Walter Shepherd is Christian Harris's father-in-law and over the past 7 years, has been enduring the mental and physical health decline of his wife of over 50 years, to the disease of Alzheimers. He discusses grief, loss and what it looks like to go to God in your pain, doubts and yet still be faithful and trust in God's goodness and grace.
- This Weeks Whiskey: N/A
- What is the relationship between suffering, grief and prolonged grieving?
- Grieving is something we find in scripture and is a natural emotion that God gave us.
- Christian's have a tendency to move on too fast, not grieve enough... though we are not to grieve as if we don't have hope (in God)
- They want to move on from the uncomfortableness of grief and act like everything is fine, as if grieving or being sad dishonors God
- Non-Christian's tend to keep on grieving and never ceasing grieving (never moving forward or beyond)
- What we don't grieve and deal with successfully, will come back and cause us problems later and we tend to get stuck, unable to move forward.
- Essentially, how do we acknowledge that we are in a hole, without staying in the hole?
- The thing that helps keep Walter going if reminding himself that, "it's not about you". As Christian's, we are called to "die to ourselves and live for Christ"
- He thinks about how can he turn each of these challenging situations toward God, because God can handle it and he can't.
- Don't compare your suffering to others. Your suffering or lose is just as real as those who have experienced something "worse".
- Though we may not ever know why we experience specific suffering, while God may allow suffering to happen to us but God will never "waste" the pain you experience in life.
- Staying in God's Word, regular prayer and a community of people willing to speak hard but loving truth into your life are all key, not only in life but specifically when life gets hard.
- Two big indicators to keep watch of during a prolonged period of suffering or trials, are your anxiety and anger/frustraiton levels.
- People don't change and grow when people are comfortable and things are easy... especially not character or maturity in Christ.
- We are in very little control of anything in life and God's grace is sufficient for us.
- To be ok with the hard parts of life and suffering, we need to be fully surrendered to God, trusting that what He has brought us to, He will see us through... remaining teachable and open.
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Fear & Anxiety (not trusting God & our desire to control life)
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Where do you find your comfort and identity? "Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention" The Lion Chaser Manifesto - https://www.harvestabq.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Lion-Chasers-Manifesto.pdf Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Feminism & The Church
1:10:58We recorded this episode the summer of 2021 with return guests, Julia Bringolf and Stacy Manning. In this lively discussion, we get into the topic of Feminism, the varies waves of the feminist movement and the impact it's had on the church and society at large. NOTES: •Recorded August 26, 2021 - released December 4, 2021 •This Weeks Whiskey: Bourbon from Willy's Distillery, Ennis, MT •(Return) Guests (from Ep. 47 on Masculinity from a wives perspective): •Julia Bringolf - Christian Bringolf's wife •Stacy Manning - Co-Author of "Them Before Us, Why We Need a global Children's Rights Movement" •If feminism is such a good thing, why are there 4 generations / iterations of it (1-4th waive feminism)? •The feminist movement was really born out of men abdicating their responsibility to lead and take care of woman (Feminism was a response to an injustice in the world). •Freedom and right to provide for ourselves are essential in life and some would say the Suffrage Movement was born out of that - woman fighting for the right for woman to vote, own land and work. •The leaders of the suffrage movement were largely affluent, high-society woman who needed something to do with their time - They weren't fighting for woman to work in factories... they wanted woman in board rooms. They wanted the "privileges" of the men of that day, without the responsibility's (going to war, fighting fires, put themselves in harms way) •Ironically, it took a government of men to vote to give women the right to vote. •Original feminism still allowed for glorifying God and honoring biblical gender identity. •As feminism gained traction and saw wins for Woman's rights, the fight shifted away from fighting for woman's rights and became about fighting agains men and in the 1960's, the fight for freedom and equality became a fight for "being better" than men, which includes sexual autonomy and breaking of sexual boundaries... which doesn't honor God. •Today's feminism has become ugly and not glorifying to God. •"When woman received the right to vote, the country started pivoting to the left... because woman seek security and generally don't take the same risks men are willing to... and were more willing to vote [tax payer] money into their own pockets" - Stacy •Too many women felt like they couldn't rely on their husbands (men weren't doing their job), so in order to get the security they desired, they used the vote to have the government step in and start taking care of them (replacing the role of the family, men in particular). •The Bible says that the husband (man) is the head of the house, like Christ is the head of the church, and with that comes a sense of power. In a biblical world, the one "in charge" takes responsibility for those under them, those in their care. •Adam's first sin was abdicating his headship and care of Eve. •For much of human history, woman were second-class citizens, less than men, subjugated and even seen as property... which is never how it was intended. When God created Adam and Eve, it was in a complimentarian