Frances Funnell Funeral

Frances Annie Funnell
MAY 22, 1923 – JANUARY 8, 2019
Graveside Service, Westbank, BC
January 17, 2019

         
Today bears sadness, because it marks our final earthly goodbye to Frances Annie Funnell, our mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend, and more.  We are sad, because we will miss her.  However, I want to make it very clear to all of us today that there is hope beyond this grave.  This is not the end OF Aunt Frances, and this is not the end FOR Aunt Frances.  In fact, this is the beginning of her abundant, eternal, everlasting life.  A life with no more pain and struggles, a life with no more frustrations and disappointments, a life forever with her Saviour Jesus Christ. Today we lay her body to rest, but resurrection awaits! Jesus Himself said:

John 5:28-29: Don’t be surprised; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Do you believe in the hope of resurrection?  I do! Aunt Frances did! In the Bible we read of a day when Jesus stood near the grave of a close friend, just as we are now.  He knows how we feel, because he felt the same.  He loved the person who had died, just as we love Aunt Frances.  He wept, just as we weep today. But then…in the midst of the sorrow, Jesus spoke with the grieving family, and shared these words of great hope:

John: 11:25-27: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

These are big claims that you and I would not expect any other human being to make.  In fact, if someone did, we would think they were crazy and want to admit them for psychiatric help.  But just a few minutes later, Jesus proved that He indeed spoken the truth, and proved that He is the resurrection and the life:

John 11:43-44 – Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, Loose him, & let him go.

Just as He claimed, Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, raised Lazarus from the dead. Now, it was one thing for Jesus to resurrect physical life just by His spoken Word, but in order to be the eternal, everlasting, spiritual Resurrection and Life for you and I, Jesus had to give up His life.  He had to die.  He passed through death, and therefore he understands death.  Just as we are laying Aunt Frances to rest, there was a day when the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross, and laid in a tomb.  He has been this way before!  Not only does He understand how you and I feel as we grieve, but Jesus knows firsthand what Aunt Frances has entered into.  I love the words of Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:3-6: Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once

Yes, Jesus died for sin, BUT the amazing truth that brings hope is that Jesus is alive!  There were literally HUNDREDS of eye-witnesses who attested to this fact.  When he rose from the grave, in essence Jesus proved that He had conquered sin, and death, and Hell and has brought us eternal life.  Because He rose from the dead, WE HAVE HOPE of eternal life here beside an open grave today! We have the promise of Scripture:

 1 Corinthians 15: 52-57 For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality… then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O[n] Death, where is your sting?
O grave, where is your victory?” Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

For many of us here today, this is not GOODBYE to Frances Annie Funnell.  It is simply GOODNIGHT.  We WLL see her again when morning dawns bright and fair in Heaven.  I am so thankful for this hope we have, and my prayer is that all of you share this glorious hope we have because of Jesus Christ.

By Lucas Griffin

I Will Rise – By Chris Tomlin

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say, “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

Friendship in the Bible

What Does the Bible Say About Friendship?
Presented by Lucas Griffin

December 5, 2018

CLICK FOR PDF NOTES: What The Bible Says About Friendship

 

READINGS: Proverbs 27:6, 9,10,17,18  and John 15:9-17

God has created us to be relational beings…we NEED friendship

  • God wants us to have a relationship with him
  • The first problem in the Bible was not sin, but solitude.
  • Deep friendships are important and being a good friend to others is important
  • The Scriptures are full of great friendships: David and Jonathan, Naomi and Ruth, Jesus and disciples, Paul and fellow-believers
  • Friendships are an important aspect of a fulfilling life, and we learn about love, forgiveness, and grace when we become close with others. When we choose our friends with wisdom and discernment, we are adding joyful and healthy relationships to our lives. (https://www.compellingtruth.org)

 

God wants to be our friend.  This was His design and this can be our joy!

