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We thought that perhaps a few hundred dads would respond to the invitation to meet at the Indianapolis Training Center from January 31 to February 4, 2007. I was planning on sharing with them the results of my annual January time with the Lord.
During that month in the Northwoods of Michigan, God directed me to study the history of the House of God, beginning in Genesis with Bethel and concluding with the present-day Church. Marvelous Biblical truths were revealed that seem either overlooked or forgotten in our day. Thus, we do not have the power that God intends for His “house of prayer for all people.” (See Matthew 21:13)
From this study, God allowed a significant book to be written, and then He actually confirmed the truth of His Word by what happened at the Dads’ Conference.
A father from Texas wrote, “The presence of God was so strong and the Holy Spirit so present that I felt like I wept for four days. I am eager to see what all this will do for my family.”
God requires us to love Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. (See Mark 12:30.) Our singing, therefore, must be with all of our hearts (no competing affections), all of our souls (lifting up our minds, wills, and emotions to God), all of our minds (singing with our spirits and our understanding), and all of our strength. This will be a mighty sound, as in Psalm 98:4: “… Make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
When the men sang wholeheartedly in one accord, a joy filled the room which caused the entire group to break out in clapping, cheering, and shouting praises to God. It was a glorious time of true worship and triumphant resolve.
A father from Michigan wrote, “Singing with 600 men with one spirit to the Lord is something I will never forget for the rest of my life. It was like a prelude of the time when we will be singing in heaven to our Savior.” Even after the conference his heart sang for joy. “I was driving at 2:30 A.M. singing ‘More Love to Thee’ with tears flowing down my cheeks and realizing how much my Savior loves me.”
Men who had received victory over lust and destructive habits openly shared their testimonies and then separated into small prayer groups with a marvelous spirit of brokenness and oneness. One father wrote: “I felt like I was entering into the hearts of those I was praying for and with. Their needs became my needs and mine became theirs.
“We poured out our hearts for each other—our chairs were watered with tears for our brothers in Christ. We were one in spirit and I arose from these times with greater love for my wife and children than I have ever known before.”
The transformations that took place at the Dads’ Conference are reflected in this testimony.
“My dad returned from the fathers’ conference changed. I had not realized how discouraged he had become over the past couple of years, but now I have my daddy back, and I’m so grateful.
“He returned to his first love, Jesus Christ, at the conference, and it has changed the entire atmosphere of our home. I am not kidding. There are seven people here who benefitted—a lot!”
—A daughter from Wyoming
This Dads’ Conference was beyond what we ever imagined, and I would like every father to experience it. We have scheduled another conference for April 11-15; however due to limited space, only the first 600 men who register will be accepted. For information visit ati.iblp.org.
Visit ati.iblp.org for information on the upcoming Dads’ Conference, April 11-15, 2007.
“At the conference you said, ‘… A dad will not have vibrant children if he has no burden to win souls.’ This cut me to the heart for my own lack of genuine love for others. However, during the conference it was like I fell in love with the Lord all over again.
“When I got back to my office, a long-time employee told me about some traumatic issues in his life. I shared with him the real Resolution, Jesus Christ.
“After I told him the ‘bad news’ of the Gospel, he openly wept under the realization of his eternal destiny without God as his Lord and Master, and asked how to get saved. I then showed him the Scriptures for salvation and led him in a prayer of full repentance and acceptance of Jesus.
“I e-mailed a report of this exciting event to my family, and my daughter responded, ‘You are so cool.’ As Chris Hogan says, I went from ‘zero to hero’ in the eyes of my daughter in seconds.
“When I came home, our family rejoiced at the salvation of this man. My children’s enthusiasm for the Lord was noticeably evident as a result of seeing God work through their dad.
“Shortly after dinner I got a voice mail from this employee, Dave, who said, ‘I am at home and reading the Bible as you suggested. I would like to take you up on your offer and get together soon so I can learn more.’ I played the voice mail message for my family and they all cheered and we thanked the Lord together. What an experience!”
—A dad from Minnesota
“It is unbelievable what the Lord did in my heart at the Dads’ Conference. I was convicted that I needed to share my secret sins with my wife. I found it very difficult to commit to doing this, but when I did, I was set free from bondage that had been in my life for forty years. I am free!
“When I shared my secret sins with my wife, I expected rejection and pain to be her reaction. She instead expressed her love for me and joy at what God was doing.
“We have a new oneness and my walk with the Lord is at a much deeper level than I ever imagined possible. I awake early before the alarm and am delighting in His Word. I then share His treasures with my family at our morning wisdom search.
“The freedom I am experiencing is beyond anything I have known since I received Christ 37 years ago.”
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