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The Value of a Father

“And you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and the admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  
 
The website fatherhood.org says that according to the U. S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in the U. S. live in homes where no biological father is present. According to this website’s statistics, the absence of fathers has a huge direct causal effect on children’s poverty rate, their health, and their later involvement in crime, incarceration, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as dropping out of school.

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Above The Snake Line

Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 13:15 – “good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.”  

It is a general truth that you will likely not find a rattlesnake above the elevation of 6000 feet. Early settlers in America referred to this as the snake line. Often, when they were purchasing a property, they would ask the seller whether or not the property was above “the snake line.”

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“He Restores My Soul”

Ponder: Has your soul beenmrestored? Does it need to be restored?
 
Scripture: “He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3a, NKJV).
 
Having the Lord as your shepherd results in numerous other blessings. One which David mentioned in Psalm 23:3 was that the Lord restored his soul.  Literally, this expression refers to raising a dead person back to life. The prophet Elijah pleaded for such a restoration for the son of a poor widow. “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him” (lit. be restored to him, 1 Kings 17:21). “Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him (lit. was restored to him), and he revived” (v. 22).

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