Joseph: Faithful to the End (Gen 49:29-50:26)

Will you be faithful to the very end? If you are a Christian, you most certainly will because your salvation is not dependent upon your faithfulness, but on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Those who abandon their faith never had genuine faith (see 1 John 2:19-23). Those who are truly born again (John 3:3) willContinue reading “Joseph: Faithful to the End (Gen 49:29-50:26)”

Joseph: Faith Accepts the Unexpected (Gen 46-48)

Does God always do what you expect Him to do when you expect Him to do it? If we are honest, the answer is an emphatic “No”. This is because God is not as interested in our schedule (or to-do list) as He is His own. Our God—who “works all things according to the counselContinue reading “Joseph: Faith Accepts the Unexpected (Gen 46-48)”

Joseph: Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37)

The Story of Joseph Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37) God has a wonderful plan for your life! God’s wonderful plan includes “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23), “persecution” (2 Tim 3:12), “hardships…affliction”, (2 Cor 4:9), “great sorrow and unceasing anguish” (Rom 9:2). God’s plan for yourContinue reading “Joseph: Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37)”

My Day of Distress (Genesis 34-35)

It is good to have confidence in where you are going when you die, but it is also important to have confidence in where you are going when you are alive and in desperate need of help. One of my favorite hymns is “Trusting Jesus” by Edgar Stites. It is a hymn of faith as theContinue reading “My Day of Distress (Genesis 34-35)”

Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)

       A sure sign of Christian maturity is not how well you avoid conflict, but how you respond to conflict. For example, immature Christians are quick to take offense and slow to forgive and seek reconciliation; while mature Christians are slow to take offense and quick to forgive and seek reconciliation. Forgiving a personContinue reading “Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)”

Wrestling with God (Genesis 32)

I recently read an article on entitled “5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Confidence.” The author claims that anyone can have powerful self-confidence every day. He then writes: Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confidence in others. They face their fears head-on and tend to be risk takers. They know that noContinue reading “Wrestling with God (Genesis 32)”

When to Leave (Gen 30:25-31:17)

How can one discern when a relationship has gotten toxic and when it is God’s will to leave? (We must proceed cautiously because there is a unique relationship—marriage—that is not to be quickly or easily broken. This sermon is not discussing marriage but other relationships we have.) We all have many relationships and some, weContinue reading “When to Leave (Gen 30:25-31:17)”

What Should I Do? (Genesis 30:1-24)

Foolish decisions make difficult situations worse. Foolish decisions are often sinful decisions because they are made out of fear instead of faith. When times get tough, we must not panic because when we panic we seek to take control of our situation and we end up making our situation worse. Choosing faith over fear isContinue reading “What Should I Do? (Genesis 30:1-24)”

Loved Like Leah (Genesis 29:31-35)

Never allow another person to determine your worth. Why? Because they are horrible at it and it is not their job. Christians need to spend less time worrying about what other people think about us and more time rejoicing in what God thinks about us. When you rejoice in God’s great love for you (John 3:16),Continue reading “Loved Like Leah (Genesis 29:31-35)”

Following the Good Shepherd (Genesis 29:1-30)

When you remember that you are walking on the righteous path, following the Good Shepherd, you can endure all the trials and sufferings you encounter. Psalm 23 is a very comforting chapter because it is a clear reminder that the Lord guides His children through every step of life. Have you ever noticed, however, thatContinue reading “Following the Good Shepherd (Genesis 29:1-30)”