"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." - 1 Corinthians 8:6
"'Abba' is only a little word, and yet contains everything. It is not the mouth but the heart’s affection which speaks like this. Even if I am oppressed with anguish and terror on every side, and seem to be forsaken and utterly cast away from your presence, yet am I Your child, and You are my Father. For Christ’s sake: I am loved because of the Beloved. So this little word, “Abba,” Father, deeply felt in the heart, surpasses all the eloquence of Demosthenes, Cicero, and the most eloquent speakers that ever lived. This matter is not expressed with words, but with groanings, and these groanings cannot be uttered with any words of eloquence, for no tongue can express them"
- Martin Luther (1483-1546) German Religious Reformer
GOD IS OUR FATHER
"As Christian people we must learn to appropriate by faith the fact that God is our Father. Christ taught us to pray “Our Father.” This eternal everlasting God has become our Father and the moment we realize that, everything tends to change. He is our Father and He is always caring for us, He loves us with an everlasting love, He so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son into the world and to the Cross to die for our sins. That is our relationship to God and the moment we realize it, it transforms everything."
- Martyn-Lloyd Jones (1899-1981) Welsh Protestant Minister
JESUS ADDRESSED GOD AS HIS FATHER WHEN PRAYING
"In almost every prayer that Jesus utters in the New Testament, He addresses God as Father… This represents a radical departure from Jewish custom and tradition. Though Jewish people were given a lengthy number of appropriate titles for God in personal prayer, significantly absent from the approved list was the title “Father”… The serious reaction against Jesus by His contemporaries indicated that they heard in His addressing God as Father a blasphemous utterance by which Jesus was presuming, by this term of address, a certain equality that He enjoyed with the Father."
- R. C. Sproul (1939-2017) American Reformed Theologian
FATHERHOOD OF GOD
"If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God the Father."
J. I. Packer (1926-2020) English Evangelical Theologian
I'M TAKING MY CHILDREN WITH ME
"I am taking my children with me, and I notice that it is not difficult for me to remember that the little ones need breakfast in the morning, dinner at midday, and something before they go to bed at night. Indeed I could not forget it. And I find it impossible to suppose that our heavenly Father is less tender or mindful than I… I do not believe that our heavenly Father will ever forget His children. I am as very poor father, but it is not my habit to forget my children. God is a very, very good Father. It is not His habit to forget His children."
- Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) Scottish Evangelist and Teacher
THE FATHER OF THE FATHERLESS
"A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.."
- Psalm 68:5
KIND AND GOOD HEAVENLY FATHER
"Oh, how very kind and good my heavenly Father has been to me! I have no aches or pains, no rheumatism, and now in my ninety-third year I can do a day's work at the orphan houses with as much ease and comfort to myself as ever."
- George Mueller 1805-1898) English evangelist and helper of Orphans
REMEMBERING BEFORE OUR GOD AND FATHER
"Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
- 1 Thessalonians 1:3
WHOM I WILL SEND FROM THE FATHER
"But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me."
- John 15:26
FATHER MAKES KNOWN TO THE CHILDREN
"The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness."
- Isaiah 38:19
A FATHER GIVES HIS SON TWO SHINY QUARTERS
In Sabina Wurmbrand's book The Pastor's Wife. Sabina, a Romanian Christian, gave her life to the ministry of the persecuted church. After she spent ten years of her life in Communist prisons for her faith in Christ, she and her husband, Richard Wurmbrand, founded the organization, Voice of the Martyers, a Christian outreach to the suffering church. During World War II, she also was known to have hid the Jews from the Nazis. Later, she hid the Nazis from the Communists. Her ministry reached the expanse of many countries.
I remember hearing Richard tell a church group that a woman came up to him after hearing him preach one Sunday morning and told him, "All the questions that I ever had about being a Christian woman were answered in Sabina's book."
Sabina frequently told the story of a father who gave his young son two shiny new quarters. He instructed his son to put one of the quarters into the offering plate at the church as a gift to God and the other he could spend as he please.
The young son, filled with joy, played with the two quarters until one finally slipped from his hands and fell into a drainage pipe, no longer to be found. Tears filled the boy's eyes as he ran to his father and said, "Daddy, Daddy, I've lost the quarter you gave me for God."
Sabina's simple story was a constant reminder of how quickly we assign our lost time to God and hold fast to ourselves what is left. How often do we give the first fruit of our time, energy, and resources to our needs and desires and leave what is left, if anything, to God? Sabrina is an example of a woman who put God and the needs of His people first. During times of difficulty she would often ask a person, "Whose coin have you lost?"
Sabrina left this world with virtually no earthly possessions. She didn't own or desire any savings, house or car, but she made many rich with the gift of her life.
WHEN I WAS A SON WITH MY FATHER
"When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother."
- Proverbs 4:3
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