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THE INFORMATION OF THE NEW THAT MARY GAVE TO JOSEPH

Joseph, her fiance, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
Matthew 1:19, NLT
 
At some point, the conversation got awkward. Mary informed Joseph of the stunning news that she was pregnant. At that moment, the only thing he knew for sure was that the baby wasn’t his. Abstinence nullifies the need for a paternity test. Mary’s explanation made sense in an impossible way.

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Walking Through the Valley

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 23:4, NLT

Life in general is filled with highs and lows, but it can especially be apparent for those in Christian ministry leadership positions. Just look at how many pastors, youth ministers, and worship directors eventually leave ministry. The work wears on a person.


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We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

Proverbs 16:9, NLT

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word vision refers to “imaginative foresight.” This foresight is absolutely necessary for a leader, both for the group they serve as well as for themselves personally. Without vision, there can be no effective plans of action and no goals. Instead, the best-case scenario involves the leader spinning in circles.

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