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Sunday December 10, 2017 - The Star Leads to Joy (Matthew 1:18-24)

Lewis Smedes - “Waiting is our destiny. As creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they hope for; we wait in the darkness for a flame we cannot light. We wait in fear for a happy ending that we cannot write. We wait for a ‘not yet’ that feels like a ‘not ever.’ Waiting is the hardest work of hope.”

Advent = Coming

Celebrate the birth of Jesus and anticipate the return of Jesus.

One person has called the advent season… The already, but the not yet.

Joseph’s obedience would result in not only joy for him, but for generations to come.

Lesson’s learned…

  1. Do not be afraid

A heightened vulnerability + A diminished sense of power = Fear

I think the question really is do we trust God enough to work everything for our good?

2. Change your plans: “Take Mary home to be your wife.”

Questions to ask yourself: God how do I need to be obedient to you going forward?

When we are obedient to God it will lead to joy.