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How Should We Spell Father?

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Father's Day is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June following Mother's Day that is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

The Bible does not mention Father's Day, but it does mention that fathers should be honored. There is only one of the Ten Commandments with a promise and it is your father and your mother. Notice father is mentioned first in Deuteronomy 5:6:

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you."

Many sermons are preached in churches on Father's Day. One particular sermon this writer remembers is very unique and summarized below. Perhaps you will enjoy it as much as I did when I first heard it.

F is for Faith

F is for Faith. The Bible teaches that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The Bible also tells us that Abraham was justified by his faith. According to Genesis 12:1, God told Abraham to leave his country and his kindred and He would tell him where to go as He went. By faith, Abraham who was a pagan at the time was obedient to God. He went without knowing where he was going, but he went anyway.

Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). Fathers today should have faith like Abraham. They should display their faith and be examples for their children.


A is for Authentic

A is for Authentic. A father should be his authentic self. That means he is real and genuine and someone his children can look up to.

Children will love their father for who he is and what he stands for. A father can set a good example for his children by being who he is instead of trying to be someone else.

T is for Teacher

T is for Teacher. A teacher is one who imparts knowledge into another. Fathers shouldn't wait until a child gets to be six years old and rely on the school to be the main source of education.

The Bible says, "Train up a child in the way go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it " (Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, fathers should teach their children about God and the things of God.

According to Ephesians 6:14, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

H is for Helper

H is for Helper. Fathers should be helpers in their homes. Even though there are gender roles in the household, fathers should be good examples for their children by helping out around the house with chores and other duties.

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Fathers should help their children with homework and not leave it up to the mothers to always be the tutor.

E is for Encourager

E is for Encourager. Everyone needs to be encouraged especially children. If children are encouraged, they will grow up to be encouragers themselves. Most well-adjusted children are the ones who have been encouraged by their fathers instead of being put down by them.

Children should know their fathers care about them and their well being. This can be accomplished when fathers encourage their children.

R is for Reputation

R is for Reputation. A father's reputation is important to their children. Many times children are heard bragging about their father to their friends. When fathers have good reputations, it gives their children something good to brag about. Fathers should let their children see them being faithful to God and living righteous lives.

Advice in This Article

It is not too late to use the advice in this article no matter how long you have been a father.

  • Have Faith.
  • Be Authentic.
  • Teach your children.
  • Help your children in every way you can.
  • Encourage your children by speaking positive things into their lives.
  • Have a Reputation your children will want to brag about.

When you adhere to the above six things, God will be pleased with you, your children will be proud of you, and you will have peace for who you are.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on June 15, 2020:

Eric and Brenda, thanks a lot for reading my article and commenting on it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 15, 2020:

Very inspiring article.

I wish all fathers would adhere to your words. I see so many children without a role model or direction to follow.

Great write.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 14, 2020:

Outstanding article and notions. I try hard and when I get close to the 6 I am very happy as I think my Father would be with me. You did not mention how much hard work it is. :-)

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