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The Moments Before A Miracle – Kim Chadwell

The Moments Before A Miracle – Kim Chadwell

December 16, 2018

Transcript

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hi this is Kim Chadwell I want to talk

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with you about the time before a miracle

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happens those months those minutes those

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moments before a miracle this time of

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year Christmas is celebrated by most

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Christians around the world most of us

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know that this is not the exact date

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that Jesus was born but it is a date

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that we have chosen that we recognize

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and celebrate his birth I have put a

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painting up I don’t know the name of it

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and I don’t know the artist and if

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somebody knows please put a comment in

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the comments below this video

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but I want to talk about this painting

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and I want to talk about what takes

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place before the miracle and what took

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place before the miracle of the birth of

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Jesus which is also the key elements to

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our personal miracles as well this

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painting is depicting right after the

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birth of Jesus the exhaustion the time

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alone all before the excitement and the

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visits and the gifts and the recognition

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and I just love this painting and this

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message came upon my heart first I want

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to share with you some out of the Bible

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about the birth of Jesus and I want to

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share my message with you

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okay we’re told in the Book of Luke that

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in Elizabeth’s sixth month this was

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Mary’s relative that Gabriel was sent by

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God to visit a young virgin girl named

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Mary in Nazareth in Galilee

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so the Gabe gave the angel Gabriel says

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to her that she is going to conceive and

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she’s going to bear a child a son

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she’s gonna conceive a child bear a son

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and named him Jesus she answers well how

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can this be

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I’ve not been with a man I know not a

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man meaning I am a virgin and Gabriel

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replies that nothing is impossible with

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God even your relative Elizabeth who is

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old and age is now in her sixth month

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and Mary’s reply is I am The Lord’s

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servant may it be as you have said that

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is a key response I’m going to talk

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about that in a minute so that Mary

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hurries and she travels to Judea Judea

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which is about 70 miles and she goes to

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Elizabeth’s home and John the Baptist in

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the womb in the belly of Elisabeth leaps

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and Elizabeth prophesies and Mary breaks

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into song I want to read this song that

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she says so this is what happens she

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comes into the home Elizabeth hears her

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upon hearing it John the Baptist’s in

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her womb in her stomach

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leaps she speaks in the spirit to her

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and this is Mary’s response and Mary

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said my soul glorifies the Lord and my

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spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he

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has been mindful of the humble state of

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his servant from now on all generations

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will call me blessed for the Mighty One

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has done great things for me holy is his

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name his mercy extends to those who fear

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Him from generation to generation he has

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performed mighty deeds with his arm he

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has scattered those who are proud in

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their inmost thoughts he has brought

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down rulers from their Thrones but he

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has lifted up the humble he has filled

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the hungry with good things but he has

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sent to the rich away empty he has

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helped his servant Israel remembering to

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be merciful to Abraham and his

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descendants forever and even as he said

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to our fathers Mary stayed with

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Elizabeth for about three months and

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then returned home the remaining part of

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the story is

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very interesting as well there are some

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key elements here so this happens Mary

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gets this visit from the angel and she

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says may it be as the Lord says she

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hurries she packs and she hurries and

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she travels 70 miles this is a key thing

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here one of the things about Twitter

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that I like is that Twitter you’re

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forced to use only a certain amount of

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words and letters and spaces when you

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put a tweet out and sometimes I think

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that the Bible is a little bit like

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Twitter and let me explain we are not

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given all the details and in between

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things that we would love to know were

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only told the key important words and

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the key parts of the story but I want to

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talk about the in-between things that’s

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not told in the Bible Mary was pledged

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to be married it’s almost as if you’re

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married in that culture at that time and

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still is in some of those cultures and

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she’s told she’s going to become

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pregnant so she leaves for three months

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you have to understand what was going on

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here she told Joseph she told Joseph she

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was pregnant and in the course of their

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conversations there were decisions made

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what do you think was going on

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personally in their lives

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so first of all let me back up Joseph

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had a dream dream number one so an angel

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comes to Joseph and says don’t divorce

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her don’t put her away see before that

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it says in Matthew that Mary was engaged

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to Joseph and she was found to be with

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child

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Joseph was a righteous man and he didn’t

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want to expose her publicly and he

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planned to divorce her quietly that’s

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how he wanted to do it so she had to

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have told him she had to have told her

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family something went on there that had

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to be very very difficult to do

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so she leaves quickly and goes 70 miles

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to a relative Elizabeth who she knew was

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holy and righteous as she went there to

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tell what was happening the message of

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the angel and she’s greeted immediately

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when she gets there so joseph has this

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dream and he’s told don’t put her away

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make her your wife she is conceived by

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the Holy Spirit and named the boy Jesus

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and then Joseph woke up he obeyed so

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then after the baby is born and all that

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went on first of all there’s a part of

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the story a lot of people don’t know so

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the baby’s born so think of that picture

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here this painting the exhaustion and an

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angel visits the Shepherds nearby but

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these are not ordinary shepherds

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these are Levitical shepherds these are

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the Shepherds that prepare the spotless

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lambs for sacrifice and what do they do

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with these lambs they wrap them and

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swaddle them and cloths to keep them

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without blemish and pure and prepared

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for the sacrifice in the barns so

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they’re told there will be this will be

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the sign you will find a baby wrapped

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and swaddled and cloth and in a manger

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in a barn they knew what that meant they

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rushed to this baby swaddled in cloths

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they knew the symbolism that’s why they

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became so excited they heard the angel

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singing before they even left the field

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they were greeted by the angel they were

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told by the angel then angels joined in

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and saying then the angels left and they

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rushed to this stable to find this baby

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they knew what it meant and they told

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and then information went out like crazy

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like spread like wildfire this land