context, where man and woman were distinct and different and designed to compliment one another. •Men and women represent the different halves and characteristics of God... without each other, this world is not complete. •In all the discussion around feminism and equality of the sexes, the issue os sin is never talked about and that is the real issue (with everything). •Phases of Feminism: •1st wave: 1900s-1930s (woman's suffrage movement) •2nd wave: 1940s-1960s (men going to war while woman went to work outside the house & post-war autonomy where woman (the parents of the hippy generation) pushed back against traditional gender roles of having to go back to working in the home) •3rd wave: 1960s- (Sexual revolution where woman wanted to be as "free" and promiscuous as men, though hippy culture was very small in the context of the larger American society at the time) •4th wave: (Modern feminism which says that men and women are exactly the same, gender is a social construct and men aren't necessary or even that men are bad) •"Of course women needed a seat at the table... but then they got up and started dancing on it" - Stacy •It didn't take long before feminism started serving men. •What is the difference between "rights" and "entitlement" •Rights are inherent and can't be something that someone else needs to provide to you. •Women's rights are the same as men's rights... they are human rights. •Injustice is when someone infringes on someone else's God given rights. •Going back to the idea that you have to have "skin in the game" in order to have a say in the community (having the privilege to vote), makes a lot of sense (Property owners, business owners, job creators and the producers in society... so you don't have non-producers voting to take money and resources away from the producers). •Male feminist ("meneminists") are not sexy - the grossest of the gross. Men have been conditioned to believe if they don't support feminism, they'll be accused of hating women. •We are for women... just like God is. Jesus was the original "feminist" in the sense of giving women credit and honor (In the honoring ways He interacted with them and in how scripture records it was the woman that first reported that Jesus's tomb was empty (back in that day, a woman't testimony was not to be trusted). •At the end of the day, Feminism is really rooted in the hatred of men and hate the traditional gender roles (the one's that God designed) •Feminism is often a gateway into leftism in the church (A woman pastor or woman leaders of a church). The only people you find that attend churches pastor by women are emasculated boys and women. •The Church is loosing because it doesn't value God's Word anymore and is more concerned about fitting in with a fallen culture, than boldly proclaiming and living God's truth. •As societies become more affluent we start believing the lie that we are in control of our lives and the world around. We start thinking we are god, instead of relying on God. •When you become comfortable and secure, we don't feel like we have a need for God. •As you get further away from living lives of day-to-day survival, people need a sense of purpose and struggle, so they make up asinine ideas and movements to take up their free-time (think CRT or Black Lives Matter). •As a modern society, we tend to look down our nose at the past, thinking we are so much more advanced then those primitive people who believed silly things and did terrible things... failing to see that in our "chronological snobbery" and arrogance, human nature has not changed and we are guilty of the same sins as our forefathers (and maybe worse with the millions of babies we've allowed to be murdered through abortion)... and the future generations will judge us in the same way. •Feminism is an antithetical worldview to the gospel of Jesus. It can not save us... or women and at this point, only creates more division between men and woman, but putting our hope in God, brings us together and deals with our root problem of sin. •Just Thinking Podcast episode reference: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/just-thinking-podcast/id1328733796?i=1000528814664 Questions: 1. is feminism a good thing? 0.How did we get feminism? 0.At the core, what does feminism say? 0.If you don’t agree with feminism, are you against women’s rights? 0.Is feminism another gospel that the church has accepted? 0.Why do you think the church has capitulated to feminism? 0.How is feminism dangerous to the church? 0.How should Bible believing Christians respond to the pseudo gospel of feminism? 0.How is Jesus greater than feminism? Quotes: from the just thinking podcast episode 112, “regardless of how you slice it, 3rd and 4th wave feminism demands the deconstruction of any system seen as patriarchal. This wave of feminism isn’t about being equal to men, it’s about a lack of need for men. As men are seen as the primary problem in a society that oppresses women.” “At the root of the concept of egalitarianism is the idea of equality. The Oxford dictionary defines egalitarianism as the belief that everyone is equal and should have the same rights and opportunities; the idea of ecclesiastical egalitarianism in the church, specifically as it relates to professing Christians who believe that women being allowed to preach from the pulpit is a matter of equality rather than the authority of scripture is in many ways similar to the logic that drives CRT. Equality is the same thread that runs through both” Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! 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Vaccines, Mandates & Liberty
