Tom Kroessig is an Ambassador Field Director volunteer for Promise Keepers, serving Fayette and Coweta Counties and beyond. His mission is to be a resource for local Pastors and their men and to act as a liaison between them and the national Promise Keepers ministry. The goal of Promise Keepers is effective ministry to men.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!


Being a godly father is an important part of being a promise keeper, as Promise 4 clearly indicates:

A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.

Although some of us where blessed with having godly fathers as role models it is equally true that some of us did not have a good example to follow. The good news that, while it's a disadvantage, not having a godly father does not prevent you from becoming one. Undoubtedly our best role model for fathering is out heavenly Father. Just consider His provision and protection for for us. We would do well as fathers to remember the love He has for his children which is evident in His grace and mercy and forgiveness. Let us not forget though, that as a Righteous God, He sets standards for behavior and then wisely disciplines us when we err. It has been said that discipline without love leads to rebellion, while love without discipline leads to permissiveness. Perhaps an experienced father at your church can help you strike the right balance with your children between love and discipline. As Promise 4 indicates, the Bible provides invaluable guidance on being a godly father. You will also find that books on raising children by Christian authors like James Dobson and John Rosemond, among others, can be very helpful. Being a godly father is too important to just go it alone. Do whatever it takes to become the dad that God wants you to be. You and your children (and your wife) will be blessed! Proverbs 22:6 tells us, Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (NIV)

SPECIAL NOTE: As some of you have undoubtedly noticed, the Promise Keepers web site,, has been undergoing revision over a number of recent months. Today, just in time for Father's Day, a major update has occurred. Take some time and check out the new features. On the bottom of the new home page, don't miss What's New and PK Verseminder. Pod casts are now available as are video highlights of past Promise Keepers Conferences. More archival footage is being "digitized" and will be added in the future. The PK Verseminder feature is an aid for memorizing Scripture.

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