Discover the Secret
to Success in Your Family, Work and Ministry
by Following the Biblical Call to Blend the Three Areas That
Occupy All of Your Waking Hours...Your Family, Work
Integrating the God-given
priorities of family, work, and ministry is the constant challenge faced
by every father. In A Father's Stew, Stephen Beck has done us a great
service by dealing biblically and practically with these issues.
Date: January 25, 2010 From: Stephen Beck
Does Your Life Resemble a TV Dinner?
As Christian dads, are you trying to juggle all of the areas of a your
life by squeezing them into separate compartments, but the slippery rascals
just won't cooperate? And what happens when something is sealed up and you
add a little pressure to it?
As Christian husbands and dads, we have been taught to compartmentalize our lives. To
divide our lives into areas that we can contain and effectively manage. But
what happens when we seal something up and add a little heat to it?
Can we be terribly surprised when one area in our life explodes and makes
a mess on all the others?
Finally, someone has discovered that the Bible does NOTteach us to
compartmentalize our lives, but to carefully
BLEND the areas of family, work
and ministry. Don't settle for a TV dinner, make a stew! A stew that is
described in Philippians 4:18 as a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable
sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
The problem: God holds Dads 100% responsible for the spiritual responsibility
of your family
...but how can you do this when you are
struggling to out beans on the table
family devotions are non existent
you have no real ministry to speak of
It is hard. I understand. But you will be held responsible at the judgement seat of
I was just like you... and then something clicked!
Drawing upon my experiences of being a father to three children,
owning a construction company for 17 years, starting an online business, discipling young men and fathers in the Church, I
wanted to give a unique laymanís perspective to the challenges of
integrating the three areas that so greatly impact our lives.
I wanted to write A Father's Stew so that other men don't have to make
the same mistakes I did! Don't think it is too late, you can still blend
these areas of life together!
What will you find in A Father's Stew?
You will find the "recipe" to
In an age where fathers are separated from their families
for most of the day, how can we fulfill the Biblical mandate to train our
children when "you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you
lie down, and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 6)?
Given our current culture, is it possible to integrate
family, work and ministry in a Biblical manner? What is God's provision
for raising godly children and what are our responsibilities?
Understand what God's vision for fathers is as I
challenge you from the Scripture to balance the areas of family, work and
ministry and to blend these three ingredients to form a godly stew, a
sweet smelling aroma to God.
The Bible as the Ultimate Authority in Every
Our Responsibility in Training Our Children in
The Obstacles to Training Our Children in
Some Practical Solutions Training Our Children
The Vision Revisited
Second Ingredient: Work
Did God curse our work so that we can only slog
through the day waiting to get home where the real ministry begins? Is
there more to work than meets the eye? See that work may not be the
problem - it may be the manner in which we work!
Many view work as a necessary evil...an obstacle that keeps us from our
families and ministering to other people. But the Bible views work as a
calling. Discover how our work can bless our families and our ministry and
not rob from them!
Example of Solomon Regarding Our Work
The Average Christian's View of Work
The Resulting Damage from a Misunderstanding of
How God Views Work
Practical Applications for Viewing
Third Ingredient: Ministry -
Why is the modern church in the state that it is? Why are
we so confused as to what constitutes true biblical ministry? Why do we
not see deep and lasting fruit? We have forgotten the great commission!
We must first
disciple our children and then we must bring younger
believers to maturity in Christ. In A Father's Stew, I give you
practical ways to teach men not merely to survive in a hostile culture,
but to train battle-ready soldiers who can cross enemy lines and take
captives for our Lord Jesus Christ!
What Constitutes Biblical Ministry
God's Goal for Ministry
God's Method of Maturity
Practical Applications for Leading Men/Women to
Maturity in Christ
Stephen Beck doesn't just
write about what it means for a father to lead his family---he's lived
the life. And drawing from his experiences, he makes a passionate appeal
for other men to take the steps necessary to better guide and serve
Wesley Strackbein, Vision Forum, Inc.
Every young couple should
read this book!
Laurie Bluedorn, Co-Author of
Teaching the Trivium
Now before you think I am promising an instant
to all your problems in your family, work and
let me tell you what this book will NOT do!
It will not change your family in 7 days
It will not make you fall in love with your dead-end job
It will not transform you into a super-Christian over night
There is no book that can do that
(no matter what the author may
...But A Father's Stew will help you
See the Big Picture...what your life can look like when it
aligns with the word of God.
Discover why work stinks and what you can do about it
Find alternatives to working a 9-5 job
Identify God's priorities for fathers and how to implement them
Learn to live with certainty and purpose
Turn your work into a calling
Impact others...even if you have a ton on your plate right now!
Direct, biblical, meaty,
but yet simple and without condemnation. Wow! I can hardly wait to see
what else you've written.
Eclectic Homeschool Online
Steve Beck mines Scripture
to paint a biblical picture of our life--that God-pleasing aroma of
Christ--as a stew: a mixture of family, work and ministry. Mr. Beck's
humble, down-to-earth language of this heavenly plan has challenged me
to deny the worldly tendency to view my life as a TV dinner, where every
aspect of my life is a separate compartment to be walled off and shut
down as I move into another area. God never meant it to be that way, and
my life is really a stew: a mixture of responsibilities, faithfulness
and obedience that when balanced, blend together to create a pleasing
sacrifice to God.
Jim Bob Howard,
Highlands Study Center
Stephen Beck has written a
thought-provoking book that is sure to challenge Christian men and men
who are considering becoming Christians. Christian wives will find
inspiration and food-for-thought in A Fatherís Stew, and could use the
book as a springboard for discussion with Christian and non-Christian
husbands who need a fresh look at priorities. A Fatherís Stew will make
an excellent book for Christian couples to combine with Bible study or
Christian fathers are busy! There is a lot of pressure to spend adequate
time with our kids, do well in the workplace and finally, serve other
believers and share the gospel. How do we do all this in a God-honoring way?
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