I want to acknowledge that a day like this, set aside to celebrate fathers, is a difficult day for many people. For some of you, it’s the first time you’ve done this since your father has passed away. Others of you have situations where your home life is nothing you look back fondly on. And even others of you were fathers but helped the mother abort the child. I want you to know that there is grace from God in the midst of all those situations.
For those who had a bad experience with their earthly father, one of the glories of Christianity is that you have a Father and he is perfect. He is without mistake. His love is completely sufficient. Many of you need to cling to that because of the damage done by your home situation.
So whatever situation you are in, we recognize that this is not an easy day for everyone, but we point you to the grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
[Read Psalm 127 and 128]
I heard Urban Meyer, the coach of Ohio State football, give a talk to high school coaches. One of the things he said in the talk was:
You don’t win or lose football games with schemes. Schemes are overrated. I can show you people winning with a particular scheme, and I can show you people who are using the same scheme and losing. They’re running the same stuff and losing. Scheme is a tiny portion of a coach’s job. You win or lose in football with players and culture.
It’s a powerful observation. We understand players. If you don’t get good enough players, you can do whatever you want to and you’re not going to be able to compete. But culture—what is culture?
In the simplest terms, culture is what we make out of the world that God has made. God is the only one that can ...
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David Prince is Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is the author of In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship and he blogs at www.davidprince.com.