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Christmas vs. The Emperor

In many circles, editorials and sermons on the true meaning…

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A Tale of Two Kings

Part of our Christmas story is a tale of two kings: one…

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Mary Believed The Angel’s Word – Luke 1:38

“I’m here! The Lord’s servant! Let it happen for me just as…

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The Weight of the World

In front of the International Building in Rockefeller…

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The Flesh in the Book of Romans

Neoplatonic and gnostic dualism absorbed by later…

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You Will Know Them by Their Fruit

The false prophets in Matthew 7:15 claim to have prophesied,…

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Joseph’s Further Exaltation

Now that Joseph’s family is reunited in Egypt, God blesses…

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Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers

Joseph had been “controlling” himself since Genesis 43:31,…

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The Test – Have Joseph’s Brothers Changed?

Joseph orders his household manager to return his brothers’…

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Jacob Gets Esau’s Blessing

Rebekah had heard from God that the elder would serve the…

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Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Sons

Jacob passes on a great legacy to Joseph’s sons. He blesses…

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God’s Promise to Abram

In Genesis 12:2-3, God offers Abram a twofold promise: a…

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God reaffirms his promise to Jacob

Fulfilling God’s promise Sometimes in roundabout ways that I…

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The Call to Go in Faith

God calls Abram to leave behind everything familiar to him…

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The Accusation of Potiphar’s Wife

Years ago it looked as if my life and ministry were over on…

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Taking Responsibility

Joseph accuses his brothers of wrongdoing. Regarding his…

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Judah and Tamar

The shift in scene from Joseph to Judah and Tamar in Genesis…

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Sexual Depravity and a Servant of God

One ancient purpose of this passage is to depict the…

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God Preserves His Promise

In obedience to God’s call, Abram journeyed to Canaan…

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Father of Nations and Kings

Sometimes people go around “confessing” things in “faith”…

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Challenging sexual double standards: Judah vs. Joseph

Judah’s voluntary sexual misbehavior contrasts starkly with…

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As the Father Sent Me, I Send You

What dynamic empowered the earliest church for mission? When…

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The Spirit-Baptized Life

What does the Spirit-baptized life look like? Jesus is the…

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Selling Joseph into Slavery

Coming from a dysfunctional family does not mean that you…

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Reconciliation

Joseph has finally revealed himself to his brothers (Genesis…

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Rachel’s Death in Childbirth

I always hated scripts where somebody gets killed off and…

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Joseph Thrown into The Pit

How much time did Joseph’s brothers have to plot to throw…

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Buried in Faith

The story of Jacob’s burial, like the story of him blessing…

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Blessing Pharaoh

Although we often retell the stories in Genesis, sometimes…

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Be Careful Whom You Trust

The narrator of Genesis tells the story of Jacob and the…

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Understanding The Context of Judah’s Punishment in Genesis 38

Understanding the context of Biblical passages is key to…

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Joseph Meets His Brothers

God has turned the tables on Joseph’s brothers. Because they…

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Religion Is Not Enough

Matthew’s Gospel includes five discourse sections. The last…

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In Down Payment

Did you know that we have already begun to taste the future…

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Joseph Lavishly Welcomes His Family

Joseph realizes that his brothers are genuinely sorry for…

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Joseph Goes to Prison

Bad things happen to good people. Granted, Judah suffered…

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Jacob’s Faith Renewed

In the face of tragedy, we sometimes forget how much God is…

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Jacob Has to Let Benjamin Go

Jacob was unwilling to let his son Benjamin go in Genesis…

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Jacob Blesses His Sons: Some Observations – Genesis 49

Jacob has great faith and blesses his sons with confidence…

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It Wasn’t Joseph’s Fault

Sometimes I hear preachers blame Joseph for his brothers’…

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Living at Peace with Our Neighbors

As a minority in a larger society, how should we as…

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Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dreams

There were reasons why God had given Joseph practice in…

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God’s Faith & Mercy

Genesis 18 offers many lessons. These include lessons about…

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God’s Purposes, Our Grief – Genesis 35

God’s call and our commitment do not exempt us from…

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God’s Goodness Messed Up

Genesis lavishly depicts God’s goodness, but also warns of…

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Faith No Matter What The Cost – Genesis 22

Abraham offers a great model of faith. He followed God’s…

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Thoughts About The First Five Commandments – Exodus 20:1-12

The first few commandments of the Ten Commandments teach us…

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The Unexpected Deliverer – Exodus 2

Often we wonder why God does not seem to be answering our…

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Contemporary Christian Worship? – Exodus 25

What matters about worship is whom it addresses: the true…

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The Christ of the Gospels Lives in Us

Paul wrote about Christ living and working in us as…