Category Archives: Joseph’s story

God’s chosen ones – severely dysfunctional!

These people were messed up! This family history was severely dysfunctional! Did God ever pause and ask why He chose them? Be careful. We might need to ask the same question about… Continue reading

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Scene 5 – Life at the family reunion

These words reveal the stronger and deeper commitment that held Joseph through all his dark, confusing and painful years. Continue reading

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Scene 4 – Life as a ruler in Egypt

Another abrupt and unexpected change was in store for Joseph. Continue reading

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Scene 3 – Life as a prisoner

Often in life we become the object of other people’s passions. Joseph was the object of parental favoritism, sibling envy and hatred and now lust and false accusation by Potiphar’s wife. Continue reading

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Scene 2 – Life as a slave

  Audio message for all five scenes: Play Audio! At the vulnerable age of seventeen, (at the hands of his very own brothers), Joseph was ripped from his family and sold into slavery. “So when Joseph came to his brothers, … Continue reading

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When life takes painful turns

Joseph’s story teaches us how to protect our hearts from the poison of bitterness and the prison of despair. Continue reading

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When life hurts

When bad things happen to us that we cannot directly control and that prayer will not immediately change, we might find ourselves wrestling through dark nights of the soul concerning how God relates to the hardships of life. Continue reading

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Responding to the Hurts and Disappointments of Life

  Each week I provide notes from my sermon and an audio link for a group that meets on Wednesday nights at our Church. We call the group Merge. The purpose for it is to provide a smaller setting for … Continue reading

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The hurts and disappointments of life

I was speaking in the Lancaster County Prison last year to 115 prisoners and during a question/answer session, a prisoner told me about the horrible way his father treated him. In graphic terms, (after apologizing for what he was about … Continue reading

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A closer look at forgiveness

To allow an injury to double into resentment and bitterness only brings deeper misery into our lives. Emotional revenge might feel natural and even justifiable but emotions like anger and resentment only spread injury and pain. They also become a means of giving an offender more control over our lives. Continue reading

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