Dear Legacy Dads,
We read in Thessalonians that, we as spiritual fathers, are to comfort, encourage and urge you to live a life worthy of Jesus Christ our Lord. That being said, I have noticed some things as I watch in season and out of season our men leading their families. I see men of all creeds leading their kids recklessly in sports (Football, Baseball, Soccer and you name it) in coaching, training, lessons and all sorts of travel leagues. I see dads who work so hard for the American Dream that they never forget to file all of their expenses entertaining and traveling to nurture their clients and grow their businesses, but the one expense that should be their greatest focus gets lost in the filing: Their wife and kids. I see some dads who are so active in the community and social clubs and everything outside of the home, but their number one priority (that is, their actual top investment: Their family) is completely ignored. I see some dads so completely engulfed in everything that matters to them and ignoring their wife and children, why? Because they simply do not prioritize God’s decree on a legacy dad’s number one mission: Their family!!!
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Dear Legacy Dad Readers,
If Lance and/or I were to ask you what you Bible says about you? How would you answer? If we were to ask you what is your Bible speaking to you? What would your answer be? Could your defend your faith? Could you give a kind, but reasonable answer to a non-believer? The older I get (almost 50), the more I realize that the closer you get to God (through His word) the more you will see Him in your life and the less of you. The less that you spend time with God (through His word), the more that you look like the world. The latter of this is considered lukewarm by Jesus Christ. Hear what He has to say to us in the Book of Revelation on being lukewarm:
Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV) 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
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Those of you who know me personally or follow my posts know that I have a love/hate relationship with God’s Church. I love God and his people but every time I get too involved in local churches and ministry, I’m often left scratching my head and wondering how our modern churches are nothing like the Early Christian Church and the New Testament. Personally, I’ve been involved with, led, and work with others who are involved with grass roots, unconventional ministry models. These ministry groups often reach people who would normally never come to church and have led many current believers to deeper relationships with Christ and authentic discipleship.
However, some local churches today are often very skeptical to allow these types of ministries as they are seen as radical and unconventional. When I talk about challenging Christians to live their faith daily and to be held accountable in an effort to grow spiritually, many pastors shy away as this may hurt some people’s feelings. Translation – “We don’t want to challenge or push people to grow in their faith. We just want a nice, passive congregation.”
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Lance and I would like to wish all of you legacy dads a very happy fathers day! Thank you for being willing to step up and to get out of the boat making a difference in others’ lives. Whether you are a dad, grandfather, spiritual father (coach, mentor) we want to thank you for taking the legacy dad approach.
This past weekend, some legacy dads and myself took all of our kids (minus a college student) on a weekend camping trip. Imagine just for a moment: 4 Dads, 11 kids (ranging from 4 years old thru 13 years old) and no moms. We came, we saw, we ate, slept and conquered. These men are in my small group and we have grown into a very solid community who are walking together and doing life together.
All of these dads have a lot to offer. They are all gifted and natural born leaders who are on a journey of faith and living in the American way of life. Trying to live a life worthy of God and also trying to leave a legacy for their wives and kids. These guys are true grit and we would do anything for each other, including giving their shirts off their back if the other was in need. One of the four dads is ending a nine year stint as a Deacon in our church (one who has a heart of an Elder and I cannot wait to see him move into that role down the road) The other two amaze me, because although they are “new” in their walk and prayer lives, they are gifted with leadership talent beyond belief.
I am thankful for these brothers because they mean so much to me. I am thankful for their wives because they mean so much to us. I am thankful for their children because they are fun to watch and to see them grow and to see the way that they look at their dads. I pray for these brothers daily that they would continue to stand up against the ways of this world, to get out of the boat of complacency and to walk out onto the water of faith and see what God has in store for their lives.
To all of our readers, thank you for being faithfully committed to making a difference in your life, your families lives, your church lives and in your community.
I started this journey and website over 12 years ago, back when my children were 6 and 5 years old. Quite simply, I wanted to raise children who had Godly character, engaged the world, and used their lives to have an impact for God’s kingdom. I haven’t been actively posting on Legacy Dad the past year because, quite frankly, I’ve been in the trenches, engaged in raising teenagers, and preparing to launch them into adulthood. In my opinion, this is a critical time in my children’s lives and the decisions they make will have more long terms implications. However, the road has not always been easy and things have not always gone as planned…
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Luke 6English Standard Version (ESV)
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
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1 Timothy 6:5English Standard Version (ESV)
5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain
2 Timothy 4:3-4English Standard Version (ESV)
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
Acts 20:28-30English Standard Version (ESV)
28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that
after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
1 John 4:1-6English Standard Version (ESV)
Test the Spirits
4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
“Today’s church cannot remain faithful if it tolerates false teachers and leaves their teachings uncorrected and unconfronted.” -Albert Mohler
VIDEO: FALSE TEACHERS BY SHAI LINNE (TEST THE SCRIPTURE IN THIS)
Note: Legacy Dad posts this video for you to test the Scriptures in order to see if you agree with Shai Linne about who and what is False Teaching). In all that you do, test the Scriptures. Test and pray and ask God to use His word to guide you to the truth.
John 15:13 (ESV) “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
On behalf of Legacy dad we would like to thank you to all the brave military who have sacrificed for this great country. For those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with integrity, perseverance, bravery and valor and have won and lost loved ones through and through – thank you for all that you have done, do and will continue to do. Thank you to the families who have sacrificed and who still risk this day for our freedoms.