Joseph and his brothers dealing with the lack of self-differentiation that came about when the brothers threw Joseph into the cistern and then sold him to the Midianites-a direct result of the Jacob's favoritism of Joseph (pattern) and the failure of any of the brothers (other than Reuben) standing up for what was right (bitterness pattern).

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Reading for Sunday
John 18:33-40

33Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 

34 “Is that your own idea,”Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. 

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” 

40They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

Poetry for Sunday
Psalm 105

Come, offer thanks to the Eternal; invoke His holy name.
    Tell other people about the things He has done.
Sing songs of praise to Him;
    tell stories of all His miracles.
Revel in His holy name.
    May the hearts of the people who seek the Eternal celebrate and experience great joy.
Seek the Eternal and His power;
    look to His face constantly.
Remember the wonderful things He has done,
    His miracles and the wise decisions He has made,
O children of Abraham, His servant;
    O children of Jacob, His chosen people!
He ordered famine to grip the land and

    cut them off from their supply of bread.
17 But long before, He had sent a man ahead of them:
    Joseph, who had been sold into slavery.[a]
18 At first, his masters shackled his feet with chains,
    placed his neck into a collar of iron.
19 That was until the Eternal’s promises came to pass;
    His word tested Joseph and proved him worthy.
20 The king sent out the order to release him from prison;
    the ruler of Egypt liberated him from the chains.
21 Then he put Joseph in charge of the royal household,
    made him ruler of all the royal possessions,
22 Allowed him to imprison the royal officials whenever he saw fit
    and impart wisdom to the elders in the land.


Reuben loses favor and birthright. 
Genesis 35

21Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. 

Jacob had twelve sons:

Genesis 37
The Story

1Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 

2This is the account of Jacob’s family line.

Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 

3Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornaterobe for him. 4When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. 

5Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 

8His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 

9Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 

10When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”11His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Joseph Sold by His Brothers

12Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” 

“Very well,” he replied.

14So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. 

When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?”

16He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” 

17“They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’ ” 

So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 

19“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20“Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” 

21When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22“Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. 

23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing—24and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 

25As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. 

26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?27Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. 

28So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekelsof silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. 

29When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?” 

31Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” 

33He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” 

34Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.

36Meanwhile, the Midianitessold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

The Whole Body of Christ. 
1 Corinthians 12

12Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized byone Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 

15Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. 

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

Read more for greater understanding. 

Differentiation of Self

Great List showing the ways we are guilty of self Differentiation
http://www.difficultrelationships.com/2006/03/25/bowen-differentiation/

Jacob, Joseph, Jealousy, and a Journey to Egypt (Genesis 36:1-37:36)

A Surprisingly good web Commentary of Joseph 
https://bible.org/seriespage/jacob-joseph-jealousy-and-journey-egypt-genesis-361-3736


When Did Christians Get So Mean

We’ve all seen these nasty messages. They seem to be everywhere we look online and often show up on our Facebook wall or email inboxes. A couple of weeks ago I spoke to several pastors and asked them, “How many of you have received a nasty email in the last six months?” Every single person in the room raised their hand—including me. Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/when-did-christians-get-so-mean#fhV6ymtTPbt4eDZG.99

We’ve all seen these nasty messages. They seem to be everywhere we look online and often show up on our Facebook wall or email inboxes.

A couple of weeks ago I spoke to several pastors and asked them, “How many of you have received a nasty email in the last six months?” Every single person in the room raised their hand—including me.

Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/when-did-christians-get-so-mean#fhV6ymtTPbt4eDZG.99

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

And comparison is not absent inside church walls. As Christians, the temptation to compare our relationships with God, ministry involvement and spiritual growth are ever-present. Comparison has become so commonplace that we forget how damaging it actually is. However, comparison can be damaging for several reasons: Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/how-avoid-comparison-trap#oTIy1Q6v1RYbYrBP.99

And comparison is not absent inside church walls. As Christians, the temptation to compare our relationships with God, ministry involvement and spiritual growth are ever-present. Comparison has become so commonplace that we forget how damaging it actually is. However, comparison can be damaging for several reasons:
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/how-avoid-comparison-trap#oTIy1Q6v1RYbYrBP.99


Community Groups at Faith

Wednesday Discipleship Night
Something for the whole family
At church 6:15 on Wednesday
Adults are going through " How we got the Bible."

Schommer Community Group
Tuesdays at 6:30
Talk to Sean
sdschommer@gmail.com

Andrews Full Family Community Group
Tuesday Evenings
A Community Group focusing on the entire family
Talk to Katie
katieandrews7@gmail.com

Prayer and Share for Women
Sundays at 6:30
A Community group for women to share and lift one another up in prayer
Talk to Coli
coliescher@gmail.com

New Sermon Series: Questions for God. 

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