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God's Best for a Father's Success
     

God's Best for a Father's Success

by Jack Countryman
 

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This little volume offers a lot of solid wisdom for fathers.

Fathers need wisdom to lead their families well, and this inspiring gift book offers them the advice and encouragement they need. Memorable quotations are paired with Scripture promises from the New King James Version to offer timeless guidance—all in a “quick-read”

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This little volume offers a lot of solid wisdom for fathers.

Fathers need wisdom to lead their families well, and this inspiring gift book offers them the advice and encouragement they need. Memorable quotations are paired with Scripture promises from the New King James Version to offer timeless guidance—all in a “quick-read” format that busy dads appreciate.

Dads have a hard, often thankless job. This book of bite-size encouragement will inspire dads to hold tight to their heavenly Father, to trust His leading, and to build and guide a faithful family.

Note: Must be ordered in multiples of 24.  Self-shipping box can be used as counter display.  To order shrink-wrapped bundles without display box, use ISBN 978-1-4003-2016-5.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400320455
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
05/07/2012
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
1 MB

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God's Best for a Father's Success


By John Countryman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-2015-8


Chapter One

Heaven has all the resources, and God has all the power. What more do we need to succeed as godly fathers?

* * *

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

The more God trusts us with, the more accountable we are for how we use it.

* * *

"For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more."

Luke 12:48

There could be no greater reward than seeing Jesus smile when all is said and done. His approval is the measure of our success.

* * *

"Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Matthew 25:21

If it is well with your soul, you have everything that matters. If it is not, nothing else matters.

* * *

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Matthew 16:26

Jesus knows human nature. Wherever our treasure is, our interest is sure to follow.

* * *

"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:20–21

We may appear successful on the outside, but God knows whether we are successful on the inside.

The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

When God's children are blessed with wealth, they should use it wisely to bring glory to Him.

* * *

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 10:22

There are no masters in the kingdom of God, only servants.

* * *

"And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all."

Mark 10:44

There can be only one highest priority in life.

* * *

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

Matthew 6:33

There is no such thing as a self-made person.

* * *

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."

John 15:5

God wants us to win the race of life.

* * *

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

1 Corinthians 9:24

The formula for peace of mind is simple: don't worry about anything—pray about everything.

* * *

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6–7

If you control your tongue, you will master your life.

* * *

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

James 3:2

The world won't be able to squeeze you from the outside if God has changed you from the inside.

* * *

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

Business partners with different values won't just pull you in a different direction; they will pull you down.

* * *

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?

2 Corinthians 6:14

God can't be your God if money is your god. At whose altar do you sacrifice your best energies?

* * *

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

Matthew 6:24

Don't be halfhearted in your work. Whether the task is great or small, do it with all your strength. Go for it!

* * *

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Celebrate the successes of others as you would have them celebrate yours.

* * *

Rejoice with those who rejoice.

Romans 12:15

Financial security exists mainly in the imagination.

* * *

The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own esteem.

Proverbs 18:11

You know it is an honorable deal if you can sign God's name to the contract.

* * *

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17

Planning without seeking the will of God is presumptuous and foolish.

* * *

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; ... Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."

James 4:13, 15

The true power of positive thinking comes from filling your mind with the things God approves.

* * *

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Self-denial and self-sacrifice are keys to success in the Christian life—and in every other worthwhile endeavor.

* * *

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."

Matthew 16:24

Success as a godly father lies in only one direction: straight ahead. If you backtrack, you get sidetracked.

* * *

"No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 9:62

As believers, we may be knocked down, but we will never be knocked out.

* * *

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:8–9

We should work as if God were our employer. He is the One we want to please.

* * *

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23–24

Prayerfully consult with as many trustworthy advisers as possible before proceeding with your plans.

* * *

Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.

Proverbs 15:22

We need to meet with God daily to recharge our batteries. Time-out is better than burnout.

* * *

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Life is short. We need to make it count by bringing honor to God.

* * *

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

If God grants you good health, never retire. Instead, seek a new challenge.

* * *

Here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me.... Now therefore, give me this mountain.

Joshua 14:10–12

A healthy realism about your own abilities should be matched by an irrepressible optimism about God's.

* * *

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.

2 Corinthians 3:5

True leaders place the needs of others above their own.

* * *

In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3–4

If you are your own benchmark, how will you improve?

