Guilt, regret, grief, revenge. Have these feelings ever plagued you? I feel guilty . . . I regret it . . . every time I eat a donut or miss a day of exercise! Unfortunately, that can happen quite often. And then there’s that other guilt, regret, grief, revenge—the longer held, more deeply felt past offenses either you have done, or that have been done against you.
Joseph knew all about that. He thought the past was buried. But then his brothers showed up in Egypt and it all flooded to the surface once again. Instantly his life was affected. This Sunday we talk about how the past affects us, how it can plague us at the most inopportune times, and rob us of the future. But in God’s hands, a new future filled with promise can unfold. Sunday School begins for all at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. Come and enjoy some donuts—without guilt! Can’t wait to see you!Read More
Can you recall any recent heroes? Most are ordinary people who stepped up in extraordinary times. Like Chef Benjamin Clark, who prepared meals for Fidelity Trust Company in the World Trade Center, South Tower. On 9/11 he saved hundreds of lives of the people on the 96 floor as he helped them exit the building. He stopped on the 78 floor to assist a woman in a wheelchair, but the tower came down before they could escape. His bravery is honored every year. He is a hero whom we should all emulate.
Joseph stuck with God through thirteen years of hard times when suddenly he was called upon by the Pharaoh of Egypt to step up during a crisis. The power in Joseph’s story is that God was pleased to create this great reversal. He went from prisoner to leader, second in command to help fulfill God’s plan. Because of what he did, many lives were saved.
Sunday we have a baptism during worship at 10:30. Sunday School for everyone at 9:15. Can’t wait to see you!
READ THE MESSAGE: God’s Heroics and the People Who Respond
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“Seeing is believing.” “I’m from Missouri, show me!” “If you believe that, then I have swampland in Florida to sell you.” All of that goes to say people do not put much stock in faith. How much easier it is to trust what we can see! Joseph felt the same way. He saw no way out of prison except to beg a governmental official to help him. But God had something better to teach him. Do you trust what you see or what you do not see? We talk about how to take that step of faith this week.
Speaking of steps of faith, preparations for THE FESTIVAL OF HOPE have begun. The festival is on October 18, 2014, 3-7 pm, in Armstrong Park. This year’s goal is to raise $55,000 for Duncanville Outreach Ministry. We are currently looking for VENDORS, FOLKS TO HELP WITH ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS, SINGERS FOR THE COMMUNITY CHOIR, RAFFLE GIFTS, AND DONATIONS. First Presbyterian Church does this to bless the community. As we draw together for this higher goal, it is easy to forget our troubles, differences, and failures. TOGETHER WE CAN BLESS DUNCANVILLE! To get involved, call 972 298-3043. Or come on Sunday morning and find out about it. 9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 for worship. I can’t wait to see you!
READ THE SERMON: When the Wait Seems Unfavorably Long