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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Re-Boot…

Read Genesis 35
Focus on verse 2-34BCB1411-42A2-4067-B8C9-16FD6CB427FB-2199-000006C62D381628

When a computer begins to malfunction the issue can often corrected by a re-start, or re-boot, particularly if it is running a certain well-known operating system common among PC users. It would seem that what Jacob is attempting to do here is not unlike a re-boot of sorts. He takes his family back to the place where God first Continue reading

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Your Halo is Slipping…

Read Genesis 34
Focus on verse 13 and 3C73898A1-9703-4A2F-B271-77A5D49A7009-1986-000005E46E426A95

Why does it seem to me that the more I read these accounts of the patriarchal families the less “saint like” they become. Hamor and the Shechemites appear to be attempting to deal uprightly with Jacob and his family. It just seems so devious and cheap for them to take advantage of what appear to be well intentioned people. Continue reading

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Needless Anxiety…

Read Genesis 33
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When God is watching your back – as He was for Jacob – there is really no reason to worry, yet Jacob did, and most of us do the same. God had by this time told Jacob several times that He was watching over him and would bless him. God had also proven this in the interaction with Laban. Yet now when Jacob heard that Esau was Continue reading

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