  • In the beginning, God was close with Adam and Eve. He would walk with them and talk with them in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day.
  • Sin has come between us and God, but God wants to restores friendship with himself, as he did with Enoch and Noah, who “walked with God”
  • Abraham called “a friend of God” (2 Chron. 20:7, Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23).
  • Moses spoke with God “face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (Ex.33:11)
  • Job considered himself to be a friend of God. “When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent.” Job 29:4
  • Then Jesus came as the Friend of Sinners, befriending all who trust & follow him. He came to lay his life down for his friends. Jn. 15:13-15
  • Many early church examples of friendship and reference to friends

 

Our choice of friends is very important

  • SIMPLE TEST: Do your friends bring out the best in you or the worst in you?
  • “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26)
  • Even if our friends do not lead us astray, they can provide false comfort and bad advice (Job, Haman, Ammon)
  • “Do not be deceived: bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Cor 15:33)
  • Our marriages should be based on friendship, love, and fellowship
  • “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” (2 Cor 6:14-15)
  • In conclusion: “We should choose friends who do not entice us to sin or worship anything aside from God. We should choose friends who follow the path of righteousness and are quick to run to God. Like all relationships, we must be wise in whom we choose to spend our time with and who will help us become closer to God.”

 

What does a good friend do?

  • It is important to be a loyal and loving “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.” (Ecc. 4:9-12)
  • Friends provide good advice when needed. “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.” (Prov. 27:9)
  • Friends can console and help us when we are in trouble. Job’s friends, Jepthah’s daughter, Barzillai consoled David, David & Jonathan
  • Friend encourage one another, and challenge one another to live for God “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thess. 5:11)
  • Friends are important to keep us accountable, humble, and reasonable. Proverbs 27:17,19 – “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. 19 As in water face answers to face, so the heart of man to man.”

 

Jesus enjoyed many friendships when on earth

  • Our friendLazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” (John 11:11)
  • You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14)
  • The cross is history’s most heroic act of friendship. Jesus said, “greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13)
  • Friendship is the goal of the gospel. Jesus Christ rescued us to forge an intimate relationship with the triune God (John14:20–23).
  • Jesus is our truest friend. He invites us to understand our relationship on terms of friendship. (John 15:12-17). Friendship – with God and with one another – is one of our greatest joys.
  • “Friendship didn’t come from us; it came from God. And he gives us everything we need—through his word and his Spirit—to cultivate it well, for the glory of God.”

 

Share Jesus with your friends. This is important! 

  • Studies show our culture’s increasing social isolation. We are in the midst of a loneliness epidemic.
  • “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:9-12)
  • The demonic “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
  • We need to be a good friend and faithful witness to those around us. This is CHALLENGING! (Cornelius, Dave, Sandra). Pray for your friends & opps!
  • “Friendship shows the world that we belong to Jesus. When this lonely world of broken relationships sees churches filled with friendships—imperfect friendships, to be sure, but relationships filled with true repentance and forgiveness—then they will know that something has come from above. They will see that our talk of Jesus as the friend of sinners is real.”

WARNING! Don’t be friends with the world.

  • “Do you not know that friendship with the worldis enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
    • Friendship with the world is to think, act, and prioritize the same as the people we are trying to reach.
  • “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)
    • Christian fellowship means communion with other Christians who are living the same life that you are. It includes mutual edification and a unity in purpose and spirit that goes far deeper than friendship or human relationships.

Living for God

Paul’s Challenge to Timothy
Outline by Lucas Griffin

Want to be a Man of God or Woman of God?

  • I hope you want to be a Man of God or Woman of God
    • It is my longing and my prayer for you
    • Your achievements, careers, and successes are secondary to your walk with God
  • There is something in us that doubts God’s ways are the best ways
    • We are PROUD and think we can do better
    • Giving God control doesn’t sound like fun
    • We know it won’t be easy, but God gives help
  • I pray we can make a commitment to be a Man of God or Woman of God
     

1 Timothy 6:1-10 – Run from these evil things:

  • False doctrine
  • Contentious discussions
  • Pursuit of wealth

1 Timothy 6:11 “But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”

Pursue Righteousness

  • Righteousness is doing the right thing, all the time, no matter what.
    • This is not always easy – there are times I have NOT done this
      • I paid heavily for this in the long run
    • There have been times when I did pursue righteousness
      • It hurt short term, but feels good still, and I have been blessed

Pursue a Godly Life:

  • Seek first the kingdom of God
  • Try to see life from God’s perspective
  • Live life in a way that pleases God
  • 1 Timothy 6:3 “these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life.”

