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When a Dismal Outlook is the Best Outcome (Part 1)
Bible Text: Genesis 31:1-36 | Preacher: Pastor Joe Ricchuiti | Series: Genesis, When a Dismal Outlook is the Best Outcome
1. For personalized Bible reading plans see http://www.blueletterbible.org/reader/daily; http://www.how-to-experience-the-bible.com/custom-bible-reading-plan.html
2. Read some good theology: A Survey of Bible Doctrine or Basic Theology by Charles C. Ryrie; Lectures in Systematic Theology by Henry C. Thiessen (revised by Vernon D. Doerksen; Know Why You Believe and Know What You Believe by Paul E. Little.
3. Genesis 37 (and in fact the whole Joseph account in Genesis) is an illustration of the doctrine of the providence of God. Providence, according to Lectures in Systematic Theology by Thiessen (see above) is “…that continuous activity of God whereby He makes all the events of the physical, mental and moral realms work out His purpose; ….”
4. According to Thiessen God exercises sovereign control over: the physical universe; the animal and plant creation; the nations of the earth; and over all individuals; extending to our birth, lot in life, and death; our successes and failures; over seemingly accidental or insignificant things in life; over the needs of His people; over the destinies of the saved and unsaved; and over the free acts of humans.