ARCHIVE May, 2019

Traders, Traitors, and a Twenty-Shekel Joseph

Those brothers: traitors and betrayers of the family trust, plotting and planning to defy authority and rip up that stupid coat of Joseph’s that they hated. Genesis 37:23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— Yeah, that robe of his really ticked them off… […]

May 28, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Conscience and a Cistern for Joseph

Joseph’s mission to Shechem was divinely redirected to Dothan but his true destination was an empty cistern.  Only Joseph didn’t know it. He could not predict–as he paraded in with his colorful coat of authority–that he was about to be stripped of that authority and to hit rock bottom.  Of a cistern, that is. Genesis […]

May 17, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Is My Boxwood Dead?

Is my boxwood dead or does it just look like it? Well, that depends. In Chicagoland, we had a rough winter. That polar vortex descended rapidly, froze the ground, stayed for way too long, and leafy evergreens paid a price. Perhaps your boxwood looks like this: Or this: Or even this. Tell-tale symptoms of (1) […]

May 14, 2019 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Providence and Three Plans for the Dreamer

Joseph was wandering around the fields of Shechem when a chance encounter gave him some direction to locate his brothers.  “’They have moved on from here,’ the man answered. ‘I heard them say, “Let’s go to Dothan. “’ So, Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.” (Genesis 37:17) Joseph–that dreamer who gave […]

May 10, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and the Chance Encounter

When we last considered Joseph: A Life with Many Colors in the days leading up to Lent 2019, Joseph (our lead character from this part of the Book of Genesis) was a young emissary sent on a mission to Shechem which was a good four or five-day journey from his father Jacob’s home in the […]

May 8, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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