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Joseph Resists Temptation Text Version
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards


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"WOWEE! THAT'S A HOME RUN!" Justin yelled as he watched the softball sail into the air, over the backyard fence and into the woods.

Tyler dropped the bat and started running. He easily made it to first base and then second. Picking up speed, he whirled around third base and slid onto home plate. "I'm safe! I'm safe!" he yelled at the top of his voice. His friends gathered around and gave him friendly slaps on the back as they agreed.

backyard ball After taking a moment to celebrate the big home run, one of them realized they had a problem on their hands. "How are we going to finish the game?"

"And How are we going to get the ball back?" they questioned one another.

"There is only one way," Justin impatiently explained as he looked Tyler in the eye. "YOU are going to have to climb over the fence and go into the woods to find it."

Tyler was beginning to worry. He knew he wasn't allowed to climb the fence, and he was sure that Justin knew that, too, but he was afraid that Justin wouldn't be his friend if he refused. Tyler just stood there for a moment, trying to decide what to do.

"What's the matter, Tyler?" Justin sneered. "Are you a fraidy-cat? Or maybe you're just a baby and too little to be playing with us older kids!"

"NO! I'm NOT afraid, and I'm NOT too little!" Tyler angrily replied.

"Then climb over the fence and prove it!" Justin retorted.

"You know we are not allowed to go over the fence and into the woods. I WON'T do it! I don't want to get in trouble! I don't want to be on restriction! If YOU want to get in trouble, YOU climb the fence and go into the woods to get the ball!" Tyler shot back.

With the taunting of the other boys ringing in his ears and dragging his bat behind him, Tyler slowly walked away. He knew he was doing the right thing, and although it was difficult at the moment, he knew he could hold his head high later when retelling the story of his big home run.

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Joseph was living a happy and prosperous life, even though he was far away from his home and was a slave in Egypt. Joseph had proven himself to be a brilliant and responsible young man, so much so that his master, Potiphar, chose him to be in charge of all his household, land, and everything he owned. Potiphar didn't even know what all he owned, because he trusted Joseph to keep a record and take care of it all.

"Joseph, I will be going away, and you will be in charge while I'm gone," Potiphar announced one morning. Joseph wasn't worried one little bit, because he knew he could do a good job for his master. With a friendly hug and farewell, Potiphar climbed into his chariot and was soon down the road and out of sight.

All was going well until one day Joseph had some work to do in the house for Potiphar's wife. Mrs. Potiphar liked Joseph very much and was glad she finally had a chance to be alone with him. The problem was that Mrs. Potiphar was not a godly woman and wanted Joseph to do things that he knew were sinful.

"Please, Joseph?" she begged. "It'll be all right. I promise. Potiphar is gone and he'll never know."

That put Joseph in quite a predicament. He wanted to please Mrs. Potiphar because she was his master's wife, but he also knew he had to be honorable in the sight of God. Joseph tried to reason with Mrs. Potiphar and told her he just couldn't do what she was asking.

Finally, he had all he could take of her whining and begging. Without another word he ran out the door. Mrs. Potiphar ran after him, trying to stop him. She grabbed his shoulder, but he kept running, and the coat he was wearing slipped off into her hand. Mrs. Potiphar became very angry with Joseph and devised an evil plan to get even.

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It wasn't long until the sound of galloping horses and screeching chariot wheels could be heard in the distance. Joseph cleaned himself up and prepared to meet his master.

"Well, well Joseph! It is good to see you again!" Potiphar exclaimed. "Did all go well during my absence?"

"YES, SIR! All that you asked me to do, I have done." Joseph was happy to report.

"I'm glad to hear that," Potiphar replied. "I knew I could trust you."

Upon entering the house, Potiphar heard a completely different story from his wife. "Why did you even bring that Joseph here?" she cried. "He has been nothing but trouble the whole time you were gone," she lied. "He even refused to help and do things I asked him to do!" she whined. "He is trying to take advantage of all the good things we have, but he wouldn't even perform a simple task that I wanted him to do!" she loudly complained.

Potiphar wasn't quite sure what to make out of it all. Joseph had always been obedient and trustworthy, and he really didn't believe such a change could happen so quickly. However, Mrs. Potiphar was his wife, and Joseph was only a slave. He couldn't believe both stories, so in order to make his wife happy and bring peace to the household, Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison.

Even though he was accused unjustly and everything Mrs. Potiphar said about him was just lies, Joseph didn't complain. He worshipped God and knew that God would take care of him, even in prison. . . And GOD DID!

