Prayer Request 10/30/2014

Tonya Lee, daughter of Donna Waycaster Burrell, a friend of Monty and Ashley Hoyle, was killed in a car accident last night in Hazelton, GA. The funeral will be Saturday, November 8th. Flannigan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. No times have been given yet for the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to help cover the cost of the funeral expenses.

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Sermon Outline for Week 4

MESSAGE 4
DISCOURAGEMENT:
TRUSTING GOD WHEN FACED WITH PROLONGED DISCOURAGEMENT
Genesis 39-–41
INTRODUCTION:
A. Perhaps Satan’s most potent weapon against Christians is discouragement.
B. One of the most important virtues in the Christian life is perseverance. We are called to be faithful even when life doesn’t make sense.
C. Joseph persevered through tough times for well over more than a decade. Hopefully It’s hoped that his example will inspire us to decide on, “A long obedience in the same direction.”
I. Joseph maintained a sense of responsibility even though it didn’t seem to pay off (Gen. 39:20-–23).
A. Even in prison, Joseph, “bloomed where he was planted.”
B. One of the ultimate tests of character is to continue to do your duty even though no one seems to notice.
II. Joseph was sensitive to the feelings of others even though he had troubles of his own (Gen. 40:4-–7).
A. Joseph asked two other prisoners, “Why are you so down today?” His sensitivity to the hurts of others is further evidence of his faithfulness to God.
B. Example of a preacher whose daughter was in prison reaching out to another preacher in a similar circumstance.
III. Joseph maintained a consistent testimony about God even though he couldn’t see much evidence of God’s blessing (Gen. 40:8).
A. Instead of taking personal credit for the ability to interpret dreams, Joseph responded, “Interpretations of dreams belong to God.”
B. Tim Tebow is a positive example of a modern athlete who used his platform to glorify God even when his career wasn’t going well.
IV. Joseph exercised his spiritual gift even though the use of that gift wasn’t totally fulfilled in his own life (Gen. 40:9-–15).
A. Joseph hadn’t lost his gifts through years of separation from His Hebrew culture. His walk with God was still authentic.
B. After interpreting the dream he asked the cupbearer for a favor: – “…Mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”
1. Some speculate that Joseph tried to manipulate his situation rather than trusting in God to release him in His timing.
2. But Joseph did what he could to improve his circumstances. We should too.
V. Joseph told the truth to the baker even though it wasn’t good news (Genesis. 40:16-–17).
A. Joseph knew that the baker’s dream meant he was going to be executed, and Joseph related God’s truth even though it wasn’t what the baker wanted to hear.
​B. If you’re in a position to talk to somebody about a terminal illness, tactfully tell the truth.
VI. Joseph refused to quit even though the cupbearer disappointed him. (Genesis 40:20-–23).
A. The cupbearer forgot Joseph –— for two long years!
B. The cupbearer’s memory lapse could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. But in spite of all those reasons for discouragement, Joseph held on.
CONCLUSION:
A. Maybe you are languishing right now in some kind of prison: – a futile job, a physical limitation, or a dead-end relationship.
B. Just hold on. God is faithful. He will reward your faithfulness in His time.

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Full Sermon Manuscript for Week 4

Since I used the videos on Sunday a did not go strictly with the outline so here is the full manuscript if you want to read it. I apologize for the video quality Sunday.When I listened to the CD on Wednesday in my office I could hear the speakers. On Sunday it was very hard to make out what they were saying. The Scriptures for the 9th are Genesis 41 and 47. The theme is “Prosperity: How it can change who we are”

Remember Youth Sunday/ All Saints Day is this Sunday and there will be no communion. I will be back from vacation on the 8th. We will have communion on the 16th.

DISCOURAGEMENT:

TRUSTING GOD WHEN FACED WITH PROLONGED DISCOURAGEMENT

Genesis 39-–41

​Wayne Smith, who preached for over more than fifty years in Lexington, Kentucky, insists that the number one temptation we face does not fall into the familiar categories of sex, silver, self, or sloth. Wayne suggests Satan’s most potent weapon against Christian leaders is discouragement. People begin following Christ with eagerness, but along the way they grow weary and quit. Life deals them one hurtful blow after another, and they give in to despair. Or maybe the daily routine of being a mother, or going to the same job, or leading a class of 5th fifth graders, grinds them down over the years and they slowly faze fizzle out of in their responsibilities.

​The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why the Bible encourages us to not grow weary in doing good and promises that in due season we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. The Bible urges us repeatedly not to grow faint and not to lose heart.

