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‘”It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”’ (Genesis 41:16 NLT).

January 19, 2022

EXPECT GREAT THINGS; ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS The Pharoah of Egypt had a troubling dream and his cupbearer remembered that a Hebrew slave named Joseph had rightly interpreted his dream two years earlier. So Pharoah summoned Joseph and asked whether he could interpret dreams. Joseph answered that it was beyond his power, but that God was

“So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt” (Genesis 37:28 NLT).

January 18, 2022

BETRAYED BY HIS BROTHERS Jacob’s sons were jealous of their brother, Joseph. He was the favored son of Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachel, who had died giving birth to Benjamin, the youngest of Jacob’s twelve sons. Joseph had made things worse with his brothers by sharing his dreams of them someday bowing down to him.  

“And there he built an altar and named it El-Elohe-Israel.” (Genesis 33:20 NLT).

January 16, 2022

IS YOUR FAITH, YOUR FAITH? As he entered the Promised Land, Jacob built an altar to God near Shechem, just as his grandfather Abraham had once done (Gen. 12:7). However, Jacob no longer referred to the Lord as the God of Abraham and Isaac. Here for the first time, Jacob referred to the Lord as

“I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, the place where you anointed the pillar of stone and made your vow to me. Now get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth” (Genesis 31:13 NLT).

January 14, 2022

REMEMBER THE PILLAR MOMENTS YOU’VE HAD WITH GOD Jacob had arrived in Haran empty-handed, but now he had wives, many children and flocks of sheep, goats and camels. The Lord had made him wealthy. Yet, he was fearful for his life, for his father-in-law and his sons were jealous of Jacob and were beginning to

“Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he worshiped the LORD, the Eternal God” (Genesis 21:33 NLT).

January 9, 2022

THE BIBLE IS PRIMARILY A BOOK ABOUT GOD At the new well that Abraham dug, at “Beersheba,” which means “Well of Seven,” he planted a Tamarisk tree and called on the LORD, the “Eternal God.” Two of the names of God revealed in the Bible are found in this verse. They are translated here as

“Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away” (Genesis 15:11 NLT).

January 6, 2022

CHASING AWAY DISTRACTIONS Abram had prepared the sacrifice as the Lord had commanded. Yet, as he waited on the Lord, vultures swooped down to eat it. Abram chased them away. He would not let them steal his offering, nor distract him from waiting on the Lord. He was focused on hearing from God.   When

“This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the Lord again” (Genesis 13:4 NLT).

January 5, 2022

RETURN TO THE ALTAR After God rescued Abram from Pharaoh, having gone down to Egypt because of the famine, he returned to the old altar he had built near Bethel and Ai. There he once again called on the name of the Lord.   Abram had a habit of going “down to Egypt” whenever famine

“On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying” (Genesis 8:13 NLT).

January 4, 2022

FACING A NEW YEAR How long did Noah, his family, and the animals live on the ark? Ten and a half months, plus two more months waiting for the earth to dry. They spent a little over a year, cooped up together on a boat with one window! That must have been some year. Everything

“He went on board the boat to escape the flood—he and his wife and his sons and their wives” (Genesis 7:7 NLT).

January 3, 2022

HAVE YOU ENTERED GOD’S ARK? There is much about the book of Genesis (From the Greek translation meaning “beginnings”) that troubles the modern mind. In today’s reading we encounter the incredible longevity of man (Methuselah lived to 969 years), the building of an ark to save Noah and his family, and a remnant of the

“Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1 NLT).

January 2, 2022

DO YOU QUESTION GOD’S WORD? The first temptation by the serpent was to question God’s Word. Not to understand it, but to challenge its veracity. Notice Satan’s use of the word, “really.” He did not ask, “Did God say?” He asked did God “reeeally” say. By inserting this one little word he planted a seed