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Fight for Your Happiness Part 6

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 17, 2015

RELIGION – A bunch of old hippies used to sing (no offense meant to hippies old or young at all) “Teach your children well. Teach your children what you believe in. Make a world that we can live in.” Well, I agree with them on this point. Having three boys, I try my best to teach them all kinds of cool things, lots of things my wife regrets they have learned.

I also nightly lead our family in prayer, singing (be glad you don’t have to hear the signing Howle Family, we are rough), Bible reading and Scripture memorization.

This is our family worship. We are not perfect, some nights, due to late night schedules, we may skip it, but it has genuinely helped our family.
Rebecca and I may be having a little argument, but after worshipping as a family, all is well. Though sometimes our prayers are interrupted by the dog, and Cason wants to wrestle before reading the Bible, I can’t express how awesome this daily time is. I encourage all men reading this to lead your family in worship time daily. I take serious my responsibility to teach my family about God. I also understand that my title of Father is more important than my title as Pastor or Reverend.

Why is this? It is because my kids will grow up relating to God as a Father. I mean we don’t pray in the Lord’s Prayer “Our Pastor who art in heaven.” We pray to our heavenly Father.

Now, some of you are thinking, that is well and good Rev. Howle, but I am not a pastor. You may not be, but this does not lessen your responsibility as a dad. Moses writes in Deuteronomy 6:5-8 “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  (6)  These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.  (7)  Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  (8) Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead.” Men, Moses knew that your kids will follow your lead and ultimately depended on you for spiritual instruction, do you?
For any men who think that church and God fall under the mom’s job description, that is OK.  But just be forewarned because John MacArthur in his sermon, Crucial Lessons for a Wise Father, says “If you fail, father, to teach your son to fear God, the devil will teach him to hate God. If you fail to teach your son to guard his mind, the devil will gladly teach him to have an open mind. If you fail to teach your son to obey his parents, the devil will teach him to rebel and break his parent’s heart. If you fail to teach your son to select his companions, the devil will gladly choose them for him. If you fail to teach your son to control his body, the devil will teach him to give it over completely to lust. If you fail to teach your son to enjoy the marriage partner that God has given him, the devil will teach him to destroy the marriage. If you fail to teach your son to watch his words, the devil will fill his mouth with filth. If you fail to teach your son to pursue his work, the devil will make his laziness a tool of hell. If you fail to teach your son to manage his money, the devil will teach him to waste it on riotous living. And if you fail to teach your son to love his neighbor, the devil will gladly teach him to love only himself.”

Will be the man your family needs and say with bold faith in Christ “But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.(Josh 24:15)”

Praying That Fathers Step Up And Be True Men!

Pastor Phillip

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