59:04With all the uncertainty, fear, division and threat of mandates and eroding liberty... we dig into our identity as Christians, where we find our hope and when is the right time to "stand up" for God and truth in any cultural moment. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Mossburn Single Malt Scotch - 10 year This Weeks Cigar - @standardandtwain Deeper Dive Resources: Owen Strachan @profstrachan | Podcast - The Antithesis | Book - "Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel, and the way to stop it" @darrelbharrison & @virgilwalker of the Just Thinking Podcast @podcast_just | Book - "Just Thinking About The State" We are addressing this topic today focusing on our Identity and hope as Christian's Within Christian circles, I've primarily heard two extremes: It's our duty as Christian's to get vaccinated and wear masks and if you don't, you are being "unloving" and un-Chirst like... or the opposite of, don't tell me what to do, I have my freedom and no one is going to make me do anything I don't want to do.... neither of which are helpful attitudes. Romans 12 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. The toxicity of pop-culture has infiltrated the church so much, that we are even seeing the same "virtue signaling" with Christians, where they are "cancelling"one another and "unfriending" each other on social media for having differing social or political views... when we should be rallying around Jesus, not our political causes and affections. Where is our deepest passion and allegiance... to Jesus and the Gospel, or our stance on vaccines, mandates and liberty? As soon as we take our eyes off Jesus, we start to loose perspective and start placing our hope in worldly things... our anxiety builds as we seek to gain control of the cause around us. It would seem that the issue of vaccines (whether you and your family get them) should be a matter of personal conscious and not coerced by the government, economic or social pressure. Ultimately, our identity needs to be in Jesus and not in our social / political stances... and those stances need to be respectful of others positions and convictions. Do we really believe and trust in God? Or does our anxiety over mandates simply reveal our heart of not trusting God and trying to take matters into our own hands? Standing with God and for God's truth, being obedient to God IS what we are called to and is "doing something" in this cultural moment. Keep God on His throne and not taking matters into our own hands and responding in a humanist manner (acting as if there is no God). If a government is preventing Christian's from worshiping God or leading it's citizen's into sin... that is when we stand up and follow God over our government or civil leaders. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
No, You Can NOT Handle It All (work and mindset)
42:11America is the land of opportunity and hard work... the downside of this is that we are often told and believe that we can do it all. We are told we can be anything we want to be or do anything we want to do, as long as you believe in yourself and work hard enough. Today we explore the truths and lies wrapped up in this narrative. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: $500-$700 bottle of Yama from Bainbridge Distillery - American Single Grain Barley Whiskey. Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Christian talks about his life-changing conference with Tony Robbins for his real estate carrier with eXp Realty and completing his first "Spartan Race" (8 miles with 25 obstacles). Confronting the lie, that you CAN do it all. Believing that you can handle everything and do everything (and constantly failing at it) leads to a lot of anxiety and a general sense of failure and inadequacy in our life. Social media makes us feel even worse about ourselves because it appears that other people are able to do it all and have it all... when in reality, social media is just showing you the "best of" clips of someone's life and is heavily curated/edited. While Capitalism is a great economic system, the downside is the temptation to OVERwork or pursue monetary "success" at the expense of all else. Being better at saying "no" to most things that come our way, so that we can live more intentionally in saying "yes" to the things that align with our will get us to our personal and professional goals (which you have to do the hard work of defining and writing down what those goals are, if you ever want to achieve them). We are constantly striving to be accomplishing, to do more and move the ball forward... which I think is how God created us and is part of our calling to fulfill the great commission of cultivating the earth (creating culture and making something out of the raw potential of God's creation). Where is the fine line of being content in God, accomplishing things and making sure to rest (but not slack off and become lazy). Like with fitness - In life we are either moving forward or backwards... growing or shrinking... it's near impossible to just "tread water". It's great to have big, non-limiting beliefs and work hard for what you want... but most people can't "have it all" or be anything they want to be, if they just set their mind to it. We have limitations: limitations of time, money, skills, connections, etc. This doesn't mean you can't accomplish great things and have an amazing life with God's help. He who works harder and perseveres will always get further and accomplish more then he who just has raw skill. Proverbs 16:9: In their hearts humans plan their course but the Lord establishes their steps. Comparison will rob you of your joy. Don't compare yourself to others or you will always be miserable and unsatisfied, striving after what others have. What you believe you can do (or what you think you can't do) will largely dictate what you attain in life. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right" What you choice to think about and focus on makes all the difference in the world. What you think about will dictate your perspective and emotions. 2 Corinthians 2:5: "... take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" Work is good! We should work hard and do a great job at it... but work shouldn't become so important to us, that it becomes our identity or becomes our object of our affection. Christian outlines the way he organizes his days and accomplishes his personal and professional goals. Living life with intentionally: Elite Journal - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PW2T6JG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
