'Joseph' Tagged Posts

'Joseph' Tagged Posts

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want…

FAMILY FEUDS

Esther Pauline Friedman entered the world 17 minutes ahead of her twin sister, Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, one lipstick.  They slept in the same twin bed. In fact, the first time they were separated was after their double wedding. The middle-aged Esther Pauline got a job replacing the original Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun Times.    Two months later Pauline…

WHERE THE ROSES BLOOM

Amid the grand inspiration and insight which God gave to the apostle Paul, God gave him something else.  He calls it “a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment” him (2 Corinthians 12:7), much as God allowed Satan to inflict the ancient sufferer Job.   What was this “thorn?”  Was it epilepsy, migraine headaches, severe eye trouble which he seems to hint at in Galatians (4:15 & 6:11), facial disfigurement, malaria, a speech impediment?  The guesses go…

THE TRIALS OF THE GODLY

In Genesis 37 we are told that the young Joseph, favored son of his father, Jacob, was sold into slavery in Egypt by his own brothers.  The sacred text tells us how faithful Joseph was – to God and everyone around him.  How many 17 year old young men, betrayed and sold by his own brothers, kidnapped by slave-traders, sold into servitude in a land far from home, would function with such faith?  How many instead would use these traumas…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those days.   They expected…

A LOOK BACK

Fifteen years ago today, September 11, 2001, a day which ever since we simply call 9/11, we saw that the oceans could no longer protect us.   The following Sunday, we worshipped as usual.  We recited Psalm 46 and sang the hymn Luther took from it – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  At the time, we were on a journey through the life of Joseph in Genesis. The sermon theme that day was “No Doubtful Witness.”  We could not…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want…

MEET DR. LUKE

In the last couple of years our sermon series have covered portions of both the Old & New Testaments.  Most recently, we have studied: Gems From The Prophet Jeremiah The Acts Of The Apostles The “Joseph” Chapters of Genesis The Life of Solomon from 1 Kings The Letter of Paul To The Philippians The Prophet Obadiah On this first Sunday of Advent we return once more to the heart of it all – to the life of our Lord and…

“WE AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!”

To the Christians at Rome, the apostle Paul wrote:  “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Paul does not belittle nor deny the sufferings of this present time.  In his epistles, he catalogs his own sufferings for the sake of Christ – beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, persecutions and hardships of all kinds. The great heroes of faith listed on the pages of Scripture all have this in common –…

FAMILY FEUDS

Esther Pauline Friedman entered the world 17 minutes ahead of her twin sister, Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, one lipstick.  They slept in the same twin bed.  In fact, the first time they were separated was after their double wedding. The middle-aged Esther Pauline got a job replacing the original Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun Times.   Two months later…

LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT!

Children and young adults probably spend a fair amount of mental energy wondering about where they are going. They wonder where they will live, what they will do for a living, who they will marry, what kind of house they will live in, what kind of car they will drive. Most of their life, God-willing, still lies down the road – so that is where they spend most of their mental time – in the future. This will change.  As…

COMMON SIN & UNCOMMON GRACE

The trials and temptations which besiege the life of young Joseph do not break the godly young man.  God’s promise given through St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13 comes to mind:   “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” When it…
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