Pursue Faith:

  • Trusting God completely
  • Trusting God for everything
  • Believing that God’s ways are best
  • Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Pursue Love:

  • We should love each other
  • We should love our enemies
  • We should love the down and out
  • Love should be the motivating factor behind what we do

Pursue Perserverance

  • Sometimes life is tough. We fall down.  We get discouraged.
  • Keep pushing forward. There will be a reward at the end of the trial

Pursue Gentleness

  • Gentleness goes a long way
  • People don’t remember what you say or do, nearly as long as they will remember HOW you said or did it
  • Truly great men of God are gentlemen and gentle men

Wise, Beautiful Abigail

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…Abigail…What can I Do?

Presented by Doug McKillop on September 26, 2018

1 Samuel 25

 

Abigail – in Hebrew the meaning of the name Abigail is: Father rejoiced, or father’s joy. Gives joy. The intelligent, beautiful Abigail was Old Testament King David’s third wife, described as ‘good in discretion and beautiful in form.’

  1. Verse 3 – Her life was not great, but she didn’t wallow in her circumstances.
    (Lesson for Today: Under difficulty, God can still use us.)
  2. Verse 29-30 – She was a wise woman who stayed current and knew what was going on her country.
    (Lesson for Today: Be perceptive.)
  3. Verse 18 – She realized that only she could avert disaster.
    (Lesson for Today: Sometimes only we can solve a particular problem)
  4. Verse 18 – She moved quickly and efficiently.
    (Lesson for Today: If a need is known, it needs to be dealt with right away.)
  5. Verse 20 – She came under cover, not out in the open.
    (Lesson for Today: Sometimes we need to come discreetly, so as not to offend.)
  6. Verse 24 – She takes complete responsibility for the situation.
    (Lesson for Today: We need to have a proper attitude.)
  7. Verse 33 – Her actions changed history and saved David’s character. She restored David.
    (Lesson for Today: We can be a positive influence on others, and should strive for this.)
  8. Verse 42 – God blessed her.
    (Lesson for Today: God will bless us as well.)

 

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Joseph, Picture of Christ

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…
Joseph, Picture of Christ

Presented by Lucas Griffin August 29, 2018

 

PICTURE OF CHRIST

  • Joseph is one of the most beautiful pictures of Christ, although the Bible never directly references him as a picture or type of Christ
  • Arthur W. Pink, a great Bible teacher from 1886-1952, outlined 101 corresponding facts between Joseph, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here are 25 for your consideration and enjoyment!

JOSEPH, SON OF JACOB  – JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD

  • 37.2 – Spoke out against brothers’ sin
    Jesus spoke out against hypocrites
  • 37.3 – Greatly loved by his father
    Jesus loved by God with an everlasting love
  • Gen 37.4 – Joseph was hated by his brothers
    Jesus was despised and rejected by men
  • Gen 37.7 – Joseph’s brothers would bow to him
    Every knee shall bow and tongue confess
  • Gen 37.18 – His brothers conspired against him
    Priests, scribes, Pharisees sought to kill Him
  • Gen 37.23 – Brothers stripped him of his coat
    Soldiers divided garments, gambled for coat
  • Gen 37.28 – Sold as slave for 20 pieces of silver
    Jesus sold for 30 pieces – new price of slave
  • Gen 37.36 – Midianites sold him down into Egypt
    Jesus left heaven and came down to earth
  • Gen 39.1 – Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt
    Took upon Himself the form of a servant
  • Gen 39.1-4 – Joseph was a faithful servant
    Behold, My servant, in Him my soul delights
  • Gen 39.7 – Overcame powerful temptation
    Jesus tempted by Satan and triumphed
  • Gen 40.14 – Butler, make mention of me
    Jesus said, this do in remembrance of Me
  • Gen 41.15 – He understood things others didn’t
    Jews marveled – He speaks with authority
  • Gen 41.42 – Arrayed in vestures of fine linen
    Garments of Christ are glorious & majestic
  • Gen 41.43 – Ruler over all the land of Egypt
    He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
  • Gen 41.45 – Zaphnath-paaneah, Saviour of World
    Call His name Jesus, He will save His people
  • Gen 41.45 – Given a Gentile, earthly bride
    We are the Bride of Christ, saved sinners
  • Gen 41.46 – 30 years old when he began rule
    Christ 30 years old when ministry began
  • Gen 41.40 – Reigned at the right hand of Pharaoh
    He is at the right hand of the throne on high
  • Gen 42.8 – He knew his brothers, they didn’t know
    Came to His own, His own received Him not
  • Gen 42-45 – Joseph wept 6 times for brothers
    John 11.35 – Jesus wept over humanity
  • Gen 42 – He tests his brothers, looks for change
    Will seek to restore Jews in Tribulation
  • Gen 45 – Shows mercy, grace, forgiveness to bros.
    We are forgiven, saved by grace, by blood
  • Gen 47 – Brought family to Goshen, promised land
    I go to prepare a place for you, where I am…
  • Gen 50.26 – Human, but no sin mentioned in life
    He knew no sin, in Him was no sin, did none

