by John Barnett

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Joseph: Father of James and Jesus (8 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
Luke 2

(applause) Thank you, Leann and the choir for sounding the note of our wonderful hope. I think that we need to get out of America more so that we realize what a hope that is. We have it so well here that most people that most people are not itching to get out of this place. I mean we are just enjoying it. But you go to most of the rest of the world and it's hard. It's hard for Christians and unsaved people- just to live. I think about our friends going back to Haiti and I think about that country-- where various times I have been able to visit with the believers there. That is a hard place to live--- and India where our team was and where some of our young people are going to serve in the days ahead. It's very hard. We should have that blessed hope even when things are good because Heaven is far better.

Turn in your Bibles to Luke 2- we are continuing looking at Godly fathers like Joseph. We are looking at the elements that God has pointed out that are life-changing choices that Joseph made. Before I do I want to explain something that I have really been thinking about this week because I've prepared this and prayed over it. This summer we took our children to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri as part of their reward for doing well in school. It's enough to wear you out to go there- just driving through Branson is bad enough.

I was at the back of the park- they have all these little country things and it was the apple shack by the water plunge place. That's about the most out of the way place you could be in the park. I was bending over the five cent taffy jar getting one for Joseph and I had my hand in there and you know when you are at Silver Dollar City you are all wet and you expect to see no one. Just as I got my hand in the jar someone said Hi pastor. I looked up and thought of all places-I mean this is in the back corner and I though who is h ...

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