Summary: Duck Dynasty and the Robertson family provided some fun creative elements for our 2013 Christmas series featuring the three key characters of the Christmas story.

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Duck the Halls

The Characters of Christmas

Week 2 - Joseph

SUMMARY – We learn three very important lessons from Joseph, the silent character of the nativity. Lessons of Mercy, Faith and Obedience. Even though he does not speak, his example communicates three powerful lessons that can change our lives still to this today.

Welcome to Week #2 of Duck the Halls!

Thanks to those who participated in the beard contest. Congratulate the winner!

I love the camo! (This was our version of Duck Commander Sunday) We invited everyone to wear their camouflage.

In week #1 of the series we began unpacking the idea that God uses ordinary people.

He uses ordinary people like…

The Robertsons of Duck Dynasty…

Mary, the mother of Jesus.

You and me.

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We’re celebrating the characters of Christmas and to have a little fun, we decided to celebrate with these characters…DUCK DYNASTY PIC

And these characters…STAFF PIC (in our Duck Dynasty Beards)

When it comes right down to it, of course our focus is on the key Characters of the Christmas story.

Interestingly enough, the one person who had no speaking parts in the Christmas story is Joseph.

He is a silent member of the cast.

If you were to be in a Christmas pageant, and you were suffering from stage fright, the part of Joseph might be a part you want to try out for. You wouldn’t have to say a thing! There is no documentation of Joseph asking if there was any room at the inn.

Because Joseph had no notable lines, no sound bites, no quotes, he might be easy to overlook. But he is irreplaceable in the story of Jesus’ birth. His importance cannot be overstated on many different levels.

This morning I want to focus on Three Important Lessons we can learn from the life of Joseph. (It should be noted that this is not the Joseph with the coat of many colors).

Matthew 1:18-19 (NLT)

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.

19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

A Lesson in Mercy.

We are introduced to Joseph in the middle of an unwelcome nightmare. He was in love. He was committed to Mary.

I am sure he must have believed that she loved him until everything was brought into question the day the news broke that his precious bride was pregnant.

He was undoubtedly heart-broken. He surely felt betrayed.

Imagine how you would feel. Put yourself in Joseph’s sandals.

Joseph had to begin grappling with some difficult questions.

You need to understand that there were three steps in a Jewish marriage.

1. The first was engagement - This was actually a contract between the parents. The parents chose who the kids would marry.

How many of you would like to see us get back to the Bible and return to the tradition of the parents choosing who their kids will marry?

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