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Religion

Almighty Father: Apostles Creed 3

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 13, 2013

RELIGION – As I write today I am suffering from a vacation hangover. My family had a great vacation last week, but it wore me out. I have two boys who go non-stop! The high temperatures last week stayed in the low 80’s and with beach breeze it was not hot. Furthermore, the water temps were pretty low, which meant that my wife got in the water very little, and when she did it sent her into hypothermic shock.

So I played in the water with the boys all day, my fingers are still wrinkled. In my wife’s defense, she took care of the sand play with the boys (I don’t care for sand a great deal.)

Anyways, after a week of being dad full-time, I have a good perspective as on the next part of the Apostle’s Creed, “The Father almighty.” Go ahead and read the creed over.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does it mean that God is an “Almighty Father”?  A while back I read about a pastor who summed this statement up like this. “God is Almighty: He can do anything He wants to do. God is our Father: He will do all that is necessary for our well-being. God is Almighty: He can! God is our Father: He will!”

    This is very big for us. This past week I had no responsibilities other than to have fun and enjoy my family. I was the father and I had the ability to make fun happen. Actually I always have the ability to make fun happen! On one rainy day we went to WonderWorks (upside down house place) and Cason laid on a bed of nails.  He felt the nails, they were sharp. He was scared. But after some reassurance and witnessing me lay on the bed nails, he laid on it. He looked at me, and just as I told him, he was ok.
   
Now we have a God who desires for us to trust Him because He knows best. He knows how life should work; what will grow us and what will hurt us. But like a six year old child, sometimes we just don’t trust our Father. The path God has laid before us looks hard. The future looks scary and uncertain. But thankfully our Almighty Father is not aloof in heaven. He came to our world as man. He faced the uncertainties of life; he lived for years under a death sentence that was finally carried out by the hands of wicked men. Our God has gone before us; He has shown us the cross, the worst that life can throw at anyone. He experienced the pain and hurt of apparent defeat on the cross. But He saw the beauty and power of resurrection.

Nothing is outside the power of God. He is almighty. God knows what is best, even when it seems like all is out of control. Keeping this mind will keep you sane, grow your faith, and allow you to live your life as a blessing to others. Dr. Ray Pritchard reminds us that “Father means he is the God who cares for me. Almighty means He can do whatever needs to be done for me.”

So in light of this he asks us to complete the following sentence “If I truly believed in God the Father Almighty, I would __________________. How would you fill in that blank? I think I know my answer. I would trust him more and I would complain less. I would smile more and frown less. I would stop trying to play God and I would let God be God in my life. I would be quicker to forgive and slower to get angry. I would risk more because I am secure in his love. I would be quicker to share Christ and less worried about what others think of me. I would say “Your will be done” and I would mean it because my Father is not my enemy. I would pray more and pout less. I would enjoy what I already have; knowing that if I truly needed something else, my Father in heaven would give it to me.”

Thankful for an almighty Father who loves me and has the power to do what is best for me!!
Pastor Phillip



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