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700 Club Interactive : Father’s Day - Happy and Healthy Family - June 13, 2014

What is the biggest crisis facing American homes? Bishop Harry Jackson explains. Read Transcript


Gordon: IT'S A TOUGH

JOB, BUT SOMEONE HAS TO DO

IT.

COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO

HAS RAISED KIDS UP THROUGH

ADULTHOOD, THERE IS NOTHING

LIKE DISCIPLINE.

TO ME, IT WAS LEARNING TO BE

PATIENT.

Gordon: CELEBRATING

FATHER'S DAY ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

FROM A LITTLE LEAGUE COACH

TO A PRINCESS PROTECTOR, THE

ROLE OF DAD IS DIVERSE AND

CAN BE FULL OF CHALLENGES.

WITH FATHER'S DAY RIGHT

AROUND THE CORNER, WE SAT

DOWN WITH THREE DADS WHO

SHARED THEIR HIGHS AND LOWS

ON FATHERHOOD.

MY NAME IS TIM MAYFIELD,

I'VE BEEN MARRIED 26 YEARS.

I HAVE TWO BOYS.

ONE IS 30 AND ONE IS 25.

MY NAME IS DWAYNE.

AND I'VE BEEN MARRIED FOR

EIGHT YEARS NOW.

I HAVE TWO LITTLE GIRLS.

AND THEY'RE ABOUT TO BE

SEVEN AND FIVE YEARS OLD.

MY NAT NAME IS ANTHONY

HEART.

I'M MARRIED ALMOST 10

YEARS.

I HAVE A SON INTO IS SEVEN

AND TWO DAUGHTERS, AGED FIVE

AND THREE.

IT ALLOWS YOU TO SEE WHAT

YOU'RE CAPABLE OF.

I THINK FAMILY IS YOUR

SUPPORT GROUP.

Reporter: HOW DOES

FATHERHOOD AFFECT THE WAY

YOU'RE A HUSBAND?

IT ADDS A DYNAMIC TO IT

THAT MAKES ALL PROBLEMS

INTENSIFY.

IT PUSHES ME TO BE A

BETTER HUSBAND BECAUSE I WAS

A TEACHER TO MY CHILDREN.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

AND YOUR WIFE FIGHT ABOUT

THE MOST?

OUR VIEWS AND OPINIONS ON

JUST LIFE.

MAYBE THE LACK OF

PARENTING OR THE LACK OF

CONTROL SOMETIMES.

COMING FROM SOMEBODY WHO

HAS RAISED KIDS UP THROUGH

AND INTO ADULTHOOD, THERE IS

NOTHING LIKE DEALING WITH

DISCIPLINE.

THAT WAS OUR BIGGEST

DISAGREEMENT IN OUR

MARRIAGE.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

THINK IT TAKES TO BE A GOOD

HUSBAND, FATHER, AND MAN?

TO ME, IT WAS LEARNING TO

THE PATIENT.

Reporter: DESCRIBE

FATHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS.

GIVING.

STRESSFUL.

SURPRISING.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS

GOING TO HAPPEN.

FULFILLING AND

REWARDING.

FROM THE TIME I WAKE UP IN

THE MORNING UNTIL I GO TO

BED, EVERYTHING IS FOR MY

CHIRP.

CHILDREN.

THE THINGS MY DAD POURED

INTO ME I'LL POUR INTO MY

KIDS, AND THEY'LL POUR INTO

THEIR KIDS.

WE HAVE A CHANCE TO PUT AN

IMPRINT.

Gordon: JOINING US IS

AUTHOR HARRY JACKSON, AND HE

IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK,

"IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS, AND THE

FUNCTIONAL FAMILY."

BISHOP, IT IS GREAT TO HAVE

YOU WITH US.

GOOD TO BE WITH YOU,

GORDON.

Gordon: WE SAW SOME OF

THE PRESSURES ON FATHERS IN

THAT PIECE.

IT IS INTERESTING HOW THEY

RESPONDED TO THOSE

QUESTIONS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE

GREATEST PRESSURE THAT IS ON

FATHERS TODAY?

I THINK JUST BEING

PRESENT.

