219 | Up Daddy, Spiritual Fatherhood & Stepping Out in Faith (Dick Foth PART2)

219 | Up Daddy, Spiritual Fatherhood & Stepping Out in Faith (Dick Foth PART2)

219 Dick Foth PART2


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Dick Foth

Dick Foth is an author, storyteller, and popular speaker. He holds a master’s degree from Wheaton College Graduate School and a doctorate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He and Ruth have invested the last twenty-five years working in the marketplace of business and government to encourage leaders in their personal lives. Dick also serves on the teaching teams of four congregations, including the multi-site National Community Church pastored by Mark Batterson in Washington, D. C.


Show Notes:

  • 0:48 – Jump back to Episode 217 – PART 1 of this conversation with Dick Foth
  • 01:21 – FATHERS FOR THE FATHERLESS spotlight: We ignite your calling by connecting you physically and spiritually with the cause of the fatherless and the heart of the Father. FATHERS FOR THE FATHERLESS changes lives by exposing men to a cause beyond themselves. They are propelled to challenge themselves, cycling 100 miles, in response to our Heavenly Father’s heart for the Fatherless. https://f4f.bike/
  • 2:59 – Jeff asks about the 3 yr old moment with his daughter Jenny – The Grand Design Move
  • 4:34 – “I watched that that physical action of lifting her arms to be picked up by her father move into the metaphor and the eternal action of lifting her hands to the most high God saying up, daddy”
  • 6:30 – Paraphrasing the Bible for our kids – frame Biblical stories in your own language
  • 7:50 – creating stories and characters and incorporating Biblical lessons and moral lessons
  • 9:10 – Dick explains his friendship and mentorship with Mark Batterson – the term Spiritual Father is Mark’s term – divine chemistry
  • 10:28 – “there was chemistry… The Lord put it together, but I think I think both of us are curious. I think both of us are readers… And both of us are adventurers.”
  • 11:01 – Mark Batterson wrote: “our Father-Son friendship is not the means to some other mission. Our friendship is the mission.” – this article – The Heart of Spiritual Parenting
  • 13:41 – John 13:14 “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. … Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”
  • 14:27 – Band of Brothers example of deep sacrificial friendship
  • 16:52 – “We decided we would take a one year self-imposed sabbatical. I was 50 years old. To figure out what to do with the last half”.
  • 18:06 – “the challenge with going up the corporate ladder is that you the how you go, the more competitive it gets, the closer you play your cards and you get to the top of the heap and you have a thousand acquaintances and no friends”
  • 19:27 – “Stepping out in faith never changes. If you know where you’re going, you don’t need to trust God.”
  • 22:31 – “the question is: where do they(my kids) come on my priorities and how do I frame my time in order to make them first?
  • 23:39 – “the best way that I can be a strong father is to be the the most profound loving husband I can be… Children need to know to the degree that they’re able that those two people. Love each other deeply”
  • 25:00 – Dick closing prayer
  • We just released a free film series. A short video series “Adding Life to the Dad Life”  https://dadawesome.org/life/

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