Feeling Guilty?

Read Genesis 44
Focus on verse 1632DCB53A-27A0-4632-8293-735B18435C72-5161-00000F9E9C9696B1

How many years has it been since Joseph was betrayed by his brothers? Perhaps 20 or 30 years and yet the guilt they feel has apparently not abated. One can imagine that quite possibly every time something bad would happen in the family at least Judah, if not all the older brothers may have thought to themselves… “this is God’s Continue reading

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Dream On…

Read Genesis 43
Focus on verse 26AD3D25AC-96F0-4421-BB9A-89ECA13657F2-2199-000006C1522B507B

When I was in elementary school, I remember at least one time when my teacher had written in my report card to my parents, “…he tends to day-dream a lot.” Somehow I don’t think it was meant as a compliment at the time, but rather a way of saying “he doesn’t seem to be able to pay attention”. In retrospect I am thinking Continue reading

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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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