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Joseph Exalted

August 12, 2018

In our passage, Joseph has also had a remarkable reversal of fortune. He woke up that morning in a prison. By the end of the day, he was proclaimed second in command in Egypt, the most powerful nation in the world.

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  • Devotions August 12, 2018

Joseph: Years of Plenty

August 13, 2018

Our passage includes several time markers. Joseph is thirty years old (v. 46). It has been thirteen years since his brothers had sold him into slavery (37:2). As promised in the dream, seven years of plenty come and go. Joseph had a flurry of activity during these years. He traveled the country, collected the food, stored it, kept records,...

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  • Devotions August 13, 2018

Joseph: Faithful Husband

December 12, 2012

Joseph: Faithful Husband Did you know that many towns are named after Joseph? One famous example is San Jose, California, given its name by colonists from Spain. Throughout Christian history many have appreciated Joseph: carpenter, husband of Mary, and legal father of Jesus. Our reading for today gives us an inside view of Joseph’s conversation...

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  • Devotions December 12, 2012

Jesus, Son of Joseph

March 6, 2016

Jesus, Son of Joseph For four years, Rob Ford was the scandal of the city of Toronto. Ford was caught texting while driving. He associated with people of ill repute, including drug dealers and convicted criminals. Ford often showed up drunk to public festivals and city events. What made Ford’s actions even more unconscionable was this: he...

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  • Devotions March 6, 2016

Joseph Buries Him

March 26, 2012

Joseph Buries Him The various compilations of eyewitness accounts in the four Gospels offer a full complement of perspectives. The person of Joseph of Arimathea is described with two very different labels—both entirely true. Today’s reading informs us that Joseph was a prominent member of the Council, the Sanhedrin. But today’s key verse...

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Joseph: A Fine Heritage

December 11, 2012

Joseph: A Fine Heritage When chef Mario Batali traced his genealogical roots through the PBS series Faces of America, he discovered that his great-great-grandfather left Italy for Butte, Montana, in 1899. He later moved to Seattle where the family remained. As a child, Mario used to watch his grandmother cook Italian dishes, such as oxtail...

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Joseph: Injustice and Alienation

January 20, 2013

Joseph: Injustice and Alienation Why do bad things happen to good people? It’s a question that has challenged both philosophers and the uneducated. Suffering without an obvious reason can produce despair. Joseph experienced such suffering; in fact, his good deeds increased his suffering. How do we see God’s goodness to His people in this...

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  • Devotions January 20, 2013

Joseph and His Family

August 23, 2018

Our study has focused on Joseph, but our passage today reminds us that the Joseph story is about more than simply the experience of one individual. This is the story of a family, a community in relationship with God. God had made a covenant with Abraham that necessitated the creation of a family. Several generations later, we can see how God’s...

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  • Devotions August 23, 2018

Joseph: Faithful to the Lawgiver

December 8, 2015

Joseph: Faithful to the Lawgiver Landon Donovan is one of the greatest American soccer players ever. Named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year four times, he holds the U.S. Men’s National Team all-time records for goals (57)—including five in the World Cup—and assists (58). In Major League Soccer (MLS), he was selected as an All-Star an unsurpassed...

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  • Devotions December 8, 2015

Joseph in Prison: Part 1

August 7, 2018

Since its inception in 1902, Popular Mechanics magazine has published speculation and predictions about the world of the future, but some confident declarations have missed the mark—the 1929 prediction that people of the future would wear asbestos clothing and the 1951 assertion that people would fly personal helicopters in place of cars haven’t...

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