Well, our stray kitty keeps teaching me lessons. Our primary goal with this cat is simply to show it some kindness and make its life easier. We've been quite successful at that. He's put on weight, his fur is sleek and shiny and he is much calmer. Clearly he feels secure living in our yard. (I still haven't discovered where he sleeps!) The first lesson Cat taught me was that when we are dealing with "stray" people we are foolish indeed if we set our goals any higher than our goals with this cat.
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If you look at the bigger picture, the trials Joseph experienced because his brothers victimized him were incidental . God had a plan for the nation of Israel and feeding Jacob's family was secondary to His greater purposes.
Joseph had been victimized, sold into slavery...and God did phenomenal things in and with his life. He learned that it’s wasn't about him, that God wasn’t surprised by what happened and that He had a plan. Part 1 will get you started on understanding the message of Joseph's life, but there is more that rarely gets preached about. Be sure to come back for Part 2.
A few days ago I read a newspaper article that claimed ISIS – the terrorist group that has been murdering people in the Middle East – has a full complement of terrorists in place in the United States, all ready to kill, murder and destroy in the name of Islam. That certainly is an alarming statement! It is also an easy one to believe when you consider how our government has failed to protect our borders from these monstrous people.
I've been reading all the headlines about the terrorism in France and the protests and funerals and massive reactions to these hateful events. It is easy to hate the people who did these things. It is easy to thirst for revenge on them and all others like them. Yet, if we hate, if we seek revenge, we are turning away from our Lord Jesus. "Vengence is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord (Romans 12:19)." We cannot let ourselves hate these men. Instead we should show Christ's heart by making Micah 6:8 real in our lives:
A Prophet Prepared -- Young Joseph had prophetic dreams. He was a prophet in preparation. Find out more.
Their homes were burned to the ground, their belongings stolen and their families kidnapped. His men were ready to mutiny. What was David to do???
Our pastor was traveling so I got to preach! You can download it here: Living Water
I wrote this post last winter on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday (February 2, 2014) but have been somewhat tardy about getting it published. Late or not, I believe it is still relevant – especially with fall football season getting started.