Our Father

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”

1 John 3:1-3 NIV

Being a parent requires a willingness to sacrifice to serve the needs of others.  What we give up is nothing compared to the loving and nurturing relationship we can have with our children throughout life.  Here to, God has set the example of a Father who has given up so much so that He can have a loving, engaging and nurturing relationship with you.  We would do well to not take Him for granted…He is our Father, who loves us and wants good things for us.  Take time to be with Our Father.  Amen.

Good Good Father ft. Pat Barrett by Chris Tomlin

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The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.”

Psalm 103:8 NIV

(This photo was taken in May of 2014 on a lake in central Minnesota)

With God, All Things Are Possible

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there…never quit doing your best to be a father and trust in our Good Father in heaven to lead and guide you.  Amen.

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin featuring Pat Barrett

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Luke 1:37

“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

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As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:1-6

(This photo was taken in July of 2019 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)

Live By Faith…Trusting In Our Father

Seek wisdom from God not the world.  Learn from mistakes.  Trust God’s way more than your own ideas of what “should be”…even when you don’t understand.  It takes courage, it takes patience and a willingness to not give up.  God is faithful and as so many stories in the bible tell us…we are to live by faith.  Read Hebrews 11 for a review of how people in the bible lived by faith.  Be thankful today for our Father in heaven who loves us more than anyone else ever could.  Amen.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

(This photo was taken in June of 2020 at sunset in northwestern Wisconsin)

Father’s Day – Relationships

We all need need our Father’s, just as much as we all need our Mother’s.  Unfortunately, Father’s and Fatherhood has been under attack for a long time.  Many television shows and movies portray the Father as the doofus who just messes everything up or the stupid and incompetent one who is hardly necessary.  When most of society sees this as the role of the Father, it is no wonder that the family structure is disintegrating in this broken world.  If God is the God of everything then He needs to be the God of our families.  No matter what the current status is of our relationships, we need to invite Jesus into them with our Father’s and with everyone else in our family.  Honor your Father and Mother.  God designed the family structure for a purpose and it is for our good to honor the relationships we do have.  Love like God our Father loves us.  May God’s love, peace and joy be with you.

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“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

Romans 14:8

(This photo was taken in June of 2016 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)

Father’s Day

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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 near Dillon, Colorado)