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Radical Dads
Theme of the Week: How to Be a Good Dad
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Because of our love for you we were ready to share with you not only the Good News from God but even our own lives. You were so dear to us! (1 Thessalonians 2:8, GNT)

Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:1-8

After a recent broadcast for Focus on the Family, [author] Karen Ehman told a powerful story to our producer that had to do with her husband, Todd.

When their kids were younger, Todd worked as a youth pastor, which is a full-time job—plus about 30 or 50 more hours. One day, just after he got home from rappelling with his junior high group and got ready to walk out the door to do another outreach, Todd knelt in front of his daughter, who was about four, and said, "Honey, I'm going to share Jesus with these teens, and I need your prayers."

"Oh good, Daddy," his daughter said quite sincerely. "When are you going to stay home and share Jesus with me?"

Todd left his ministry position, took a job as a GM assemblyman, started getting home at five, [and] stayed home every night with his kids. That's courageous fathering.

I'm not saying everyone should follow Todd's example. But we have to challenge ourselves to make sacrifices for our kids. We need to not only tell them that we love them but also show them. That might sometimes lead us to make radical choices. But being a dad should be a pretty radical experience.

—Jim Daly in The Good Dad

My Response: Are there any radical changes I need to make so I can spend more time with my family?

Thought to Apply: Acceptance and appreciation tells the child that he or she is of tremendous worth. And I can only express my acceptance and appreciation through being affectionate—and available.—Josh Mcdowell (Christian apologist, evangelist, 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 23, 2014  8:17am

Honestly, there doesn't seem to be an area in which i need to change except the areas i don't choose to change because i'm to set in my own selfish ways. i could make weekly phone calls to her since she lives a distance away from us. i could also plan a time when we could 'get-together' to share with each other. Or i could take some time each day to write down the sharing points & express them in a weekly text to her. All of the above suggestions depend upon me as the focal point to initiate the action. So i pray , Lord, that you would work within this man created in your image to start something new from within to alter the time, 'my time', on. May i be able to make up some missed opportunities along the way. In your Holy name i pray amen.

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Charles Burks

July 23, 2014  7:18am

In the morning I read MOI and the lectionary at the USCCB site. Generally I find something in the lectionary, while days and weeks go by in which the single short MOI reading leaves me blank. Then something like today's reading comes along, hits me between the eyes, and ensures my continued MOI subscription for some time to come.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

July 23, 2014  6:20am

Great read, this week is a beautiful read. I am no father, but I think of all the kids that don't have a father, they need to be introduced to God in away that they know they are loved. For you earthly fatherless youngsters out there, God will be your father, Pray to Him and read His word join a group of like minded people and feel His love daily... Anthony Swaggerty

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July 23, 2014  6:07am

Something change the print is to small to read today and I can't seem to make it larger. Is there a problem with MOI web page? It is the only page I load with tiny print.

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