by Ron Clarkson

Father Knows Best/Better
Ron Clarkson
June 18, 1989

WELCOME: Happy Fathers Day and welcome to Oakdale Community Church. This morning we are going to have an enjoyable time as we continue to take a look at Dad. Let's ask the heavenly Father to speak to us about earthly fathers this morning.

PRAYER: Father, we thank you for those dads that you have given to us, your children. We thank you for their love, dedication, strength and stability. We ask you, Father, that this morning you will encourage them in the fantastic job you have given them to do. I also pray for those who are the beneficiaries of a Dad, that you will show them how to express appreciation for their Dad. Teach us we ask. Amen.

Decisions are part of Fatherhood. Decisions can be a popular part of Fatherhood or they can be a very unpopular part of Fatherhood. I would like to begin this morning by taking a brief look at one of the most significant fathers in history, though in reality we know very little about him. I want to look at a Dad who was probably one of the most influential fathers that has ever parented, yet the information we have on him is relatively obscure.

I want to look at a father, who before he physically became a Father had to make some colossal decisions - decisions that would crush a normal father's spirit. Each of those decisions centered on an essential aspect of what most men might think fatherhood is all about.

The father we will take a quick peak at is the EARTHLY father of our Lord Jesus Christ. His name was Joseph. If you recall the story, Joseph had little or no input into three major decisions that were determined for his son. First, as you recall, Joseph had nothing to do with the conception of Jesus Christ. He didn't have that privilege. Think of the inner agony Joseph might have experienced knowing that the child his fiancée was carrying was not physically his. He was conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit. Yet Joseph ...

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