The Men in Christ's Life: Joseph, Stepfather of Jesus
- Wednesday, March 14, 2007
They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
— John 6:42
"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
— Mark 6:3
8. Joseph has showed me the example of what I want in a husband and friend.
Joseph loved Mary. He loved and cared for her because of his relationship with God. He was her friend, her companion and her great love. We speak often of how amazing Mary was. How she was picked by God to have his only son. However, we forget that Joseph was picked to be his earthly father. God knew who Joseph was deep in his heart. A man of faith, honor, respect and best of all a man who had relationship with God. It is through this relationship that Joseph was able to do what he did. He is our example of what we must do to live our lives as we all seek after Christ.
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. — Romans 5:11
**NOTE: My biological father left my life over 30 years ago and never returned. Henry not only raised me but my brothers as well. He has been married to my mom for almost 28 years. They have a marriage that all of us would treasure. A marriage based on love, care, respect and Christ. A marriage that I would love to have one day if it is God's will.
Kris Swiatocho is the President and Director of TheSinglesNetwork.org Ministries. Kris has served in single adult ministry in various capacities for the last 20 years. An accomplished trainer and mentor, Kris has a heart to reach and grow single adult leaders so they will in turn reach and grow single adults. She is currently working on her second book, "Jesus ... Single Like Me," and her first book, "Singles and Relationships: A 31-Day Experiement," was co-authored with Dick Purnell of Single Life Resources.
TheSinglesNetwork.org Ministries helps churches, pastors and single adult leaders evaluate, develop, and support their single adult ministries through high-energy speaking engagements, results-oriented consulting and training, and leadership development conferences and seminars. Click here to request a FREE "How to Start a Single Adult Ministry" guide.
"Singles and Relationships" by Kris Swiatocho and Dick Purnell
Many singles are Christians who wonder if God will ever bring a mate their way or if they should just stop focusing on a future with a marriage partner and live their single life to the fullest. Kris Swiatocho and Dick Purnell offer solid biblical answers for singles in this newest title in Dick's popular "31-Day Experiment" Bible study.
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