Making Decisions…

Teachings of Christ Community Church                                                                                     AUG 21, 2010

The 4 week teachings at church is based on decision making
The first week instructs to:

1)       Ask yourself:  “Why  are you  really doing it?”

Example, when you throw off a tantrum… ask your subconscious mind…why do you really  do it?

A boy & a girl decide to live together.  They say its for financial reasons, then they break up.

They should ask themselves:  “Why are they really doing it?”

For every decision you make today

Will be part of a story you tell

About your life

The story you write about yourself…

And if you write the  story of your life

Let it not be something

You would need to lie about  (be embarrassed)

For the rest of your life.

In other words,  make good decisions

2)      Last Sunday’s preaching was about the story of Joseph and his seven brothers

Joseph was the favorite son of his father.

And his brothers were jealous

One day, while his brothers were out on the field,

His father asked him to bring them food.

When his brothers saw him coming,

They had an unusual conversation

They were making a decision if they should kill him

Or should they make money out of him and sell him as a slave to the merchants.

They decided to sell him

And went home to tell his father he was killed by a wild animal.

When Joseph was sold as a slave

He had to make a decision.

To complain and be rebellious

Or to do well.

He did well.

He did his job so well that his master gave him all responsibility of his household

That the only thing his master needed to do

Was eat well.

Joseph was a handsome lad

And his master had  a wife.

His wife asked Joseph to go to bed with her.

But he told her “No”.

(we do not know if his wife was beautiful or not)

He told her that his master gave him all responsibility

And did not want to break the trust bestowed upon him.

But one day, his master’s wife framed him

And they were caught by his master.

His wife cried that she was being raped…

Despite his cries of explanation,

He was thrown in jail.

One day, the king of Egypt had a dream

And nobody could interpret his dream.

One of his servants told him about Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams

The king called upon Joseph,

And Joseph interpreted his dream

His dream meant that a famine was coming that would last 7 years

And he needed to save grains

So that they keep stock for the famine.

The king did as Joseph stated.

And when famine did occur, they were the only ones who had food in the area.

And the king made him prime minister

In charge of everything in Egypt.

One day his brothers went to Egypt to buy food

And Joseph recognized them,

And when they were about to go home

Placed a vessel in one of his brothers packs , Benjamin

And when they were searched

He had them put in jail for theft.

Then he talked to them

And when they realized who he was,

They greatly rejoiced.

And Benjamin went home and told his father

That Joseph was alive

And his father and brothers came to live in Egypt.

(Which also was the start of Israeli slavery… that continued to generations on.)

The story shows how Joseph made good decisions

That eventually paid off.

Despite his bad circumstance of being sold as a slave

He served  his masters well.

If he did otherwise,

The story of his life would be otherwise.

The decisions you make today

Is a story you tell tomorrow.

Make decisions that you would not need  to lie about

For it will be a story

You write about yourself.



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