"Joseph"
Series: "HOME" Christmas 2018 (Part 2 of 3)
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18 "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us"). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus." — Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)


Three statements that describe God’s heart for our HOMES:


Our HOME should be...


1. A place.

19 "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." — Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

2 "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown…" — Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

 

2. A place.

15 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." — Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

33 "For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…" — 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)

7 "When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them." — Proverbs 16:7 (NIV)


3. A place.

38 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." — Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)


God lets us know how much we are loved in four ways:

1. How much it him.

2. How little we it.

3. How we by being loved.

4. By the in which God loves us.

21 "His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 "But his father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate, 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate." — Luke 15:21-24 (NIV)

 

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