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S.O.A.P. June 5, 2017

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June 5, 2017

Read: Genesis 45

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Scripture- Genesis 45:5- But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

Observations- Joseph holds a big reveal party with his brothers to let them in on the truth he's been holding back from them. Not only does he tell them that he is their long lost brother Joseph, but he quickly offers them mercy (not getting what we deserve) and grace (getting what we don't deserve).

Application- How often in life do we have the privilege of receiving mercy and grace, not only from the hand of God, but from other human beings as well? Think back over the course of your own lifetime to examine the mercy and grace you've received? Jesus taught that to whom much was given much was expected (Luke 12:48), so for those of us who have been given so much mercy and grace, even when we have "good reasons" to hold onto our resentments like Joseph, we get to pay mercy and grace forward in our own lives. How will you do that today?

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the story and example of Joseph. Help me learn how to offer mercy and grace to my brothers and sisters in Christ and those who haven't yet said "Yes!" to being Christ followers in a way that makes Jesus, the center of my life, smile. Guide us to be a church where this is lived out in beautiful and rich ways. Amen.

"Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, 'What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!'” (Luke 14:15),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. June 4, 2017

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June 4, 2017

Read: Genesis 44

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Scripture- Genesis 44:33-34- “So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!”

Observations- Judah, who hatched the scheme to sell Joseph into slavery in the first place, now speaks of the pain that leaving Benjamin, now Jacob's youngest child, behind to serve Joseph. Years earlier he had only been able think about how much he wanted to be rid of Joseph, not about the pain this action would cause to his father. Joseph sees that Judah has changed as much as he has.

Application- I say it all of the time and it's always true: we can never have a better past. Whatever you've done wrong long ago or yesterday can be forgiven and redeemed by God. We aren't stuck repeating the same mistakes and sins over and over. There is hope in Christ for new life. We should experience pain and regret for negative past actions, but with God's help we can be transformed. Our past influences who you are today, but you are not stuck being who you used to be...in Christ. 

Prayer- Lord, help me learn from my past in ways that help me draw closer to You. I want to see myself as I really was with clear eyes, but I also want to see myself the way You see me- as created in Your very own image. You declare me to be a new creation. I am Your child. You call me the light of the world! Bless me to live into the way You see me, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37),

Pastor Jamie

 

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