Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World

The Complete Father

June 22, 2020 Pastor Dave Tucker Season 4 Episode 3
Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
The Complete Father
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Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
The Complete Father
Jun 22, 2020 Season 4 Episode 3
Pastor Dave Tucker

In this Father's Day podcast, Dave tells the Story of his father and how much he loves and sacrifices for his family. Dave compares that to the love that God has for all of His Children. This podcast is based on Job 1:1-5 and was originally Presented June 21st 2020 at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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In this Father's Day podcast, Dave tells the Story of his father and how much he loves and sacrifices for his family. Dave compares that to the love that God has for all of His Children. This podcast is based on Job 1:1-5 and was originally Presented June 21st 2020 at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

THE COMPLETE FATHER

JOB 1:1-9

 

In the last church I served, I started a thing. It was something that I created and it sorta became my trademark. You will not find this anywhere else, because I made it up… It’s called Dave’s Top Ten! (Some of ya’ll are already laughing! The other church really liked it too!) I thought, it being father’s day and all, I would do a top ten list of things dads are really good at:

 

10) Smiling and saying “Just what I always wanted when he opens his present to find a necktie

 

9) Working hard

 

8) Playing hard

 

7) Practical jokes

 

6) Providing a shoulder to cry on when you and your girlfriend/boyfriend break up

 

5) Praying with and for his family

 

4) Taking the kids on camping trips that usually end up in disaster… but it’s the thought that counts.

 

3) Going shopping for mom and purchasing everything EXCEPT what was on the list

 

2) The phrase, “If you kids don’t settle down back there, I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND! (Also known as “Things I never thought I would ever say as a parent.”)

 

1) The dad joke

         I would like to do something this morning that I have never done in a sermon. This sermon is my father’s day gift to my dad. I have been to a lot of memorial services in my life… I have even officiated a few. There are always kind words and stories shared, and every time I find myself asking the question, did the one who passed on know that so many people loved them so much? In the spirit of “tell them while they’re here” I want to share some stories of my father and how, at least in my mind, he was the best father ever. Then again, perhaps most of you sitting here in the congregation will be able to relate with the stories I am about to tell. Now to be fair, my dad is not here with us today in the congregation, but my dad is a strong supporter of my ministries and he listens to all my sermons within the week that I preach them. 

         My dad, was a successful business man and he was a hard worker. He owned and operated several skilled nursing facilities throughout the state of Texas. I remember being so proud of my dad and his accomplishments that I would walk through the facilities “adopting grandparents” and telling them, whatever you need, you let me know… My dad owns this place. 

         My father worked so hard that my mother got to be a stay home mom with me and my two younger siblings. All of our needs were met and all three of his children were privileged to be educated in church schools from first grade all the way through college… It wasn’t easy for my father. He made a lot of sacrifices for his family. Thinking back, I remember my dad would on many occasions walk around with holes in the soles of his shoes. And he never bought new suits for himself…ever. Mother bought his clothes because he was so concerned about his family’s needs being met first. 

         My dad is the king of dad jokes! He would come up with a joke and would say, “I made that up, you won’t find that written anywhere!” Then, for the next several weeks, he would repeat that joke to everyone he talked to until he found a new joke. I remember my siblings and I rolling our eyes every time he repeated a joke. We knew it was coming when he would say, speaking of (whatever the conversation was about) did you hear the joke about…. And he would tell the joke before anyone could protest. “I made that up, you won’t find that written anywhere.” I will never forget, he once sent me a letter to the boarding high school I attended in Oklahoma, that was chock full of dad jokes! Something to the effect of how he read how most accidents happen sixty miles from home, so he packed up the family and moved. And there was also something about “I was going to include money with this letter, but I already sealed the envelope…”

         Because my father operated skilled nursing facilities throughout Texas, we moved a lot. I will never forget that we moved to a place where there was no church and no church school. So, what did my dad do? He rented a building large enough for us to hold church in the front and school in the back. It was a sweet setup! There were seven kids in the school, and somehow, I managed to get a suspension for talking too much… or something. My father became the lay pastor of this little church with only three families, and I couldn’t have been prouder. I could have listened to my father all day. My dad made sure we had worship first thing every morning and worship was the last activity of the day before we went to bed. My dad would always pray for us… I know he still does. I am here today, myself a father… soon to be a grandfather. I am a husband, married to my high school sweetheart… (she’s so lucky!) An I am a pastor of a loving and caring church, soon to be ordained. All this because of the influence my father has and continues to be on my life. 

         In our scripture lesson today, we read about this guy from the land of UZ named Job, who was righteous in the eyes of God. I have all kinds of struggles with this story as a whole that I will be taking a closer look at in August. But this morning, I just want our focus to be on the first part of Job. Scripture tells us that he “was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” So, the first question I have right out the chute is, “what is it that Job was doing that made him blameless and upright in the eyes of God. The answer is found, starting in verse 4: “His sons used to go and hold feasts in one another’s houses in turn; and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the feast days had run their course, Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” This is what Job always did.” The thing that made Job blameless in God’s sight was, he was a Good father, who fought and interceded for his children every day.

         I don’t know everyone here yet… this is just my third sermon here in this wonderful church community St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Not everyone has had a positive experience with their fathers. I get that. God, however is the ultimate father. God wants to show you His love. As I conclude this message today, I am going to rapid fire read off some passages of how God wants to love you as a father. If you want a transcript of today’s message so you can go back an read these passages, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to send it your way. You ready? Here we go!

 

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8)

 

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

 

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)

 

“The Father will give you whatever you ask in [Jesus’] name.” (John 15:16)

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, `Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15)

“I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18 & 2 Samuel 7:14)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us…. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his [children].” (Ephesians 1:3-5)

“[God is] the Father from whom all fatherhood derives its name.” (Ephesians 3:15)

“Now to [the Father] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)

         And for these fatherly glimpses of God, we say, “Thanks be to God! AMEN”