I was reading through the life of Joseph this week. I think it’s one of my favorite stories in the Bible. You know the story at the end, the people of Israel are saved because of Joseph and all come and live in the land of Goshen. The book of Genesis ends on a happy note. The book of Exodus however tells us of a time of great tribulation for the Israelites. 400 years the Israelites spent as slaves to the people of Egypt. What caught my attention this time was why did God send them to Egypt in the first place? There was probably a worldwide famine, it was so bad, people from all over the world came to Egypt for grain. God used Joseph to save His people, but why use Egypt to save them?


But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. Exodus 1:12


God not only kept the Israelites alive, but they grew in number and strength. When Moses took his people out of Egypt, they left with all the wealth of land. I can’t imagine living as slaves for generations. I imagine it was a difficult life indeed, but difficulty didn’t stop them from growing. Israel despite all the challenges grew greater during oppression. 2020 was hard, one of the more challenging years for our world. I don’t understand why life goes the way it goes, but I do understand that God uses difficult times to grow His people. I don’t think the people of Israel ever had an “easy” time. From the battles in Canaan to the captivity of Babylon, life was always hard. For all the challenges, God always found a way to protect His people, and advance His plan. God has never promised His people an easy road, but He has promised that we don’t have to travel that road alone. This world seems to be out of control, but I believe out of chaos God will save His people. The Bible says at the end of time His people will have “patience”, let us endure this present trial, for our great reward is soon to be ours. May God bless you in all your trials and difficulties, God has not left you alone.

Connected to the Vine- Pastor Danny

Sermon Title: Letting it Go (Commandment #6, part 8)

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  • Interested in joining a small group? Teresa Lyons is starting one! Contact Teresa for more info! 
  • Pastor Danny will be out on Vacation start next Wednesday December 16th until December 22nd. 
  • It's time to order 2021 Devotional Books at the special church rate. Flyers are on the table in the church foyer, or you can visit to see what's available. Deanna Vice will be placing an order on December 28th, just in time for the new year. Please email Deanna at with your order by the 8th or 27th of December. The special church prices are listed in the flyer. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out and contact Deanna for pricing.
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  • We are raising $10,000 for the first stage of improvements. Thank you for all your support!
  • We are still needing donations and help to complete the Rhia Trailer Project. If you would like to find out how you can either participate or donate please contact Teresa Lyons for more information. God bless.
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Prayers for a new service dog for me. Someone is helping me, prayers for his efforts to be successful, according to God's will.
- Rhia Drouillard

I want to thank everyone who has been praying for my sister JoAnn. She has been found after a year of missing. She is still in need of much prayer. Please continue to ask for Gods abundant love to wash over her and provide healing. Our family also asks for wisdom as we seek to determine how best we can support her. 
-Peggy Horne

I ask an interest in your prayers for my wife Sandi Schmitz who is on the "Home Hospice" care program and I am on the "Home Palliative Program"  We are tired of this old world and are ready to go to sleep till Jesus comes to take us home.  We pray for His will to be done in our lives.  We pray to remain faithful until He puts us to sleep.
-Sandi and Tom Schmitz

Please put our son David Lyons mother-in-law, Mary Churchill on the prayer request list. She had a stroke and is in Harborview Hospital.
-Teresa Lyons

Requesting prayers for my brother, Dennis, who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - devastating for his whole family!  
-Donna Schmidt

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