Joseph and the False Accusation

Joseph—he was trying to do everything right.  He tried avoidance, reason, diplomacy, theology, and escape.  He didn’t expect false accusation as the result of his fleeing the scene of Potiphar’s wife’s unwelcome advances. Genesis 39:13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 […]

June 16, 2019 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Joseph and the Nagging Headache

Joseph was contented.  He was a slave but a privileged one because Potiphar clearly saw the blessing and didn’t want to jeopardize it at all.  Joseph lived in his master’s house and had a very good life, for a slave, that is.  Genesis 39:6 “So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph […]

June 13, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and God’s Overflowing Blessing

Fast forward through a chapter of Genesis and we catch up with Joseph far from home.  He was formerly Daddy’s favorite with a coat of authority, but resented by his brothers, and now he’s the slave who had been in the Ishmaelite caravan to be sold a second time, first by family and now by […]

June 6, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph: When It All Seems Over but It’s Not

A perfectly imperfect plan…ruined!  Reuben had been off somewhere while his brothers were making plans (to foil the plan they didn’t even know existed because Reuben had been keeping it secret).  Genesis 37:29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. The tearing of his own […]

June 2, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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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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Easter Greetings 2019

“He is Risen!”  Three simple words.  Eternal in consequence.  Don’t we say them every Easter?  It’s a King James thing, and it’s how most of us recite the greeting.  Theologically and technically, I wonder if “He has risen” might be a bit closer to the truth.  Luke 24:1 On the first day of the week, […]

April 20, 2019 in Chapel Worship/News by

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