WHAT WE DON'T REALIZE IS

THAT ALL OF US, AT BEST, ARE

PLACE HOLDERS FOR THE

ULTIMATE FATHER.

AND IF WE DO IT RIGHT, BY

BEING THERE, GROWING AND

DEVELOPING, WE CAN LEAD THEM

TO HIM.

AND WE REPRESENT THE

OMNICIENT, ALL-POWERFUL GOD,

WHEN THEY'RE JUST LITTLE

ONES.

AND THERE IS A NATURAL

AFFECTION KIDS HAVE FOR

THEIR FATHERS.

I'VE SEEN WOMEN WHO WERE 40,

45 YEARS OLD SPEND YEARS OF

THEIR LIVES TRYING TO GET TO

MEET THE FATHER THAT THEY

NEVER HAD A RELATIONSHIP

WITH.

AND THERE IS SOMETHING

WITHIN EACH ONE OF US THAT

WANTS TO CONNECT WITH THAT

FATHER.

Gordon: IT IS A DEEP

DRIVE.

YES, IT IS.

Gordon: IN TODAY'S

CULTURE, IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS

OUT OF THE NORM NOW FOR

FATHERS TO BE PRESENT.

YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT.

Gordon: MOST CHILDREN

TODAY ARE BEING RAISED IN

SINGLE-PARENT HOMES.

THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT.

Gordon: AND USUALLY BY

MOM.

USUALLY BY MOM, WHICH IS

UNFORTUNATE.

FATHERS CAN BRING AFFECTION,

APPRECIATION, AFFIRMATION,

APPROVAL, AND ALL OF THOSE

THINGS DEVELOP A DEEP SENSE

OF SELF-WORTH.

IT HAS BEEN EVIDENT FROM

PSYCHOLOGISTS' TEACHINGS

THESE DAYS THAT BETWEEN THE

AGES OF 10 AND 12, IF DAD

ISN'T THERE, THEN THE

TENDENCY FOR KIDS TO HAVE

PERVERSE SEXUAL

ORIENTATIONS, RELATIONSHIPS,

ETC., HOW WE WANT TO CODIFY

THAT, TO WILD, OVERACTING TO

ANYTHING YOU CAN BELIEVE.

THE FATHERS HAVE TO CALL

THOSE CHILDREN INTO

ADULTHOOD, CALL THEM INTO

WHOLENESS.

AND THEY MODEL BY BEING

THERE, WHAT A MOM AND A DAD

AND A FAMILY IS SUPPOSED TO

BE ABOUT.

SO THE ABSENCE OF FATHERS IS

ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I

THINK MEN IN GENERAL ARE

FEELING LIKE THEY DON'T KNOW

WHAT TO DO.

IT'S NOT JUST WHAT IS

TAUGHT, BUT IT IS ALSO WHAT

IS MODELED THAT FORMS -- YOU

KNOW, MALENESS IS ONE OF

THOSE THINGS THAT YOU GET --

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, I

WAS A COWBOY AND INDIAN KIND

OF GUY, AND I'M PART NATIVE

AMERICAN, ACTUALLY, BUT GUYS

HANGING OUT WITH GUYS,

WEARING THE GET-UP THAT MEN

WEAR, DOING THE STUFF THAT

MEN DO, MASCULINITY AND

PARROTING AND FOLLOWING IS

BY BEING IN THE COMPANY OF

MEN.

WE HAVE A GENERATION OF

PEOPLE WHO ONLY KNOW KIND OF

THE LETTER, BUT THEY HAVEN'T

SEEN OR EXPERIENCED

ANYTHING.

Gordon: IT IS SORT OF

STRANGE.

A LOT OF THE BEST THINGS IN

LIFE YOU CAN'T READ ABOUT IN

A BOOK.

YOU CAN READ AND MAYBE GET

AN INTELLECTUAL

UNDERSTANDING, BUT IT SEEMS

STRANGE TO YOU BECAUSE YOU

HAVEN'T LIVED IT OR

EXPERIENCED IT.

AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT

EXPERIENCE OF IT, IT IS SORT

OF LIKE YOU NEVER GET IT OR

UNDERSTAND IT.

EXACTLY.

