Greetings in the name of the Lord.

My name is Eddie Faulkner, I am the pastor here at Bolton Full Gospel Church. This is my home church. I came to know the Lord on Easter Sunday of 1980. I then went to Jimmy Swaggart Bible College. After graduation, I came back here and served as youth pastor before becoming senior pastor in July of 1987. I am married to my beautiful wife and best friend Ronnie. We have four sons:  Josh, Ben, Justin, Zach;  and one daughter, Mikayla. We also have two grandsons:  Ryker, Kellon; and one granddaughter, Wren.



Life is a journey, an adventure and as we journey on the road of life we sometimes encounter unexpected curves. Mary and Joseph knew about curves in the road. In fact, the Christmas story is a story with unexpected curves.
Let's look at the unexpected events and curves on their journey of life.
Mary and Joseph are engaged to be married. Back in those days a marriage had 3 stages.

  1. Promise of marriage, which could be broken or canceled.
  2. The engagement was legally ratified by both families through a covenant.
  3. The groom went on the marriage day to the home of the bride to bring her into his home.

Mary and Joseph were in the 2nd stage engaged.
But before Joseph and Mary could consummate their marriage she discovered that she was expecting a child.
Talk about a curve in the road! Here she was preparing for her wedding day and right in the middle of that an angel appears with some very astounding news.
The angel told her she was to have a child and she would call his name Jesus. an angel appears to joseph and tells him the child is of God.
Then they had to go to Bethlehem close to the time of Jesus birth.
Talk about a curve!
Then when they got to bethlehem they could not find a place to stay. no room for them in the inn.
Talk about a curve!
These are only a few of the curves they faced.
Application to today
In our lives there are unexpected curves in the road, the medical report you did not expect, the accident you didn't see coming, being laid off of your job
losing someone with out warning.
What should we do? What is the right thing?
Notice what Mary and Joseph did, at every curve they chose to trust God. They chose to express faith in God. They trusted God for guidance and provision. They express their faith by obeying God.
So this Christmas season and in the coming new year we can learn to trust God and obey God.
Mary trusted and obeyed God. Joseph trusted and obeyed God.
Let us trust and obey God. And as always, He will take care of us


May you have a blessed Holiday season, strenghten your trust in God and take all your curves with Jesus!


Pastor Eddie


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