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Theme of the Week: How to Be a Good Dad
Friday, July 25, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Don't give the Devil a chance. (Ephesians 4:27, GNT)

Dig Deeper: James 4:4-10

When my kids were younger, I'd bluster. I never let it manifest itself in anything physical, but I'd show my anger and it scared my boys. I've improved a lot in that area. Now I find that I have to watch my sarcasm.

I suppose there are as many problems as there are fathers, and I can't name your problems. But I know you have one or two. We all do.

It's not really a question of if our weaknesses will trip us up, but when and where and how badly. We'll all fall. The question is this: Are you going to get back up?

Tony Evans begins his book Kingdom Man with this sentence: "A kingdom man is the kind of man that when his feet hit the floor each morning, the Devil says, 'Oh crap, he's up!'"

I love that line. It helps me understand that if I failed yesterday, I have another chance to get it right today. Each day we get up determined to do our best as husbands and fathers and men, that's another defeat for the Devil. Each day we get up ready to learn and grow from whatever comes our way, even our mistakes, that's the day we please our heavenly Father.

—Jim Daly in The Good Dad

My Response: How can I be a better dad today than I was last week or even yesterday? What can I do today as a dad that will "please [my] heavenly Father"?

Thought to Apply: Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.—H. Jackson Brown Jr. (writer)

Adapted from The Good Dad by Jim Daly with Paul Asay. Copyright 2014 by James Daly. Used by permission of Zondervan.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, my children truly are gift s from you. Forgive me for those times I've neglected these precious gifts in my pursuit of other things. Help me to begin each day with a desire to be a good dad.

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Curt Schleicher

July 25, 2014  10:31am

By giving my daughters, the support & encouragement they require to win each battle they face. As they reach adulthood & beyond, allow them to request your assistance with projects rather than shove that help down their throats. i must learn, however painful it is to accept, that my will must decrease in their lives and their will must increase over their lives. Jesus, i thank you for being a intimate part of this process---of my life as well as theirs. In Your name, Curt

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

July 25, 2014  5:53am

Yes, Amen. I love it, once your feet hit the ground, it is on. God has rested you and now off to join Him in His work right here right now. Press on, arm yourself with the Word as I do everyday,(TY MOI)get it done. Leave it all on the field, God renews us over night to fulfill what the day has in store. Thank you MOI, Anthony

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