Light In The Pit VII

Light In The Pit VII

Sunday, February 21, 2021 Genesis 44:32 For your servant became a pledge of safety for the boy to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father all my life.’  These are the words of Judah. He’s the brother of Joseph who:  was… Continue Reading

Light In The Pit VI

Light In The Pit VI

Sunday, February 14, 2021 Genesis 43:16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make ready, for the men are to dine with me at noon.” Joseph planned for the big reveal to include a meal.  Joseph could… Continue Reading

Light In The Pit V

Light In The Pit V

Sunday, February 7, 2021 Genesis 42:1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?”  We have all been there before: So stymied by a decision that we become frozen in our path So overwhelmed by the mountain before us that… Continue Reading

Light In The Pit IV

Light In The Pit IV

Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. It had been two full years since Joseph had interpreted the chief cupbearer’s dream and asked him to ‘remember him and mention him… Continue Reading

Light In The Pit III

Light In The Pit III

Genesis 40:15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon. We sure do have a strong sense of fairness and getting what we deserve — especially if it is positive! Hard work deserves compensation.  Respect given deserves respect… Continue Reading

Light In The Pit II

Light In The Pit II

Sunday, January 17, 2020 Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. There sure are some awesome ‘buts’ in the Bible! Now the middle-schooler in me sort of grins at that statement; as a follower of Jesus, it… Continue Reading

Light In The Pit

Light In The Pit

Sunday, January 10, 2021 Genesis 37:24 And they took him and threw him into a pit. God takes the familial dirty laundry and throws it out in the open for all to see in Genesis 37.  The family is Jacob’s family. The one that gets thrown into a pit is brother #11 — Joseph.  The culprits… Continue Reading

Seen & Unseen; Expected & Unexpected

Seen & Unseen; Expected & Unexpected

Christmas Eve Service, December 24: Seen and Unseen Matthew 1:18-25 Sunday, December 27th: Expected and Unexpected Matthew 2:1-12 Matthew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). … Continue Reading

Un-Christmas :: Comfortable And Uncomfortable

Un-Christmas :: Comfortable And Uncomfortable

Sunday, December 13: Comfortable and Uncomfortable Luke 1:26-38 Luke 1:28-29 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. Why would a greeting of favor be so uncomfortable? Why… Continue Reading

Un- Christmas :: Planned and Unplanned

Un- Christmas :: Planned and Unplanned

Sunday, December 6: Planned and Unplanned Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18) The plan was to have a big Thanksgiving meal with… Continue Reading