“Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12)—an easy commandment for some, but a heart-wrenching challenge for others. Whether you want to put your father or mother on a pedestal or leave them stranded on a deserted island, one thing is certain: You cannot deny that God has instructed us to esteem our parents. Dennis Rainey challenges FamilyLife Today® listeners to honor their parents in a special way by writing a tribute, a formal document honoring them for what they’ve done right.

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If you would like to write a tribute but you’re not sure where to start, fill out the form below to download a free “How to Write a Tribute” worksheet. It will help guide you through the process step by step.


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Honor Your Father Today

Honor Your Father Campaign


The Honor Your Father campaign originated from the Fatherhood CoMission board and is expressed best in the words of board member and film producer Stephen Kendrick: “One of the best things we can do for dads today is to encourage them to honor their dads. ‘Honor your father’ is a recurring command in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:12/Ephesians 6:1-4). It was not just given to [young] children, but as part of the Ten Commandments, it was a command to adults as well. This was the first command that came with a promise; the reward of honoring your parents—a good life and a long life. Fathers who want to be honored should consider doing two things: Live a life worth honoring, and honor their own fathers. We want to challenge all people to honor their heavenly Father this year by asking how they can honor their own earthly father.”


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The Forgotten Commandment


No matter where you stand in your relationship with your parents, The Forgotten Commandment, by Dennis Rainey, can help you take necessary steps to bring about the peace and respect that both you and your parents want. Following this important commandment is easier than you may think. And more rewarding.


Discover the significance that your own heartfelt words, delivered in the form of a personal tribute, can bring to your parents. Thousands of sons and daughters have taken this step. Strong families have been made stronger. Estranged family members have been reconciled. Aging parents who thought themselves irrelevant have been reestablished as wise leaders for the generations.


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