Joseph – The Choice of Integrity

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Jan 6, 2019 The Integrity of Joseph

Sermon Series: Choices – Biblical examples of faithful decision making

As we begin a new year, I am thankful to God for both the blessings and the challenges of the past, and the hope and promise of the future.

There is no better way to begin 2019 than with the Wesley Covenant Prayer. This prayer is a powerful reminder of who we are called to be in Jesus Christ:

I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things

to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”

Our Sunday morning sermons in January and February will focus on CHOICES. Our United Methodist denomination has some critical choices to make at a General Conference in St. Louis the last week in February around human sexuality and biblical authority. With that in mind, it seems wise to turn to the Bible and view the men and women who, in their own time, made critical choices about faith and holiness.

Please remember in prayer all those who are struggling with physical and mental illnesses; with loneliness; with faith; with the daily challenge of finding food and security for their families. And as you thank God for the blessings of life in this beautiful Shenandoah Valley, remember that:
At least 80% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 per day.
More than 357 million children live in war and conflict zones, an increase of roughly 75% from the early 1990’s.
Half of the world’s population goes without basic, essential health services.

Remember that God has blessed us to be a blessing to others. How can we help those in desperate need of basic life resources in Verona and beyond?

Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

Genesis 39:1-10