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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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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Grave Reflections (Lent 40-2019)

The stone which had been rolled in front of the tomb remained as if frozen in time.  Jesus was dead.  He’d even said, “It is finished.”  The grave was silent and seemingly satisfied.  There is no “More to the Easter Story” for Jesus to tell because He’s dead.  He’s buried.  This stark reality of death […]

April 20, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Very Long Bad Good Friday (Lent 39-2019)

Jesus set down His cup and His betrayer left.  The remaining disciples tried to move beyond the awkwardness by singing a hymn with Jesus, and then they went out to the Mount of Olives.  Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is […]

April 19, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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A Significant Remembrance (Lent 38-2019)

All signs pointed to the end of His earthly ministry.  So, serving others was top of Jesus’ mind as He did the unthinkable and washed His disciples’ feet in preparation to observe the Passover.  They didn’t quite know how to react to that.  In one sense, honored, even loved, but also vastly uncomfortable, even shocked, […]

April 18, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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