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June 13, 2018
June 12, 2018, 1:45 PM
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."  Joshua 24:15 
     What does it mean to be responsible?  That sounds like a strange question, but we live in a culture that constantly casts blame on others.  We often hear the phrase ?it's not my fault?.  It is always much easier to blame someone else rather than take responsibility for our own actions.  The attitude of blaming someone else goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  Eve blamed the devil for her actions whereas Adam blamed Eve.  Adam also went so far as to blame God for even creating the woman to be with him.  We haven't made progress over the years and each generation seems less responsible.
     We all have a problem accepting responsibility.  Some struggle more than others.  Until we understand our salvation in Christ, we really do not fully understand taking responsibility.  The only way that we can be saved is to take responsibility for our sinful life by admitting guilt and fault.  Once we admit that we indeed are guilty of sin and need a savior, we can then accept the only remedy available to us.  The only remedy we have for sin is the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary's cross.  All this talk about responsibility brings up the day we will celebrate this Sunday.  Dads, its Father's Day, and you have a huge responsibility!  You are to be the spiritual leader of your home.  There are many passages that address that role.  One of the major problems we face today is that fathers are not fulfilling the role for which God has called them. 
     We know that the home is, and has been for quite some time, in turmoil.  Children are growing up without the continual presence of a male role model.  The male role model they do see does not serve as the spiritual leader.  God intends for the home to be the primary place where children learn about Jesus.  God also intends for spiritual training to be a part of a daily routine.  Who does God expect to be that spiritual leader?  Dads!  We must remember that whatever task God gives us to accomplish (including spiritual leadership), He will always thoroughly equip us.  Parents often seem to forget that there will be an accounting as to whether their children were taught and nurtured in the ways of Jesus.  There is no time like the present for making changes.  You can start today being the dad that God has called you to be.  Even if your children are grown, you can make changes now that can affect generations to come.  We pray that you are all having a great week and to all our dads ?Happy Father's Day!

                                                                                                                                      We love you,
                                                                                                                                      Brad and Virginia