Hannah, Woman of Prayer

HANNAH, Woman of Prayer
Presented By Marvin Griffin
JULY 18, 2018

Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 1:1-28, 2:1-11, 18-21, 26

 

HANNAH means ‘grace’. She was the wife of Elkanah but childless, a disfavored and anguished condition. Perhaps this is why Elkanah took a second wife, Penninah.

ELKANAH means ‘God has acquired’. It would seem that Elkanah wanted to acquire an heir hence the second marriage. Elkanah was a Levite but was called an Ephraimite in scripture. Remember the Levites were not given an area to live in but were allotted towns in the other tribe’s areas so a Levite might well be called a Danite etc.

SAMUEL means ‘asked of God’

HANNAH WAS:

HUMBLE – She was saddened and humiliated by her inability to give Elkanah children. She was made humble by circumstances. Like Mary, she calls herself the Lord’s handmaid. Notice too, how Mary’s Magnificat is similar to Hannah’s Hymn/prayer.

LESSON: God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6

FAITHFUL – She could have let bitterness of circumstances interfere with her attendance of the Lord’s feasts since ‘the Lord had shut up her womb’. She went up yearly even though the pain was intensified there.

LESSON: Attendance of the meetings isn’t everything, but it’s a big part of being faithful.

TRUTHFUL- No hypocrisy here. Elkanah and his family had the right to partake of the peace-offering and so he gave to Penninah and her children each a portion but to Hannah a double portion. His loving heart wanted her to have peace but she had no peace and couldn’t eat. This double portion only brought rivalry in the family along with cruel taunts and provoking from Penninah. Well-meaning Elkanah just didn’t get the mothering instinct of Hannah. ‘Aren’t I better to you than ten sons?’

LESSONS: 1) Be real. 2)Husbands, think, and thinking, try to understand that God made your wives as a complement of you, not to think like you.

SUPPLICANT – She brought her great need to the Lord. Don’t think for a minute that the recorded prayer is her first! God’s answers might well be: yes, or no, or wait. Eli misread her but when Hannah explained he AMENed her prayer!

LESSON: Brothers and sisters, your AMENs have power. In Matthew 18:19 the Lord Jesus says,” if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven”. The context is prayer concerning church discipline but for collective general prayer other conditions must be met, such as, is the prayer according to the revealed will of God? Is the prayer in faith? Is the prayer in all sincerity?

 

BELIEVER – Hannah was no longer sad but went her way and ate that peace offering! Hannah’s greatest character strength is her believing prayers despite being tried in the crucible of affliction. Job said, “when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold”.

LESSON: Brother and sister, there is no blessing and no peace in doubting, so let us believe.

VOW-KEEPER – We read Hannah’s vow to the Lord. How that: “if the Lord will give his handmaid a man child then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life and there shall no razor come upon his head.” It was in effect, the Nazarite’s vow. In v.21 we read, “the yearly sacrifice, and his vow”. This may mean that Elkanah had made Hannah’s vow his own (see Numbers 30:10-15). They were both in agreement as per Elkanah’s words “only the Lord establish his word”. The vow was kept although no doubt the heart-strings stretched much!

