“The greatest legacy we pass on as fathers is not our inheritance. It is not even our good name. It is the spiritual heritage that we give to our children, desiring them to walk in the way of the Lord.” —Greg Laurie
The role of dad is so vitally important to the health of the home and to our nation. Consider some of these statistics:
Fatherless children are 100–200% more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems.
A child who comes from a fatherless home is 68% more likely to use drugs or alcohol, more likely to become sexually active at an early age, and three times more likely to commit a violent crime.
63% of teenagers who attempt suicide live in fatherless homes.
71% of high school dropouts are from fatherless homes.
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
Fatherless sons are 300% more likely to become incarcerated in state juvenile institutions.
Fatherless daughters who marry have a 92% higher divorce rate, and fatherless sons are 35% more likely to experience marital failure.
Fatherless daughters are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, are 111% more likely to have children as teenagers, and are 164% more likely to have an out-of-wedlock birth.
80% of teenagers admitted to psychiatric hospitals come from fatherless homes.
Fathers are important. We need dads who stay married to their wives and raise their children to follow God and be responsible—dads who are godly role models and leaders in their homes.
God has placed parents as the authorities in the life of the child. And in many ways, fathers are the representatives of God to their children. Many of the attitudes a child will develop about God will be based on their relationship with their fathers. Dads need to do everything they can to be a godly influence on their children.
“The most endangered species in America is not the Spotted Owl or the Snail Darter, but the responsible father.” –James Merritt
Saturday, March 2, 2013
“What Every Last Days Believer Needs to Know” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 13 Monday, March 4, 2013
“What Every Last Days Believer Needs to Know” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 13 Tuesday, March 5, 2013
“What Every Last Days Believer Needs to Know” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 13 Wednesday, March 6, 2013
“The Death of a Conscience” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 14 Thursday, March 7, 2013
“The Death of a Conscience” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 14 Friday, March 8, 2013
“Dinner with Jesus” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 14
Dear Pastor Greg,
I wanted to share how much A New Beginning through WLFE—Life FM, in Miami, has helped me to recover and draw back to our Heavenly Father.
Last year I went through a very difficult break-up of a six year relationship. Listening to your teachings about faith and hope confirmed that God is mending me back together and restoring my brokenness. As you’ve mentioned in your studies, “God is always with us during our trials and storms.”
He is drawing me close to Himself; I’m learning to trust in His Word and promises. Last May I felt that my whole world was shattered into pieces. Now I find myself under construction, learning to accept His will and not my own.
Be blessed always, A. S.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
“Following Jesus through the Storms of Life” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 8:23–27 Monday, February 25, 2013
“The Parable of Spiritual Growth, Part 1” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 13 Tuesday, February 26, 2013
“The Parable of Spiritual Growth, Part 2” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 13 Wednesday, February 27, 2013
“The Parable of Spiritual Growth, Part 2” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 13 Thursday, February 28, 2013
“Genuine Imitation” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 13:24–30 Friday, March 1, 2013
“Genuine Imitation” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 13:24–30
Pastor Greg Laurie,
I live in Beaverton, Oregon. Since I stay in an independent housing unit and have no car, I have not found a church. So, I listen to you. You are the first minister I’ve heard who talks about how new believers state that God spoke to them. You said it didn’t happen to you. It made me feel better, because although I felt the joy of salvation, I never experienced what people talk about in hearing God.
Maybe He does and I don‘t give Him the credit. Anyway, I wanted you to know that I enjoy listening to you. Thank you.
Have any of you Harvest Partners been using Daily Light?
It’s the auto resource that was sent out in January.
Tell me what you think of it in the comments.
Monday, February 18, 2013
“Dealing with Doubt” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 11 Tuesday, February 19, 2013
“The Unforgivable Sin” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 12 Wednesday, February 20, 2013
“The Unforgivable Sin” (Day 2) – A Message on Matthew 12 Thursday, February 21, 2013
“Come and Find Rest” – A Message on Matthew 11 Friday, February 22, 2013
“The Parable of Spiritual Growth, Part 1” (Day 1) – A Message on Matthew 13
Hi Pastor Greg,
I just wanted to tell you thank you for your Daily Devotions. I am a 22 year old soldier who was really slipping away from God. Work consumed a lot of my time. I was on duty and had an urge to read the Bible. I downloaded the Harvest app onto my phone and listened. I remember you talking about how a believer should grow up; it instantly felt like you were talking to me.
After that I told my wife and now we listen every night. You really inspired me when you mentioned soldiers in your Devotion. I really questioned my job until then. Now I feel the Lord has a plan for me. I pray your teaching can reach others as it has reached me.
For those of you on the auto donor program, you can look forward to this resource coming to your home in February.
It’s Pastor Greg’s newest book, Following Jesus in the Modern World.
Jesus calls each of us with the words he spoke to Matthew: “Follow Me.” But what does that look like in today’s society? Are there things we are holding back in our partnership with God? What does being a disciple of Christ mean in a real and practical sense?
You’ll get the answers to those questions and more in Following Jesus in the Modern World.
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