HAVING THE BALANCE OF A

CARING DAD, STRONG ENOUGH TO

PROTECT BUT AFFECTIONATE,

WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?

UNFORTUNATELY WITHOUT IT,

WE'VE GOT GUYS WHO ARE

TRYING TO BE -- THEY WANT TO

BE EITHER ARNOLD

SCHWARZENEGGER, OR THEY ACT

MORE LIKE PEE-WEE HERMAN.

THERE HAS TO BE A MERGING OF

THE AFFECTION,

VULNERABILITY, AND THE

STRENGTH THAT A FATHER HAS

WHEN HE IS PROVIDER, AND A

PROTECTOR, AND ALL OF THOSE

KINDS OF THINGS THEY SHOULD

HAVE.

Gordon: IN YOUR BOOK,

YOU FOCUS IN ON FAMILIES.

ONE OF THE COO KEYS TO

MAKING SURE FATHERS ARE

THERE IS YOU'VE GOT TO FIX

THE FAMILY.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS

DRIVING HUSBANDS AND WIVES

APART IS CONFLICT.

YES.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU GET

THROUGH THAT CONFLICT SO IT

DOESN'T TEAR YOU APART.

YOU CAN STILL FIGHT WITHIN

FAMILY, BUT NOW THE DECISION

IS DO YOU BREAK UP, AND HOW

DO YOU GET TO SOLVE THAT

PROBLEM?

WELL, I THINK YOU START

WITH DIVORCE SHOULD NOT BE A

WORD WE USE AT ALL.

BAN THAT WORD.

BECAUSE WHEN THE THREAT IS

THERE, OFTENTIMES PEOPLE

WILL GIVE UP.

THE SECOND THING, THOUGH,

THE CHAPTER IN THE BOOK

THAT'S CALLED "FIGHT FAIR."

AND WE USED THE ANALOGY OF A

PHYSICAL FIGHT WITH MOHAMMED

MUHAMMAD ALI AND OTHERS.

AND WE TALK ABOUT YOU DON'T

HIT BELOW THE BELT.

USING PHRASES LIKE YOU

NEVER, OR YOU ALWAYS, OR YOU

TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT

YOU KNOW IS A WEAKNESS, OR

AN AREA WHERE THERE IS A

SENSE OF INSECUREST

INSECURITY IN YOUR MATE.

ALL OF US KNOW WHERE THROWS

THOSE BOUNDARIES ARE

IMPORTANT.

AND YOU NEED TO ESTABLISH

THE BOUNDARIES.

THEY ARE DIFFERENCES OF

OPINION THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE

IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE HAPPY

MARRIAGES.

SO FIGHT FAIR IS AN

ESSENTIAL THING.

AND ALSO FOR MEN, IT IS JUST

BASIC COMMUNICATION.

OFTENTIMES WE AS MEN DON'T

SHARE AS MUCH AS WE SHOULD.

AND WE ALSO DON'T LISTEN.

AND, YOU KNOW, A CLASSIC

SCAM WOULD BE A GUY

LISTENING TO HIS WIFE, LOYCE

AN LISTENS AND THEN HE

WANTS TO FIX.

AND ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO

IS -- SHE SAYS, HEY, YOU'RE

DRIVING ME CRAZY.

LET ME FINISH.

HE SAYS, YOU GAVE ME THREE

PROBLEMS.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

FINISH.

A WOMAN'S CONVERSATION OFTEN

IS LIKE A WOMAN'S PURSE.

AND SHE MAY BE LOOKING FOR

SOMETHING, AND SHE'LL REACH

DOWN IN THE PURSE, AND SHE

MAY DISCOVER THINGS.

AS SHE IS EMPTYING HER

PURSE.

SOMETIMES TALKING MORE

INTIMATELY WITH MY WIFE IS

LIKE THE WOMAN REACHING INTO

HER PURSE.

SHE IS DISCOVERING THINGS.

SHE WANTS TO SHARE THE

EXPERIENCE OF INTIMACY WITH

ME.

NOT IN THE BEDROOM FIRST.

INTIMACY IN THIS AREA OF

DISCUSSION.

AND OFTEN, BEING WIRED LIKE

A MAN, I GO, CAN YOU GET TO

THE POINT?

I KNOW THERE IS A POINT HERE

SOMEWHERE?

Gordon: WHERE IS THE

PROBLEM?

I'LL FIX IT.

AS OPPOSED TO JUST, I HEAR

YOU AND I UNDERSTAND.

YEAH.

SO WE HAVE SOME EXERCISES IN

THE BOOK THAT WILL BE

HELPFUL, AND ALSO EXERCISES

AROUND FIGHTING FAIR.

I THINK WITH THOSE THINGS IN

PLACE, WE CAN NAVIGATE THE

MOST DIFFICULT PROBLEMS.

AND PROBLEMS ABOUT WHAT CAN

WE DO ABOUT THE FINANCES AND

PROBLEMS WITH KIDS.

ANOTHER THING I'M TEACHING

NOW THESE DAYS IS ABOUT THE

FORGIVENESS AND THE MERCY OF

GOD.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE THE

HEAD OF THE HOUSE, YOU'VE

GOT TO BE RESPONSIBLE.

WITH LEADERSHIP COMES

RESPONSIBILITY.

BUT ALSO WITH THAT

LEADERSHIP, GOD UNDERSTANDS

AND WILL FORGIVE MISTAKES.

SO THERE ARE THINGS BOTH MY

DAUGHTER -- BOTH MY

DAUGHTERS ARE ADULTS NOW,

BRILLIANT YOUNG WOMEN.

BUT THERE ARE THINGS THAT

I'VE SAID AND DONE THAT AT

THE MOMENT SEEMED OKAY, BUT

THEY WERE NOT HELPFUL.

THEY CREATED WOUNDS.

I NEED TO KNOW AS A FATHER

THAT GOD WILL FORGIVE ME.

BUT I ALSO NEED TO

UNDERSTAND THAT GOD WILL

HEAL THE AREAS WHERE THERE

ARE HURTS IN THE LIVES OF MY

KIDS.

AND IN ANY NORMAL FAMILY

THERE ARE GOING TO BE

RUN-INS AND PROBLEMS.

Gordon: AND PROBLEMS.

AND THE ISSUE IS, YOU DON'T

BREAK UP.

YOU STAY TOGETHER AND YOU

TRY TO WORK THROUGH THEM.

IF YOU WANT MORE ON THIS,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET

THE BISHOP'S BOOK, "IN-LAWS,

OUTLAWS, AND THE FUNCTIONAL

FAMILY."

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS OR SOLD.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US.

THANK YOU, GORDON.

GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD, A

FATHER DISCOVERS HIS SON HAS

RUN AWAY FROM HOME.

I BEGAN TO HAVE CHEST

PAINS MY HEART WAS POUNDING

SO HARD.

IT WAS THE WORST MOMENT IN

MY LIFE.

Gordon: HEAR HOW HE

BROUGHT HIS SON HOME, UP

NEXT.

Gordon: DAVE MOORE WAS

IN ALL DUE RESPECT AKNOWN

AS A TOUGH DAD, AND STILL HE

PANICKED WHEN HIS SON RAN

AWAY FROM HOME.

DAVE BEGAN A FRANTIC SEARCH

FOR HIM, DRIVING HUNDREDS OF

MILES.

HE EVEN PLANNED ON HIRING A

PSYCHIC TO FIND HIM.

INSTEAD, HE MADE A BARGAIN

WITH GOD TO GET HIS SON

BACK.

I NOTICED THERE WAS THIS

YELLOW PIECE OF PAPER ON HIS

BED.

WHEN I PICKED IT UP, I

STARTED READING IT, AND IT

HAD SAID THAT HE HAD LEFT.

Reporter: WITHOUT

WARNING, DAVE AND NORENDA

MOORE'S 19-YEAR-OLD SON

DISAPPEARED, LEAVING ONLY A

NOTE.

IT WENT ON TO SAY HOW HE

WAS FLUNKING OUT OF COLLEGE

AND HE COULDN'T FACE US WITH

THIS FAILURE.

I BEGAN TO HAVE CHEST PAINS,

MY HEART WAS POUNDING SO

HARD.

IT WAS THE WORST MOMENT IN

MY LIFE.

Reporter: THE NOTE SAID

HE HAD LEFT HIS CAR AT A

GREYHOUND BUS STATION IN

ANNARBOR, MIS MICHIGAN, BUT

DIDN'T SAY WHERE HE WAS

GOING.

I YELL AT NORENDA TO GRAB

MY WALLET, AND SHE GRABBED

HER PURSE, AND WE JUST

JUMPED IN OUR VEHICLE AND

LEFT.

RUNNING RED LIGHTS, TRYING

TO GET THERE AS FAST AS I

COULD.

Reporter: THEY FOUND

THEIR CAR, BUT THEIR SON WAS

NOWHERE.

WE KNEW HE HAD GOTTEN ON

THE BUS.

AND WHEREVER HE GOT OFF, HE

WOULD BE BROKEN AND

HOMELESS.

I WAS FRAYED THA AFRAID

THAT SOMEONE WOULD HURT HIM

AND WE WOULD NEVER SEE HIM

AGAIN.

Reporter: THEY CALLED

HIS GIRLFRIEND, WHO SAID SHE

DIDN'T KNOW WHER HE WAS

LEAVING.

BUT THAT HE MAY HAVE GONE TO

DAYTON, OHIO.

I KNEW I HAD TO GET

THERE.

ANGER AT HIM, BUT MORE ANGER

AT MYSELF.

AT TIMES SWINGING AND

HITTING THE DASHBOARD WITH

MY FISTS.

IT WAS TERRIBLE.

I WAS FALLING APART.

Reporter: ON THE

FOUR-HOUR DRIVE, DAVE

THOUGHT ABOUT HOW HIS ANGER

AND DISCIPLINE HAD DRIVEN A

WEDGE BETWEEN HIM AND HIS

SON.

MY FEAR WAS I WOULD NEVER

SEE MY SON AGAIN AND IT WAS

ALL OF MY FAULT.

I WAS THE KIND OF A PARENT

THAT IT IS MY WAY OR THE

HIGHWAY KIND OF A PARENT.

I BEGAN TO THINK, HAD I

PUSHED HIM TOO HARD, HOW

IMPORTANT COLLEGE IS.

YOU HAVE TO DO WELL AND

EXCEL.

Reporter: ONCE IN

DAYTON, HE STOPPED AT A

LOCAL DINER TO EAT.

HE SHARED HIS STORY WITH A

POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS

THERE.

AND THEN A STRANGER

APPROACHED HIM.

HE HAD TEARS STREAMING

DOWN HIS FACE.

AND HE SAID, SIR, I'M SORRY,

I UNDERSTOOD YOUR STORY, CAN

I PRAY FOR YOU?

AND I SAID, PLEASE DO.

AND HE PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD

MOVE MOUNTAINS TO BRING MY

SON HOME SAFELY.

Reporter: AFTERWARD, HE

WENT TO THE BUS STATION IN

DAYTON.

I TOLD THEM MY SON'S NAME

AND THE CITY HE BOUGHT THE

TICKET AT.

AND HE LOOKED IT UP ON THE

COMPUTER.

AND I FOUND MY SON'S TICKET

WAS PURCHASED TO ATLANTA,

GEORGIA, WHICH WAS AN

EIGHT-HOUR DRIVE.

Reporter: HE CALLED A

FRIEND IN KENTUCKY WHO MADE

THE EIGHT-HOUR ROAD TRIP TO

ATLANTA.

BUT AFTER HOURS OF

SEARCHING, THEY GAVE UP.

WE DECIDED THAT THIS WAS

NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE, AND WE

HEADED BACK TO MICHIGAN.

IT WAS THE HARDEST DECISION

I EVER MADE IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: FOUR DAYS

PASSED, AND STILL NO WORD

FROM THEIR SON.

DAVE HUNG UP POSTERS AT

SCHOOL, TALKED TO HIS

FRIENDS, AND NORENDA CHECKED

HIS COMPUTER.

I THOUGHT, WHO WOULD HE

BE TALKING TO, BUT NOBODY

KNEW NOTHING BECAUSE IT WAS

SO UNLIKE DAVID TO DO

SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

WE ALL FELT HELPLESS.

