How do you turn guilt into self-respect and satisfaction with your life? How does grief become cheer, comfort, or hopefulness and joy? If you feel vengeance, how do you learn forgiveness, sympathy, and the ability to pardon the one who offended you?
God is working all these things out for the family of Jacob. It was a slow but transforming process! Does your family need transformation? Perhaps I should say, do YOU need it? That’s what we talk about Sunday. Then, right after worship is the DEACON TACO FIESTA, with food, a bounce house, caricature painting, face painting, and chalk drawing. COME TO WORSHIP IN CASUAL DRESS. COME FOR FUN! I can’t wait to see you! 9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 for worship.
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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!
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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!
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