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Be a Heroic Dad

The Courageous Dads Simulcast



Most people define courage by extraordinary acts of heroism, but being a good father takes real courage. Stay tuned to BreakPoint!

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Eric Metaxas

When was the last time you saw the media portray a strong father, maybe even a Christian dad, in a positive light? You’re far more likely to see dads shown as clueless, rigid, or the butt of constant jokes. The unspoken assumption in film, on TV, and in the culture, is that fathers are expendable. But statistics tell another story, and it’s no laughing matter.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative: “Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. Children born to single mothers show higher levels of aggressive behavior than children born to married mothers.

“Infant mortality rates are 1.8 times higher for infants of unmarried mothers than for married mothers.” Being raised without a dad “raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree. There is significantly more drug use among children who do not live with both their mother and father.”

Yikes!

And our old friend Chuck Colson saw the big difference that good fathers make. “Our prison systems are full of peopleDaily_Commentary_5_15_13 who never had the example of a courageous father—or any father at all,” Chuck said. “Over 70 percent of long-term prison inmates come from broken homes, and young men raised in fatherless households are at least twice as likely to be incarcerated as those from intact families.”

So there’s a lot of research showing that dads are absolutely indispensable. We get that. And yet, because of busyness, cultural pressures brought to bear on our kids, and other factors, even Christian dads struggle with being present and engaged with their families. Too often we dads struggle to lead in our homes and provide a godly example.

It’s not that we’re unwilling; some of us just don’t know how to get started. Which is why I’m thrilled to tell you about a strategic new initiative to help dads across America on Father’s Day weekend in June.

Last November, over sixty key fathering leaders, influencers and pastors came together at an event called The Fatherhood CoMission Summit in Rome, Georgia. They strategized and prayed about how to help churches assist fathers in their divinely ordained role.

What came out of this gathering was the “Courageous Dads Simulcast.” This encouraging, fun, and instructive 90-minute program features quality speakers such as Dennis Rainey, Stephen and Alex Kendrick, comedian Michael Jr., and a host of pro athletes and recording artists.

The 90-minute simulcast will air Friday, June 14. There’s still time for you to get your church or men’s group—or even just yourself—signed up.

“Courageous Dads: Stepping up to Heroic Fatherhood” will engage, encourage, and edify those of us who are fathers; equip churches to champion the cause of fatherhood; and instill a vision for what Father’s Day should be in our homes and churches. And it’s not expensive, either. The Newsletter_Gen_180x180_BCourageous Dads Simulcast is a joint ministry of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center, The Fatherhood Commission, Lifeway, Focus on the Family, the National Hispanic Christian Leaders Conference, and many more.

Our kids, our families, our communities, and our nation need good dads, and the Courageous Dads Simulcast is a great way to encourage dads in your church and to engage your community with our Heavenly Father’s love.

Please come to BreakPoint.org today, and we’ll give you all the details.

Further Reading and Information

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As Eric said, our culture has often portrayed dads as superfluous buffoons.  It’s not only a grave disservice to them, but to their children as well. You can become a part of the solution to this problem by encouraging the men in your life--the fathers, expectant fathers, and young adult sons--to sign-up for this important simulcast.

Dads are vital to the health of their children, the community, and the nation. We can help turn the tide of fatherlessness one courageous dad at a time.

Resources:

Fatherhood Commission

Courageous Dads sign-up

Courageous Fatherhood
Chuck Colson | BreakPoint.org | November 1, 2011

The Father Factor
National Fatherhood Initiative

The Facts on Father Absence
The Fatherhood Initiative


Comments:

What makes men great
I'm often told by women that my husbands character is rare. I'm talking about Christian women who have good husbands. It's not that they are complaining about their husband, it's just that mine stands out. I've been turning this over in my mind and wondering what is it that sets him apart. What makes him stand out like," an apple tree amongst the trees of the woods." The conclusion I've come to is that he invest time. Because he is the CEO of a decent sized business he is often invited to sports events with primo seats, or to a hunting camp, or fishing trip, or nightclubs. When he goes to boat shows in N.O. he is often invited 'out' afterwards. He never goes. Heck, even when he is invited to a men's fellowship he will say, 'I'm going home to fellowship with my wife.' His job consumes a lot of his time, therefore he devotes his spare time to us. And often, he just shuts it down at work and comes home even though he still has a pile of stuff to do. He loves his job, but he does not allow it to take precedence over family. And, when he is home with us, he is with us. He is not sitting on the couch with the remote. He plays with the kids, he focuses on each of us, and he talks to us with a genuine interest. It's wonderful, so wonderful; I just have to call him Mr. Wonderful. If I'm disturbed about something in our relationship he will drop everything until the matter is settled. He does not wait until the issue has escalated into anger. Never. If I express a gripe, he takes it seriously. He does not shrug it off. I could go on and on and on, but I will stop here. The man truly loves his wife like Christ loves the church, and I do feel so loved. The scripture says to study to be quiet, to do your own business, and to work with your own hands. Walt has made having a blessed home life his business, and he does it well. Time, that is what sets him apart, he invest time. Lots of time. And there is the back rubs, you know, back rubs cover a multitude of sins. ;-) In my humble opinion. This makes him great and not only my eyes. He encapsulates what I like to call, The eight man, the missing chapter in your wonderful book. :-)




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