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Proverb 17:6, “...the glory of children are their fathers.”

The Need of the Father in the Home

Joshua 24:1-15

A. In many ways, men are more publicly visible than women.

B. In the role of the parent, however, men are less visible than women.

C. The "invisibility" of fathers is most evident in the area of the spiritual up bringing of the children.

I. The Visible Father Believes in Morality and Dedication to God.

A. Joshua in calling the nation of Israel to serve God boldly proclaimed his belief and stand on the matter. "Choose you this day whom you will serve."

B. Our families need men like Joshua, who will dedicate themselves to the Lord, and be a godly influence in there families and nation.

ILLUS: My father never took me to any sport that I can remember. Rarely, maybe once every year or so he would drive us all to the coast and have a picnic and swim in the ocean. He never took me fishing or hunting though both were things I loved to do. My dad was a hard working man earning a living as a mechanic for five children and my mother. I say with all the sincerity I dad did not neglect the important things in life. He lived a godly life, taught us to pray and took us to church for every service.

Months before he died, he and I were talking and he told me how much he regretted that he had not shown us the love he would have liked too. He said he really had a hard time expressing his love for us. I thank God that I was able to tell him that he had in fact shown us the greatest of love. In every thing he did he showed he cared for us and wanted only God's best for us. No, he did not know how to show a touchy feely type of love, but his love was clearly evident to me and I thank the Lord for him. He never neglected us and it had a vital impact on my life.

II. The Visible Father Makes a Stand and Set the Example for What is Right.

A. Joshua was willing to take an unpopular stand..."choose you this day whom you will for me..

B. Today's visible Father too may have to stand alone.

III. The Visible Father Takes Responsibility and Leads His Family in the ways of God.

A. He unselfishly, lives his life with his family. Every decision he makes includes his family and their spiritual and physical welfare.

B. The visible father also makes no decision for his family without including himself.

ILLUS: One parent tries to discipline and teach the child what is right. The other parent makes little of doing right, and by their life style and speak show the child it is not important to them, who then does the child follow? The answer is the child has the sinful nature we all do and he will be drawn by this carnal nature to do wrong.

If one parent loves God and the other doesn't. Most times it is the one who doesn't who has the greater influence. Parenting is a team effort. Parents who live contradicting lives will destroy the stable life the child needs. The child will be often confused and grow up with indecision as the pattern of their lives.

C. The Visible Father, who follows God, makes every effort to be at home, to lead, guide, teach and counsel his children.


1. Let us honor fathers who are the "visible" ones, who love and serve God.

2. Let us honor the father who is both the wage earner and the spiritual leader in his family.

3. Let us too, each of us stand in our family, our church, our community and nation for the principles of the Bible and do what is pleasing to God.

4. There is much talk among our politicians about "family values." Family values are values of the home, and can not be legislated by Washington, DC. True family values are Biblical principles given to us by God. They can chance our families for the better...only if men and women will turn to God and commit themselves to God and their families.


The following truthful words are from the eloquent author, Dr. Henry Makow . . .

“Mary is one of millions of men and women (including myself) who do not have families because of a covert campaign of psychological warfare waged against heterosexual society. This Rockefeller-sponsored program of social engineering and eugenics is waged under the guise of 'feminism' and 'equality.' The pill, sexual liberation and the mainstreaming of homosexuality are all part of it.

The aim is to degrade, depopulate and destabilize humanity by divorcing sex from procreation and by pretending gender roles are social and not biological in origin.

Women have been brainwashed to usurp the male role and abandon the female. The resulting conflict and confusion leads to a breakdown of marriage and family. This produces dysfunctional people who are obsessed with sex and look to the corporate media and state for values and direction.”

SOURCE: - When Love is a One-Night Stand

Dr. Henry Makow