​One of the most important virtues in the Christian life is perseverance: – to be faithful even when life doesn’t make sense. Paul Harvey used to say the difference between a successful person and a life of mediocrity is that successful people get back up one more time than they’re knocked down. I often ask preachers if they can take a punch. Are they tough enough to get up off the mat and come back strong when they get hurt? If not, they won’t survive long in ministry.

​Joseph could take a punch and come back fighting. He persevered through tough times. Joseph is the inspirational poster- child of a man who refused to be defeated by discouragement. Here was a man who could’ve said, ““I’ve had it with the corruption of Egypt. I’ve had it with ungrateful people and unfair circumstances. I’m tired of God not answering my prayers! I quit!”” But instead of giving up, Joseph remained faithful through blows that would’ve finished most of us.

​Joseph was enslaved in Egypt because his brothers betrayed him. Then he was imprisoned because of a false testimony from his master’s wife. That was ample cause for discouragement. When he made the appropriate decisions, his circumstances got even worse. Psalm 105:18 says that they bruised Joseph’s feet with shackles and his neck was put in irons.

You couldn’t get much lower than Joseph was at this point. You’d expect him to have a sour disposition and be angry at God. But not so. Joseph had been a model son, model slave, and now he’ was a model prisoner. The last section of Genesis 39 records Joseph’s positive response.

“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” (Gen 39:vv. 20-–23).

It’s amazing that Joseph maintained a sense of responsibility even though it didn’t seem to pay off.

​Even in prison Joseph bloomed where he was planted. He wasn’t defiant toward the guards. He didn’t gripe about the food. He wasn’t demanding to see a lawyer every day. Joseph kept an upbeat spirit. He befriended and ministered to other prisoners. He obeyed the rules. He eventually impressed the warden so much that he was given increased responsibility.

​Joseph was the kind of man that every leader dreams of having as an assistant. He gobbled up every assignment. He performed each task thoroughly and humbly looked for more to do. He was one of those individuals who had the rare combination of leadership gifts, tireless effort, and a positive attitude. Add God’s special favor and it’s no wonder that Joseph experienced success in everything he did.

​Isn’t it one of the ultimate tests of character to continue to do your duty even though no one seems to notice? You keep on doing what is right even though there’s little recognition, no raise in salary, nothing but higher expectations.

​When you change your baby’s diaper for the fifth time in one day the baby never says, “‘Thanks, mom. I feel so much better”..” There are numerous routine, unglamorous jobs where for which you get very few ego boosts. The reward for a job well done is usually more work. But faithful people don’t demand appreciation, they just persevere.

​The first paragraph in Genesis 40 provides another indicator of Joseph’s tenacity: ““Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined”. (Gen. 40:vv. 1-–3).

​The baker was the king’s chef and the cupbearer was the king’s wine taster. In those days, to avert assassination attempts, somebody tasted the food and drank the wine before Pharaoh did. If the beverage had been secretly poisoned, the wine taster would die and the king would live. That’s a risky job but a fairly important position, and this wine taster had developed a close relationship with Pharaoh.

​For some unknown reason, both the baker and cupbearer were arrested and imprisoned. We’re not sure why. Maybe it was because there had been an attempt to poison Pharaoh … or maybe they tried to put him on a low low-fat diet! But whatever the reason, they were thrown in jail.

​It, ““just so happened”” that these two men were assigned to the section of the prison where Joseph was an overseer. There, in that most unlikely place, God was at work and we begin to see the wheels of God’s providence slowly turning:. “

The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “‘Why are your faces so sad today?’”” (v40:v. 4-–7).

Here’s a second indicator of Joseph’s perseverance: he was sensitive to the feelings of others even though he had troubles of his own.

​This is another impressive quality about Joseph. He maintained a positive spirit in the worst of circumstances. Here he is twenty-eight years old, unjustly imprisoned, people have treated him like dirt, — and he asked these two guys, ““Why are you so down in the dumps today?”” You’d expect him to say, ““Hey, don’t trouble me with your problems. I’ve got problems enough of my own. Deal with it!”” But his spirit of sensitivity to the hurts of others is further evidence of his faithfulness to God.

​Ed, a minister friend of mine, had three grown sons. Two are faithful to the Lord; one was rebellious from the womb. It seemed that no matter what the parents did, this boy was in trouble. Finally Ed’s son was arrested and went to prison for dealing drugs. Ed was devastated and considered quitting ministry.

​Another preacher in the area heard about what happened and, though he didn’t know Ed well, invited him to go to lunch. Instead of driving to a local restaurant, he drove to a state women’s prison nearby. He parked the car, turned, and said, ““Ed, you probably don’t know it, but I have a daughter inside this prison. I sometimes drive out here to pray for her. It just rips me up to think of her incarceration. I heard last week about your son. Anyway, I can I help? Would you like to talk about it?””

