Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California




Pastor John Watkin

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Father’s Day is a special day in the year where we honor our Dads and here at Highland we like to honor the contribution of all our men. I like this attempt to define a father…

     A father is a person who is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic. He growls when he feels good and laughs very loud when he is scared half-to-death.

     A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child’s eyes. He is never quite the hero his daughter thinks. Never quite the man his son believes him to be. And this worries him sometimes. (So he works too hard to try to smooth the rough places for those of his own who will follow him.)

      Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren’t nearly good enough, so that they can have children that are smarter than anybody else’s.

     Fathers fight dragons almost daily. They hurry away from the breakfast table off to the arena, which is sometimes called an office or a workshop. There they tackle the dragon with three heads: Weariness, Works, and Monotony. And they never quite win the fight, but they never give up.

On Father’s Day Sunday we express our appreciation to the fathers and the men who have made a difference in our lives. I will be speaking on the theme, “Making Time For What’s Important.”  

We all struggle with our priorities. This isn’t just a “Dad” thing! We all have a hard time “finding time” for the things in our lives that are really important. But “finding time” leaves too much to chance. That’s why it is more important to “make time” for the priority items in life.

In Ephesians 5:15-16a (Phillips NT) Paul writes,

“Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as people who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time…”  

Join us as we talk about several practical steps to finding time for the truly important things in life.

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