He is the First

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-22 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22) […]

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Cast Upon the LORD

Read Psalm 22:1-18 I was born two months premature, and spent my early days in a Madison hospital.  Literally “from birth I was cast upon [the LORD]” (vs. 10).  And I have been cast upon Him since then, whether I acknowledge that or not.  Isn’t it interesting that it often takes challenging circumstances to remind […]

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He Was Despised and Rejected

Read Isaiah 53:3-9 “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53:3) When I was a freshman in college I spent every Wednesday night serving at the Olive Branch […]

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Three Burials

Read Genesis 50:1-26 Genesis 50 is a tale of three burials. We see the parallel deaths of Jacob and Joseph. Both of them gathered their family to themselves in the last days of their lives. Both were embalmed and mourned. Both would be taken back to Canaan; Jacob, immediately, Joseph waiting for the exodus and […]

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Blessings or Curses?

Read Genesis 49:1-33 There’s something about Jacob and blessings! First, he stole his brother’s blessing (Genesis 27). Next, he wrestles with the angel, demanding to be blessed (Chapter 32). In Chapter 47 he blesses the heathen Pharaoh and then Joseph’s children, adopting them as his own (Genesis 48). Now, in Chapter 49 he summons his […]

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Going Home

Read Genesis 48:12-23 In today’s verses, Jacob tells Joseph that God will take him “back to the land of his fathers.” In other words, God will take Joseph home. Sometimes, like Joseph, people are forced to leave their homes and hope they will someday return or recover something of what they lost. Missionaries, however, leave […]

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Hope Beyond Lost

Read Genesis 47:27-48:11 God began to restore Joseph’s life. The future nation of Israel was saved from death due to starvation. His relationship with his brothers was restored by forgiveness, and his relationship with his father was restored. But there was one relationship that could not be restored. Joseph’s mother Rachel had died some years […]

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Restoration–His Presence

Read Genesis 47:1-26 I lay on the bed, bleeding profusely, my heart aching over the loss of my fourth baby (“it’s a girl,”a  lady in my Bible study had prophesied), and my spirit mourning the broken relationships in my family of origin. The day before this, my dad had sent me a letter stating that […]

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Wait…What?!

Read James 1:12-18; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 When my husband and I were a young married couple with two small children we loved attending Eastbrook Church and lived just a few blocks away, but always felt we were on the outside looking in. We were in the market for a new house and didn’t feel tied […]

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Empty Arms Filled

Read Genesis 46:28-34 What’s better than a reunion, especially one long-awaited, or one that seems even too much to hope for. Reading this passage you see the depth of Joseph’s emotions—the pain of so many years of separation now washed in tears. You see it also from Jacob’s (Israel’s) experience. Here was his long-lost son, […]

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