The theme of today is ‘Father’s Day’ a time set aside to honor fathers.
Let’s look at earthly fathers. While the Old Testament has many stories and pages of family interaction the New Testament has few. The best example of fathers in the N.T. is Joseph.
I would like to share the ‘Father’s Day’ greeting of my own children and mix it with a story of each.
Gina Dream Blessitt: Works and does drama and outreach in Denver, Colorado.
“Dad, I wish you Happy Fathers Day!
As I think of what a father is supposed to be and the things a father is to teach, train and show his children, I think of how God interacts in our life! I am grateful for you… You have made it so easy to live a life with God.
I grew up knowing love, acceptance and excitement! I have never doubted your love for me. We have lived a life with God and each other. There was never a division between ministry and home life. You raised us knowing our life is a ministry, everyday, everywhere, no matter what ever we are going through God is in it and glory will be given to him!
Very few people have a father with such a unique, consuming, lifelong, one of a kind, worldwide call on his life. Some people might find it hard to share you with the world but your example has formed me into the woman of God that I am today. The boldness and peace I live comes greatly from our awesome lifestyle. We are close, because for so many years we were all we had and there’s a bond that cannot be broken. You never stopped, no matter what and really no matter what!! And I find that today this is one of the greatest traits you have imbedded in my spirit.
Many parents tell their children how to live… well you showed us by a living example. I love you more than mere words could carry. Only the Spirit of God can truly reveal the depths of my heart!
Your Dream Girl… Gina Blessitt”
Arthur Joel Blessitt: A senior pastor at The Potters House – Denver, Colorado
“Thank you dad for all you have taught me through out my life. To walk this earth besides you in the shadow of the cross, all those miles just you, me, and God. What a way to grow up. I would not trade it for the world.
You have taught me to be faithful, strong, and reliant on God. You have shown me the best way to live ones life… In God’s will.
I love you dad,
Arthur Joel Blessitt
Joy Ann Blessitt: A mother who works and lives in Denver, Colorado
“Daddy you are my father and my friend. You’ve shown me unconditional love and forgiveness. Your passion for Jesus has always taught me to put Him first. I pray that I will also give my children the gift of love, forgiveness and most important the passion for Jesus. My life with you has been a wild ride and I thank you so much for that.
I love you daddy. Happy Father’s Day”
Arthur Joshua Blessitt: Ministers, lives and ministers out of Norway to the world.
Dad, you have given me the best days of my life. Being with you has given me excitement, adventure, friendship, joy, laughter and a close relationship with God.
You are a great father and a great role model.
YOU are the world’s #1 dad.
P. S. I want to give a super BIG hallelujah thanks to our heavenly Father for letting you be here another year on Father’s Day.
Arthur Joseph Blessitt: Lives and blesses many lives in Denver, Colorado
“Hi, Da Da. Go Go Good Bye”
Arthur Jerusalem Blessitt: Lives and works in Denver, Colorado
“All my life I’ve looked up to you. Of all the heroes I could have had I chose you!
I love you Dad”
Sophia Isabella Blessitt: Lives at home and goes to school in Denver and travels with us around the world.
“You are my best daddy in the whole wide world and I love you SOOOOO much. I like when we pick flowers and work in the garden. I like to carry the cross around the world with you.”
The best way to see what is means to be a Father is to look at the Father through the life and words of Jesus.
159 times Jesus uses the word ‘Father’
Mt 7:11 “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Matthew 11:25-27 “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
John 3:35 “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.”
John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”
John 5:19-20 “So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.”
John 6:40 “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 6:57-58 “As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
John 10:15 “just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
John 16:32 “Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.”
John 17:1 “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you”,
Mark 14:36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Luke 6:36 “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
Matthew 6:9 Pray then like this: “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
John 17:11 I am coming to you. Holy Father
John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.
John 18:11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
John 20:17 ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
Luke 23:46 “Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.”
John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Acts 1:4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;
Let us not forget that a loving father also is a correcting father.
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
To God be the Glory,
Arthur Blessitt, Luke 18:1