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Why Should I Hunger for God?

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WFF-40 000723AM   In the Old Testament we see biblical fasting is an urgent call to get serious about knowing God. In the New Testament we see biblical fasting is an ancient spiritual discipline to reschedule one’s life with God at the center instead of dining, relaxing, amusing, accumulating, advancing, securing, and a multitude of […]

Secrets of Life Long Consecration to Christ

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WFF-39 021208AM   Open with me this morning to one of the truly great prayers of a father for his son. This prayer is in 1st Chronicles 28.9.   1 Chronicles 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches […]

Learning Life Long Commitment

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WFF-38 021201AM Our text is Luke 9.57-62   What I am about to say to you is common knowledge. In fact all of us who ever traveled on a highway have learned exactly what I am about to share. But to underline our text in your minds, I’ll remind you of an old truth most […]

Laying Hold on Eternal Life – By Consecration

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WFF-37 021124AM Well let’s find out. Turn to Luke 9.23. What does Jesus say? He says that what we lose for Him we get to keep forever. What we find and keep for self we lose forever. So in reality Losers are Keepers and Keepers are the Weepers!   One of the best illustrations of […]

Contented Living

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WFF-36 021117AM Then the details listed and counted around that clock are overwhelming:   I was watching the World Population Clock again this week. If you want to get a feel for the immensity of the world —  just watch it and see that 3 new souls are arriving and surviving every seconds 24 hours […]

Beware of Affluenza

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WFF-35 021110AM This week many major world newspapers began to examine what is being called the “Super-Flu”. Here is what they are saying: Overdue attack Some[1] experts have been looking at the genetic structure of the virus which caused the 1918 pandemic, as well as a serious outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 for clues which […]

Is Marriage Your Priority

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021014PM WFF-34 GDGW-34 Marriage- Our Primary Ministry IS YOUR MARRIAGE – YOUR PRIMARY MINISTRY? This morning a little five year old boy slid up on my lap while I was hunched over my laptop typing. He said, “Dad, have we had good morning prayer time yet?” he must have forgotten that he had slid in […]

No Greater Power than Praying Marriages

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WFF-33 021013AM Parenting is life long. Praying keeps us on the front lines of our children’s lives – all through our lives. Successful parenting of a godly family only has two requirements: get started in prayer and never quit that praying.   Before we are parents we are praying, while we are up to our ears […]

Women and Wives God will Bless

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020922AM WFF-32 Prayer-14 GDGW-32 Growing Dads God’s Way-32 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 14 “PRAYING THAT THEY WAIT TO MEET GOD’S PREPARED PARTNER FOR THEM ” God has inspired two pictures in Proverbs. One is the Proverbs 31 woman; the other is the Proverbs 14 woman. In contrast to the elegantly […]

How to be God’s Man and Husband

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WFF-31 020915AM From this time onward may your thoughts be for each other father than for your individual selves; may your plans be mutual, your joys and sorrows shared.   Wow, every time I say that it gives me shivers of joy to think that is what our marriages are all about. The Lord has […]

Marriage Divine Style

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WFF-30 020908AM THE CHOICE IS YOURS!   If you are married as you listen to me this morning, then what I am about to say is what you should BE. If you are young and at home as you listen to me, then what I am sharing from God’s Word is what you should BECOME. […]

Masculinity and Femininity

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020901AM WFF-29 Prayer-10 GDGW-28 Growing Dads God’s Way-28 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 10 PRAYING THAT THEY LOVE THE WAY GOD MADE THEM AS BOYS AND GIRLS Each of us were built to a perfect and intricate set of plans, engineered by God Himself. Within every cell of our body is […]

Learning to Always be Submissive to God

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WFF-27 020825AM Romans 13:1 reminds us there is no authority except from God. Since He alone is the sovereign ruler of the universe (Ps. 62:11; 103:19; 1 Tim. 6:15), The Lord has placed no less than four different levels of authority on earth: 1)    Political: the government over all citizens; 2)    Spiritual: the church over […]

How to Really Love Someone

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WFF-26 020818AM Young Gandhi with a Christian Family[1] While attending a university in London, Mahatma Gandhi the future leader who would sway the hearts of hundreds of millions of his own people in India, became almost convinced that the Christian religion was the one true, supernatural religion in the world. Upon graduation, and still seeking […]

Praying for Avoiding Bitterness

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WFF-25 020804AM Will you be taken off guard when troubles hit home? When unexpectedly you loose your health, loose your wealth, loose a family member, loose your mobility, loose your independence…or any other of a million unexpected losses we all face each day.   This morning God’s Word challenges each of us to get ready […]

