The Lord bless you as we gather this morning! We end the series “Divine Providence” today. In all my years of ministry, I have never enjoyed preaching through a passage of Scripture more. Written thousands of years before Jesus, and inspired by the Holy Spirit, the life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 points us to Jesus in so many ways.

We know God’s Providence brings us into unique situations we have to face. Yet He is also in the common ones. I want you to see three common yet important ones this morning that impact each of our lives. We will observe the Lord’s Supper at the end of the sermon.

I want to express my appreciation to each of you who serve the Lord in some capacity at West Haven. Nathan and I notice you. We trust you. And we appreciate you. These are trying times yet you persevere in serving Jesus and blessing our community. Thank you!

The Community Carnival is soon approaching. I have a significant request from every one of you. Would you commit to either serving or simply attending? The Carnival blesses our community and glorifies Jesus. More of you serving and being present would say volumes to our community and to one another. You will be blessed when you observe how people respond when we bless them unconditionally. Plus you can interact with people, and hopefully have gospel conversations. You can also invite people to church. Last year was a great day. This year will be as well!

I am not surprised that the “Value Them Both” Amendment was voted down. Kansas is now an abortion destination. While deeply saddened, we will never be deterred in the fight for human life. Brent Leatherwood of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said, “. . . this is why pastors and Christians must continue our good work to appeal to consciences about the sanctity of preborn lives with our neighbors and in our communities.”

This makes it more important to support pregnancy resource centers. The Missions Team is working on that right now. We hope to have news for you soon.