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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God as the Punisher

Joseph’s brothers are about to reveal their true colors as we continue our look at “Joseph: A Life with Many Colors.” Joseph (the Governor over Egypt, to whom his 10 brothers have come for grain) says, Genesis 42:20 But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and […]

October 24, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Youngest Test

In our series “Joseph: A Life with Many Colors,” the brothers have paid a visit to Egypt to buy grain.  They’re met with coldness from Joseph who began to test to see whether they are the same old brothers from Canaan or reformed men who had been worked over by God and time. The brothers […]

October 21, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Honest Men and Repentance

Genesis 42:7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”  8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Yup.  They’re from […]

October 18, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Facing the Test of Forgiveness

The ten brothers had worked their way from Canaan to Egypt and were probably tired and hungry from their journey.  They followed the crowds to Egypt’s governor who sold grain to Egyptians and foreigners as appropriate.  Joseph knew there were 7 years of famine for Egypt, and he would be a wise steward, not taking […]

October 14, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Whole World Knows

Genesis 41:57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere. A worldwide famine has a way of catching everyone’s attention.  Interestingly, before modern media, it was shared experiences like famine that drove the news beyond local to regional.  The famine was everywhere.  The grain was […]

October 11, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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