A Lifetime of Sorrow

“I will be sad about my son until the day I die.” So Jacob cried for his son Joseph. —Genesis 37:35 In a moment of casual cruelty born out of sibling rivalry, Joseph’s older brothers sold him into slavery. Then to cover up their crime they led their father Jacob

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Waiting Is The Hard Part

Lord, listen to my words. Understand my sadness. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, because I pray to you. Lord, every morning you hear my voice. Every morning, I tell you what I need, and I wait for your answer. —Psalm 5:1-3 The “cry for

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The Source of True Strength

But you have made me very happy, happier than they are, even with all their grain and new wine. I go to bed and sleep in peace, because, Lord, only you keep me safe. —Psalm 4:7-8 The passage above from Psalm 4 is actually quite a good commentary on the

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The Hero And The Humble

They are blessed who are humble, for the whole earth will be theirs. —Matthew 5:5 It’s so bizarre reading Genesis 10 and Matthew 5 together (see the Bible reading list below). After the flood there’s this mad dash to colonize the uninhabited wild west (so to speak), and you get

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375 Days of Judgement

Water flooded the earth for forty days, and as it rose it lifted the boat off the ground. The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on it above the earth. The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. It

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Pay Attention: It May Save Your Life!

Noah did everything that God commanded him. —Genesis 6:22 Now there’s a statement that makes me shake my head in amazement. God had asked Noah to embark on a massive project, requiring enormous engineering expertise in an area he probably knew nothing about (boat building), plagued by logistical nightmares (two

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Does Not Take Criticism Well

The Lord asked Cain, “Why are you so angry? Why do you look so unhappy? If you do things well, I will accept you, but if you do not do them well, sin is ready to attack you. Sin wants you, but you must rule over it.” —Genesis 4:6-7 I

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End Of An Era

Today’s Reading: Genesis 47:29 – 50:26 Here we are again at the end of a special piece of history – the end of an era? – so to speak! The end of the history of three very foundational men – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and it seems that in

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Immigration

Today’s Reading: Gen. 45:16 – 47:28 So the family of Jacob immigrate to Egypt, at the invitation of Joseph and Pharaoh, confirmed by God – “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.” How assuring it must be for

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Repentance & Reconciliation

We’re headed into finishing off the third week of Bible Reading together – congratulations for sticking with the Bible reading! A happy ending story to our story of Joseph, but painful in the middle! I don’t see Joseph as vindictive, but honestly wanting to see his brothers come clean and

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