person. What's happened to our country? What's wrong with our children? Why are our families falling apart? What's missing?" Without any hesitation she replied, "Papas missing!" Lucille continued, "Things are falling apart because Papas gone. If Papa were here, he would fix it!"

Is that true? Listen to the world. They have taken note of it. Marion Levy in her societal critique has written, "For the first time in the history of humankind the overwhelming majority of little boys and little girls continued under the direct domination and supervision of ladies until they reached maturity. This has never happened before in history. Crusdaes, wars, migrations, pestilence - nothing for a people as a whole ever before took so large a percentage of young adult and older adult males out of the family context for so much of the waking time of the children. Most of us have not even noticed the change, nor do we have any idea of its radicality." (1)

How bad is it? U.S. News and World Report states these facts: A million children each year go through divorce, 9 out of 10 will stay with their mothers. When he is present a normal dad gives his children only 3 minutes of time with his undivided attention!

Godly dads know their job is important but their home is essential. They express deep love for their wives but always save some for their children. And Godly dads pay attention and respond to their children, but even more to God.

Amazingly every one of the 27 references to fathers in Proverbs is POSITIVE! And, when we get to the New Testament the pattern continues. A model dad is Joseph. Everything we see him do is right on. If you are a dad, follow his lead. If you want to be a dad, listen up and learn. If your children are grown, listen and share. Let's all commit to be fathers of the Word!


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