The Father Deacon/lay Leader Joshua Justice 19 June 2016 Father's Day
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artist: Joshua Justice
title: The Father  -- Father's Day
album: Joshua Justice
year: 2016   19 June  Father's Day
genre: Sermon (id None)
It's tough being a parent. Parents so want their children to do well, to honor the family culture, and to be men and women that reflect the good things the parents have worked to implant into their very souls.  Parents see their children as extensions of themselves, and vessels that carry their name and family honor into the future. Just what are vessels?  People or things that hold stuff~some of "the stuff" is expensive, positive, wonderful, engaging, alluring, or creative... some stuff is not so much, like compost, old dirty socks, leftover rags, or laziness, bad attitudes and poor choices.  Some vessels are made for honor-carrying those good things, some for dishonor-like the prodigal son .  Almost every vessel can be recovered, cleaned, even purged and repurposed for better or different uses.  From rusty pail to front door flower garden, what it is does not always determine that that is what the vessel will always be.  It is the same with us.  God first created mankind to be part of His "circle of friends/His family", but we have become corrupted and have divorced ourselves from Him.  The words that would have filled us had we not left His side now are no longer a part of our internal "holdings."  But, it does not have to stay that way.  Christ came to call us back to our beginnings, to be cleaned up, to be purged of the ways of corruption, to be emptied of the stuff that keeps us in the pathways of dishonor, and to reconcile us to Himself and then fill us with His spirit and be vessels of light and honor.  No longer do we need to be vessels of darkness and the rubbish of the world, led by the lies of the devil and driven by the lust of the flesh.  We can be purged.  We can honor the Father that created us by coming home, being cleaned and renewed, and acting like not just His creation, but His children who honor and reflect the family of righteousness and light.   Deacon Joshua's sermon notes can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/document/d/19uyAKxdGk74hIcFaYTZRlh4oruEvUOQOMCX2vgeFpR8/edit?usp=sharing     Copyright 2016  All Rights Reserved

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