After 15 years as a pastor Steve left that role in order toequip men to become the spiritual leaders of their families. As the founder of Men’s Leadership Ministries, he is a sought-after speaker who has led over 600 men’s conferences throughout North America. Pastor Chuck Swindoll testified, “Steve Farrar is right on target, he understands our times, he talks straight, he doesn’t mess around, and best of all, he walks the talk.”
Ephesians 6:4—Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
In our society virtually every moral principle accepted just decades ago is either under assault or ridiculed. Pornography represents one in every seven searches on the internet. But no matter how far our civilization descends in its insatiable lust for depravity, G0d-fearing fathers have a clear mandate. Lead your home in the training and teaching of the Lord. This is sacrosanct. The antidote to corruption is holiness which does not come by happenstance but rather deliberate, thoughtful living that includes training. Dads who love Jesus and who make it a priority to study God’s Word will make a daily difference in the world. Husbands who love their wives and commit to strong marriages have a distinct advantage in developing healthy offspring.
Mark Strong wrote in Church For The Fatherless, “Fathers today need to mark their children’s lives for God . . . If fathers fail to mark their children, other influences will.” Patrick Morley and David Delk noted in The Dad in the Mirror, "A father should focus not on getting his children to do the right things but rather to love God and others from the heart. When our children love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, the right behavior will follow . . . The goal of a father is to disciple the heart of his child to love God and others.” So, if you are father—don’t listen to what society tells you. Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit! Be encouraged. Stand up and deliver. And for those of you who are not dads, do your best to encourage and build up those who are in the battle. We need each other.
It is harder to lead a family than to rule a nation—Chinese proverb
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)