The keeper of the prison liked Joseph very much and put him in charge of all the prisoners. Just like in Potiphar's house, God made Joseph prosperous, and the jail keeper was also prosperous because God blessed Joseph.

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THINK!

Have you ever been tempted to do wrong?
Were you able to resist the temptation?
Why was Joseph put in jail?
Were the accusations against him true or false?
Did Joseph turn away from God because things were not going right?



REMEMBER:

God ALWAYS knows and cares about what is happening to you. Even when bad things happen, God can make something good out of the situation.



A VERSE TO LEARN

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God..." (Romans 8:28a).



LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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Dear God, thank You for being with us in every
situation. Help us to remember that You love us
and You know exactly what is happening all the time.
Give us the courage to do the right thing even
when it is difficult and others are against us.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Genesis 39:1-23


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crayons

Joseph In Prison
Joseph Colouring Book (Bible Heroes)
Bible Colour and Learn 7: Joseph
Bible Stories to Color and Tell (ages 3-K)
Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - Old Testament
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
Children's Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Old Testament Scenes Stained Glass Coloring Book
Smart Coloring Books


child reading a book

Joseph the Dreamer
Beginner's Bible: Joseph & His Brothers (I Can Read)
Joseph's Coat (Famous Bible Stories)
The Birth of a Nation: Abraham to Joseph (listen and read online)
Joseph--God's Superhero (Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids)
God's Dreamer: The Story of Joseph (Bible Wise)
Joseph
Joseph, Jacob's Favorite Son
Joseph Forgives His Brothers (Arch Books)
Joseph The Dreamer
Joseph and His Brothers Board Book
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
Toddlers Bible
Pilgrim's Progress for Kids
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


CDs and Videos

Bible Comes Alive Series CD Album 1 (Your Story Hour)
Joseph DVD (Bible Collection)
Episode 6 - Joseph the Dream Reader (Kids Bible)
Heroes of the Bible (Veggie Tales)
Joseph DVD by Sight & Sound
Joseph and His Brothers DVD (Old Testament Bible Stories for Children)
Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors (Greatest Heroes & Legends)
Joseph King of Dreams
Joseph Y Su Abrigo De Muchos (EMI-CMG)
Little Leaders: Little Joseph - Learn the Colors
Veggie Tales: Heroes of the Bible
What's in the Bible DVD 1: In the Beginning—Genesis
Amazing Bible Stories
Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
Children's DVDs


crafts

Joseph and His Coat Crafts
Joseph's Coat
Joseph Paper Craft
Joseph Activities and Games
Make Your Own Bible Game
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Craft Ideas For Any Story
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Grades 1 & 2)
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies

  1. Tie-dye a T-shirt. This way each child can personally design their own shirt, and each time they wear it, they will be reminded that God is with them always, they are special to him, and that His love "covers" them through all situations and circumstances. (I work with a lot of children from dysfunctional families who go through horror stories on a regular basis. They need to know God is with them at all times.) Basically, all you need to do is have several different bowls of clothing dye, a T-shirt for each child, and rubber bands. Tightly wrap rubber bands intermittently around different parts of the white T-shirt. Dip only portions of the shirt into different colors. Let dry, remove bands, and praise the Lord you have a "shirt" of many colors.
  2. Should it be a smaller church or a lot of children, to defray the expense, you could purchase white handkerchiefs at a dollar store and do the same thing. This would give each child something to place under his pillow or carry with him as a reminder.
  3. With your picture of Joseph to color, you could have prepared strips of tissue paper to be glued on the picture or you could use construction paper as well. I have found tissue paper is sometimes easier to use, because it is not as stiff and "turns corners" better.

- Submitted by Karin Adams



activities

Joseph Is Sold By His Brothers (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)
Fill In The Blanks
Creation by Design Activity Book 1: Joseph & His Brothers
Joseph and His Coat Jigsaw Puzzle
Joseph's Journal (Newsbox Series)

Joseph Saves His Family (Pack of 10) (Pencil Fun Book)
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Bible Word Search


birds singing

In His Dreams
Bible Songs
Children's Music



TEACHER'S RESOURCES

God's Secret Agent: Joseph (King of Clubs) (TNT Ministries)
Joseph (Jewish Virtual Library)
Joseph by F B Meyer
Joseph: A Story
Joseph - A Very Colorful Story
Story of Joseph Poster
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Flannel Graph Story Sets to Purchase
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
Hermie Scripture Memory
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendricks)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)


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