​Ed poured out his heart to this preacher he barely knew and that conversation was invaluable to him. His burden became lighter that day because one preacher was sensitive to another even though he was suffering himself.

​Joseph was like that. If I’d been Joseph, I’m not sure I’d have taken an interest in the dreams of other prisoners. His own dreams hadn’t come true, so why bother with others? Besides, people have nightmares in prison all the time. That’s just the way it is. But Joseph reached out to them, listened to them, cared about them.

​Verse eight 8 reveals another indication of Joseph’s faithfulness in the grip of discouragement. “The men…they said, “‘We both had dreams …, but there is no one to interpret them.’’ Then Joseph said to them, ‘‘Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.’’”” (40:8)

Notice how Joseph maintained a consistent testimony about God even though he couldn’t see much evidence of God’s blessing.

​Joseph did not say, ““I can interpret dreams. I’m an expert in dreams. I had dreams years ago about my brothers’’ eleven sheaves bowing down to mine. I know all about dreams. Just tell me about them.””

​No, Joseph said, ““Interpretations of dreams belong to God. Let’s see if He can interpret them.”” Later Jesus Christ would say, ““Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify God who is in heaven.”” Don’t bring the attention to yourself. Even in prison Joseph gave glory to God.

​In my opinion, no one has done that better in recent years than NFL football player Tim Tebow. No matter what he accomplished on the football field, Tebow managed to give credit to God. Whether it’s bowing and praying in the end zone or beginning a post-game interview by saying, ““First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”,,” Tim made a concerted effort to give glory to God.

​Tim Tebow’s most impressive testimony may be when he trusts God after a loss or when he doesn’t get in the game … or gets traded. When the Denver Broncos traded him to the New York Jets and he sat the bench for a year, he didn’t grumble. When the Jets traded him to New England and reporters asked if he’d be willing to play tight end, Tebow responded, ‘I’ll do whatever the coach asks me to do”..” His attitude in adversity is a positive testimony to the God he serves.

​When these fellow prisoners had perplexing dreams, Joseph insisted, “There is a God in Heaven interpret those dreams.’” That’s an especially admirable trait when you consider Joseph was in prison and had no promise of ever getting out. His life had been difficult and hadn’t made any sense for well over more than a decade.

​In the next paragraphs we see that Joseph exercised his spiritual gift even though the use of that gift wasn’t totally fulfilled in his own life:.

“So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “‘In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.’”
“‘This is what the dream means,’” Joseph said to him. “‘The three branches are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.’”” (40:vv. 9-–13).

​Joseph had a gift of interpreting dreams. He hadn’t lost it through years of separation from His familiar Hebrew culture. His walk with God was still authentic. But Joseph’s own dream –— his brothers bowing down to him –— hadn’t yet been fulfilled.

​It’s tough to encourage others to believe when you’re puzzled about God’s purpose for you. But Joseph did. Dr. Carl Menninger was once asked what a person should do if they felt depression coming on. People expected him to say to , ‘Consult with your doctor or take a particular pill’. Instead Menninger said, ““If I felt depression coming on, I’d walk out the front door, go across the tracks, find a person in need, and do what I could to help that person.”” Menninger concluded that sound mental health is determined by our willingness to reach out to someone in need.

Maybe one of the reasons Joseph was able to maintain emotional stability in prison was that he got his mind off himself. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, he used his gifts to help others.

After interpreting the dream Joseph asked the cupbearer for a favor:. ““But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in prison dungeon.”” (40:vv. 14-–15).

​Some suggest Joseph stepped out of God’s will here. They speculate that Joseph was trying to manipulate his situation rather than trusting in God to release him in His timing. I don’t think so. Joseph is was doing whatever is was humanly possible to improve his circumstances. When life gets sour, we’re not supposed to sit on our hands and do nothing.

​Joseph took the initiative and tried to get out of prison. He said to the cupbearer, ““Remember me to Pharaoh. I don’t deserve to be in prison.”” This was a reasonable request for the favor he had done. But we’ll soon see that the cupbearer forgot all about Joseph. That can be discouraging.

​Notice also that Joseph told the truth about how he felt. I know some pseudo-pious Christians who would probably say, ““Well, I’m in prison but I’m perfectly content if this is where the Lord wants me. If he wants me out of here, He’ll get me out.”” No, Joseph was authentic and admitted, ““Look, I’m not content to remain in this prison. I don’t belong here. When you’re released and restored to your former position, pull some strings with Pharaoh and help me.””

