Father's Day

Sermon by Samuel Cho

Father's Day

Today is father's day. Every 3rd Sunday is father's day in the United States. Mr. Smart is a father that once lived in Washington State. He was a veteran of the Civil War and eventually retired from the military service. After his service in the Civil War, Mr. Smart returned home to find that his wife had passed away. Mr. Smart had 6 children who lost their mother.

Mrs. Sonora Smart is one of the 6 children that survived and she wanted to remember how her father took care of the family after the death of her mother. She has since married and now knows how difficult it is to raise children.

President Lyndon Johnson initiated a father's day holiday on every 3rd Sunday in June. It was not until 1972 under the Nixon administration, that Fathers Day officially became a national holiday.

There are many beautiful stories about great fathers. I saw a documentary about Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick has cerebral palsy. He does not use his hands and feet very well and his motor skills are very limited. One day his father, Dick, took him to a 5 mile race. Dick pushed his son Rick in a wheelchair in a 5 mile race. Rick told his father that when we run together, I forget that I am disabled. Since then, the father trained with his son everyday. They trained for the marathons in Boston and New York. They eventually swam together and rode a bicycle together. They trained for the triathlon which consists of 1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling, and 10 km running. Dick harnesses Rich to swim, bicycles with Rick on the handlebars, and pushes Rick in his wheelchair. They have participated in over 950 events including 6 triathlons.

All of you think about this wonderful father. What kind father I am?

Her name is Oprah Winfrey. She is an outstanding role model for women in the United States. However when she was young, she went out of her home and became a street girl. At that time, her father found her and guided her into the right direction. She is now a famous television talk show host today and is one of the richest women in the United States. In order to honor her
father, he has established scholarship foundation under her fathers name. She said if my father did not correct me at that time, I would not be what I am today.

The Bible commands children to obey your parents. In the Lord, you must obey your parents. If your parents believe in Jesus, obey your parents. If your parents do not believe in Jesus Christ, then you must obey them, except if they ask you not to believe in Jesus. Honor your father and mother. If you do not respect your father and mother, how can you love and respect others?

The Bible commands each father and mother to do these things: do not exasperate your children.
Since we have immigrated to this country, there are many problems; language, culture and generation gap.

Day by day we recognized that the gap between children and parents is getting larger. Your children are not your personal belonging. They have personal character and are in the likeness of God. They are very important people to God. God entrust his children for you to take care them well. All fathers should respect their childs personality. Therefore do not simply be angry with them. Instead of being angry, try to find mutual understanding, guide them in the right direction, and try to have a good relationship between parents and children. In order to these things, teach your children the word of God.

As father and mother:
1. I will not be angry at our children
2. I will respect our children because they are in the image of God
3. I will improve my relationship with our children by loving, understanding, conversing and teaching the word of God.
As children:
4. I will honor and obey my parents.

Ephesians 6:1-4
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--
3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

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