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the Messiah was here okay so then what

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happens joseph has another dream the

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angel says get up take the child and his

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mother to Egypt and stay there until I

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tell you Joseph obeyed this was

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inherited wanted to kill all of the

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babies because they they you know he was

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hearing that who who is this King who’s

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this King coming and he tries to trick

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the Magi and the Magi have a dream and

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they’re told don’t go back to arid and

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tell them the signs of the stars exactly

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where he is

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they told him initially the signs of the

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stars he was trying to figure out the

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calculation of when that child was born

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so that’s why from two years and under

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he killed all the babies all the baby

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boys there’s great wailing that going on

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so Joseph had left and fled with Mary

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and the baby so then there’s another

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dream after Herod died an angel appeared

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to Joseph in a dream and said take his

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child and his mother and go to the Land

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of Israel

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Joseph obeyed but then as they were

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getting closer he wanted to go to Judea

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but again he was warned in a dream so he

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changed paths and he went to Nazareth in

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Galilee guess what they’re back in

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Mary’s hometown and Joseph obeyed when

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you feel so very tired and worn as Mary

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and Joseph were I say this so many times

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the people we read about in the Bible

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were ordinary people but they made

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extraordinary decisions they were just

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like us a virgin girl pregnant what a

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scandal that was enough to be stoned to

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death at this

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time in this culture girls didn’t behave

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this way Joseph a righteous man wanted

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to do it quietly as not to expose and

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embarrass her and possibly even have her

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killed he obeyed when weary he obeyed

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when unsure he obeyed when confused Mary

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received this visit from Gabriel she

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didn’t say I don’t understand this is

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going to ruin my life

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this is too hard for me he said she said

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so be it they were warned they were

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tired they traveled they moved around

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they had this baby they didn’t

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understand then suddenly the miracle

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took place the key element to the

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miracle that happened over and over and

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over was obedience what if Mary did not

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obey what if Mary did not trust what if

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Mary resented what happened what if Mary

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resented being moved around what if Mary

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resented that there was no place for her

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to have her baby clean and comfortable

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and even possibly with support of family

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and other people the door slammed in

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their face says she was great with the

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child there’s no room here you won’t

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have a baby you want to make a mess go

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in there the Bartman the haze clean in

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there nobody’s in there going in there

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and they went and Joseph honored her

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protected her took care of her he obeyed

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he obeyed he obeyed he obeyed he obeyed

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and with obedience the miracle of the

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Christ child

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took place thus fulfilling all of the

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messages from the prophets all of the

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words of old that the religious Jews

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they all knew and he fulfilled promise

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and verse and promise and message after

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message pointing to this child born of a

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virgin

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Bethlehem manger swaddling cloths

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spotless lamb here to save us all I want

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to say a couple of things our Savior our

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King our Messiah his first breath of

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life was the smell of manure of the barn

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the majestic king came as humble as they

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can come no fanfare no bells and

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whistles just two poor people who chose

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to obey and they got connected to the

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greatest miracle of mankind many of us

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are waiting on a miracle are waiting on

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an answer waiting on a vision waiting to

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understand purpose back up the tape back

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up the clock a little bit and start

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watching for your own obedience day

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after day day after day day after day

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remain in obedience remain pure remain

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holy obey God’s Word

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do what you should

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do what gods told you do what God has

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revealed to you obey his word

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Joseph traveled mile after mile step

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after step Mary traveled step after step

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mile after mile fatigue and exhaustion

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upon them and they remained in obedience

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many ministries you’re feeling so tired

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you’re waiting for that moment but may I

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encourage you that at your moment of

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exhaustion at your moment of obedience

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when you feel that you’re completely

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alone and no one is noticing what you’re

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doing nobody is seeing how hard you’re

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trying nobody’s seeing you’re suffering

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that you’ve run out of money or you’ve

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just begged for some help doesn’t

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anybody see what we’re doing here in

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this ministry does anybody see my heart

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that I want to accomplish such-and-such

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for God where is God where is my miracle

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where is my moment

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step in line in obedience and when

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you’ve given all and when you’ve done

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all and you’ve obeyed all that’s when

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our God steps in and gives you the touch

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of the miracle it never comes it never

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arrives unless we have been obedient in

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our actions obedient in our speech and

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obedient in our faith never doubting

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Joseph didn’t say I don’t think so I

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don’t understand this I’m not he may

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have said I don’t understand that that

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may be fair he may have said privately

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you know we don’t have all the family

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conversations we don’t have those things

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in the story we have what’s vital what’s

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vital is he obeyed

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at the end of your life or after people

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are not going to hear all your extra

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details they’re gonna hear the simple

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she obeyed heal bade she honored

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he honored she gave he gave they gave

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all they served all oh the miracle you

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wouldn’t believe what happened you

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wouldn’t believe they may not tell the

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story of the nights that you wept on

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your pillow and I’m sure there was

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nights of weeping for Joseph and Mary

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they were ordinary people but they made

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the extraordinary decision to obey and

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that is the months the minutes the

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moments before the miracle

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remain obedient and never give up

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because that is what God is looking for

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not a perfect vessel but a willing

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vessel not a smart and intelligent and

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knowledgeable vessel but an obedient

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vessel he doesn’t care how much you know

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he doesn’t know how many doesn’t carry

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me Bible verses you can slap up on

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Facebook or put out where people can see

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how quote quote much you know he wants

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to know privately how obedient you are

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how much of his word do you really know

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in your heart remember it’s not how much

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you know God it’s whether or not God

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knows you because you don’t want to be

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the one that says the Lord Lord didn’t I

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prophesy in your name didn’t I heal the

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sick didn’t I have a ministry apart from

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me I never knew you this is Kim Chad

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well god bless you

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