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  • On The Balcony Or On The Road?

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Dec 8, 2003
    based on 30 ratings

    The story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is familiar that there is a danger that we become anethetised. It will only become a reality in our lives as we leave the balcony and let the rubber hit the road.

    Stiffkey 07-12-03 The Journey to Bethlehem The Family Service team decided that they wanted me to speak on the familiar story of Joseph and Mary’s Journey to Bethlehem. The story is two thousand years old. So we might be tempted to view simply as a nice more

  • Joseph, A Just Man Series

    Contributed by John Gaines on Jan 25, 2006
    based on 35 ratings

    Joseph encounters an angel of the Lord who gives him the startling news that Mary will be the mother of the Son of God (Matthew 1:18-25)

    1. Matthew 1:18-25 (NKJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to more

  • Expect Death At The Birth Of The King

    Contributed by Joel Pankow on Dec 27, 2003
    based on 22 ratings

    how Jesus birth brought about the sword of Herod, and we can expect the same - a sermon for the minor festival of "the Holy Innocents: Martyrs"

    Jesus once said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) The pictures we see of Christmas seem to portray the exact opposite. With Mary and Joseph gently hovering over a little baby in a manger, it’s a very more

  • At An Adoptable Age Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on May 10, 2003
    based on 13 ratings

    What time is it in your life? Joseph may have been at a crossroads, when his original plan had gone astray, when his chances were running out; but God had a unique place for him.

    To give a child a home, with security and love, is one of the highest callings anyone can follow. When you share of yourself with a child, you are living up to God’s intention that we be fruitful and replenish the earth. When you give security and love to a child, you are fulfilling humanity’s more

  • Planning For The Future. Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 9, 2004
    based on 95 ratings

    In the midst of tragedy and the misfortunes of life, it’s hard to remember that God still has a plan for your life... but He does.

    OPEN: I once read the true story of a woman who told about how frustrated she’d gotten with her husband during the early years of their marriage. Apparently they both worked, but she took pride in the idea that she could still prepare good meals for them to eat. She’d prepare meals in advance and more

  • Technicolor Faith - The Dreamer Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 7, 2003
    based on 86 ratings

    Joseph overcame immense difficulties in his life that would have crippled the faith of a lesser man. How did he do it?

    OPEN: Years ago there was a TV show called The Honeymooners (does anyone remember it)? Art Carney played one of the characters on the show Ed Norton - a kind of happy go lucky, but fairly slow thinking worker in the sewer systems of the city. Ed Norton once summed up his philosophy of life with more

  • Technicolor Faith - How To Succeed At Just About Anything Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 13, 2003
    based on 67 ratings

    Joseph had everything he could possibly want just within his grasp. Potiphar’s wife could have given him the desires of his heart, but he refused. Why?

    OPEN: Back in the 80’s I read about an enthusiastic but somewhat unscrupulous salesman who was waiting to see the purchasing agent of the engineering firm. The salesman was there to submit his company’s bid, or price quote, for a particular job. He couldn’t help but notice, however, that a more

  • Techicolor Faith - Making The Most Of Every Opportunity Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 20, 2003
    based on 67 ratings

    Like Joseph, we have a destiny for our lives. What is it and how can we learn from Joseph’s life and how he realized his dream?

    OPEN: An elderly husband and wife noticed they were beginning to forget little things around the house. They were afraid that this could be dangerous so they decided to go see a doctor to get some help. Their doctor told them that many people their age find it useful to write themselves little more

  • The Unsung Hero Of Christmas

    Contributed by James Petticrew on Dec 26, 2001
    based on 93 ratings

    A sermon based on Matthew 1:18-25 challenging people to see Joseph’s significance and follow his example.

    The Unsung Hero Of Christmas Introduction Over the last few years the code breakers who worked in secret at Bletchley Park in England deciphering the German’s secret messages have emerged as the great unsung heroes of the last war. It is impossible to calculate how many lives their work saved more

  • Outside The Comfort Zone

    Contributed by Daryl Bahn on Dec 26, 2001
    based on 226 ratings

    First Sunday after Christmas, Year A -- God had Mary and Joseph take Jesus down to Egypt. When God sometimes takes us out of our comfort zone, it is part of his gracious plan for us in Christ.

    Here we are at the end of one year and ready to begin another. The readings for this morning are for the First Sunday after Christmas, and the Gospel tells us about the trip that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus took down to Egypt. It wasn’t a vacation. They weren’t just “going south for the winter.” They more

  • A Man Of Faithfulness

    Contributed by Tim Zingale on Jan 13, 2002
    based on 28 ratings

    A sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

    4th Sunday in Advent Matthew 1:18-25 "A Man of Faithfulness"   A father was telling his small son the story about the lost sheep who left the other 99. He explained, how the little sheep crawled through the hold in the fence -- running and skipping and playing in the sunshine. Out of the woods more

  • Embracing God During Confusing Times

    Contributed by Vinnie Cappetta on Dec 19, 2006

    What if your fiance announced she was pregnant with someone else’s child? Talk about confusion. How do we embrace God during confusing times? We’ll use Joseph and Mary as examples.

    God With Us: Embracing God During Confusing Times Circumstances have a way of making us feel that God isn’t with us. See if you feel the confusion in these verses Matthew 1:18-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to more

  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving Series

    Contributed by Pat Cook on Dec 13, 2005
    based on 16 ratings

    #3 in Christmas series on fear. What was Joseph afraid of? How things looked.

    Matthew 1:18-25 – Appearances Can Be Deceiving Today we are continuing our series on fear. Four times in the Christmas story, someone is told not to be afraid. Today we are looking at the story of Joseph from Matthew 1:18-25. Now, there is a lot said about Mary, the topic of last more

  • The Silent Minion Series

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Jun 29, 2017
    based on 158 ratings

    Like a good butler Minions are sometimes silent. Although there are no words recorded for Jesus' earthly father the impact he had was incredible

    He’s always the forgotten one at Christmas. Oh we remember the Christ child, how could we forget him, even in the shopping malls they sing about the birth of Christ and his name is even included in the very word Christmas. Without Christ there would be no Christmas and so he’s remembered. And more

  • Believing The Best In Others Series

    Contributed by Bob Briggs on Dec 4, 2002
    based on 91 ratings

    We often overlook the life of Joseph in the birth story of Jesus and in doing so miss valuable life lessons

    Believing the Best in Others Each year we hear the Christmas story, how Jesus was born of a virgin, in a stable, in Bethlehem during the time of a Roman census. In the midst of our celebration we have images of Mary and baby Jesus while we push to the back Mary’s husband Joseph. Not more