Contributed on Nov 4, 2019
If we concern ourselves with only ourselves, and we have no or little concern for how our words or actions impact others, we might get what we deserve.
Joseph, Asking to Be Hated (Genesis 37:1-36) 1. When it comes to appreciating how good we have it, sometimes we do not realize it until we lose it. One college student wrote home: 2. "Dear Mom: Sorry I haven’t written sooner. My arm really has been broken. I broke it, and my left leg, when ...read more
Contributed on Nov 11, 2019
Faith in God can help us to adjust and go on when we would be prone to fracture.
Framed! (Genesis 39:1-23) 1. A cow and a chicken were framed and thrown into prison. They knew they had to get out to bring the criminals to justice so they spent weeks designing escape plans. Finally, a month after they had been thrown in, they escaped in the middle of the night. However, they ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2019
God’s providence often involves God bringing people into our lives to test us, to bless us, or to develop us.
Forgotten Dreams (Genesis 40:1-23) 1. After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight.” he said. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2019
We bring whoever we are with us wherever we go, for better or worse.
Life Begins at Thirty (Genesis 41) 1. What is the best age to enjoy life? Age 0-20 - You have lots of time, good health but no money, so it can be difficult to enjoy life to fullest as you definitely need money to enjoy. Age 20-65- You might have some money, but you don’t have time to enjoy ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2020
Sometimes forgiveness and restoration can be a long, strenuous process. The damage from deep wrongs cannot be instantly repaired.
The Long Path Toward Reconciliation (Genesis 42:1-38) 1. We try to communicate to women who have had abortions is that “God heals & forgives.” 2. When it comes to restoring our relationship with God, repentance and confession are the direction in which we should head. 3. But how about our ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2020
It is a lot easier to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply when you are convinced that they have pondered the gravity of their wrong-doing.
Lunch with Joseph (Genesis 43:1-45:28) 1. “When I was a kid, my dad and I were driving somewhere on a nice, sunny afternoon…. My window was rolled down. The town we live in isn’t known to be a destination for celebs of any kind. We pull up to a light; we’re the second car from the front. A ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2020
Joseph had been promoted politically to the highest position in the Egyptian government, but his father would promote him to a higher position spiritually – in God’s nation, Israel.
Joseph’s Spiritual Promotion (46:1-50:26, esp. 48:1-20) 1. Sometimes promotions are not measurements of success. 2. The boss called one of his employees into the office. "Rob," he said, "you've been with the company for a year. You started off in the mail room, one week later ...read more