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Summary: Since today is father’s day I would like to talk to you about a father from the bible…who is often overlooked because of the story that took place around his life. In my opinion this father was one of the most important role models in the history of ma

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Happy FATHERS’ DAY.

I begin today with a quick story that I found while studying for my message…

Father’s Day Humor…A Story about David…

After David’s first year of college…he returned home during his summer vacation and asked his dad if he could take the family car back with him to college.

After thinking about the request…His dad agreed to David’s request… but only under these conditions.

1st)… he must continue to have good grades in all his classes’…2nd)…he must work a part time job while he is in school to cover the expenses that go along with owning a car… and 3rd)… he has to get and keep a decent haircut.

The summer quickly passed before David had to return to school David and his father talked about the car.

David had followed two of the three things that he had promised his dad he would do… except for getting his hair cut.

When the father saw that his son had refused to get a haircut… he asked David for an explanation.

David quickly said, "Hey dad, even Jesus had long hair."

His Father replied quickly back,

"Yes, son, you're absolutely right. And remember that…Jesus also walked everywhere he went."

Fathers always seem to have the right things to say don’t they?

Since today is father’s day I would like to talk to you about a father from the bible…who is often overlooked because of the story that took place around his life.

In my opinion this father was one of the most important role models in the history of mankind.

We’ve all heard the saying “when the going gets tough…the tough get going” I think that this quote could have been written from this man’s character.

The father I’m talking about this morning is Joseph... the husband of Mary and the adopted father of Jesus.

Most people have heard the story about Mary and Jesus.

But not many people even take time to think about the influence that Joseph…the father of Jesus…made in his child’s life as He was growing up.

Being a father is a very difficult thing to do.

There are a lot of responsibilities that go along side of being a father…

Dads feel the pressures of being the provider…and the protector…

But can you imagine the added pressure that Joseph felt… when an angel sent from God Himself… revealed to Joseph in a dream that he was being chosen to help raise the prophesized and much anticipated Savior of the world.

Slide #2 Read Matthew 1:18-21

Prayer

After reading this story over and over again from my Bible…I couldn’t help but think about how important the fathers’ role is in a child’s ’life.

What was so special about Joseph…We read that he was “a just man”. (What does that mean?)

Obviously he was a man that lived his daily life by Jewish laws and traditions. He was a man with strong beliefs.

He was a man who was prepared to do what was right…despite the pain he knew it would cause.


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