Reporter: DAVE EVEN

PLANNED TO CONSULT A

PSYCHIC, BUT, KNEED,

INSTEAD, HE MADE ONE MORE

CALL TO A CHURCH IN

ATLANTA.

A LADY NAMED PAIGE

ANSWERED THE PHONE.

THIS LADY TOUCHED ME SO

DEEPLY, THIS CHRISTIAN WOMAN

WHO DIDN'T EVEN KNOW MOW.

ME.

AND THERE WAS A BIBLE ON THE

TABLE, AND I HELD IT UP TO

GOD.

AND I SAID, GOD, I WANT TO

BE JUST LIKE THIS LADY.

I WANT TO BE PART OF THE

SOLUTION, AND NEVER PART OF

THE PROBLEM AGAIN.

I SAID, IF YOU'LL SAVE MY

SON, I'LL SERVE YOU THE REST

OF MY LIFE.

Reporter: WITHIN

MINUTES AFTER THAT PRAYER,

THE PHONE RANG AND HIS SON

WAS BACK IN TOWN.

WHEN HE ANSWERED THAT

PRAYER, I FELL ON THE GROUND

AND THREW MY HANDS IN THE

AIR AND I THANKED GOD.

THERE WASN'T ANY WORDS.

EVERYONE WAS JUST CRYING.

IT IS A MIRACLE.

MY SON WHO WAS LOST IS

FOUND.

IT COMPLETELY CHANGED MY

LIFE.

IT WAS LIKE FROM WALKING IN

THE DARK TO WALKING IN THE

LIGHT.

Reporter: THAT

FOLLOWING SUNDAY, HE AND

NORENDA WENT TO CHURCH.

Reporter CHURCH.

WHEN HE MADE AN ALTER

CALL, I LITERALLY JUMPED OUT

OF MY SEAT AND I CRIED OUT

TO GOD TO THANK HIM FOR WHAT

HE HAD DONE.

NOT ONLY BRINGING MY SON

HOME SAFE, BUT WHAT HE DID

IN MY LIFE, HE CHANGED ME.

Reporter: ALSO THAT

TODAY, NORENDA REDEDICATED

HER LIFE TO GOD.

DURING AN EASTER SERVICE

THAT SAME YEAR, THEIR SON

GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST.

AND HE ALSO GRADUATED FROM

COLLEGE.

IT WAS A GREAT

RESTORATION IN OUR FAMILY,

NOT JUST WITH MY SON AND MY

WIFE, BUT ALSO WITH MY

STEPSONS.

HE GAVE ME A NEW HEART.

I BECAME A MAN.

AND BECAUSE I WAS SEARCHING

FOR MY SON, I NEVER REALIZED

THAT GOD WAS ALWAYS

SEARCHING FOR ME.

Gordon: GOD IS

SEARCHING FOR YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS IT CLEARLY.

IT IS ONE THE PARABLES OF

JESUS, HOW HE LEAVES THE 99

TO GO SEARCH FOR THE ONE.

HE ALWAYS IS SEARCHING.

HE IS ALWAYS WAITING.

HE IS ALWAYS HOPING.

AND HE SAYS, "BEHOLD I STAND

AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE HEAR MY VOICE AND

OPEN THE DOOR, I'LL COME

IN."

FOR THAT FATHER, FOR HIS

SON, THE RECONCILIATION THAT

CAME AFTER A PRAYER.

AFTER HE SAID, LORD, JUST

BRING MY SON BACK AND I'LL

SERVE YOU.

LET'S DO THAT.

LET'S PRAY FOR FATHERS.

LET'S PRAY FOR FAMILIES.

WE'VE GOTTEN SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS IN FROM OUR

VIEWERS.

THE FIRST IS KRISTIN, WHO

WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY FOR MY

DAD, JEROME.

HE HAS BEEN AMAZING TO ME

AND MY HUSBAND.

HE TAKES CARE OF OUR KIDS,

HELPS US WITH OUR HOME AND

HE ALSO DOES SO MUCH FOR

OTHERS AND IS A FATHER TO

MANY PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH.

