Tag: Fatherhood

Witness Well

A Father’s Advice to a 21-year old college student

I believe it is very challenging being a Christian in college these days.  While trying to remain in the faith while at the same type finding your identity, career path, even a future spouse, I imagine it can be overwhelming.  I think this may be especially true to fend off sexual temptation.  If I could …

Letter to my daughter

Dear daughter: One of the more disappointing aspects of playing sports is getting injured.  I know this is your second knee surgery in less than a year and once again, you had to miss out in the national tournament.  And that is disappointing.  When you hurt, we hurt as parents as well.  I’m proud that …

People aren’t perfect — and how we respond to them is what really matters

The following are excerpts from a letter I recently wrote to my daughter in college. “I was reading my Bible this morning and was beginning to read 2 Thessalonians, when I had to pause after reading the fourth verse.  Paul was “boasting” about the perseverance of the Christians and how they we holding on to …

Regrets — A somber view from the finish line of life

“The question to ask at the end of life’s race is not so much, “What have I accomplished?” but “Whom have I loved, and how courageously?”     (Geoff Gorsuch) The look in their eyes made a deep impression with me.  The look of regret.  The pain etched in disappointment.  The grief associated with knowing that they …

Childhood: Is there a day wasted?

A new father quickly learns that fatherhood is a process of discovery.  When a man decides to be a committed father, he is in for plenty of surprises.  One of the first discoveries is totally unexpected.  A wonderful, powerful love awakens within causing men to break open a hidden hatch of emotions we never thought …

A Father’s Victory Over Temptation

“Then the devil left him, and the angels came and attended him.”   (Matthew 4:11) Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness and was tempted by Satan three times.  The temptations Satan used reached to the core of a man’s heart.  And for a father, the intent of the temptation is to drive him apart from …

A Father’s Dilemma: Testing God against Temptation

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, he had to confront Satan’s dare to test God.  Fathers also fall into the trap of testing God by testing sin.  Our rebellious bravado causes our mind to forget that many mightier than us have succumbed.  By keeping our eyes focused on God’s mission for our life, we …

A father’s game plan to fight temptation

Temptations abound for a young father today.  Ordained by God to be a minister to the next generation, Satan will do all he can to remove a young man from this most holy calling.  The Bible not only gives us power and instruction, but also specific examples on how to conquer temptations in our lives.  …