Father's Day

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Principles of Fatherhood

The facts:

There are an estimated 72.2 million fathers in the United States

There are 24.6 million fathers in a married two-person household with kids younger than 18 years of age.

There are 2 million single fathers in the United States.

17% of all single-parent households are single fathers.

The percentage of children without a father in the United States is 43% (US Census Bureau)

90% of runaway and homeless children are from fatherless homes (National Institute of Justice)

The percentage of a rapist with rage that came from a fatherless home 80% (National Institute of Justice)

70% of minors housed in state facilities are from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept of Justice, 1988)

39% of inmates housed in jail are from homes with an absent father (U.S Dept of Justice, 2002)

The rate of abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per thousand versus the rate of abuse and neglect in a two-parent household which is 15.5 children per thousand (Center of Disease and Control)

Children are 4 times more likely to be in poverty from a lack of a father in the home (2017 U.S. Census Bureau)

Children without a father are more likely to show disciplinary issues (2017 U.S. Census).

71% of all high-school dropouts are from a fatherless household (National Center for Education Statistics)

Teenage repeat offender arsonist is 90% more likely to be from an absent father household (Psychology Today, 1985)

The percentage of adolescents in substance abuse treatment facilities who are from fatherless homes is 75% (National Institute of Justice)

71% of teenagers who are pregnant come from a fatherless home (United States Department of Health and Human Services)

63% of youth suicides happen in households with an absent father (United States Department of Health)

Teen girls without a father are 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teenager (2017 U.S. Census).

85% of children with behavioral disorders are from homes without fathers (Center for Disease Control)

The percentage of minors in prison who grew up without a father is 85% (Texas Department of Corrections, 1992)

Kids with fathers who are involved in their lives are more likely to do better in school than kids who don’t have a father in the home (United States Department of Health and Human Services)

If a child has a father in the home, they are 40% less likely to repeat grade school (National Center for Education Statistics)

Preschoolers with an involved father figure develop better verbal skills (United States Department of Health and Human Services)

Kids experience fewer behavior issues in school when a father figure is active in their life (United States Department of Health and Human Services)

Girls develop stronger math skills when growing up with a father figure (United States Department of Health and Human Services)

Boys get better grades in school when a father figure is active in their life (United States Department of Health and Human Services)

Fathers are important!

Fatherhood is often the missing ingredient.

2 Timothy 1:1–7 NKJV
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Sons and daughters carry the wood. Fathers carry the fire.

Genesis 22:6–8 NKJV
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

A father needs to point his child in the right direction.

1 Timothy 1:15–18 NKJV
15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
1 Timothy 1:19 NKJV
19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,
1 Timothy 1:20 NKJV
20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
2 Kings 13:14–20 NKJV
14 Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face, and said, “O my father, my father, the chariots of Israel and their horsemen!” 15 And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.” So he took himself a bow and some arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. 17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.” 20 Then Elisha died, and they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab invaded the land in the spring of the year.

The best example a father can give is to live a life of dedication to God.

2 Corinthians 6:13–14 NKJV
13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:15–18 NKJV
15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” 17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
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