PRAY FOR BIG BLESSINGS AND

PROVISION FOR HIM."

AND ANOTHER ONE IN FROM

FAYE, "PLEASE PRAY FOR MY

DAD.

MY MOM JUST DIED AND HE IS

SO SAD.

HE IS 92, AND THEY WERE

TOGETHER FOR 55 YEARS.

HE LOVES JESUS, BUT IS

STRUGGLING."

JOIN WITH US.

DON'T JUST WATCH US PRAY,

BUT LET'S JOIN TOGETHER AND

PRAY FOR FAMILIES AND PRAY

FOR FATHERS.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT UP

FATHERS TO YOU, AS WE

APPROACH THIS FATHER'S DAY,

WE JUST FOR FATHERS, THAT

YOU WOULD GIVE THEM

STRENGTH, AND THE STRENGTH

THAT COMES FROM YOU.

AND WE ASK THAT YOUR WORD

OVER THEM WOULD BE TRUE, AND

THAT OVERFAMILIES, THAT YOU

WOULD TURN THE HEARTS OF THE

SONS TO THE FATHERS, AND THE

FATHERS TO THE SONS.

LET FAMILIES BE STRONG,

LORD.

WE COME AGAINST ANYTHING

THAT WOULD DIVIDE, ANYTHING

THAT WOULD ROB AND STEAL

THEIR JOY AND SEEK TO

DESTROY THEM.

WE ASK THEY BE BOUND NOW.

AND THAT THERE WILL BE

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY IN YOU IN FAMILY.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

ALL IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WELL, COMING UP, A YOUNG

FATHER STRUGGLES TO MAKE

ENDS MEET.

WHEN I WAS A BOY, I WENT

HUNGRY.

AND THE TRUTH IS I NEVER

WANTED MY CHILDREN TO FACE

THAT.

Gordon: HOW THIS DAD

BECAME HIS FAMILY'S HERO,

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: TODAY JOSE HAS

A GOOD JOB, AND HE EVEN

MAKES ENOUGH MONEY TO HELP

HIS NEIGHBORS BUY FOOD.

BUT NOT LONG AGO, JOSE WAS

OUT OF WORK HIMSELF, AND HIS

FAMILY WAS STARVING.

Reporter: JOSE HAS

ALWAYS WORKED HARD TO

PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY.

UNTIL THE DAY HE OPENED THE

STORAGE SHED AND DISCOVERED

THAT SOMEONE HAD STOLEN ALL

OF HIS TOOLS.

HE RACED AROUND THE

CONSTRUCTION SITE HOPING TO

FIND THEM, BUT THEY WERE

GONE.

WHEN I KNEW MY TOOLS HAD

BEEN STOLEN, I KNEW I WAS

GOING TO GET FIRED.

Reporter: A DAY LATER,

JOSE LOST HIS JOB.

I THOUGHT, NOW I WON'T BE

ABLE TO BRING IN MONEY FOR

THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES.

SCHOOL FEES, FOOD, OR

MEDICINE.

Reporter: THREE MONTHS

PASSED, AND JOSE WAS ONLY

ABLE TO FIND ODD JOBS THAT

PAID VERY LITTLE.

HE BEGAN TO FEEL LIKE A

FAILURE AS A FATHER.

WHEN I WAS A BOY, I WENT

HUNGRY.

AND THE TRUTH IS I NEVER

WANTED MY CHILDREN TO FACE

THAT.

Reporter: WHEN

"OPERATION BLESSING" CAME TO

TOWN FOR A FEE SHOE

DISTRIBUTION, WE LEARNED

ABOUT JOSE'S FAMILY.

AND THEN WE TOOK JOSE

SHOPPING, TO BUY NEW TOOLS

TO REPLACE THE ONES THAT HAD

BEEN STOLEN, AND A LOCK TO

KEEP THEM SAFE.

THEY BOUGHT ME A TROUGH

AND A WHEELBARROW.

AND THEY BOUGHT ME NEW POWER

TOOLS, BETTER THAN THE ONES

I HAD.

Reporter: NOW JOSE IS

BACK TO WORK, MAKING ENOUGH

TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY,

AND EVEN TO HELP OTHERS.

