Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Jacob. Jacob had a special love for him because he was the son of his old age. This made his brothers to hate him. He had a gift of vision. His brothers conspired and sold him into slavery in order to prevent the fulfilment of God’s plan in his life.
Getting to Egypt, Joseph was resold to Potiphar,an Egyptian army officer. As a slave in Egypt ,God equipped him with the gift of endurance and faith. Potiphar,in turn made him the head of his household servants.A very good handsome boy,Potiphar’s wife attempted to lure Joseph into adultery ,which Joseph resisted. The woman having failed accused him of rape ,for which he was imprisoned by Potiphar. He endured all the suffering. However ,by fate Joseph found favour with fellow prisoners and warders .Even in prison ,he continued to interpret the dreams of fellow prisoners and he became their trusted friend. The chief Butler, whom he interpreted a dream for ,Proven ungrateful to him and for two years did nothing to help him.
In the course of time,Pharaoh had two frightening dreams:One was a dream where seven thin,hungry-looking cows came out of the Nile and swallowed seven already standing well-fed cows.The other was a dream where seven ears of blighted corn swallowed another seven ears of plump corn. The king was troubled greatly for none could interpret the dreams,not even his wise men and magician
It was at this point that the butler,whose dream Joseph had interpreted in prison ,recommended Joseph to the king .Joseph was therefore summoned .With the grace of God ,he interpreted the dreams perfectly as implying seven years of bountiful harvest,followed by seven years of unbelievable drought. He even suggested to the king that the only remedy to beat the famine was by storing as much food as possible
Pharoah appointed Joseph as his second in command in the whole of Egypt . He was given unlimited power. He was given management ability as governor,that is,he was in charge of grain storing ,distribution and sales.

(Choose ANY THREE)
(i) Christian should always humble themselves and be at peace with everybody because they do not know who God will use to bless them.
(ii) Leaders should be men of integrity, honesty and humility and they should always be ready to serve.
(iii) In every situation we find ourselves, we should give glory to God for He knows better.
(iv) God has a purpose for every misfortune we suffer and we should see it that way.He can turn our disappointment to blessing


Jesus came to Capernaum where a Roman officer pleaded with him to heal his servant who is lying at home paralyzed and dreadfully tormented.Jesus promised to come and heal him.The Roman officer then said that he was not worthy to have Jesus come into his house.The centurion said that he was under the authority of his superior and he had authority over his soldiers. Centurion considered himself as a sinner who was not worthy to have a man like Jesus under his roof. All that he need was for Jesus to speak the word and his servant would be healed at once.
Jesus was amazed and highly impressed at his faith and said he had never seen such a faith in Israel. Jesus told Centurion to go home for what he believed had happened. His young servant was healed that same hour.

(i) The centurion was a Roman and not a Jew and this shows that the salvation of God is open to all who have faith in Christ Jesus.
(ii) The healing of Centurion’s servant shows the power of Christ Jesus and his authority over all sickness and infirmity.
(iii) The healing of Centurion’s servant entails that our strength lies in faith in Christ Jesus,who is the author and finisher of our faith.


Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. In Jersusalem, there is a pool by the Sheep Gate, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. The Jewish reacted to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

(i) God’s sovereignty is not limited by human infirmity
(ii) We should learn to depend on God for the fulfillment that no human can possibly give.
(iii) Some conditions are caused by sin


James continues to describe what the life of genuine, trusting, saving faith looks like. How people who truly trust God, the Father should live from day to day. James makes it clear that those who trust God don’t merely become experts at listening to God’s Word. To believe is to act on what we hear.
He said that we are definitely called to accept the Word. We should accept it in our minds, and agree to it in our hearts. Those who believe, stop talking long enough to listen. They take the time to hear and understand. But the faithful don’t stop there. He went on tho explain that faith in Christ is not just the map; it’s the actual journey. Merely nodding our heads at the Word is not enough, we need to do what the Word tells us to do. We need to figure out which way God wants us to go, and then actually go that way. He also taught that pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. His teachings explains that if we don’t do as the word of God says, we demonstrate that we don’t truly trust the Father, at least not in that moment.

(i) Most Christians live a life full of hypocrisy
(ii) Most Christians today do not truly love themselves
(iii) Most Christians preach about giving the needy but they do not practice it.



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