Worship: Joseph, One of the Few, Part 1 / Wellness: Challenge – Be Temperate!


Worship: For Heaven’s Sake
We can learn many lessons from the story of Joseph. Some will be shared in this two-part reading series. Joseph’s father favored him, spoiled him, and this infuriated his brothers, who sold him into slavery.

“But, in the providence of God, even this experience was to be a blessing to him. He had learned in a few hours that which years might not otherwise have taught him. His father, strong and tender as his love had been, had done him wrong by his partiality and indulgence. This unwise preference had angered his brothers and provoked them to the cruel deed that had separated him from his home. Its effects were manifest also in his own character. Faults had been encouraged that were now to be corrected. He was becoming self-sufficient and exacting. Accustomed to the tenderness of his father’s care, he felt that he was unprepared to cope with the difficulties before him, in the bitter, uncared-for life of a stranger and a slave.” {PP 213.2}

Nevertheless, “‘[] the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man…. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.’ Potiphar’s confidence in Joseph increased daily, and he finally promoted him to be his steward, with full control over all his possessions. ‘And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he did eat.’” {PP 214.3}

Without Joseph’s experience, we would not know the power of faithfulness to God in every circumstance of life. Joseph’s experience reveals that God takes special notice of the faithful, regardless of their stature in society. Never have so many owed so much to so few. And Joseph is one of the few.

[For further details, read Ellen G. White’s Patriarchs and Prophets (PP213-220); Ellen G. White’s A Call to Medical Evangelism and Health EducationCME 13. Also, please listen to the recording to hear the commentary of Pastor Flemons, who sang Hymn 602, “O Brother, Be Faithful.”

Wellness: For Health’s Sake Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, issued his latest challenge: Be temperate. Abstain from anything that is harmful, and only do in moderation those things that are good. That is temperance.

If you know something is harmful, simply don’t do it. Don’t go there. Don’t smoke it. Don’t eat it. It can do you no good.

And if it is good, only do it in moderation. Even the good things can be overdone. You can eat too much, drink too much, exercise too much, even work too much. Therefore, the good things must be done in moderation. We learn this important principle from two Bible verses: Proverbs 24:13 and Proverbs 25:16.

[For more details, please listen to the recording.]

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Sharing and Caring Time Sis. Maria encouraged listeners with several passages from the book Power of Prayer, a collection of comments on prayer by Ellen G. White, and from the chapter titled “Pray for Others.”

Let those who desire to work for God begin at home, in their own household, in their own neighborhood, among their own friends. Here they will find a favorable missionary field. . . ..” {6T 428.1}

“God has promised to give wisdom to those that ask in faith, and He will do just as He said He would. He is pleased with the faith that takes Him at His word. The mother of Augustine prayed for her son’s conversion. She saw no evidence that the Spirit of God was impressing his heart, but she was not discouraged. She laid her finger upon the texts, presenting before God His own words, and pleaded as only a mother can. Her deep humiliation, her earnest importunities, her unwavering faith, prevailed, and the Lord gave her the desire of her heart. Today He is just as ready to listen to the petitions of His people. . . .”—(Testimonies for the Church 5:322, 323.) {Pr 249.2}

“When they went into the army, your prayers followed them. They were wonderfully preserved from harm. They called it good luck; but a mother’s prayers from an anxious, burdened soul, as she felt the peril of her children and the danger of their being cut off in their youth without hope in God, had much to do with their preservation. How many prayers were lodged in heaven that these sons might be preserved to obey God, to devote their lives to His glory! In your anxiety for your children you pleaded with God to return them to you again, and you would seek more earnestly to lead them in the path of holiness.—(Testimonies for the Church 2:274, 275.) {Pr 250.1}

Sis. Maria also highly recommends reading the personal testimony in a letter written to Sister M.

Pastor Flemons announced that he will be speaking at the Inwood SDA Church, 2041 Buckhill Road, Gerardstown, West Virginia, this Sabbath.

Special Prayer  Please include in your prayers today Listener 0272, Sis Wanda, who asks that we pray that God will bless the relationship between her and her siblings and that He will strengthen her husband and their children to walk with the LORD.

Sis. Odessa asks that we pray for the missing girls of Wichita Falls, Texas, that they may be safely returned to their families. They have been missing since Sunday.

Please pray for the unspoken burdens on the heart of Sis. Audrey for others whose names and situations she cannot mention.

Please pray for Sis. David and her family to be healed in their relationship with God and each other.

Please pray for TORSOE’s mission and plans.

Pray for the unspoken prayer requests of each heart.

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“I want to give God thanks . . . . We are experiencing great love and miracles. . . . Thank God for His people who make life easier! . . . I thank God for you all . . . as I learn how to live a pure life of natural remedies. I love you.” (0053)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – June 14 – July 20

Worship  Sunday – The Marriages of Lot and Isaac: To Whom So Many Owe So Much; Monday – Jacob, One of the Few; Tuesday – Joseph, One of the Few, Part 1

Wellness  Sunday – Challenge: Eat a Plant-Based Diet! Monday – The Challenge: Rely on God; Tuesday – Challenge! Be Temperate

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Words of Encouragement

2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee. (Also read 2 Chronicles 14 and Conflict and Courage for July 16, CC 203.)

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Also read With God at Dawn for July 16, WGD 199.)