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Family—a Feeling of Closeness

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Family—a Feeling of Closeness

To this day, I love hearing the name “Dad” or “Daddy.” My daughter, Desiree, who is in her 30s, still calls me “Daddy!” My son Drew calls me, “Dad.”

The word, father speaks of a perspective of closeness, not of fear or distance.

Jesus purposely selected the tender word for father, in his model prayer—Abba meaning Daddy. Jesus said we ought to see ourselves on a family level with God. Our relationship ought to be marked by warmth, closeness, openness and trust.

Is that the perspective of God you have?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus cried out to “Abba.” “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.”[1] This his example, Jesus was telling us that the first order of prayer and the first line of thought ought to be praise to God.

God is not just our sugar daddy who exists to make our life easier. He is our Lord. He is our King. He is the only King, the only Lord and the only one worthy of all praise, glory and honor.

So, ask yourself, Do I praise God on a regular basis? Is praise even on my mental radar? Do I think praise? Am I comfortable with it?


You can listen to Pastor Ron’s message, Living the Jesus Perspective here.

[1] Matthew 6:9 KJV


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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