Macedonian Ruins

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Fathered... By God

Resolving Life's Hardships

There it was! I read the words again, still not quite believing."Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline."(Revelation 3:19). For 30 years, I understood God was my Heavenly Father. Still, I had never considered his loving discipline a correction in my life. Was this necessary since God is love? As I wrestled with this thought, this verse again came into focus. There it was, in black and white! How was I to respond to this?

For three years, a famine had devastated the kingdom of Israel. The duration and severity finally caught King David's attention, prompting him to ask the Lord about its cause. The Lord informed David that the famine came because Saul, his predecessor, had killed some of the Gibeonites in violation of a covenant. After David made restitution to the Gibeonites, the famine ended. If David had been attentive earlier, could he have saved the people and himself one or two years of hardship? Are you experiencing hardships that could be resolved sooner with that same attention?

This book will interest everyone who believes God is their Father and is looking for answers and a resolution to the hardships and maladies in their lives.


Dr. Mark Virkler of Communion with God Ministries writes, "Fathered by God is a book that I should have read about 20 years ago. It would have enhanced my growth and my understanding of God as my Father.

"I wanted to thank you for your amazing book Fathered by God—it was one of the biggest blessings of my life. Understanding the consequences of disobedience has been one of the most life-changing things I have ever encountered. I have put the principles into practice, and it is a much better way to live. Thank you!" A.R.

"Wow! Dr. Bydeley, your book, Fathered by God, is good. A very slow and reflective read. I have never taken so long to read a book before. Your observation and commendation are amazing. You have hit a home run with this book. I told my daughter that a small group study using this material would be awesome." W.B. 10/11

©2013, Dr Steven Bydeley, a man.

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Steven is the author of Fathered by God and with his wife Dianne, co-author of Dream Dreams and Dreams the Heal and Counsel. He has been a guest on the Miracle Channel, Trinity Television, and Crossroads Communication, and has taught internationally on various topics.

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