"Just Thinking: About The State" Book Review
36:52Special Episode this week, with our first book review. We are giving an overview of the book "Just Thinking: About the State" by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker, the creators and hosts of the Just Thinking Podcast. We have been listening and greatly blessed by this podcast, the amount of research, thought and preparation Darrell and Virgil put into each episode and to dissect and unpack each cultural or social topic and point back to scripture and the Gospel as our highest authority and God as our source of truth. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Clyde Mays Straight Rye Whiskey - Alabama - 94 proof Buy Just Thinking: About The State - https://press.founders.org/shop/just-thinking-about-the-state/ Book Chapters: Government Socialism Capitalism A Social Savior The Born Alive Act Black Lives Matter and Abortion Politics and the Black Church Reparations The Equality Act of 2019 Elections This is book is important for several reasons. It rightly identifies the problem (sin) It is interpreting our current times and social issues through a biblical lens. It is properly identifying and dissecting the sin that is at the center of major social issues. It is applying scriptural truth to real world problems (racism, marriage, sexuality, divorce, etc) It is calling for significant increase in biblical literacy It calls for men and women to engage in worship of Christ, as opposed to worship of a political party. It calls for children of God to disengage from the sin of partiality It emphasizes the Imago Dei It rightly places scripture into a category of one “Sola Scriptura” Sola scriptura Sola Christus Sola fide Sola gratia Sol deo gloria i. These five statements of the evangelical faith lay at the center of what distinguished the theology of the Reformation from the theology of the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century. Sola scriptura is the belief that because Scripture is God’s inspired Word, it is the only inerrant, sufficient, and final authority for the church. Solus Christus is the assertion that Christ alone is the basis on which the ungodly are justified in God’s sight. Sola fide maintains that the believer receives the redemption Christ has accomplished only through faith. Sola gratia proclaims that all of our salvation, from beginning to end, is by grace and grace alone. Because of these things, the Reformers held fast to the phrase soli Deo gloria, that only God receives glory for our salvation. (et al. TGC) Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Where Is God When Life Gets Hard? - Dealing with Alzheimer, suffering and Loss w/ Guest Walter Shepherd
21:26Walter Shepherd is Christian Harris's father-in-law and over the past 7 years, has been enduring the mental and physical health decline of his wife of over 50 years, to the disease of Alzheimers. He discusses grief, loss and what it looks like to go to God in your pain, doubts and yet still be faithful and trust in God's goodness and grace. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: N/A What is the relationship between suffering, grief and prolonged grieving? Grieving is something we find in scripture and is a natural emotion that God gave us. Christian's have a tendency to move on too fast, not grieve enough... though we are not to grieve as if we don't have hope (in God) They want to move on from the uncomfortableness of grief and act like everything is fine, as if grieving or being sad dishonors God Non-Christian's tend to keep on grieving and never ceasing grieving (never moving forward or beyond) What we don't grieve and deal with successfully, will come back and cause us problems later and we tend to get stuck, unable to move forward. Essentially, how do we acknowledge that we are in a hole, without staying in the hole? The thing that helps keep Walter going if reminding himself that, "it's not about you". As Christian's, we are called to "die to ourselves and live for Christ" He thinks about how can he turn each of these challenging situations toward God, because God can handle it and he can't. Don't compare your suffering to others. Your suffering or lose is just as real as those who have experienced something "worse". Though we may not ever know why we experience specific suffering, while God may allow suffering to happen to us but God will never "waste" the pain you experience in life. Staying in God's Word, regular prayer and a community of people willing to speak hard but loving truth into your life are all key, not only in life but specifically when life gets hard. Two big indicators to keep watch of during a prolonged period of suffering or trials, are your anxiety and anger/frustraiton levels. People don't change and grow when people are comfortable and things are easy... especially not character or maturity in Christ. We are in very little control of anything in life and God's grace is sufficient for us. To be ok with the hard parts of life and suffering, we need to be fully surrendered to God, trusting that what He has brought us to, He will see us through... remaining teachable and open. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Abortion is pure evil w/ guests Katy Faust & Stacy Manning
