Repentance, Forgivness, and New Purpose

Alright, I hope that you week has been wonderful. Mine was filled with study and teaching the Word of God. It was amazing to see Him work through His Word in the lives of the people around me. I hope that your week was very fruitful for the Lord. If not, don’t lose heart. You have a fresh chance this week to make it a productive one. This past Sunday during #theROC I was able to teach on Luke 15 about the 3 parables. This week, I am going to focus on the one son who repented. The lesson is all about repentance, forgiveness, and a new purpose in life. I pray that this will be useful to you and that the Lord will use it to bless you as you read, understand, and apply what you learn. Continue reading

God, Joseph, his brothers, and FORGIVENESS

As we continue to study through the life of Joseph, learning how to connect with God and with others so that we can connect them with God, we get to the need for forgiveness. In order to forgive correctly, we need to understand what forgiveness is so that we can extend it to others. Last week, we learned that when you connect with God, He motivates you to work hard to serve the people around you. As you serve the people around you, you will have opportunities to connect those people with God. Continue reading

Connecting with God and working hard

Our previous lesson was on how Joseph overcame loneliness. If you studied with us, you saw that in order to overcome loneliness, Joseph did not focus on himself. He remained connected to God. Since he had a personal relationship with God, he continued to communicate with God and God continued to communicate with him. Since Joseph was faithful to God, he was given favor in the eyes of the head jailer and was given total control over the jail. Joseph had a desire to serve the people around him because as we have learned, when a person is connected to God, he wants to connect with others so that he can help them connect with God. Because Joseph serves the other prisoners, God gives him a chance to help them connect with Him. The head cup-bearer and the head baker end up in jail, have strange dreams, and look for help. They look to Joseph because they have seen him helping others. Joseph helps to connect them with God. Even though things did not work out the way that Joseph wanted, he remained faithful to God and God’s plan/calling. Continue reading

Conncecting with God and dealing with loneliness

Alright everyone, we have had some great weeks studying the life and ministry of Joseph. We have had two lessons on Joseph so far:

This week during the ROC, we are going to focus on Joseph and his reaction to being put in prison. He kept his integrity while he was being tempted by Potiphar’s wife. Joseph was a young man enslaved by Potiphar. He was a stranger in a strange land. He was far from home and had no one to cause him to be accountable to his moral convictions. He did not have much of a future and probably no chance of ever getting married. I am sure he was tempted to enjoy some of the pleasures of life since they had all been taken away from him. He did not give in because he did not want to sin against God. He knew that God was with him and saw everything that he did or would ever do. He knew that God would see his sin. This is what motivated him to run away from sin. Mrs. Potiphar was mad because Joseph did not give in to her worldly ways. She retaliated by lying and having Joseph thrown in prison. This is where our story picks up this week. Continue reading