This is the second sermon in the For Good preaching series, preached on May 12, 2019.

Read this chapter of Joseph’s life in Genesis 39.

Q. What does it mean to you, to call God “Father”? Is it a positive experience of love? Or does it also carry other connotations or impressions?

Q. When have you experienced a time when you felt everything was perfectly right and good in your life? Looking back, might it be tempting to stay there, or attempt to recreate that experience today, somehow?

Q. What one area of your life (a friendship, or your job, or your family, maybe) is not working right now? Is there a way for you to exhibit Joseph’s courage to persevere in that context, knowing that this is not the way it’s supposed to be, and that God is working it together for good (Romans 8:28)?

NOTE: I’ve been reading Parenting with Love and Logic, by Foster Cline, MD, and Jim Fay. I borrowed some of their ideas about “helicopter parenting,” and need to give them credit.

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