A Story of Grace…

Read Genesis 42
Focus on verse 7-95248530B-EFEF-4F36-B6FC-EBA981BCBAC7-4507-00000DB55FA7775A

My brother and I had our share of disagreements as we were growing up together, but beyond his suggestion to my mother to take me back to the hospital when she first brought me home, I can’t think of a single time (at least that I know of) that he tried to sell me as a slave or tossed me in a well to die. Continue reading

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Why?

Read Genesis 41
Focus on verse 38-40AD063DBC-C76A-4D7C-BB08-B3FF7CAC9C1E-4363-00000D6A5527A132

I do not always understand why things happen…I don’t deserve the good things and I’m not sure I’ve earned the difficult ones. It can be particularly frustrating when we make our best effort to do what we believe is right expecting to be rewarded, and things do not go as we expect. It is at these times that our faith is tested. Will we Continue reading

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I had a dream…

Read Genesis 40
Focus on verse 830DBAE10-4308-4439-A895-C1DD8B3B32D7-3921-00000C704E6CD33E

Most of the dreams that I have had would seem to be a hodgepodge of thoughts and experiences rattling around in my head while I sleep. Every once in a while I have a dream that I actually remember… occasionally these cause me to wonder if there may be more to them than just random thoughts. Continue reading

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Looking for Trouble…

Read Genesis 39
Focus on verse 9-1DB1F9A7D-769E-4BA8-BAC4-1947B9D2AF8D-3670-00000B66E74D4765

On the occasions in my past when I was looking for trouble, I rarely had to look far to find it. I would not describe my past as particularly colorful in this regard, as I did not often go looking for trouble…I did not have to since trouble seemed to make a sport of looking for me. Since then I have learned that one does not have to be
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Consequences…

Read Genesis 38
Focus on verse 20-23D5584832-15E9-4BCC-AF22-879273CCE0BF-3291-00000A0E6048F242

Today’s chapter reads like a soap opera that could make The Young and the Restless seem like a children’s story in comparison. The story line is as follows: Judah gets married and has three sons. The oldest marries first but dies without fathering a child. The custom of the land is that the next oldest brother should marry the widow and father a child which would be considered his older Continue reading

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Dreams and Visions…

Read Genesis 37
Focus on verse 5, and 9-10AD3D25AC-96F0-4421-BB9A-89ECA13657F2-2199-000006C1522B507B

Dreams are often strange things. Most often I suspect that what I dream about is related either to something I have been stressing over, or to something I ate. While I often recall that I had a dream when I wake up in the morning, I rarely am able to coherently describe what is is I dreamt about. I find it highly frustrating because my Continue reading

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Ancestry…

Read Genesis 36
Focus on verse 40-42295CB734-E43A-44A8-83BE-EA40AA189458-2199-000006CE5ACDA837

We have a saying among people of Mennonite heritage that when two Mennonites meet for the first time, it typically takes them two minutes to get acquainted, and five minutes to be related. Apparently we find it interesting to know who is related to whom, and make it our business to know. Our Mennonite culture is not unique in Continue reading

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