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Tony and Marge Abram have been preaching the Good News for over 61 years!


This is a day that we call a day special for our fathers. Is it? Do we really honor our fathers? Should it be done only one day a year? This message shares our relationship is much like our relationship with our heavily father. But first consider this:

Mommy, if Santa Claus brings our presents, and God gives us our daily bread, and Uncle Sam gives us Social Security, why do we keep daddy around?

If you think about it, Adam had more trouble than any of the rest of us buying his father a gift for Fathers Day. I mean, what do you get somebody who’s everything?
A small boy said, Fathers Day is just like Mothers Day; only you do not spend as much on the gift.

Mark Twain said, When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man learned in 7 years.
I. COMING TO GOD. We must see the Father son relationship in God and the Church to understand the proper relationship in the earthly family.
I learned that praising my Dad got me more than begging him.
  1. Today is a day to give dad thanks and praise.

  Fathers many times want to tell their kids it was good enough for my father and me and it is good enough for you. Paul said there were traditions then and now. Not all are good.
  - Gal 1:14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my Fathers.
  - Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
    1. WHY NOT? Paul tells us a second time.
    -Col 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
      a. They can be discouraged. You need to encourage them.
      b. Nurture and admonitions of the Lord.
      Feed them natural food but also spiritual food, admonish to do good earthly matters and admonish them to do spiritual things.
      c. The best way to do this is be an example.
      - Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? .
      - 1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

III. Now speaking to the Children, We all are some ones son or daughter.
- Matt 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
  A. Old Testament law was strong.
  B. Jesus words were even stronger.
  - Matt 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  C: Paul told the children how to treat a minister.
  - 1 Tim 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
  D. We often see Pastors and ministers treated with disrespect by children.
    1. Does some of it come from what the children hear from the parents?

IV. Today everything seems to be child abuse. However there is a Chastening is of the Lord.
- Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
  A: Chastisement should be given with love. God always does it to us in love.
  How should we do it to our children?
   1. Cool off before chastisement. You then can minister it with love.
      a. You say then the children will get off with out much chastisement, no they will get it with interest. The waiting for you to administer the punishment is the hardest part the child receives. They do not know what is coming.

V. It does pay to honor and obey your parents.
  A. Why?
  - Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
    1. First it is right
    - Col 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
    2. It keeps the wrath of God off of us.
    - Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for This is well pleasing unto the Lord. 
    3. It pleases God. Be as Enoch have a testimony that pleases God.
    4. It will help bring long life to you.
    - Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this Is right. (KJV)
    - Eph 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (KJV)
    - Eph 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (KJV)
    5. Story of the Grandmother of Marge, my wife.
    - Ps 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (KJV)
    Her testimony of her long life was due to Honoring her father and mother.
    My mother has the same testimony. At the preaching of this message she is 97 years old and still works as my secretary.

VI. Finally beware of these last days.
- 2 Tim 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  A. One sign of the times is the disobedience to parents.
    1. Let us as men and fathers do as the Word declares.
    - 1 Tim 3:4 AMP He must rule his own household well, keeping his children under control, with true dignity, commanding their respect in every way and keeping them respectful.
  B. In the last day let us be able to say.
  - Heb 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
    1. We want all the children to be there on that last day.
  C. For me nothing is better than to go back and say as John did: John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades

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