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Friends,

We are starting a new sermon series here at BCUMC, "The Study of Joseph".

Have you ever experienced a crisis in your life? Did you ever think life’s not fair? Did you ever feel you got a raw deal? These are times in which we discover how real our relationship with Jesus Christ is. The way we respond to trials that life throws us reveals the depth of our relationship with Jesus. We have a choice; we can trust the circumstances of our lives to the Lord or we can trust in our own strength and risk crashing and burning.

Genesis 37 tells us that Joseph was seventeen years old, a shepherd and his father’s favorite son. Remember the coat of many colors Jacob made for his son? Joseph was living a dream life. But trouble was brewing behind the scenes. The jealousy and hatred for Joseph by his brothers took hold and Joseph stepped into a land mine when he shared a dream with his brothers that in the future he would have supremacy over them and they would be submissive to him. This led the brothers to sell Joseph to a caravan headed to slavery in Egypt. As a result of his brothers’ evil actions, Jacob’s life becomes full of trials and tribulations; but through it all he remains faithful, trusting and obedient to God.

I hope you will join us as we continue to explore the life of Joseph and the manner in which God used the painful time of his life for good. I have broken the study of the life of Joseph into three parts: Belief, Faithfulness and Trust, and Obedience. Last week we discussed Joseph’s persistent belief the God would see him through no matter how difficult the circumstances he found himself in. He turned his pain over to God. He didn’t sit and pout about, “why me?” James 1: 2-4 tells us to treat our tribulations and trials as friends that come to test our faith and that when we endure we become people of character and people of God. Joseph exhibited honesty, integrity, and a hard work ethic throughout his hardships and we will see how he was rewarded by God for his faith, trust and obedience.

Joseph never forgot that God was always with him as revealed in Genesis 50:19-21 when he tells his brothers that God meant their evil toward him for good and he says, “Do not be afraid, I am in the place of God.” We will take the story of Joseph full circle in our Sunday morning worship services on July 22nd and 29th. We look forward to seeing you there!

Blessings,

Pastor Jeff

Office. (616-878-1618)

E-mail: Cummings.jeffrey91@gmail.com

Pastor’s cell – 269-588-9081

Parsonage Phone – 616-878-9739

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