Planning Ahead

Genesis 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! As we continue our look at Joseph: A Life with Many Colors, his revelation and proclamation probably wouldn’t have been reassuring for the brothers to […]

November 16, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph Revealed

Joseph saw that Judah was willing to sacrifice himself rather than letting Benjamin (Joseph’s full brother) suffer. Now he began to see beyond the present and hint of a future in which God had something bigger in mind.  But the first step was to make himself known. Genesis 45:1 Then Joseph could no longer control […]

November 14, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Repentance: The Rest of the Test

Genesis 44:14 Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.   15 Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?”  16 “What can we say to […]

November 11, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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And the Silver Cup Goes To…

Genesis 44:1 Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack.  2 Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the […]

November 9, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Abundance and Enough

Finishing out Genesis chapter 43 in our series, Joseph: A Life with Many Colors, Joseph sees his full brother Benjamin for the first time.  Overcome with emotion, Joseph abandons his duties as host and goes to weep in his private room. Genesis 43:31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, […]

November 8, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God’s Christmas List -Advent Devotionals (2019)

I’d say it’s hard to believe we’re only a month away from Advent 2019, but I just finished shoveling Halloween snow here in Illinois so I’m not stuck with more leftover candy than I should eat.  Therefore, it’s time to plan for Advent devotionals and announce this year’s theme: “God’s Christmas List.”  “Aw, come’on,” you […]

November 1, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Crucible and Hospitality

With Simeon back with the rest of the brothers, Joseph’s steward began giving the brothers a royal welcome in today’s installment of Joseph: A Life With Many Colors. Genesis 43:24 The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.   25 They prepared their […]

October 31, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Honor and Confession

With Jacob’s permission to send his precious second son of Rachel, Joseph’s brothers departed Canaan.  Continuing our series, Joseph: A Life With Many Colors, Genesis 43:15 So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph.  16 When Joseph saw […]

October 29, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Perseverance Pays

Persisting in trust pays off and in the case of Joseph’s brothers pleading with their father, it seems the third time’s a charm in our series “Joseph: A Life with Many Colors”.  First, all the brothers stated what must be done: bring Benjamin.  No, Jacob doesn’t budge. Genesis 42:37 Then Reuben said to his father, […]

October 27, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Tell-all and Trust

Genesis 42:29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said, 30 “The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land. 31 But we said to him, […]

October 26, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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