WE ARE NOW HELPING TWO

OTHER LADIES.

THANK YOU, "OPERATION

BLESSING," FOR ALL OF THE

HELP YOU HAVE PROVIDED.

THE SAME WAY YOU BLESSED US,

WE WANT TO BLESS OTHERS.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS,

JOIN WITH US.

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HOW MUCH IS IT?

JUST $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

DAY.

AND YOU HELP PEOPLE.

IT IS NOT JUST A HANDOUT.

WE WANT TO GIVE A HAND-UP SO

PEOPLE HAVE A HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING,

JOIN "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

CALL US RIGHT NOW.

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WELL, WE'VE GOT SOME TIME

FOR SOME QUESTIONS, SO ALI

WRITES IN, "I ALWAYS HAVE A

HARD TIME DURING FATHER'S

DAY AND MOTHER'S DAY.

I'M NOT CLOSE WITH MY

PARENTS.

AND THEY ARE CONTENT THAT WE

HAVE LITTLE CONTACT.

THIS HURTS ME A GREAT DEAL

AND I CHOOSE TO FORGIVE THEM

EVERY DAY.

HOW CAN I HONOR MY PARENTS

WHEN WE DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A

RELATIONSHIP?"

ALI, I THINK YOU'RE FOCUSED

ON THE COMMANDMENT, AND IT

IS GOOD TO BE FOCUSED ON THE

10 COMMANDMENTS AND FOCUSED

ON HONOR YOUR MOTHER AND

FATHER, AND THAT YOU'RE DAYS

MAY BE LONG IN THE LAND THAT

THE LORD GIVES YOU.

THAT'S THE COMMANDMENT.

YOU DIG INTO THE HEBREW

BEHIND THAT HONOR YOUR

FATHER AND MOTHER, AND IT

REALLY MEANS VALUE.

PUT VALUE ON THEM.

VALUE THEIR ADVICE.

VALUE THEIR WISDOM.

VALUE YOUR TIME WITH THEM.

BUT FOR YOU, ALI, I JUST

SENSE HOW HURT YOU ARE, AND

THAT YOU'RE REJECTED.

YOU HAVE A SENSE THAT

THEY'VE REJECTED YOU, THAT

THEY DON'T WANT TO SPEND

TIME WITH YOU.

SO INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT

VIOLATING THE COMMANDMENT, I

WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO

THE ONE PLACE, THE ONE

PERSON WHO WILL NEVER REJECT

YOU.

AND THAT'S JESUS CHRIST.

AND GET YOUR IDENTITY

STRAIGHT IN HIM.

HE SAYS IF YOU'RE MOTHER AND

FATHER ABANDONED YOU, I WILL

RAISE YOU UP.

SO LEAN INTO THAT.

AND LOOK TO HIM AS YOUR

SOURCE OF AFFIRMATION.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU'LL

FIND THAT THE RESENTMENT

THAT YOU HAVE ON MOTHER'S

DAY, FATHER'S DAY, WILL PASS

AWAY BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHO

YOU ARE, AND YOU KNOW THAT

YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE

KING.

WHEN YOU HAVE THAT

KNOWLEDGE, THEN YOU WON'T BE

WORRIED ANY LONGER ABOUT

HONORING YOUR EARTHLY MOTHER

AND FATHER AS MUCH AS YOU

SHOULD.

WE'VE GOT TIME FOR ONE MORE

QUESTION.

BRUCE SAYS, "I'M WORRIED

ABOUT BEING A GOOD FATHER TO

MY CHILDREN.

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I DO THE

RIGHT THINGS?"

BRUCE, SPEND TIME WITH GOD

AND SPEND TIME IN HIS WORD.

IF YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE IN

ACCORDANCE WITH THE WORD OF

GOD, THEN BEING A GREAT

FATHER IS GOING TO COME VERY

NATURALLY TO YOU.

AND IF YOU RUN INTO ANY

PROBLEMS, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE'LL

DIRECT YOUR PATH.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALMS: "THE LORD

IS GRACIOUS AND FULL OF

COMPASSION, SLOW TO ANGER

AND GREAT IN MERCY."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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