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Summary: There is a word here for us as well! • There will be times when things appear hopeless. • times when/shattered pieces/our dreams will lie around us.

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

Jan 5th, 2014

Genesis 37:1-11

Standing out in the kingdom

Intro:

“There are two great days/person’s life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.”

• One is easier than the other.

• One is a date in time.

• October 4 or March 29/February 12/September

• Moment you celebrate every year

• Date when you made your first public appearance.

• That date is easy/The other one isn’t.

It’s probably not a literal date at all.

• Moment you finally figured out why God put/planet earth.

• Reason/joined seven billion other people on this ball of dirt floating through space.

• First day explains/presence/earth/second explains/purpose.

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Often it takes a long time to discover why you were born.

• She was born/mother/play baseball/senator.

• She was born to help the homeless.

• He was born to lead a nation.

• What were you born to do? That’s a hard question.

You’ll spend the rest of your life trying to answer it.

“Lord, what do you want me to do?”

Proverbs 3:5-6 promises that….

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Here are seven fundamental facts about God’s guidance:

He can

• Put you exactly where he wants you to be.

• arrange all the details years in advance

• open doors that seem shut tight

• Remove any obstacle in your way.

• take your choices and fit them into his plan that you end up at the right place at just the right time

• even take your mistakes and bring good out of them

• Take tragedy and use it for your good and his glory.

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This is what Proverbs 16:9 means when it says “in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

Ask you a crucial question: Do you know why you were born?

• Sometimes we find our calling early.

• Often the revelation doesn’t come until late in life.

• Sometimes others see it before we do.

• Often the circumstances of life reveal it to us.

I am thinking of a man who fits that last category.

• Never knew his purpose for many years of his adult life.

• only after a series of events unfolded

• nearly all of them outside his control

• many of them quite painful

• The plan of God for his life became evident.

• Joseph, however, is so different he literally stands out

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I. v. 2 THE PURITY OF JOSEPH’S LIFE

One of the most striking ways Joseph was different was in the purity of his life.

• Every time you see Joseph, he is doing the right thing

• Made him very different from his brothers.

• Purity/integrity/desire/right things/marked the life of Joseph.

V 2 brings us face to face/holy heart/beats within/chest of Joseph.

• Told/Joseph/tending/his father’s sheep

• With his half-brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah.


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