CAC Friday Communique – To Sire Is Human, To Father Is Divine


If you have a father, as do I, who took time to love, nurture, and guide you along the pathways of life that lead to joyful, rich, and fulfilling relationships, then we should count ourselves among those most highly favored! These days, there is a dearth of stable-minded, mature, and insightful men who fulfill the role of true fatherhood.

In one of Dr. James Dobson’s 2008 newsletters, he writes: 

“Some years ago, executives of a greeting-card company decided to do something special for Mother’s Day. They set up a table in a federal prison, inviting inmates to send a free card to their Mom. The lines were so long they had to make another trip to get more cards. 
“Due to the success of that event, they decided to do the same thing on Father’s Day, but this time, not one prisoner felt the need to send a card to his Dad. In fact, when asked about it, many had no idea who their fathers were. I find that a sobering illustration of the importance of a dad and his blessing to his children.”
Any normal male above a certain biological age is capable of offspring. Such organic functionality requires no foresight, no wisdom, and no responsibility. This is that which I speak of when I say, “to sire.” Impulse, passion, inordinate desire, unfortunately, can be the sole catalyst to produce newborns. This is where the human race has run into trouble. Human relationships suffer unspeakable tragedy and emptiness due to this inherent natural ability left to itself. The wise King Solomon observed among the “simple” a young man who was led into a trap by his unfettered desire to sire. This cost him dearly, because, as the scripture says, it caused “a dart to strike through his liver.” He obliviously and foolishly ignored the fact that it will ultimately “cost him his life” (Prov 7:23).

What is a man to do in such a culture of absentee fathers, broken homes, and failed marriages due to the selfishness of altogether too many men who carelessly sire? Is this a fact that we must live with and simply get used to? I say, by God’s grace, no!

The antidote, the solution, has been provided through the pristine example of the fatherhood of Almighty God. There is no manner nor degree of ideal fatherhood which He fails to put on display. God is the ultimate Father. His fatherhood is that which every human father should strive to follow. Notice the compelling evidence in the Bible that presents a clear picture of the fatherhood of God:


1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.


Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.


1 John 1:3 … truly our fellowship is with the Father.


Psalms 103:13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.


1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

What God is looking for today in every father is a desire to emulate His fatherhood. Fruitfulness and multiplication as commanded of the human race at the beginning of the Bible demands fatherhood that seeks to conform to the divine example. It can be done! Let us wake up and pay attention to the guidelines taught by and lived out by the many wonderful fathers at CAC.

Happy Father’s Day 2014, all you Dads! Please be challenged on your special day: To sire is human, to father is divine! May every child, offspring, and family member of my reading audience today look up to each of you as a highly responsible and deeply committed man–focused on truly representing godliness as a father made in the image of God.

Published by pastordonhaymon2

Senior Pastor Don Haymon II began his journey as a minister when he was raised in the home of the founder of Calvary Apostolic Church—his father. In 1986 he concluded a four-year internship under his father as associate pastor. It was at that time that he received his ordination certificate as a minister of the gospel. He married LaRonda Ellard, in 1992. He earned a bachelor of arts in Communication from the University of Denver the same year. In 1997, Don became senior pastor. In 2013 he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Hope International University. Today, he is the passionate shepherd of Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver, guided by a compelling and true call of God. For those in his pastoral care, he seeks personal development and spiritual growth as a priority. His preaching and teaching has taken him around the world to at least 10 countries. Under his leadership, he has founded six churches in Burma. The challenge of communicating the Acts 2:38 gospel worldwide remains his heartbeat as well as the constant growth pattern of the local church in Denver. He and LaRonda are the parents of three grown children. They reside in Castle Rock, CO.

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