In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the story of Joseph, who had the courage to say “No,” and maintained his integrity. Here are some excerpts:

Integrity– The Story of Joseph

“…Now today we are going back to the Old Testament to take a look at a chap named Joseph, whose life is a refreshing corrective to the immorality propounded in the report to which I have made reference…”

Joseph went from being a slave in prison to being the second highest ranking person in Egypt which was one of the most powerful nations in the world at that time. He went from the pit to the palace. He was a success story. And his life and career shows us that what counts in life is not your circumstances, but your character.

Let’s quickly review Joseph’s circumstances. His story is told in Genesis, chapters 37 through 50…”

“…But, do you know something? Joseph had something going for him that made all the difference in his life. The key verse in Joseph’s story is Genesis 39:23, “… the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” Three times in the story we are told that the Lord was with Joseph. You know, you plus God is always a majority. Now why was the Lord with Joseph? Because of his character. Now what was the component part of his character that made him so different? What do I do when circumstances seem to work against me? What do I do to make my life count? How can I make an impact when everything seems to be conspiring to make me mediocre and sinful?

You do what Joseph did.  And what did he do?

Joseph maintained his integrity…”


Integrity. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


June 16, 1991

Genesis 39:9,23

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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