Joseph of Nazareth and the Global Orphan Crisis

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Joseph of Nazareth and the Global Orphan Crisis

Yesterday, our church family observed "Orphan Sunday" two weeks late. We didn't wait because the issue was unimportant. We waited, not only to finish a prior series I had started on marriage, but also because we wanted to do this right.

The more than 150 million orphans deserve at least that much.

What does this crisis have to do with the church? It would take a book rather than a blog post to answer that question (and if you want to read a good one you can find it here!) Our Gospel is itself a story of "alien children" formerly cut off from a God who through Christ welcomes us into His family as His own. But yesterday, we spent a Sunday looking at the story of Joseph--the adoptive father of Jesus.

Most of the time when we speak of Joseph, its in terms of what he didn't do. That's not bad. The Scriptures teach, and we believe, that Jesus had no earthly biological father. But often in the midst of rightly affirming Mary's virginity and thus Jesus' uniqueness within the human race, we forget that Joseph was his father.

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Message from our senior pastor

Joel Rainey

Dear Friend,

The best way to experience Covenant is to join us as we gather each Sunday at either our 9 AM or 11 AM service. We can't wait to welcome you through our doors!

This life was meant to be great--the next one even better. We exist to prepare you for both. Join us as we develop passionate followers of Jesus Christ who serve all people!

Blessings, Pastor Joel

Bible Reading for today

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Jude 3