Today we read Genesis 42, the first meeting between Joseph and his ten brothers. It's a complex story, with lots of nuances. Everyone in the story is mired in the past, but the first signs of healing are becoming evident.

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Rags to Riches?

To get the background of the sermon, read Genesis 40 and 41, the stories of the dreams of the cupbearer, the baker and Pharaoh.

The specific text for this sermon is Genesis 41:41-57, the conclusion of the story.

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Today we read Genesis 39. The famous story of Joseph escaping the clutches of Potiphar's wife. BUt this story isn't about Joseph. It's not teaching us how to be a success in our life. It's about God, and His cornucopia of blessing He is pouring out on the world.

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The third in our series on Joseph. For the first time we see glimmers of hope in the mess of Jacob's family - and more than glimmers in our world, the world after Jesus.

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The second in our Joseph series, on the brokenness and dysfunction in Jacob's family.

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Today is the introduction to the story of Joseph, which we will be following this summer. Today we look at the context: the book of Genesis.

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On Pentecost Sunday we speak about how the Holy Spirit continues the work that Jesus did, renewing and re-creating His people and His world.

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He is Faithful

The last in our series on Paul's first letter to the Thessalonicans.

We talk about wholeness - how God is working to make us and our world whole. And because He is faithful, it will happen.

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Here we find 3 impossible commands. None of us come anywhere close to rejoicing always, praying continually, or giving thanks in all circumstances.

So how can we understand these commands without falling into the despair of failure?

Well, think of a vacuum cleaner and a hose.......

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1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

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