Fearfully & wonderfully made – JAM

A recent USA-Today article referenced a book by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, The Male Brain. Past research has shown when a wife becomes pregnant, there are hormonal changes that help prepare her for motherhood, but now it has been discovered that the soon-to-be father also experiences hormone changes that help to prepare him for fatherhood. It seems that this is God’s provision to help ensure the forthcoming baby is given all it needs to survive and thrive. It also shows that if a mother and father neglect their baby, they have to work at it! It runs contrary to the laws of nature! But one other thought: once again this emphasizes how fearfully and wonderfully we are made by our Creator. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess.

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My Father, Gone But Not Forgotten

I lost my dad to cancer back in ’89. He was 75. He was the best of common men. No extraordinary awards. No accolades. Just a really good man who worked hard and loved his God and family. He was an elder, a peacemaker, and a kind soul.

He cried when he laughed. I’m smiling and crying right now so I guess it’s time to stop. I thank God for my wonderful daddy.

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Hated Term

n honor of Father’s Day, let me say that I HATE the term, “Baby Daddy!

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The Prodigal’s Dad

The prodigal son of Luke 15 is well known among Bible students, but what about the prodigal’s father?

There are, however, some great lessons provided by the prodigal’s dad.

  1. The prodigal’s father was not required to give his younger son his third of the inheritance, but he did anyway. Doesn’t this tell us something about our Heavenly Father?
  2. When the prodigal returned, his father kissed him again and again (15:20), the perfective use of katephilēsen.
  3. The prodigal’s dad was ready to forgive his son and fully restore him.
    1. He had the BEST robe put on him.
    2. He instructed to bring “the ring” and put it on him. Lockyer, in his “All the Parables of the Bible,” says this ring was probably a signet designating a familial relationship. The prodigal probably cast this ring off his finger when he left, but the Father restored it.
    3. Dad put shoes on his son’s feet. In the east, slaves did not wear shoes. Only members of the family did.
    4. The Father launched a celebration because his son, who was dead is now alive. He was lost but now is found.
    5. In fact, when one examines the context of the passage, rejoicing is key to our understanding. There is rejoicing in heaven when a sinner repents (V7-10.).

The prodigal took his father’s love for granted, just as we often do our Heavenly Father’s love, but the father’s love is always there, always available, always full and free.

My Lord, I have no clothes to come to thee;

My shoes are pierced and broken by the road.

I am torn and weathered, wounded by the goad,

And soiled with tugging at my weary load

And MORE I NEED THEE, for I am very prodigal. —McDonald.

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