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Total Sermons: 43
The issue of abortion is a very delicate and explosive conversation. Mary received the news that what she was carrying was from God. She and Joseph each had to make their own independent decisions to keep what God was doing in their lives. We also are forced with the same decisions. Many times what God is doing in our lives is not convenient or traditional, and we are forced to make a decision about carrying or aborting what God is doing in our lives.
We love to talk and preach about the miraculous birth of our Savior . . . and we should. But we cannot deny that the birth of Jesus also comes with some drama fit for an episode of Maury Povich. Joseph is not Jesus' biological father and that means that there are limits to the authority he can exercise over this Son.
Pastor Radcliff lays the foundation for this series that took us right into Christmas. Pastor addressed the complicated structures of many of our families today. Many of us live in or were raised in non-traditional homes; single-parent homes or blended families. This is a reality of life. Pastor explains that the issue in this message (and in our lives) is not our claim of God as our Father, but rather God's claim on us as His children.
When we hear the word 'later' we automatically think about being late, or passed the time, or expired. and although we sing about God being on time, the reality is that God often moves or acts after the due dates we have. Jesus did not arrive until after Lazarus died and had been dead for several days. In Greek, the word is better translated as subsequently. This means it is based on something else happening first; like a prerequisite. So it's not that God is late in our lives, but that there are things that will happen before we see what God has in store.