1:08:56We got some of the sharpest female minds with us today (Katy Faust and Stacy Manning) on this special podcast episode on abortion. The world is loosing its mind and the culture's responds to the Texas heart beat law, is no exception. We couldn't help but notice the outrage against it, so we did a special podcast session, were we unpack what should be obvious to Christian's... why abortion and the killing of babies is evil and how to combat some of the common arguments and mindset that comes with those who think abortion is a good thing. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: FEW Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Illinois "Them Before Us" book address this topic of abortion, amongst many other aspects of Children's Rights Website: https://thembeforeus.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1642935964 "Children's rights are being sacrificed on the alter of adult desires" Abortion is the literal sacrificing children on the alter of convenience. Our primary human right (including kids, born or unborn), is the right to life... without which, no other right matters. Children have a right to life and a right to their mom and dad. Why is abortion NOT about the woman's body? If it was "my body my choice"... if it was "your body", then after the abortion, you (the mother) would be the one dead at the end of the procedure. Children are not born for us, they are born through us and completely distinct from their mother. As Christian's, "our body" and our children's bodies and lives are not our own. We are stewards of the lives God gives us, the kids's God blesses us with and all that God entrusts us with in this life. The push for abortion is one of the many byproducts of feminism, where feminist see that a man can walk away from a pregnancy, but the woman can't. And so in their mind, women will never be equal until they are the same and so abortion is the woman's equality to be able to walk away from the pregnancy too. A better option for equality, where no one has to die, is insisting that the man doesn't walk away from the baby and it's mother. Men are co-creators and 50% responsible for creating this new life, should have a say and should be held responsible and accountable. Woman who have never been pregnant, given birth or been a parent, have no place to tell men (many of whom have walked with their wives through the pregnancy and birthing process) have no say on abortion because it's solely a "woman's issue". The manipulation of language to obscure the brutally hard truth about what abortion actually is. You can't counter an emotional argument (most pro-choice arguments) with a logical or moral argument (pro-life argument). You can't make an argument or justification for something, using the exception instead of examining the rule (defending the pro-choice position with the "what about rape or incest" - those are exceptions with only 1% of abortions being due to that and policy & law should not be made based on the outlying exceptions) Abortion is not about "reproductive health". The baby has already been conceived (reproduced) and if not interrupted by a deliberate attempt to end the babies life, it will grow and be born as a human baby. Christian's CAN NOT be both "pro life" and "pro choice" and still be faithful to Jesus. Stacy takes it one step further and says, "you can't be a Democrat or vote for Democratic policies and politicians and still call yourself a Christian". The "right" to abortion is not a constitutional right (The Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, is not part of the constitution) What are Christian's to do when what is legal and allowed (or even applauded), is not in alignment with what God says is good or right. So much of the cultural conversation come down to what we consider "sacred": Either "life" is sacred or personal choice, individual will, or "woman's health" (or something else) is considered sacred. Either the unborn life of the baby has moral significance or it doesn't... and that will determine where someone falls on the issue of abortion. There have been over 41M legal abortions from 1973 to 2018 and while the numbers have been decreasing since 1997, there were still 620,000 abortions in 2018 (the last year the data is available) and society has shifted from saying they should be safe, rare and legal, to they should be allowed for any reason, at any time, with no shame/stigma and even celebrated. I believe that abortion is our generation's "slavery" and in 50-100 years, society will look back on the Millions of snuffed out lives due to abortion and wonder how a society could not only allow such an atrocity but actually encourage it and call it a good thing. Progressive ideology is guilty of "the bigotry of low-expectations" towards minorities. RESOURCE: https://www.desiringgod.org/topics/abortion https://www.ccef.org/book/healing-after-abortion-gods-mercy-you/ Genesis 1:27-28 - “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."” Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Being a Single Dad with Guest Corey Uebelacker
54:08The purpose for this episode is to encourage single dads in their parenting. To call men to be thoughtful and mindful in how they pursue relationships with women, so they may cultivate legacy and not just feed sexual desire. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. Philippians 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Romans 8:38-39 – I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1. Did you ever think you would be a dad at 19yo? Tell your story 2. Did you have help raising your daughter? Did you co-parent with your daughter’s mother? 3. What were the challenges you faced? 4. Was there any good during that challenging time of raising your daughter? 5. You weren’t raised in a Christian household, but looking back now where do you see God having worked in your life as a single dad? 6. What words of wisdom would you give single dads that are listening? Resources: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/single-parents/\ https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/village-to-help-single-parents/ https://www.ccef.org/book/single-parents-daily-grace-hardest-job/ https://www.ccef.org/jbc_article/sturdy-truths-for-single-parents/ https://financesonline.com/single-parent-statistics/ Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.