​The next paragraph reveals a fifth indication of Joseph’s faithfulness. He told the truth even though it wasn’t good news: .

““When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, ‘‘I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread. In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.’’”” (vv. 16-–17).

​Joseph instantly knew what that meant. The baker was going to be found guilty and he was going to be executed. If I were Joseph, I’d be really tempted to not relate this bad news. Who wants to tell a guy he’s going to die in three days? I’d be tempted to say, ““Now that is a difficult dream. It’s going to take me three or four days to determine exactly what that means. Check back with me next week.””

​As a minister I’ve had to be the bearer of bad news on occasion. I once had to tell a mother her son had taken his own life. On another occasion I had to tell parents their two pre-teen daughters had been molested by a family friend. At those times I wished I had remained in my home town and opened up an ice-cream cone stand instead of becoming a minister. I absolutely hated to be the bearer of tragic news.

​Joseph told the truth even though it wasn’t what the baker wanted to hear. ““This is what it means,”” Joseph said. ““The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”” (40:vv. 18-–19).

Someone said, ““If you can’t be tactful, at least be vague.”” Joseph wasn’t vague. He told the truth to the baker even though it wasn’t good news.
Pharaoh was going to lift up the head of the cupbearer but he was going to lift off the head of the baker.

​If you’re in a position to talk to somebody about a terminal illness, tell the truth. People didn’t used to do that. They would try to cover it over, and say, ““O Grandpa, you’re not going die. You’re losing a little weight and you’re not feeling well right now, but you’ll get better and you’ll feel like your old self soon. You’ll live to be 95ninety-five. You’ll see.”” And poor Grandpa didn’t get to talk to anybody about the condition he suspected he had. He had to join the family in the charade and die without facing it honestly.

​Recently the medical profession has made a wise decision to tell people the facts as they see them so that the dying person can talk openly with their family and prepare to face the Lord.

​When I talk to people who have just received news that they have a terminal illness, I almost always ask them, ““Are you afraid?”” Sometimes they’ll brush it aside because they don’t want to talk about it. But most of the time they want to talk. They will say, ““I am a little bit afraid. Could you help me?”” Or they will say, ““You know, I’m not a bit afraid. I often wondered how I would react when this moment came, but the Lord is boosting me up, and that’s a good feeling. God has been good to me over the years and I’m just trusting in Him and looking forward to heaven. I’m ready!””

​Some of the most tenderest moments come when that person who knows that death is very near will talk with family members, say goodbye, express love, and make final arrangements. Joseph told the baker the truth. He said, ““You’ve got about three days. Get your life in order.””

​Genesis 40:20-–23 divulges another characteristic that is most impressive about Joseph’s faithfulness:. He refused to quit even though people disappointed him:.

“Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand, but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation. The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.”

​Joseph must have been excitedly telling everyone, ““You won’t believe what happened to me last week. I interpreted a troubling dream for Pharaoh’s cupbearer. He was so grateful for the positive interpretation that he promised to help me. He’s now back in Pharaoh’s palace, serving the king. He promised if he got back there he’d use his influence to get me out. I know God is in this. Isn’t God wonderful? Can you believe it? This is more than a coincidence; this is a God-incident. I’m just praising God today!””

​But the cupbearer forgot about Joseph! The one long shot Joseph had for a pardon evaporated. Isn’t it amazing how long we can remember an offense and how quickly we can forget a favor? The cupbearer went back to Pharaoh’s palace and he forgot about lowly Joseph in prison.

​In fact, chapter 41:1 begins, ““When two full years had passed.…”” Underline that phrase, “When two full years had passed.” The Bible contains a number of examples of people who had to wait on God. Noah waited in the ark for months for the earth to dry. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 twenty-five years to have a child. Moses tended sheep in the wilderness for 40 forty years. David waited for well over more than a decade between the time he was anointed by Samuel and the day he was actually crowned king. It was over more than ten years between the time Saul of Tarsus met Jesus on the Damascus road and his first missionary journey. Here, Joseph waited in prison for two full years. Two years in prison must have seemed like an eternity.

​The cupbearer’s memory lapse could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Keep in mind that Joseph did not know the rest of the story. For all Joseph knew, he was going to be in prison the rest of his life. But in spite of all those reasons for discouragement, Joseph held on. The one ray of hope he had was that boyhood vision that one day his brothers would bow down to him. But with God a thousand years are like a day. God was slowly preparing Joseph, developing his character, getting him ready for a perfectly timed promotion.

​Perhaps the temptation to discouragement is more pronounced than the temptation for sexual impurity. But Joseph was faithful in prison. He held on to his faith in God.

