Sunday we will wrap up our In Charge Series with the climax of Joseph’s life story. In a “God-only” series of events, Joseph, a Hebrew business man, leads the powerful nation of Egypt and the world successfully through a worldwide famine. And it doesn’t stop there… Joseph ends up feeding and reconciling with the brothers who sold him into slavery.
I guess you’ve noticed by now that that Joseph is not a pastor or a missionary, or a priest. He’s a very gifted businessman and leader. He’s not leading a bible study or serving on a committee. Yet God uses every part of his crazy life for his purposes. God is powerfully at work in Joseph’s life. As he says to his brothers, “you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”
God has been with Joseph through all the ups and downs. God has been for Joseph in every moment. He has so clearly been in charge – guiding by his sovereign hand.
God is at work in your life too. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:28.. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
That’s a great promise. But now what? This week, one of you asked me a really good question…. What do I do with the fact that God is with me and God is for me? I believe it but how do I fully leverage God’s presence in my life?
So, a couple more questions… Are you off the hook? Since God has it all under control, do you live your life on cruise control? Sunday, we will get to the “so what” of the series. How do we live our life knowing that God is in charge? In a sense, how do we partner in His providence?
I can’t wait for Sunday to ask these important questions with you.
We will take communion together and we will recognize the 18 second graders who will receive their bibles as a gift from our congregation. We believe that God’s word will change their lives…. And my prayer is that every day, God’s word is changing yours.
It is such a privilege to be your pastor.

Dr. Marnie Crumpler

Senior Pastor