Tag: Joseph

  • Beyond Belief: Advent, Christmas, and Leaps of Faith

    Beyond Belief: Advent, Christmas, and Leaps of Faith

    The biblical account of Jesus’ birth is not like what we see in many movies and TV specials. Much like our lives, it was messy, stressful, and complicated. Mary and Joseph had to confront their doubts and fears, the skepticism of others, and other challenges. It sounds simple, but the Bible tells a story about ordinary people facing an incomprehensible crisis together.

  • Joseph in God’s Leadership Training Program

    Joseph in God’s Leadership Training Program

    Genesis depicts Joseph as the first Israelite to emerge as a world leader. As a youth, he dreamed that his brothers and parents would one day bow before him (Genesis 37:5–11). By the time that actually happened, he was a changed man, equipped by God to lead. He started with dreams and ambition. He developed through God’s leadership training program, and found himself in a place where he could serve others for God’s glory. This should be the pattern for all Christians who seek to become leaders, whether in the church or in secular institutions.

  • Shepherds, Wise Men, and Ordinary People

    Shepherds, Wise Men, and Ordinary People

    A nativity scene depicts the main figures in the account of Jesus’ birth together in one location at once. It works as an effective story-telling device. However, the story of Jesus’ birth has become so familiar to most Christians that many of us miss a few key points.

  • Set Apart

    The story of Joseph and his brothers is a rich source of spiritual lessons. Believers throughout the ages have learned great truths about faith, perseverance in hard times, overcoming injustice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and other issues. However, one lesson is often overlooked, even though it introduces a theme that has preserved the Jewish people’s ethnic […]