While praying this morning I was thanking God for the privilege of calling Him “Father”, and for the even greater privilege of calling Him “Abba”—“Dad”. +

As I continued to meditate on that, it dawned on me that calling Him “Abba”, while no less a privilege, is in reality a RELATIONSHIP. He’s not just my Father, He’s my DAD! That opens a whole realm of possibilities I can only begin to fathom. Fathers are in positional authority; dads are in relational authority. And with that relational authority comes relational responsibility.

If you’ve never experienced the difference between “father” and “dad” (or “daddy”), you’ve missed out on a relationship that protects, provides, encourages, guides, and much more. That’s the relationship you can have with your heavenly Dad, if you’ll just turn to Him in that light.

Thank you, Lord, for being my Dad!

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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