by Rick Ferguson

Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
Genesis 47:1-13

What do you do when you find yourself in an
environment that appears to be hostile and threatening
to you?

In America this year there will be:

25,000 arrests for murder (half the total number of
American casualties in the Vietnam War), or a murder
about every 30 minutes;
255,000 arrests for assault, one every two minutes;
345,000 arrests for burglary, one every three minutes;
592,000 arrests for drug abuse, one every 50 seconds;
1,300,000 arrests for drunk driving, one every 24

I don't have to tell you that we live in a hostile and
dangerous world. It is certainly a frightening world
to raise children in. Our children are growing up with
many horrifying threats on the horizon, nuclear war,
toxic waste, greenhouse affect, depletion of natural
resources, AIDS, etc.

All present an ominous, dark, and dismal future.

It is indeed a hostile world--especially if you are a
Christian. For the world cannot tolerate the holiness
expressed-in the lives of born-again believers.

Is there a way to live victoriously in this evil and
hazardous world? I believe there is. As Christians we
don't have to live in fear of the future, we live with
excited anticipation.

Romans 8:37 says "... we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us."

We are not the first generation of God's people to
face hostility and hatred. God's people have never
been welcomed in this world system, but God's people
have always been victorious overcomers.

I want to show you how one generation of God's people
learned to be happy in a hostile world.

TEXT--Genesis 47:1-13

Have you ever been in a place where you were really
out of place and very, very much unwelcome?

(1) Some of you feel that way about the place where
you work. You are a Christian and the vast majority of
people that you work with are not--in fact, they are ...

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