​Maybe you are languishing right now in some kind of prison: – a dysfunctional family, a futile job, a physical limitation, or a dead-end relationship. Just hold on. God is faithful. God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His timing is not our timing. He will reward your faithfulness in His time.

​Jim Collins in his book, “Good to Great”, Jim Collins tells the story of Admiral James Stockdale, who was a prisoner of war for 8 eight years during the height of the Vietnam War. He was tortured over 20more than twenty times during his imprisonment from 1965 to 1973. Stockdale lived out the war without any assurance that he’d ever see his family again. But after almost a decade, he was released and reunited with them. James Stockdale became a national hero.

​““I never lost faith in the end of the story,”” he said, ““I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end, and turn the experience into the defining event of my life.””

​Collins asked him, ““Who didn’t make it out?” “

​““Oh that’s easy,”” Stockdale said. ““The optimists”..”

​““The optimists? I don’t understand”,,” I Collins said, now completely confused.

​““The optimists. Oh, they’ were the ones who said, ‘‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘‘we’re going to be out by Easter.’’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.””

​Admiral Stockdale then added, ““This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end— – which you can never afford to lose – —with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.””

​Collins added this line:. ““To this day I carry a mental image of Stockdale admonishing the optimists; : ‘“We’re not getting out by Christmas; deal with it..’””

The Living Bible paraphrases 2 Corinthians 4:8-–9, ““We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.””

That describes Joseph: – a man who got back up every time he got knocked down; a man who didn’t lose heart and did his duty because he trusted that God would keep His promise.…. And what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.

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Feed a Family for 5 days for $5!

Thought I would pass this along. Cannot beat this opportunity for your money!

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This and That

Saturday, October 25th
Just a reminder that Trunk or Treat is this weekend at 4:00 pm at church. Decorate your trunks and fill them with candy.
Chili Cook Off is at 5:00 pm. Bring your best chili to share in the chili cook off contest.
We will go to the corn maze after the chili cook off probably @ 6 pm.

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Acts of God Message 3 10/19/2014

MESSAGE 3
TEMPTATION:
TRUSTING GOD WHEN TEMPTED AND FALSELY ACCUSED
Genesis 39
INTRODUCTION:
. A. We often make light of temptation, but sin is lethal and vigilance is imperative.
a. “The way of the unfaithful is hard” (Proverbs 13:15)
b. “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:20).
c. Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you too shall perish”
1. We are involved in a critical spiritual battle with eternal consequences.
a. Jesus said, “Do not fear the one who can destroy your body; fear the one who can destroy your body and soul in hell” (That is God).
2. Our adversary is intensifying his attack and we are experiencing many casualties on our side.
3. We are all vulnerable and need to fortify ourselves against future attacks.
B. In Genesis 39, Joseph encounters encountered sexual temptation, so that will be the primary focus of this message. But hopefully it’s hoped that the lessons learned here will assist us in countering Satan’s attacks from any angle.
I. Joseph’s Temptation
A. Joseph worked hard and, in time, became Potiphar’s right-hand man (Genesis 39:1-–5).
B. Joseph was handsome and became the focus of Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:vv. 6-–10).
C. Warning! It’s dangerous when two people of the opposite sex spend a lot of time alone.
II. Joseph’s Response
A. Joseph gave Potiphar’s wife two reasons for refusal:
1. His loyalty to Potiphar
2. His loyalty to God
B. When Potiphar’s wife persisted, Joseph:
1. Tried to avoid the tempt
a. “No one ever jumps into hell. They just fool around the edge and fall in.”
2. Thought of someone other than himself
a. The Bible encourages us to, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”
3. Remembered God
4. Ran from the temptation
a. The Bible repeatedly reminds us to, “flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
Illustration: A reporter asked an African safari guide, “Is it true that ferocious jungle animals won’t animals won’t harm you if you carry a torch? The jungle guide said, “That depends on how fast you carry it.”
5. Must have planned in advance how he would react if pressured
III. Joseph’s injustice
A. Falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife (Genesis. 39: 13-–19)
B. Unjustly imprisoned by Potiphar (Gen. 39:vv. 20-–23)
C. Was a model prisoner instead of becoming bitter Joseph was a model prisoner (v. 23)

CONCLUSION:
Four lessons that encourage us to be faithful when tempted.
1A. God’s standards are permanent even in Egypt.
2B. Temptation is normal even for the Godly.
3C. Victory is possible but only for the determined.
4D. The rewards for faithfulness are enormous but not immediate.

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Prayer Request 10/21/2014

Please keep Lauren and Tessa Adamson in your prayers. They have had upset stomachs and now have the croup. Please pray for their wellness and that Sara stays healthy to take care of them.

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