by John Barnett

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Godly Dads in a Day When Papas Are Missing (7 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
Matthew 1:20-24

What a wonderful day to be together- Father's Day. I don't know about your family but there's a lot of activity in our family- a lot of whispering and scampering around. Bonnie said now Honey, there's lots going on- just act like you don't notice it. So I acted like I didn't notice it and it was kind of hard- but what a wonderful day. But even more than that what a wonderful day to come into the presence of the Lord and to focus on one of the great, great parts of life and that is something that all of us have. Again as I said it's neat to be involved in something that totally touched everyone. We all have a father. Some of us maybe fathers in the future- some of us perhaps remember father's that are past. But one thing for sure- we all had one. The Bible says a lot about fathers. We are studying the book of James but we are not going to look at James at all this morning.

We are looking at the first family of the New Testament-literally because Joseph and Mary are related to all the key figures: John the Baptist- the cousin; his parents Elizabeth and Zacharias; Simeon and Anna came to Joseph and Mary in the Temple. Of course our Lord Jesus Christ grew up in their home and Joseph was the stepfather of Christ. And then two of the great pillars of the New Testament Church were in their family: James pastored the church at Jerusalem, he wrote the book of James and Jude wrote the book of Jude. What a wonderful first family we are looking at. This morning we are going to focus specifically on Joseph- the father of James and the stepfather and earthly father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Open with me to the book of Matthew. We will look in Matthew, then in Mark, then in Luke. We are going to distill out some truths about Joseph as a Godly father. This is the context-what I want you to see this morning is a Godly father in Joseph and what a Godly fat ...

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