The Dragon, the Woman, and Rage

Taking a moment away from our series “Joseph: A Life with Many Colors” to address what’s going on in our culture seems like the right thing to do.  The minister in me knows we have a world of hurting people right now.  There are those grieving the loss of civility, the loss of peace, the […]

August 6, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and the Very Good Plan

Genesis 41:32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon. Joseph follows up the interpretation with assurance this is a settled matter, one which is time critical.  He then outlines a plan.  Genesis 41:33 “And now […]

July 20, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and Pharaoh’s Advance Intel

Genesis 41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what He is about to do. After hearing the dreams, there is no hesitation.  Joseph explains what could have been bad news, except that it’s not.  It’s advance warning, helpful intel for the purpose […]

July 18, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph Hears the Dreams

Joseph, all cleaned up for his appearance before the one of the most powerful men in the world, is brought before Pharaoh to hear the perplexing dreams and asked to interpret them.  Genesis 41:16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” 17 Then Pharaoh said […]

July 14, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph’s Resumé of Integrity

Genesis 41:10 “Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.  11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.  12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a […]

July 11, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Reminded of Joseph

Genesis 41:1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood […]

July 7, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and the Hidden Working of God

Two full years and everyone was in the dark about God’s hidden working.  Joseph was going about daily prison life.  The cupbearer in forgetful living. Pharaoh had a dream. Genesis 41:1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came […]

July 2, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and the Long Wait

Joseph awoke every morning probably never knowing whether the cupbearer had said something (but Pharaoh did nothing), or whether the cupbearer had resumed his position, remaining ever silent about Joseph’s dream interpretation. Genesis 41:1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream. Two full years.   Watching.  Waiting.  Seeing if anything would change.Two full […]

June 29, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph: Forgotten Man

Joseph was probably both gratified and sad about the outcome.  He was glad that the interpretations from God were correct, and happy also for the cupbearer’s being restored to serving Pharaoh.  However, he must have been sad that the baker was killed. After all, relationships even in prison are relationships nonetheless, and they can be […]

June 26, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Joseph and Two Dreams to Interpret

Time went by and relationships formed.  Mundane, so they seemed.  Commonplace is what they appeared to be.  After all, what kind of relationships could exist among fellow prisoners?  Actually, a shared road of suffering and common experience often form a foundation of deep friendship.  The cupbearer and baker may have felt it for Joseph, and […]

June 24, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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