January 2016

01.31.16 | Forgiveness Training

Joseph finally confronts his brothers with his true identity. What will he do? He has the power to take their lives should he want to. But Joseph sees the bigger picture. How did he come to this? Today we will recount briefly Joseph’s life and how it has led to this confrontation with his brothers. We will see God’s hand through his life that has trained him for this very moment. We will also consider our own lives and how God might be using our story as training for His goals and plans for our lives.

Pained by a Gulty Conscience

At the peak of the famine, Jacob sends his sons to Egypt to buy grain. And finally after two decades, the dreams God gave Joseph are fulfilled. Before revealing his identity, Joseph tests his brothers and it is clear their consciences are still pained by what they did to him many years before. Fortunately, God's mercy is with Jacob's sons and they receive mercy rather than judgment.

What Is Man?

This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. Today we join thousands of other churches in recognizing the God-given worth and dignity of human life. And we consider how we as a church might be mobilized to stand up for and defend the unborn. In Psalm 8 we learn about God's majesty and what it means to be a human being made in his image. This knowledge makes all the difference in the world about how we think and act concerning abortion.

From Pit to Palace: The Exaltation of Joseph

This chapter is integral as it tells us how Joseph came to power in Egypt. Previously his brothers scoffed at the notion of Joseph ruling over them much less anyone else, let alone an entire nation. But God exalts Joseph far beyond anyone could have imagined. God exalts his suffering servant in order to save the world.

Forgotten By Man, But Not By God

God’s providence is clearly evident in all aspects of Joseph’s life. Sadly, Joseph endured one difficult trial after another. Yet, the Lord was with him through it all. Whereas he was forgotten by man, he was not forgotten by God. God had specific purposes in all his trials and we see that the trials prepared Joseph for his future leadership role.