Abba, Father, Dad

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Good dads, bad dads, tall dads, short dads
Fishermen, accountants, businessmen, athletes
Artists, craftsmen, writers, scribes
Fathers to many, fathers to few
Long-lived dads, age-old dads
Honorable dads and dishonorable dads
Sinful, hard-headed, repentant, redeemed dads.
Biological and adoptive dads.
Every kind of dad you can think of is, guess where, in the Bible.
No matter what kind of dad you have, you had or you are,
You have a Father in heaven, a model Father,
A Father who never gets it wrong.
Call out to Him today. He loves to hear your voice!

“… you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15)

Abba, Father, Dad

Looking down in love

 2017-03-04-singing“O be careful little tongue what you say …” Remember singing that song as a child? The song urged our various body parts – eyes, ears, hands, feet and tongue – to be careful.

Why? According to the song, NOT because, “the big guy upstairs is really mean and he’s gonna get you if you step out of line.” Rather, as the song goes, because “your father up above is looking down in love.” Wow, in love! What great motivation to think twice about our words, actions, movies, songs, choices of all kinds.

The idea is borne out in the Bible. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chron. 16:9)

Looking down in love

I have a Father

2016 06 17 -  father's dayI have a Father
He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
~lyrics by Paul Baloche

Not all kids have a good earthly father … not in North America, not in other countries of the world. This month, Entrust’s cyber magazine, Engage, takes a look at families. Learn about the legacy left by a good Hungarian dad, a ministry in the former Soviet Union aimed at strengthening dads, and more. Send an email now to engage@entrust4.org to be have Engage delivered to your inbox next Tuesday.

I have a Father