How to Pray for Purity

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WFF-23 020721AM Jesus prayed for holy living in us who would live in the future. He knew how bad it would be. Jesus spoke of terrible days ahead for this world. He sent His beloved John on a journey ahead in time to see that Tribulation. The character of that world is stated in Revelation […]

Graduating with Honors

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WFF-22 010521AM This past year 2.7 million young people graduated from High School and most of them were launched into their adult life of college and their following career. They graduated because they finished a set of scholastic requirements. But for those in Christian homes, did they pass the spiritual requirements for graduation from home? […]

Lord, Teach Me to Pray

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WFF-21 020714AM Prayer is one to the few things we are asked to unceasingly be involved with. If prayer is something we are to do unceasingly, then we better know how to do it properly!   When God’s Word teaches us how to pray, it is very profitable to notice what God doesn’t teach us […]

What Happens When Parents Pray?

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020707AM WFF-20 Prayer-3 GDGW-20 Growing Dads God’s Way-20 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 3 What happens when parents pray? One of my great heroes of the faith is a missionary who lived from 18241907. His name was John Paton, and he was born1 in a “farm cottage not far from Dumfries, […]

Powerful Parental Prayers

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WFF-19 020630AM What kind of father prepared John G. Paton for that kind of perseverance[1][2] — another fifty years of rugged, faithful missionary labor? Paton’s father, James, was converted at seventeen and immediately convinced his mother and father that the family should have morning and evening prayer together.  Paton writes about his father: “And so […]

How to Parent Through Prayer

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WFF-18 020623PM By now we are all asking the same thing aren’t we? How could we ever do anything of this magnitude? How can we penetrate the lives of our children with these truths? How can we see God unleashed in their lives? How can we every day be actively using God’s Word and seeing […]

Character God Blesses in Moms and Dads

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WFF-17 020623AM No actually it was one of the greatest times of ministry I have ever had especially because I felt so unable to communicate with them and so as the Lord promised when we are weak – they He can be strong through us. Thanks so much for praying. On the 2500-mile drive I […]

Mile Markers on the Road of Godly Parenting

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WFF-16 020512PM As I sat for about 92 hours over these past few days behind the steering wheel, often moving at 102 feet per second, I started noticing how many details the Interstate Highway System has incorporated to keep the millions of us drivers on the right road. Now with all that in mind, if it takes […]

Mile Markers on the Road of Godly Families

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WFF-15 020512AM May I remind you of just a few of the markers I saw along those thousands of miles I drove? Here are some of the more interesting and most frequent of all: There are painted white stripes between highway lanes that average 12 feet long with an unpainted space of about 20 feet […]

Mothers of the Promise

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WFF-14 890514AM Scriptures are specific when we speak to the blessed theme of motherhood. In fact: God is interested in individuals – 2,930 individuals named. God is interested in women, 327 are women, nearly all mothers. We know more specifics and good things about women from God’s word than any other ancient document. Let’s go […]

Wanted – Godly Men

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930523AM WFF-13 GROWING DADS GOD’S WAY LESSON-13 WANTED: GODLY MEN PSALM 15; I TIM 3 There has probably been few times in the history of this planet when it has been harder to be a man of god than today … The outlook is dismal when you examine the forces of the darkness of this […]

How to Be a Wonderful Dad

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010617AM WFF-12 Fathers GDGW-12 HOW TO BE A WONDERFUL DAD AND FATHER On my first Father’s Day as I was serving on staff as a new pastor in California, someone passed out to all of us a Father’s Day tract. I read it, thought about it, and finally taped it into the front cover of […]

A Godward Home

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WFF-11 000911PM Loving God supremely, that was perhaps the greatest mandate God’s Word has ever given to us as believers. In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 “This is the first and great commandment. […]

Will Your Teen Graduate in Godliness

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WFF-11 000911PM The Oxford American Dictionary defines the word graduate as “the successful completion of a recognized course”. And graduation as the “ceremony for a successful completion of a recognized course or a mark of measurement”. Of course we graduate because there is a set of requirements that have been laid down by others for […]

No Regret Families

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WFF-09 011112PM  DO YOU KNOW THAT A NO REGRET MARRIAGE AND FAMILY IS A WONDERFUL BLESSING FROM THE LORD? 2 Timothy 4:6-7 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I […]

Godly Women and Mothers

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930516AM WFF-08 GDGW-8 Growing Dads God’s Way-08 FAMILY SERIES: WOMEN MARK 14:3-10 Godly Women and Moms OPEN YOUR BIBLES TO MARK 14:3-10 Its just a day before the end of Christ’s earthly ministry. On this night before that long last supper/betrayal night, one of the most touching scenes from the ministry of Christ occurs. A […]

