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A Promise For Fathers: Having Their Hearts

Malachi’s prophecy encourages us that it’s not too late to regain the hearts of our children!

By Jonathon Cherne

“He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.”

Malachi 4:6. 

Recently I helped settle a wealthy man’s estate. He had worked hard to build his business and had a multimillion-dollar estate by the time he passed away. Sadly, not all of his children came to his funeral, but when the time came, they were all there ready to receive a share of his assets. As I reviewed the records, I could tell the man had been diligent and a hard worker, but what was also evident was that he didn’t have his children’s hearts. Why didn’t he have their hearts?

A 2013 study by the National Center for Health Statistics showed that a third of fathers who live with their young children don’t talk to their children about their day.¹ And an astounding 61 percent

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  1. Jones and Mosher, “Fathers’ Involvement with Their Children: United States, 2006–2010,” National Health Statistics Reports, 71, Dec. 20, 2013.

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About the author

Jonathon Cherne is a religious liberty and estate planning attorney in California. He received his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he also helped start a local church.