June 2019, Vol. 38, No. 6

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Honoring Dads

posted on June 1, 2019

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Sonora Dodd is usually considered the architect of the American event called “Father’s Day.” Sonora’s father raised 6 children after his wife’s death, and Sonora felt that such dads were worthy of double honor. 

But the concept of honoring our fathers didn’t originate in the U.S.A. God was the first to urge people to honor their pops (and moms). It was one of the original 10 commandments (Exodus 20:12). It was repeated under the New Testament (Ephesians 6:2). Ephesians 2 calls it “the first command with a promise.” The promise being “long life in the land.”

Some folks were not blessed with good fathers. That is regrettable. However, if you honor your father – whether he is still with us or not – God will bless you. He has promised. 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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