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The World's Greatest Dad

  • He said, 'Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.' Mark 14:36 WEB

    After growing up in the Bible Belt, my image of God was as a complete disciplinarian, an angry, white-haired, lightning bolt throwing super being who stalked me. He was rightly called 'The Lion of Judah.' He was always watching, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting soul that broke one of those precious commandments. There were a lot of those in the Bible, and no one here seemed to know for sure which ones that we should keep, so each family kind of pick and chose what fit them.

    I mean animal sacrifice was out in the traditional sense, but we happily ate pigs and catfish. Looking back, I am pretty sure that 'love your neighbor' wasn't on our list as I never head it mentioned. God didn't seem to notice all of the bad things that were happening in the world either, but if you were to go dancing, to an R rated movie, or spend a night on the town with friends, you would surely burn in hell.

    It was rare for me to go to church at all when I was little, and never once as a family. When my older brother Randy once invited us all to a revival, my stepmom made Dad choose between taking her, or his kids. He took us.

    I remember visiting the local church with a friend one night and they showed a movie called: 'The Burning Hell' which showed people like me, on fire and screaming. It made God seem sadistic. He sure had put an awful lot of work into developing methods that brought the maximum torture to sinners. Horrific pictures of Jesus, nailed to a cross, wearing a crown of thorns and bleeding, only enforced the idea.

    In stark contrast, my Dad on earth was the greatest. In fact, that is what we engraved on his tombstone: 'The World's Greatest Dad.' My mom left when I was one, and dad struggled to raise three boys on his own and work full time. He made huge sacrifices to keep us together when social services tried to adopt us out, but that is too long to share here. Suffice it to say that he would have given his life for his children.

    In Aramaic 'Abba' is the English word that we use for 'Daddy.' Jesus called His Heavenly Father, 'Daddy.' This is an intimate, personal connection. Jesus could have used a dozen other names, but the night that He needed His Father the most, He chose this one. So I had a great Dad, but from my distorted childhood viewpoint, it seemed like Jesus had an awful one. My Dad was loving and forgiving, where His lived for the day of the great white throne judgment.

    Somehow, the church had managed to reverse the roles of God and satan. As I grew older and began to build a relationship with our Heavenly Father, instead of just hearing what others said about Him, I learned that He was even better to me than my own Dad. He loves me. As I began to intentionally invite Him to be a part of my life, we grew closer, and He began to move in my life. He is the world's greatest Dad and full of surprises. When I do mess up, He helps me get back up instead of destroying me in a fiery explosion of 'righteous anger.'

    God is tender hearted, and He has feelings. He is loving, caring, forgiving, merciful, faithful, patient, kind, peaceful. He keeps His promises. He really does love you, and He has the best plan for your life. He will remove your past and wash you as white as snow. He will leave the ninety-nine sheep to seek the one that wandered off. Invite Jesus to be a part of your life. Read the gospels and learn about what He was like. It turns out that He has more in store for us here than punishment. We have hope and a future.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please reveal Yourself to me in a special way like only You can. Draw me into a deeper relationship with You and speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me to see the real You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:18). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
November 8, 2019
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for being our and my Heavenly Father!❤️
November 8, 2019
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

November 8, 2019
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

November 8, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

November 8, 2019
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Yes Father, reveal yourself to me as only you can. Amen  Thank Pastor Dion.

November 8, 2019
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. 

November 8, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen, I live for a true relationship with my Heavenly Father!

November 8, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: November 8, 2019

Thank you Eternal Abba Father for Your love and patience, for everything, and for holding my future in your hands!!! Praise, honor and worship to Thee forever more, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Three in One, Lord God Almighty!!!

November 8, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

November 8, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

November 13, 2019