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Celebrating Fathers in a Fatherless Society

The man wanted to go into the Temple and enjoy the beauty of the Lord. However, he could not because he had some deep issues that prohibited him from what he really wanted. He did not really want money; that was just all he thought he could get.

Men tend to do what they think they would be successful at. We calculate the risk and test to see if we think we would win. If we think we won’t win, we might not even try. In the story, the lame man was doing what he thought he would succeed at – begging!

But when Peter and John looked intently at the lame man, they discerned that money was not really what the man wanted. This man wanted to walk! He wanted to finally get the chance to go inside the Temple!

And now, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus, and through the verbal command and act of empowerment from other men of God, this lame man was no longer lame. He was made whole!

In our society,

  1. Men need help! They need the practical dynamics of the Holy Spirit’s power to see them and respond accordingly.
  2. Also, men need other men to challenge them and to empower them with a hand up.
  3. And, men need a society that cares more about them than locking them up in prisons!

I want to invite you to join me in prayer and in an effort to speak up and help men to get up from the dismal reality of a society of lame men and absent fathers.

Many blessings,

Dr. Antipas

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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2017

About the Author: Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), is the president-dean of Jakes Divinity School and associate pastor at The Potter’s House of Dallas, TX, and the founding dean of the Urban Renewal Center in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the Criminal Justice System Director for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and president of the Global Institute for Empowerment & Leadership Development, known as GIELD. He has additional experience as an educator, academic lecturer, itinerant preacher, pastor, youth director, motivational speaker, and Christian musician. He is the author of Is Christianity the White Man's Religion?: How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color (IVP, 2020), The Holy Spirit and Social Justice: Scripture and Theology (2019), Holy Spirit, Holy Living: A Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-first Century Churches (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and Unstoppable Success: 7 Ways to Flourish in Your Boundless Potential (High Bridge Books, 2014). | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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