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joseph a type for jesus
Jacob’s 11th son, Joseph is a picture of one who overcame rejection and became the second most powerful man in Egypt. His life is a testimony of the way God can use anyone to be victorious in spite of incredible opposition and betrayal by even his own family. Genesis 39:1-4 “1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar,...
jewish wedding covenant
(The following is an excerpt from a longer talk on sexual purity.) Human sexuality and our understanding of it has become corrupted since the Fall. If the Church isn’t salt and light on the issue of sexuality, the only voice left is the world’s. Apart from God, the world’s way leads to corruption, confusion and brokenness. By studying God’s original...
the secret place
“1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? 2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise...
third dimension love
Relationships are complicated. Because of the various roles we play in life, the way we relate to others is usually controlled by those roles. For instance, I am a husband, father, grandfather, friend, etc. and these roles govern the way I relate to different ones in my life. As a husband, I have a unique relationship with my wife...
strive
The following is a short devotional written for volunteers kicking off a local Christian retreat. Total runtime may be 20-30 minutes including the team discussion at the end. First Thoughts When Pastor told me the word for this retreat was "strive", my first thought was, "Yikes! Striving is not good!" Since coming to Christ, I've had to intentionally lay down striving;...
religious to spiritual
As a new believer, I tried my best to live up to the standards of God and what I thought He expected of me. Like Paul confessed in Romans 7, I learned that it was not possible to always do the things I have to do and to stop doing the things I shouldn’t. We all have to go...

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