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Dr. Terrance Toney, Sr., Pastor

June 2022                                       Christian Education                                             Volume 1 Issue 4

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RADICAL WISDOM

I.  Sheep Without a Shepherd

     Kids are like sheep.  They’re on their way to independence, but for now, they’re powered by their youth and energy—and endangered by their lack of experience.

     Like sheep, they need a shepherd . . . someone to watch over them.  They need a dad.  A real father.  Sadly, we know many kids who are growing up without a shepherd.

     Hopefully you’re one of the dads who take their shepherding job seriously. What does a shepherding father do? 

  1. Tends - Just as shepherds know where their sheep are, fathers know where their kids are . . . physically, relationally, and spiritually. 

  2. Herds - Shepherds keep their flocks together.  Dads have the same responsibility, and that starts with staying with his wife.  You can’t keep your little sheep together if you let the two big sheep drift apart.

  3. Feeds - Shepherds are the prime providers for their sheep.  Dads need to do this for their children.  There should never be a deadbeat dad . . . especially not a Christian one.  In addition to providing for their physical needs, Dads must provide unlimited, unconditional love for their kids, as well as providing their spiritual food.

  4. Guards - Shepherds do whatever it takes to drive away anyone or anything that will hurt their sheep or lead them astray.  Dads guard their kids from external threats and avoid hurting them through anger, thoughtlessness, or neglect. 

     Most dads would leave the herd of ninety-nine to go find their one lost sheep. Will you also tend, herd, feed, and guard them?

 

Question:  Do you pay close enough attention to know when one of your sheep is drifting away?

~Matthew 18:12; Psalm 78.72; I Peter 5:2-4; Isaiah 40:11~

II.  A Father With Few Regrets

 

     There was an era in business when the “rational method” of decision-making ruled.  We created formulas and shot for the highest probability of success and the lowest of failure.  We played the odds that if we did certain things, we’d win most of the time.

     As fathers, we don’t want to “play the odds” with our kids.  No matter what we do, we can’t guarantee they’ll turn out to be wonderful, Jesus-following adults.  But we can make decisions that lead to the lowest coefficient of regret for ourselves!  We can choose not to do things you’ll regret later on.

     So many men live with scars from Dads who didn’t control their tongues and tempers.  “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  At a minimum, we must shut up.  Control our criticism and anger.  We don’t usually recognize we’re doing it . . . until it’s done.

     We longed to hear words of praise and affirmation from our Dads, but many of us never did.  It’s amazing how pride paralyzes us.  We’ll ride mechanical bulls, motorcycles, and wakeboards, but we won’t push through our fears of sounding weird or soft by telling our sons and daughters how special they are and how much we love them.

 

Are you all-in for your kids?  Are you fathering so you’ll have the least coefficient of regret down the road?

~Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; Proverbs 14:29; I Corinthians 13:4-7~

Bible Trivia Questions

The Beatitudes  ~~  Matthew 5:1-11

  1. When did Jesus give the Beatitudes? 

    • in the Sermon on the Mount

    • following His resurrection

    • while hanging on the cross

    • as He instituted the sacrament

  2. "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for _______________."

    • they shall find riches

    • they shall find joy

    • theirs is the glory of God

    • theirs is the kingdom of heaven

  3. "Blessed are they that mourn: for _________________."

    • they shall be saved

    • they shall forget

    • they shall find riches

    • they shall be comforted

  4. "Blessed are the meek: for _____________."

    • they shall find power

    • they shall become kings

    • they shall find wealth

    • they shall inherit the earth

  5. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for    ______________."

    • they shall inherit the kingdom of God

    • they shall find it

    • they shall always be righteous

    • they shall be filled

  6. "Blessed are the merciful: for ________________."

    • they shall obtain power

    • they shall obtain mercy

    • they shall obtain riches

    • they shall obtain the bread of life

  7. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for ______________."

    • they shall find joy

    • they shall see all

    • they shall gain power

    • they shall see God

  8. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for _____________."

    • they shall conquer all

    • they shall be called the children of God

    • they shall find peace

    • theirs is the kingdom of heaven

  9. "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righeousness' sake: for      __________________."

    • they shall be comforted

    • theirs is the kingdom of heaven

    • they shall find peace

    • they shall be healed

  10. "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for ______________...."

    • great is your reward in heaven

    • you shall find the grace of the Father

    • blessed shall be your family

    • great shall be your glory