Our Father

Our Father-2

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From Max Lucado: “Of all his names, FATHER is God’s favorite. We know he loves this name most because this is the one he used most. While on earth Jesus called God ‘Father’ over two hundred times. In his first recorded words Jesus explained, “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). In his final triumphant prayer he proclaimed, “Father, I give you my life” (Luke 23:46). In the Gospel of John alone, Jesus repeats this name 156 times. God loves to be called Father. After all, didn’t Jesus teach us to begin our prayer with the phrase, “Our Abba?”

He goes on to explain through the words of New Testament scholar Joachim Jeremias how absolutely revolutionary this would have been to refer to Yahweh, Lord of Lords, the I AM in such familiar terms, in a homely, family, ordinary-day manner. I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful that I have a Father who is at once the Lord of the Universe – he can do something about ANYTHING I would bring to him – and a good, good Father – he wants to do good on our behalf. He can, he will, he does, he does good. Our daddy – thank you for loving us.

Prayer: 

Thank you for caring. Thank you for adopting us as your children. Thank you for allowing us a seat at your table of abundance and good food. This day, as I sit beside you in the place you have invited me for a good chat, I lift to you the following concerns of my heart . . .


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Written by: Marlene Dixon

I am a wife and mother of 3. We live in Texas. I am a professor in sport management and a life-long basketball junkie.

Countdown: 

3 Instant Joys

  • Hugs from my kids
  • Handwritten letters/notes
  • “Firsts” for any kid on my team.

2 Hobbies

  • Running
  • Travel

1 Favorite Scripture

  • Philippians 2:3-4

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