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Father's Day

This Sunday is Father's Day, a day set aside to honor fathers and their place in our families and in our culture.  Most of you know where I'm going with this believers we give praise to God for He is our Heavenly Father.  We read in I Peter 1:3-5 why we should praise God, our Heavenly Father:  
1.  He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ.  We are saved because of Him and not us.
2.  He has prepared an inheritance for us in heaven that can never fade away.
3.  He is the God who keeps us secure until the final revelation of our salvation.
4.  He is the God who walks with us as He refines us by fire and purifies our faith.
Have you noticed a commonality in all these things?  It is the Father's gracious kindness towards us.  He's a giving Father.  Romans 8 defines the depth of God's giving heart for His children.  The Apostle Paul writes, "He who did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things."  

I've been told numerous times down through the years that I speak like my dad, or that I have his sense of sarcasm, or that I have his sense of humor.  For most of us there is some sense of family resemblance with our parents.  For us as believers we have a responsibility to demonstrate that we belong to the Father.  He is a giving God and we are to be a giving people, a giving family, a giving congregation.  So happy Father's Day because God is the good father.  May we all demonstrate His goodness and giving heart to so many who need to know Him.

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor