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Read: Matthew 12:46–50

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother. Matthew 12:50 

Families are complicated. Family histories can be painful. And even the highest functioning families have their fair share of skeletons stuffed away in closets. Family life is messy, but family was just the kind of community Jesus tried to cultivate. Jesus’ concept of family was both broad and challenging. A family member of Jesus Christ could be anyone who did the will of God. Blood relations were not nearly as important to Jesus as faith connections.…

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