1 Corinthians 4:10-14 (New Living Translation)

 10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. 11 Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. 12 We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. 13 We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.

 14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.


The sermon on this page was given in 1979, by a man named Charles Simpson. I have really enjoyed this man's characterization of Joseph, and the wisdom that he also has imparted through the message. It has helped me throughout my Christian walk. A few months ago, I heard this man for the first time since 1979, and while I was in the shower, before I went to the meeting; the Lord clearly spoke to me. He told me to ask this man if he minded that I post it. He graciously said, "that he wouldn't mind." At the time, I hadn't had any intentions to post this sermon. Later that week, I checked my web site, and realized that it was a simple thing. In the sermon, he talks about "Crisis Leadership." Our country is going through a "Crisis,"
    The world is going through 'Crisis," and God is needing leaders who can bring people through it, not those who only use it to their own advantage.
    God is not looking for leaders who have been cut from a "cookie cutter mold," the world is full of them. No,
    God is looking for unique leaders who are and have been followers of Him, no matter the cost.
    We have so few of them, and especially in America. In this next generation, we need leaders who follow Christ as the apostle Paul followed Christ.
    Not for money, not for fame and not for their own glory. 

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