So Many Emojis: God, are you trying to make me suffer? (Genesis 37-50)

“All Bible stories point to Jesus, but few parallel the Gospel of Jesus like the story of Joseph.” The story of Joseph teaches us how to suffer well because we believe the sovereignty of God. “We must live our lives like we know the last chapter of our story.”

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So Many Emojis – 4 – Joseph – Gen 37-50 (notes)

So Many Emojis – 4 – Joseph – Genesis 37-50 (keynote)

So Many Emojis: God, are you trying to hurt me? (Genesis 32)

Jacob is a man in the Bible that we can all connect with. His life was filled with constant wrestling. He kept trying to get ahead, be successful, and become a someone, but his life was exhausting. That is, until the night everything changed when God came to wrestle him man to man. Jacob’s life went from wrestling against God to resting in God. He went from a life of wrestling to a life of blessing. This message will show you how to do the same.

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So Many Emojis – 3 – Jacob – Genesis 32 (notes)

So Many Emojis – 3 – Jacob – Genesis 32 (keynote)

So Many Emojis – 3 – Jacob – Gen 32 (curriculum)

So Many Emojis: God, are you trying to kill me? (Genesis 22)

So Many Emojis – 2 – Isaac – Gen 22 (notes)

So Many Emojis – 2 – Isaac – Gen 22 (curriculum)

So Many Emojis – 2 – Isaac – Genesis 22 (keynote)

We call this series “So Many Emojis: Riding the Relational Roller Coaster” because a relationship with God can be a crazy ride filled with many different emotions! Take Isaac’s life for instance when God called for his death by his own father. What are we even supposed to do with that? But God called for this sacrifice in order to bring a bigger blessing! Check out to see what all this means, how it applies to the Gospel, and what it means for our lives.

Throwback: How to get the most from your Old Testament Devotions (Genesis 4 – 11)

Throwback – 4 – Humanity – Genesis 4-11

Throwback – 4 – OT Devos – Genesis 4-11 (keynote)

I believe its not only important to preach/teach Biblically and Gospel-centeredly, but its also important to preach/teach strategically. For example, we just started releasing passages for daily devotions to our students. This sermon in our Genesis series not only teaches them Genesis 4-11, but it also strategically teaches students how to get the most out of their Old Testament devotions.


Throwback: Reverse the Curse (Genesis 3)

Throwback – 3 – Reverse The Curse – Genesis 3 (sermon)

Throwback – 3 – Curse – Genesis 3 (curriculum)

Throwback – 3 – Curse – Genesis 3 (slides)

The best way to resist sin is to know Satan’s strategy for sin. Genesis 3 is the best chapter in the entire Bible to let us in on Satan’s secret strategy for sin. The sermon will show your students how sin is far more serious than they even realize. Feel free to download these resources and make them your own.

Throwback: Why God Created You (Genesis 1)

Throwback – Creation – Genesis 1 (sermon)

Throwback – 1 – Creation – Genesis 1 (curriculum)

I believe we always find ourselves teaching and talking about the what of creation (everything, not evolution), the when of creation (young earth, not old earth), but we aren’t talking enough about the Who of creation (Creator God) or the why of creation. This sermon talks about the Creator of all creation and WHY He created us.

Storyline #10 – Genesis 35-50 – "Now and Later: How Suffering Brings Glory"

Free files for youth pastors:

10 – Genesis 35-50 – Joseph (fillout sheet)

10 – Genesis 35-50 – Joseph (sermon notes)

10 – Genesis 35-50 – Joseph (ppt)

10 – Genesis 35-50 – Joseph (mp3)

Have you ever seen an episode of “Veggie Tales”? I heard one of my favorite preachers tell about an episode designed to teach children about Christian suffering. He explained the one where the deliriously-happy veggies come up against the gruesome garlic demon, Beelze-bulb and his henchmen, the Ginsu Warriors. When asked to renounce their faith in Jesus, the vegetables shook their heads and sang together “No, We are His Cheeseburgers.” Then the Ginsu Warriors sliced and diced the vegetables, as the episode ended with a cold-stiff-dead Larry the Cucumber lying lifelessly in a jar of vinegar reeking with the stench of the pickling process and Bob the Tomato splattered against a wall with only the remains of his seeds and ketchup. You’re right; you’ve never heard of this episode because Christian shows for children don’t deal with real suffering. They merely deal with moral truths such as how to have faith that God will work everything out to be good and how to be nice to everyone. Suffering is the silent subject. Continue reading