“There’s No Substitute for a Full-time Dad”

“The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but [the] latter gives his life” Craig D. Lounsbrough.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you”–Exodus 20:12.

” ‘Honor your father and mother’–which is the first commandment with a promise–‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth’ ‘–Ephesians 6:2-3.

“The commandment to honor father and mother indicates the importance of both parents. This commandment “with a promise” (Ephesians 6:2-3) shows the significance of honoring parents–“that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). Moses emphasized the importance to society (it will endure) while Paul (Ephesians 6:3) emphasized the importance to the individual (long life).”

“One of the biggest needs in our generation is for men to step into the lives of boys to train them, equip them, and cheer them on to grow up as they begin the process of ‘manning up’ “–Dennis Rainey.

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”–Barbara Johnson.

“There’s no substitute for a full-time dad. Dads who are fully engaged with their kids overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives. . . .Dads need to be available for their kids and be totally involved on many levels–physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. . . .I wonder if we all need to do a better job of listening to that gentle whisper from a God who daily reminds us to enjoy the sacred moments with those we love–especially with our precious children. They are moments we will look back on with either regret or a smile. Either way, the memory will last forever”–Coach Tony Dungy.

“A father teaches his children that the battle is not determined by the enemy that stands around them, but by the God Who stands within them. And that lesson can only be driven home as they watch their father stand around them, while God stands within their father”–Craig D. Lounsbrough.

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