Arise, Joseph!

Arise, Joseph!

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had...
When History Repeats Itself

When History Repeats Itself

“If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.” Genesis 42:19 Joseph’s life was filled with injustice and pain. He was sold as a slave by his own brothers, an act that...
When Envy Strikes

When Envy Strikes

“When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.” Genesis 37:4 When we look at the story of Joseph and the reason why his brothers hated him, we realize just how  dangerous envy is.  It...
A Friend Who Intervenes

A Friend Who Intervenes

Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her.Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live....
The Circle of Love

The Circle of Love

The heart is the most common shape when it comes to love. However, as I ponder on the nature of love with all its ups and downs, I cannot help but be drawn to the circle. It is the shape of a ring, after all, which we put around the fourth finger to signify a marriage...
God’s Proclamation

God’s Proclamation

“And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak…” – 2 Samuel 3:39a There will be days of weaknesses in our lives, such as what David experienced when Joab killed Abner— an action that dashed out plans (at least initially) in the move to unite Israel with...
Infectious Faith

Infectious Faith

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” – 2 Kings 5:13 How infectious is our faith? What would have...
What Our Eyes Behold

What Our Eyes Behold

Abraham wanted a child. He dreamed of a child. He told the Lord very honestly in chapter 15 of Genesis that his servant Eliezar would inherit his estate since he had no heir from his own body. It was a logical statement since it had been some time ago when Abraham...
Choosing God in Our Weakness

Choosing God in Our Weakness

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians. 12:9 There are certain sicknesses that overwhelm us...
The God of Our Past, Present, and Future

The God of Our Past, Present, and Future

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 New things for the new year— why not ask God for HIS new...