* * *

But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10:12

If you are alive and breathing, if you have food to eat and clothes to wear, then God has met your basic needs.

* * *

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

1 Timothy 6:8

In the spiritual realm, as well as in the natural, your return will be proportional to your investment.

* * *

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6

Success requires persistence. If it is the right thing, never, never give up.

* * *

Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9

It is amazing what can be accomplished once people put their minds—and their backs—into it.

* * *

So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Nehemiah 4:6

The children of God should never be lazy. They should be enthusiastic, diligent workers.

* * *

... not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.

Romans 12:11

Jesus wants us to have the richest, fullest life we could ever imagine.

* * *

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

John 10:10

Sheer ability is not enough to succeed in life, at least not for the long haul. Personal integrity is basic to long-term success.

* * *

So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalm 78:72

Our God is the highest standard of excellence.

* * *

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!

Psalm 8:1

Nothing gladdens God's heart—or an employer's heart—more than a willing worker.

* * *

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

Isaiah 6:8

If you shoot at nothing, you will surely hit it. A successful father is always goal oriented.

* * *

Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13–14

People were impressed by the quality of Jesus' life and work. Our lives should have the same impact on our families and friends.

* * *

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well."

Mark 7:37

Some problems require creative solutions. Use your God-given imagination, and let the ideas flow.

* * *

And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

Mark 2:4

Jesus was clearly focused on what He was about to do. Nothing worthwhile is accomplished without concentration.

* * *

When the time had come for Him to be received up, ... He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51

Breathe a prayer to God before you do any business.

* * *

Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 2:4

If you want to be a successful father, play by God's rules.

* * *

And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

2 Timothy 2:5

Trouble is only temporary. The lessons it teaches are permanent.

* * *

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

2 Corinthians 4:17

Out of struggle comes strength of character.

* * *

But may the God of all grace, ... after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

1 Peter 5:10

Successful people are self-starters. They are internally motivated and work hard even if no one is looking over their shoulder.

* * *

... not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

Ephesians 6:6

When you give to charity, do it privately. Someday God will reward you publicly.

* * *

"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven."

Matthew 6:1

If you want to live long, don't try to do everything yourself.

* * *

Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.

Exodus 18:18

Status seekers work for perks and strokes. Christian fathers work for the glory of God.

* * *

"Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts."

Mark 12:38–39

Develop the life of someone who can carry on your work—perhaps one of your children.

* * *

"But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people."

Deuteronomy 3:28

You can't take it with you. Invest what you have in kingdom business—and collect eternal dividends.

* * *

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1 Timothy 6:7

Jesus enveloped His most important decisions with prayer. So should we.

* * *

He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.

Luke 6:12–13

Stay on the right course. Someday you will be able to look back on your life's work with satisfaction.

* * *

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7

Effective managers know how to delegate. Pick trustworthy subordinates, and let them do their job.

* * *

Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Exodus 18:21

Power can corrupt. As we rise, we must be vigilant lest we fall.

* * *

But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction.

2 Chronicles 26:16

Good intentions are not enough. We must make sure we have communicated them clearly and that they are understood.

* * *

For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.

Acts 7:25

Character is revealed in the little things—who you are when no one is watching.

* * *

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much."

Luke 16:10

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires self-discipline and endurance.

* * *

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Hebrews 12:1

The secret of handling stress is to release it. Remember, Jesus wants to carry your burdens.

* * *

[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Those we choose as our associates will have an impact on our values—for good or evil.

* * *

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."

1 Corinthians 15:33

Before you appoint a position, do a thorough background check and, if possible, observe performance.

* * *

Do not lay hands on anyone hastily.

1 Timothy 5:22

Hard work is indispensable to parenting success—or any other kind of success.

* * *

He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 10:4

You don't start a business venture without proper planning, and you don't follow Christ without a wholehearted commitment.

* * *

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?"

Luke 14:28

What God places in our hands He means for us to enjoy. But our confidence should be in the giver, not the gift.

* * *

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

1 Timothy 6:17

If anyone has a reason to keep on keeping on, the believer does. Everything we do for God counts for eternity.

* * *

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Jack Countryman is the founder of JCountryman® Gift Books, a division of Thomas Nelson, and the recipient of the ECPA Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the past 30 years he has developed bestselling gift books such as God’s Promises® for Your Every Need, God’s Promises® for Men, God’s Promises® for Women, and God Listens. Countryman’s books have sold more than 21 million units.

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