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Summary: A sermon that looks at how we can live out our God given dreams.

Joseph:-

Live your dreams.

There are many different aspects to life.

There is eating and drinking and there is working to ensure that you eat and drink.

There is shelter from the weather and there is clothing for the body.

There is family and love and there are special occasions.

But anyone will tell you that life is more than this.

Most people have within themselves a deep desire for something more.

If you go through Mandeville on the way to Gore you will pass the Mandeville airport.

The airport consists of an incredible collection of vintage aircraft – a

Niche aircraft restoration factory. A vintage aircraft restaurant and a new project that will be a vintage railway that runs around the precinct of the airfield.

Why is that there – because someone had a dream beyond the normal essentials of life.

Full marks to the people who created this.

In the Christian life there are many people who have had dreams.

Have you heard of Elizabeth Fry???

She lived from 1780 – 1845.

They called her the genius of mercy. She was a humble Quakeress, who dared to enter the terror of the early english nineteenth century dungeons and minister to the prisoners she found there She walked where even the prison governors feared to tread, and her faith won great victories. The wretched prisoners responded to her call, her efforts, made Partliament move in prison reform. The whole of Europe listened to her teaching, and prison reform took on a world-wide aspect. Not only prisoners, but beggar, destitute, anmd all those less fortunate than herself, received help from this couragoeous and meek woman who conquered the world by mercy.

Why?

Because one day she had listned to William Savery the American preacher, and he had made her feel for the first time that there was a God.

Elizabeth had felt the call, and hers was no fickle nature. From now on she must dedicate her life to the service of humanity, for she did not believe in half measures.

Elizabeth Fry had a dream and her dream trickles down through a stream of love into the prisons of our present day.

ILL.(Melvyn Newland Sermon Central.) A few years ago a study was made of 200 people that we would call "very successful." It was discovered that all 200 had one common denominator: each had dared to dream big dreams & set goals, & reach out to achieve those goals.

ILL. The apostle Paul dared to dream of a world where all mankind would hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. And even though he was persecuted & beaten, shipwrecked & imprisoned, Paul kept on following his dream.

Joseph had a dream as a young man and that dream propelled him through the rest of his life – following God to become both a statesman and provider for God’s future nation called Israel.

The results of Josephs dream trickle down to this present day as well. Israel was saved by God’s purposes working through Joseph’s life – in our own age we see God continuing that process through these remarkable people.

Recently in our own area there has been much suffering and hardship.

Yet if you drove through this area as a foreign tourist you couldn’t help but think that this place is among the most beautiful places on earth.

Yet sadly in this paradise we live in two people have recently saw fit to take there own lives.

This morning I want to encourage you to be a person who lives God’s dream. Because if you are living God’s dream you will pursue the things that God wants for your life.

There are three phases to Josephs dream that I think we can learn valuable life lessons from.

The first phase is getting God’s dream.

We dream all kind of things.

Some of our dreams are pure fantasy

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by James Thurber

"WE’RE going through!" The Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking. He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. "We can’t make it, sir. It’s spoiling for a hurricane, if you ask me." "I’m not asking you, Lieutenant Berg," said the Commander. "Throw on the power lights! Rev her up to 8500! We’re going through!" The pounding of the cylinders increased: ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. The Commander stared at the ice forming on the pilot window. He walked over and twisted a row of complicated dials. "Switch on No. 8 auxiliary!" he shouted. "Switch on No. 8 auxiliary!" repeated Lieutenant Berg. "Full strength in No. 3 turret!" shouted the Commander. "Full strength in No. 3 turret!" The crew, bending to their various tasks in the huge, hurtling eight-engined Navy hydroplane, looked at each other and grinned. "The Old Man’ll get us through," they said to one another. "The Old Man ain’t afraid of hell!" . . .

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