LESSON: Better not to vow than to break it. Notable vows many of us make are marriage vows. These should be kept with all diligence except for scriptural reasons.

WORSHIPPER – Hannah’s hymn begins, “My heart rejoices in the Lord” and “I rejoice in your salvation”. She sets apart the Lord as holiest, unique, and the foundation rock for life. In effect, she also says, the Lord knows all including motives. The Lord is sovereign, often reversing cursing and blessing, first and last, life and death, earthly and spiritual. Her prayer seems to end in a Messianic prophesy of strength to his King and power to his Anointed.

LESSON: “The Lord seeks such to worship him”. (John 4:23) Brothers and sisters, his worth causes us to worship! If not publicly, at least, privately.

MOTHER (in every sense of that blessed word) – Hannah acted in the best interests of Samuel. Mothers do that! Children generally weren’t weaned til the age of 3 in those days due to the scarcity of good drinking water. In the meantime, she would prepare Samuel’s heart for a life of service to God. Hannah yearly provided Samuel the clothes he would need along with good counsel at those precious feast times. No doubt, her prayers for Samuel’s well-being were a daily habit.

LESSON: Mothers, provide not only the necessities of life but equally, the basis of spiritual life. Little things like: helping them learn their memory verse and daily prayer.

FRUITFUL – Hannah, as the handmaid of the Lord, provided a most remarkable man of God! In my eyes, Samuel as judge, prophet and priest, was greater than so many of Israel’s kings. Hannah also had several other children although 1 short of the 7 mentioned in her prayer!

LESSON: May we be fruitful in Christian character and in bringing sinners to the Lord.

 

Joseph, Ruler of Egypt

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…
Joseph, Ruler of Egypt

Presented by Lucas Griffin July 4, 2018

KEY VERSES

  • Genesis 41.38 – So Pharaoh asked his officials, ‘Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?’ (NLT)
  • Genesis 50.20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (NLT)

CHARACTER OF JOSEPH

HARDWORKING / DILIGENT

  • Gen 37.1 – as a boy of 17, we see him working the sheep with his brothers
  • Gen 39.2-4 – He worked hard in Potiphar’s house, the Lord was with him, the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand
  • Gen 39.23 – The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.”
  • Gen 41.57 – all the countries came into Egypt go Joseph to buy corn. It would have been busy times to negotiate deals with each party that came.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY

INTEGRITY

  • Gen 37.2 – Joseph brought an evil report about his brothers
  • Gen 39.8 – But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold my master has committed all that he has to my hand, there is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife.
  • Gen 39 – Joseph was faithful in Potiphar’s house and in prison, where he didn’t deserve to be
  • Gen 40 – he gave the proper meanings of BOTH dreams to the baker and butler in prison, even though the interpretation for baker was not good news
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. (1 Chronicles 29.17, NLT).
    • Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. (Psalm 119.1)

 POSITIVE ATTITUDE

  • Gen 39 – As a slave, he worked hard and sought the best outcome for his master
  • Gen 39-40 – As a prisoner, he helped where he could. Gen 39.23 “The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand.”
  • Gen 40-50 – As Lord of Egypt, he cared for the people of Egypt and provided fairly for them.
  • Joseph stayed close to the Lord and was always ready to point people to his God. He had no preparation time with the butler’s and baker’s dreams in prison.  He had less time to prepare when commanded to speak with Pharaoh.  We need to stay close to the Lord, and “be ready to give an answer of the hope that lies within us.”
  • Joseph never complained. “His positive response transformed each setback into a step forward.  He didn’t spend much time asking why.” (Life Application Study Bible)
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess 5.16-18)
    • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil 4.8)

