The Ultimate Family Reunion
From the moment we meet the spoiled, arrogant young Joseph, there is tension in his family.  The tension builds throughout the story.  The grief and the guilt linger in Jacob and his sons.  The story begins to unwind and the tension is released in chapter 45 as Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. 
Grab your tissues, it is a tear jerker. Right out of a scene from the new hit TV drama "This is Us" (If you haven't seen it, I cry during every episode!) Joseph has been fighting back his emotions from the moment he saw his brothers. But what makes this family reunion so beautiful is Joseph's forgiveness.  And through Joseph we see God's forgiveness and blessing as well.
But, we shouldn't underestimate the way Judah has set the stage for this amazing scene.  Judah has demonstrated true repentance and self-sacrifice on behalf of his brothers.  Joseph's forgiveness would not have the same impact on the family if his brothers were the same men they were 17 years ago when they sold Joseph into slavery.
Forgiveness finds its fulfillment in repentance.  Still, the forgiveness of Joseph is stunning all by itself. As we hear Joseph speak words of life and love to his brothers it is filled with the testimony of God's great plan for His people. Joseph is able to see that all the events of his life have been orchestrated by God. He can forgive because he has seen God's hand at work even in spite of the evil acts of his brothers.
As you prepare for the message this week, ponder the role that forgiveness has played in your life. Who has forgiven you?  Who have you had to forgive? As we gather with our families this holiday season, maybe you have some tension in your family. How might your forgiveness affect that tension?
See you Sunday! -Kris

Read the year-end letter from Pastor Kris: Year End Letter Link
Read the year-end letter from Pastor Scott: Year End Letter Central Campus

Bike Assembly: This Saturday at the Scottish Rite facility on North D Street in Lake Worth at 9 AM.  Bring what tools you have.  The bikes will be given away to kids at the Lake Worth Holiday Festival on December 16.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES:  We will have our regular service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 24. We will also have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service that evening at 6 PM.

POTLUCK DECEMBER 17 following the church service! Bring a main dish, salad, side dish, or a dessert! There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall so we have an idea of what's being brought in. You can also e-mail to sign up.
FAITH ALIVE: We will be doing two lessons next week in order to finish our study of Exodus before we take a break for Christmas. We are all bringing snacks to share.
Sunlight Christian Academy is hoping to have a booth at the Holiday Festival in Lake Worth this year.  We are hoping to have a booth for kids to decorate Christmas Ornaments.  If you would like to help at the booth on December 16, talk to Amanda Albequerque our preschool director.

Alpha: This January we will be a launching 10 week study on the foundations of Christianity. Check out the information at and contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in serving as host, provide a meal, discussion leader and more.

The Campus Leadership Team is in the process of selecting a new individual to serve on the team as Harvey Schans has reached the end of his term.  On December 31st we will have a special meeting after the morning service to draw a name.  These are the individuals that have been identified as potential leaders to serve on the Campus Leadership Team: Alan Kaiser, Wayne Medema and Tim Goslinga.  Pray for them and pray that the Holy Spirit guides us to the individual the He has to serve on the team.

The selection for January 21 is "The Bad*** Librarians of Timbuktu" by Joshua Hammer. For the meeting on February 18, we will be reading "Small Great Things" by Jodi Piccoult.We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
Prayer Concerns

Harvey and Gail Schans' son, Josh , is going through chemo and radiation treatments for brain cancer. Josh will finish his radiation treatments this  week! Continue to pray for his healing.

Helen Justis' mother  is doing well. Thanks for your prayers.

Jo Schans has changed rooms but remains at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, 1790 Indian Creek Dr. West, Jupiter, FL 33458. Room A-109.

Ted VanKalker remains at Signature Care in Lake Worth. Pray for both Ted and Betty.
Berta Dorhout, Dolly Van Peursem, and Betty Thomson.
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