How to Encourage an Excellent Mother

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WFF-07 010513AM So this morning we join our nation as together we honor our mothers. Mothers are quite a precious commodity, aren’t they?  Each of us owes our very existence to our Mom! And in the flurry of phone calls, cards, dinners, flowers, and gifts we express our love. Why? Because it is Biblical. Turn […]

How to Be a Father of the Word

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WFF-06 991208PM He said, “My family’s all grown, and the kids are all gone.  But, if I had to do it all over again, this is what I’d do: I would love my wife more in front of my children. I would laugh with my children more–at our mistakes and our joys. I would listen […]

Joseph – A Model Dad

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WFF-05 991201WE John Paton was a Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides, islands that are today called Vanuatu, located one thousand miles north of New Zealand and four hundred miles west of Fiji.  Paton arrived November 4, 1858, on the island of Tanna at the age of thirty-four, with his wife, Mary Ann.  A son […]

How to Raise Beautiful Daughters

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WFF-04 991110WE The Most Beautiful Women in God’s Word This morning may I introduce again the beautiful woman of God’s Word? Mary, the mother of James and Jesus! –        Who is presented as the most honored woman in the Bible? Mary –        Who was chosen out of all the women in the whole world to raise […]

How to Raise Pure Kids

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WFF-02 990922WE In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was the decade of protest-church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it. In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism, dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. […]

How to Lead a Family Altar

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WFF-01 990915WE Have you looked at your Bible that way this week? It is the exact and perfect and errorless guide to maintenance (how to stay victorious), Fuel needs (how to grow by eating spiritually), Warranty questions (assurance of salvation) and so on. There is nothing more vital nor practical than to consult the Owner’s […]

Refuge for the Loneliness of Life-Family Conflict

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COR-08 050731AM Loneliness “is the most desolate word in all human language.  It is capable of hurling the heaviest weights the heart can endure. It plays no favorites, ignores all rules of courtesy, knows neither border nor barrier, yields no mercy, refuses all bargains, and holds the clock in utter contempt.  It cannot be bribed; it […]

Spirit Filled Believers Want to Avoid Eli’s Idolatry of Neglect

120819AM Choice-5 Tragic Eli.doc Choices Every Spirit-Filled Believer should make Choice #5: Spirit-Filled Believers Want to Avoid Eli’s Idolatry of Neglect CHO-05 I Samuel 1-5 On Father’s Day we began looking at Four Choices every godly dad should make. We saw there are four dads that display an attribute that God especially points out in […]

Spirit Filled Believers are Learning How to Friend God for Life

120805AM Choice-4 God’s Friend.docx Choices Every Spirit-Filled Believer should make Choice #4: Spirit-Filled Believers Are Learning How to Friend God for Life CHO-04 Genesis, John & James     Sometimes a person gets tagged, and that tag sticks with them through life. The same is true in the Bible, when God tags a person in […]

Spirit Filled Believers Can Lead Their Lives & Families like Abraham and not Suffer the Losses Lot Suffered

120729AM Choice-3 Leading Abraham.doc Four Choices Every Spirit-Filled Believer should make Choice #3: Spirit-Filled Believers Can Lead Their Lives & Families Like Abraham and Not Suffer the Losses Lot Suffered Genesis 13-19 CHO-03 Anyone who has ever been in marketing, sales, or advertising knows that a celebrity endorsement can incredibly change the success of a […]

How Godly Dads Can Bless Their Chlidren

On Father’s day perhaps the greatest question every husband and father should ponder is, “Am I fulfilling my high calling from God to bless my wife and children?”

Today as we open to I Peter 3, we proclaim the incredible duty that God has given to husbands and fathers to bless those around them in their life and family.

God’s Word declares that He has chosen husbands to lead their homes and marriages with Christlike love. Jesus showed us how to love by His example to His disciples. Part of what every born again husband and father will stand before Christ’s Throne and explain is how he did at blessing his wife and family with Christ’s sacrificial love.

The Myth of the Perfect Family

There are 1189 chapters in the Bible. As we open to Psalm 127-128, we open to two of the most beautiful pictures of marriage and family life in all of God’s Word, captured on paper for us to read. God allows us to see marriage and family life from His perspective, with children described as growing like these healthy green, fruitful trees, entwined lovingly into our lives as parents, and growing with us in godliness. 

The picture seen in this Psalm would be the dream come true for every parent who knows and loves God today. But we must balance this picture with the reality taught by the other 1187 chapters of God’s Word:

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