GODLY / MAN OF FAITH

  • Joseph trusted his God, and the God of his fathers through EVERYTHING
  • Gen 39.2 – The Lord was with Joseph (repeated over and over throughout the Joseph story)
  • Gen 39.9 – How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?
  • Gen 41.16 – And Joseph answered “It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
  • Gen 41.38 – Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?
  • Do our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers see this in me? “Those who met Joseph were aware that wherever he went, and whatever he did, God was with him.” (Life Application)
  • Gen 42.18 – Joseph said… “This do, and live; for I fear God (Elohim, the Hebrew God)
  • Gen 43.23 – Perhaps Joseph had shared his God with his household. His steward said “Peace be to you, fear not; your God (Elohim) and God (Elohim) of your father, hath given you treasure.”
  • Gen 45.5,8 – God sent me before you to preserve life, it was not you that sent me, but God
  • Gen 50.20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
  • Joseph pointed everyone to God even when he could have taken credit and glory.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Gal 5.16)
    • Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5.16)
    • Without faith it is impossible to please him. (Hebrews 11.6)

PERSEVERANCE

  • Joseph is an excellent example to follow when facing life’s disappointments
  • Joseph never felt sorry for himself, he never blamed others
  • Joseph took each situation as it came and made the best of it
  • Joseph did not wait for his circumstances to change. He served God in his circumstances.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6.9)
    • Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrew 12.1-2)

 HUMILITY

  • Gen 39.8 – “Behold my master…” Though successful, he submitted to Potiphar, his master.
  • Gen 40.4 – And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them.
  • Gen 41.16 – It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace
  • It is this humility that made it possible for the Lord to entrust Joseph with tremendous responsibility without fear that it would corrupt him.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2.3-11)
    • Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you (1 Peter 5.5-6)

WISDOM

  • Gen 37 – Joseph’s coat signified that he was earmarked to be the heir of the family business. As such, Jacob would have invested more in his education and business training than his brothers.
  • Gen 39 – He proved his wisdom in the house of Potiphar
  • Gen 41.39 – “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God has showed you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you.”
  • Joseph’s plan for the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine was God-inspired, but was so full of wisdom
  • Gen 43-45 – It was very wise of Joseph to remain “hidden in plain sight”, in order to test his brother’s motives & attitudes the way that he did. He wanted to know that they had changed.
  • Gen 47 – During the famine, when Joseph bought all of Egypt for the Pharaoh, his wisdom and business acumen were very obvious
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1.5)
    • Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (Prov 3.13-18)
    • But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3.17)

GRACIOUS & FORGIVING

  • Gen 42.25 – He returned the money to his brothers. He gave grain for free to the men who sold him as a slave 20 years earlier.
  • Gen 43.32 – He threw a feast for his brothers. 20 years earlier, they had eaten a meal while he languished alone in a pit.
  • Gen 45 – He revealed himself to his brothers, forgave them, told them God’s plan, and sends them away with blessing and provisions
  • Gen 50.19-20 – After the death of Jacob, Joseph reconfirms his full forgiveness to his brothers
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4.32)
    • Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Col. 3.13)
    • May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1.2)

KEY LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH

  1. With God’s help, any situation can be used for good, even when others intend it for evil.
  2. What matters is not so much the events or circumstances of life, but our response to them.
  3. God is sovereign. He is orchestrating our life for our good and His glory.  We simply must trust him, embrace His presence, and point others to Him.

 

2018 Copyright Lucas Griffin

I Need A Place

I NEED A PLACE

Written and Composed by Rhoda Griffin
June 2018

 

Words fail as I approach Your presence

Humbled by this awesome privilege

Worthy of my prayers of incense

Jesus, You’re my only refuge

Entering this holy place

I want to see Your face

 

Lord, show Yourself to me

I know I’m unworthy

But my desire is You

To sense Your Spirit here anew

 

I’m needing Jesus’s saving grace

I need a place to seek Your face

 

My days on earth are filled with worry

Cares and burdens, constant hurry

There are times amidst the flurry

I can only see You blurry

Lord I need a daily time

When You are only mine

 

I want to see Your face

Taste Your amazing grace

Be grounded in Your truth

Enjoy the love that comes from You

 

I’m needing Jesus’s saving grace

I need a place to seek Your face

 

Lord, show Yourself to me

I know I’m unworthy

But my desire is You

To sense Your Spirit here anew

 

I’m needing Jesus’s saving grace

I need a place to seek Your face

 

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