Sermon Notes


19
Jun 2022

Struggling Fathers Genesis 42:1 – 43:15 It’s Father’s Day and it’s time to celebrate our fathers, men and boys in our Church! How many of you remember the “Leave it to Beaver” TV show? Most of you, know the show through reruns. The family was the Cleavers, husband/father was Ward who was married to June. June was a sweetheart that did house work in a dress and high heel! Two sons Walter and Theodore better known as Wally and the Beaver. There is no question that Ward was the foundation of the family. All problems/issues were settled in 30 minutes! Ward was never concerned about employment, no scandals, no addictions, a respectable husband and community leader. Well, this was not my experience as a dad and likely neither was your home like the Cleavers. Most of us guys will relate more to Joseph’s father Jacob. His home was more consistent with ours. Let’s examine Genesis 34-35 and focus on 41:1-43:15 where we will find Boys will be boys, buying what is needed for the family, and battling dad. Boys will be boys: Genesis 32-35 Sister violated, brothers/son all guilt of something! Struggling Father is visited by God. (Genesis 35:1-2) God shows up, gives instructions and revival. Buying what is needed for the family Genesis 42:1-28 Famine revealed by God to Joseph. Failure of Jacob’s sons, Faulting faith of father. (Genesis 42:3-5) Facing the music (Genesis 42:6-28) Recognized by Joseph. Remember the dream.Responsible test: Not vindictive (Genesis 42:9-19) to prove who they are, power to put in jail, place of reflection. (42:21-22), passion for his brothers (Genesis 42:24-26) Realizationthat God was involved with correcting them. (Genesis 42:27-28) Battling Fathers Genesis 42:29-43:15 Plain truth of the trip to Egypt: (42:32) Proof the sons had to produce. Bring your brother. Problem of their...

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12
Jun 2022

Dealing with Mistreatment Genesis 39:20 – 41:57 There is something supernatural about enduring with patience harsh treatment for doing right. Mistreatment comes from family, friends, circumstances beyond your control and untrue statements which are impossible to correct. Joseph’s experience will help us when we experience mistreatment. When we are in terrible places, troubling dreams frighten us and finding at turning point. Terrible place Genesis 39:20 – 40:5 Prison: all prisons are not made of stone. Prisons can be emotional, mental and spiritual confining ourselves with depression and guilt. It’s a painful dark dungeon. Presence of God: (39:21) Two important words: Kindness Favor. Purposed place: (40:1-5) New inmates arrived cupbearer and chief baker entered the prison fearful and troubled. Troubling Dreams Genesis 40:6-23 Chief Cupbearer: (40:9 -13) dream of vines and full cup interpretation: Restoration in three days. Chief Baker: (40:20-22) Baked bread eaten by birds: Interpretation: death in three days. Case of forgetfulness: (40:14-15) Concerned plea: Please remember me. Problem he forgot that request. Turning Point Genesis 41:1-40 Pharaoh’s dream (41:1-8) fat and lean cows, heads of grain swallowed by lean swallowed them up. Powerful reminder to cupbearer: (41:9-13) Presented God (41:14-32) Cleaned up Plan: (41:33-39) Promotion from prison. (41:41-57) read vv41-43. Mistreatment, abandonment, and persecution characterizes the Christians life at times. I Peter 4:12-14 Don’t be surprised or consider it weird when mistreatment comes. Rejoice that you are participating in Jesus’ suffering. Overwhelmed with joy when Jesus’ glory is revealed. Consider yourself blessed when you are insulted for Jesus’ sake. What does Joseph’s experience teach us? Terrible places and times are real and there is a purpose when you are there. There is a ministry to be done and in time: God’s time there is a turning point. Trust God!...

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05
Jun 2022

Dealing with Temptation Genesis 37:3-11; 18-35; Genesis 39:1-20 The Irish poet Oscar Wilde wrote about temptation. “I can resist everything, except temptation and the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it” Scripture has included moments when the heroes of faith yielded, Noah, Moses, King David, Samson, Kings of Israel and Judah and Apostles. Only person who totally resisted temptations was our Lord Jesus, who by the way was tempted in every aspect of life. Temptation has many faces: materialism, authority, power, control of others and lusts of all kinds. Joseph temptation came in the middle of success. Let’s begin with an understanding Joseph as a favored son who was hatred by his brothers. Joseph a faithful servant of both man and God. Joseph made a fateful decision to run from temptation. Favored son who was hated by his brothers. Genesis 37:3-11; 18-35 Daddy’s favorite Genesis 37:3-4 Dreamer: Genesis 37:5-7 Diabolical plotGenesis 37:18-35 Do something with the young brother, kill him, no put him in a pit. Then an opportunity to sale him to some traders. Then to lie to his father! The grief and heartbreak that crushed his father. Genesis 37:32-35. Faithful servant Genesis 39:2-6 God was present in days of slavery. 39:2 God’s presence with Joseph was oblivious to Potiphar. God was involvedin the adjustments and overseeing ever aspect.  Joseph was given control of the house and resources. Fateful decision to run from temptation Genesis 39:7-19. Choice of Potiphar’s wife: took notice and tried to seduce on at least three occasions. Choice of Joseph: Reasonable response: v8-10 Faithful to his master and to God. Rejected the offer and ran vv11-12. Rage because she was rejected. Genesis 39: 13-16 Choice of Potiphar: Genesis 39:17-21 he decided to believe his wife and Confinement Joseph to prison....

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02
Jun 2022

 FINDING HOME Psalms 137:1-6; Romans 1:21-25; Revelation 3:15-19; Matthew 11:28-30 We pause to remember, as a Church and Nation, those who left their homeland and put on the uniforms of the military to defend freedom. Brave men and woman left home, family, careers and safety and gave their lives. Our freedom is precious and fragile. Franklin Roosevelt said, “Those who long enjoy such privileges that we enjoy in time that others have died to win them.” The Hebrews knew the pain of war and the experience of losing home. I am thankful that Americans have never experienced losing our physical Homeland, but I feel that some Christians experience of home lost. Psalm 137:1-6 provides three words to help us understand this feeling: Despair, Derision and Determination. Despair and the experience of broken heartedness. Psalm 137:1-2 There is a feeling of displacement. The Hebrews taken from their land given by God. The Temple as the place where God dwells. Christians relate the Word of God and the Church is undercut in its influence. There is a feeling of discouragement. Hebrews were dismayed by circumstances a strange land. Churches offer teaching God’s Word addressing evil, forgiveness, acceptance, relations and love. There is a feeling of despair and brokenhearted spirit. Like the Hebrews we want to sit down and raise our hands is despair and give up. Derision of what is held as valuable and Holy is gone. Psalm 137:3-4 Captors/ tormentors taunts demanded they act joyfully in the face of their sadness. Christians are asked to put on a happy face, which we should, but deep inside our soul we know this is not home.  Concern for home a daily memory for the Hebrews. Christians equally face a sadness over the loss of values we hold. Determination to make Home the first...

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09
May 2022

Sermon Title- Raising Children in Troubled Times. Exodus 2:1-10  1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water....

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