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“Welcome your wandering child back home,” will likely be good advice given from pulpits this Sunday, Father’s Day.  And it is a good one and it is scripture based on the story of the Prodigal Son.  This is tied to the love of God the Father.  Good sermon but mostly predictable by regular church goers.
Then there will be many giving practical rules for good fatherhood that makes sense but have very little to do with Jesus.
Also, there will be some that are impractical.  Good advice, but impossible to do for most fathers.  “Take your son on a camping trip and give him a chance to talk,” kind of thing.  Yeah, how do I do that working at minimum wage with one week off in July!
Many sermons will be good and full of common sense, but I fear short on Jesus.

So this is my Father’s Day sermon.  It’s early so you can preach it if you like!  😀

My unpreached sermon is taken from Mark 5:22-24 and Mark 9:17.  These two scriptures that show wonderful wisdom and love of two fathers, both of whom knew how to appeal to Jesus in behalf of their children.  In one the father took Jesus to his child; in the other the father took his child to Jesus. In both cases the answer lay in connecting to Jesus!

How to do that? Let me count the ways:

  1.  Love on your child – not just love your child.  Embrace, cuddle, wrestle, bear hug.
  2.  Teach respect for, love of, and practicality of the Bible. Use Bible stories in some  form: story telling, movies, songs, rhymes
  3. Pray aloud with and for the child.  Bring thanks and problems to Jesus.
  4. Teach Jesus stories.  Invite Jesus into your lives in a daily manner.  Give Jesus a pretend chair at you dinner table, place a chair in the bedroom where Jesus can sit to watch through the night, be creative in play and arguments about Jesus being present.  Ask Jesus what he thinks about whether you need to do homework, watch TV or play ball.

Even if you do not know the Bible well, make yourself acquainted with some principles that might be needed by a child from the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus said:

  1.  You are like salt and light.  Do good to/for people.  Make them happy.
  2.  Love your enemies.  Pray for people who hurt you.  Try to do good (Paul said “as much as possible…)  Your child will need to know he will not always be able to make peace.  Then avoid problem or leave it to you (father).
  3. Keep your word.  Never lie.
  4. Be generous.  Don’t brag about it.
  5. Don’t worry, you (daddy) give security as God’s helper.
  6. Don’t judge other people, or talk bad about them.  They can tell you (like grown ups can tell God)
  7. Make good plans.

Other Bible scriptures:

  1.  Jesus loves the little children
  2.  The two scriptures above that show Jesus love for children, plus Jarius’ daughter.
  3.  Your body is to be respected as a proper place for Jesus to live.  So avoid smoking, drinking, drugs, and things that give you bad thoughts (bad movies and computer games, etc).
  4. Husband loves his wife; therefore, the child will obey his/her mother and treat her with respect.

Remember that in our Bible models, the father was the instigator and he was there! He was present! You may sometimes assign the duty to someone else, but the real answer is in the three being together—father, child, and Jesus.


Picture is mine.  My son and his grandson.



About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. mukhamani says:

    Thank you for sharing. Regards.

  2. Faye says:

    Yep! and always glad I dropped by. Thanks for sharing. I did not know it is to be Father’s Day in June where you are. We have Father’s Day in September. Always, always it is an opportunity to remember with gratitude the positive ‘Father’ figures in our lives, past and present. (my memories are of teachers the ones who encouraged, nurtured and brought out the best in me. Little girl struggling with self-doubt will always be grateful and thankful. Particularly the one who said ‘I believe one day…..you will write……always write what is your heart passion….never write to aim to be successful or known. (Treasured words from a father-figure who was also a man of God).

    • oneta hayes says:

      Wonderful that the Lord placed this man with others in your life to fulfill your need. It is much harder for those without an earthly father’s love to really understand the love of our Heavenly Father. I always have a lot to share on Father’s Day. Maybe I could adopt yours in September to go along with ours. I would have twice as much reason to write father’s stuff! 😀

  3. Salvageable says:

    Thanks for the splendid sermon! J.

  4. calensariel says:

    Beautiful post, Oneta. Unfortunately I have a feeling a LOT of sermons these days are devoid of much Jesus at all. But I believe there’s hope. Bran read me a bit of an article yesterday that said millenials (sp?) are tired of all the entertainment/multipurpose/mini-mall type churches. They want a sanctuary and a good reflective sermon. We just gotta hold on a bit longer. The pendelum (sp?) is beginning to turn. (Seems my myasthenia gravis has stolen my spelling ability as well. Too laze to look up the words at the moment!)

    • oneta hayes says:

      You’ve got no problem spelling that I can’t read! I’m a teacher, remember? I’m encouraged by your comment and I like your optimism. (And I’m not going to correct your spelling!) ha 😀

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