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Letters from Dad

Fathers and mentors should encourage those they lead by celebrating, challenging, and clearing a way for them.


I'd like to talk on this Father's Day to the men. There will be obvious relevance to women as well, but my express purpose today is to speak with all of us men who play a strategic role as fathers, grandfathers, mentors, or supervisors of others. If you're a young guy, pay close attention, because this vision we're going to talk about sets a picture of your calling, too. If you're a young woman, listen in, because we're going to paint a portrait of the kind of man you'll want to look for in a marriage partner or friend.

The lens through which we'll look at this subject is a letter written by Paul to the Christians who lived at Thessalonica in the Roman province of Macedonia—now part of Greece. Paul was never a father in the physical sense, but he served as a fabulous spiritual father to so many people that his insights remain incredibly helpful.

Everyone needs encouragement.

Whether it is in a church, a home, a workplace, or somewhere else, one of the primary ways God grows great families is through the principle and power of encouragement. When Paul looked upon the church he had fathered at Thessalonica long ago, his family members there needed courage and hope to live amidst challenging times. And so Paul sent them, in a sense, a "letter from Dad," summing up his desire for them in these memorable words: "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."

Kids of every age today need courage and hope, too. I think it's safe to say that there are pressures and demands bearing upon children and adults that would have been unimaginable in previous eras. I think if ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church.us, a nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Lombard, Illinois.

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Paul served as a spiritual father to many, and his insights are very helpful to men in strategic leadership positions today.

I. Everyone needs encouragement.

II. Fathers should soak up the encouragement of God.

III. Fathers should encourage by celebrating.

IV. Fathers should encourage by challenging.

V. Fathers should encourage by clearing.