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Merle Shank - June 10, 2018



Joseph was falsely accused by the wife of his master, Potiphar. As would be expected, Potiphar had Joseph thrown in jail. After all, who would believe a slave’s claim of innocence? Joseph's life moved from slavery to imprisonment – not the kind of progress anyone would want. While imprisoned, God’s favor remained on Joseph's life as he assisted the warden and fellow prisoners. In prison, dreams became a part of Joseph's life again...only this time he interpreted the dreams of others. The result of helping out in that way? More jail time! What?!?!?

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The School of Hard Knocks. No one ever willingly applies to it. No one applies for scholarships in order to attend. No one wishes they could stay longer. No one wears the t-shirt. No one proudly boasts its decal on the back of their vehicle. No. One. Yet many of us have spent time in this school; many of us have gleaned wisdom while there. The curriculum was tough (even awful at times!) but, oh, what we learned. Joseph. One of the charter members on The School of Hard Knocks. As we begin our mini-series this Sunday on the events of his life (found in the book of Genesis), we'll find a young man who was unwillingly admitted to this school. But rather than find the nearest exit out of there, Joseph humbled himself under the mighty hand of God; the God who truly did exalt him at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6). There's a lot we can learn from this SHK graduate!

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