October Week 3, 2022 Learning Together
This is the third and last of October’s online lessons based on the story of Joseph in “The Forgiving Prince” on pages 76-83 of The Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
Children: Joseph’s dreams and his coat of many colors caused major problems in our story. It is a fact that everyone will encounter problems in life. Some of our problems will involve disagreements with other people, like our family members or our friends. We know that God would want us to forgive those who do us wrong.
We are all God's children, whether we know it or not. Jesus teaches us to love others, and that can be difficult at times because we are all imperfect. Even if we cannot always love everyone else, we need to show respect for their eternal worth and value in God’s eyes.
Adults: Our discussion of spiritual lessons from the life of Joseph continues from last week’s posting.
Lesson 4 – In hard times, always watch for how God shows up. Although Joseph ended up in Egypt because of unfortunate family issues, God never left him alone in this country of strangers. The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered. God also showed up when the baker and wine bearer’s dreams were correctly interpreted by Joseph. This was another confirmation for Joseph that God had not left him alone.
When there is a calling on your life, God is not in the business of allowing you to flounder. He will always be there. Orchestrating the pieces. Guiding you.
Lesson 5 - Integrity and obedience beat lies, all the time. One of the most powerful life principles from the life of Joseph has to do with integrity. When Joseph worked in Potiphar’s house, there was nothing that was out of bounds for him, except the wife. Although he tried to avoid her at all costs, she would not leave him alone. But his integrity was driven by his sound commitment and obedience to God.
Never be tempted to cut corners or use shady link-ups. If his plans for you are sure, then they are perfect. God does not lie nor does he default on his promises.
~This week’s prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for always being faithful! Amen.
This coming Sunday, October 23, will be our Fourth Sunday Gathering right after church (11:00 a.m.) to discuss “The Forgiving Prince” and have a fun craft. Bring any questions, comments, thoughts, or art work with you. See you then!
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