Lesson 1 – Joseph’s Dreams. This lesson begins with Joseph as a teenager. Joseph began following God and making good decisions very early on in life. Joseph experienced great tragedy very early on in life, yet he never used his circumstances as an excuse to do wrong.
It’s true that God was working His plan, which would eventually culminate in good for His people; nonetheless, God permitted each individual to choose his own course in life. In the same way, God allows us to select the path we choose to follow; however, when we recognize our mistakes, He can take them and mold us into better characters if we will only allow Him to do it. Years ago Guy Woods told the unhappy story of a dedicated Christian couple who became the parents of two children; a boy and a girl. As they matured the girl developed an interest in the family business, but the young man’s aspirations led him elsewhere.
There was a man who didn’t get drafted in the NFL and he didn’t understand why. He loved the NFL and wanted to go down that path. He prayed to God and asked for a sign, but he didn’t get a huge billboard sign. The man had a chance to go with the Canadian Football League. He still had his sights set on the NFL and he didn’t care if he had to learn a new position, as long as he was able to play in the NFL.
In fact, countless people, including our pastor, were unaware of the extent of his servitude until after his death. Never wanting his works displayed on a pedestal, he was always acting behind the scenes. Only someone who meticulously followed his life would have been aware of all that he did. He closely followed Matthew 6:3-4 as he never boasted of his works or counted the people he had helped. God’s acknowledgment was all he strived for and
In The Outsiders, after Johnny had killed Bob, Ponyboy and Johnny had to go on the run because they didn’t want to be caught, but Johnny says later on that he doesn’t want Ponyboy to have to live this life, and he is willing to turn himself into the police. Johnny couldn’t gain anything from this, and is willing to sacrifice the rest of his life because he doesn’t think it’s fair that Ponyboy has to live his life in hiding and away from his family. In the text, it says, “Johnny nodded. ‘I 'm sure. It ain 't fair for Ponyboy to have to stay up in that church with Darry and Soda worryin ' about him all the time.’”
At least, that is what everyone says and wants people to believe, but sometimes some are not lucky to see the next day. As for me, I was blessed that God saw something great in me and decided to give me a second chance. I guess God said, he was not done with me yet and he saw his vision in me to get myself back on the right track. After almost losing my life, I stop partying, drinking, and smoking; started back talking to my family. I had to find a pathway back to loving myself and building a strong foundation connection with God.
Rudy, the protagonist of the movie, grows up catholic in a low-income industrialized city together with his family that loves Notre Dame football games. Rudy’s ultimate goal is to get into Notre Dame and play football in its team; however, he does not have the grades, the physical configuration or the economic resources to be admitted to his dream school (and play football). Hopeless and disbelieved by everyone around him, Rudy eventually follows his siblings and father into work at the local steel mill where the majority of the male population of Joliet Illinois ends up going. Weeks after his birthday, due to an accident in the steel plant, his best friend and his only believer, Pete, dies and leaves him completely devastated. He suddenly
His flaws have started to prevail over his mind but he holds strong This is a serious burden as father Flynn struggles to meet the criteria for being good. Throughout the movie, the nun named sister Aloysius constantly views Father Flinn as a curse to her church. Flynn shows his attentiveness to the church by preaching to the people and connecting with the boys. He’s a mentor and coach
He is happy to have a chance to go to college, but the joy never settles well with Troy, who has disappointment in life that he never plays pro baseball. Troy refuses to allow his son to play football for fear of Cory will suffer racial discrimination. Everyone tells him including his wife, Rose that “they got lots of colored boys playing both Baseball and football” (1.1.76). Bono, his best friend tells