Message for March 30 - God Meant It for Good: Lessons from the Life of Joseph

Hello again friends and family.  I hope everyone enjoyed our little outing last Sunday.  We got ourselves out of bed early and went to visit Renaissance Church in Plano.  Thanks to Pastor Danny Mack and everyone there who welcomed us warmly and made it a delightful experience.  Pastor David got to share a little about who we are and what we do.  I think this is only the beginning as we learn to get out and share what God is doing in our church and thereby inspire others to do the same.

This Sunday, I would like to continue exploring the picture of Jesus the savior presented by deliverers in the Old Testament.  Last time we talked about Noah and saw how his obedience saved humanity because he found favor with God.  Now we’ll move on to Joseph, who will show us how God is at work even when evil seems to triumph.  Joseph’s story starts in Genesis 37 and goes through the end of the book.  You may remember that God gave him some big dreams, and when he told his family about them, they weren’t too happy with him.  He was the favorite of his father Jacob, and his brothers were so jealous of him that they sold him to be a slave in Egypt.  His troubles didn’t end there, but in the end he would become a ruler in Egypt and God used him to save life.  This is what he said to his brothers when they came begging mercy from him after Jacob died.

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Gen 50:20.)

Come and join us as we see what else we can learn from the life of Joseph.


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