As Genesis 39 opens, Joseph is in slavery in Egypt. That's bad, but he's about to go from the frying pan into the fire!
Count your losses, consecrate your life, concentrate your longings.
A Servant of Concern, Commitment, and Character.
James 4.17 says, "To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." God's perspective on sin, and His ability to sovereignly bring good out of a corrupt situation, is on display in our passage today - the scandalous story of Judah and Tamar.
That's our story today: Joseph heads straight into a predictable disaster! He escapes death, but is sold into slavery. This leads to lies, and his father's grief. But God has a hand in it all.
The final section of Genesis, the toledot of Jacob, begins abruptly in Genesis 37 with the revelation of a dysfunctional family. Emotions run hot, and divisions run deep. There are hints of what is to come, and behind the scenes, the hand of God is guiding it all.
The Epistle of Philippians is a favorite for many Christians because it oozes with optimism! Against all odds, Paul sees a 'silver lining' to the 'dark clouds' of spiritual opposition surrounding him. What 'lessons for life' can we apply in our lives this coming year?
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. This doxology at the end of the Disciple's Prayer declares that God is God, and we are not! He is omnipotent, eternal, glorious King of the universe! These words express our submission to Him.
Dr. Hormoz Shariat shares a morning full of hope and positive news about the growth of Christianity in Iran today.
The last request in the Disciple's Prayer has troubled Christians for centuries: Does God 'lead us into temptation'? What is Jesus telling us to ask for? The answer to those questions reveals that God knows the dangers of testing, and wants us to have victory over sin.