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The Privilege of Serving

In the first two speeches of this convention we have considered various lessons from the life of Joseph. One of the things we noticed is that Joseph was not blessed with the family life that most of you have enjoyed. He came from a very dysfunctional, troubled family. Yet in the midst of a life […]

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The Power of Sanctification

Joseph appears in Scripture as a great example of God’s sanctifying power in his people. His godly response to sufferings, fleeing fornication, and forgiving his brothers, reveal God’s work of grace in his heart. For us as young people, it is easy to look at the life of Joseph and to try to distance ourselves […]

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Letter to My Grandchildren

Dear Grandchildren: In my last letter to you last July I mentioned that we cannot imagine the boyhood of Jesus. I have been thinking about that again and have tried to learn more about it. There is a scarcity of details in the Bible of our Savior’s childhood; just a few remarks here and there […]

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Joseph, the Exalted Lord

(The reader is encouraged to refer to Genesis 41:41-44 and Genesis 47: 14-20)   Like a golden thread woven intricately through the entirety of Joseph’s life is the beautiful working of Divine providence. To be sure, the life of every man reveals the unfolding of God’s plan. We often fail to see that because rarely […]

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Faithfulness

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. I Cor. 4:2 If there is one criterion for anyone who is hired to handle a great deal of money or oversee the finances of some important corporation it is that he must be trustworthy. In a day of rank dishonesty, swindling of […]

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The Prince of Life

“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”  Genesis 45:5 “And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:7   As we continue […]

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The Prophetic Captive

“And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me them, I pray you.”   Genesis 40:8 God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform! With this truth we are deeply impressed as we continue […]

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The Slandered Pilgrim

“But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his […]

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Hated Without a Cause

Genesis 37:4, “And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 8, “And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words. 11, “And his brethren envied him, but his father observed the saying. 18, […]

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Joseph, The Beloved Son

“These are the generations of Jacob. Jo­seph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because […]

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Mary

In the first place in this article, I must apologize for being late in answering some of your questions. I believe I have all things sorted out, so that you should be receiving a steady stream of answers to your questions from not on. I have about five or six questions waiting for answers now, […]

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You Shall Call His Name Jesus

“And you shall call his name ‘Jesus’” – Matthew 1:21 Soon it will be the time for our Christmas programs and celebrations. We will not hold “mass” as the name “Christmas” originally meant in the Romish church. We will use the word uncritically and put new wine in the old bottles; we will celebrate the […]

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Silhouettes of the Cross

Christmas is a time of joy, of fulfillment, of promise. But the True joy of Christmas is not to be found in the birth of Christ — though that is hope promised. Rather, the true joy of Christmas is found as we look through the nativity star to the cross — which is hope fulfilled. […]

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No Room in the Inn…

“…and laid Him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7a Each time that Christmas comes these words seem to strike me with great force. These seem at the same time so pathetic – yet so blessed. The thought also occurs to me: has the world changed since […]

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Genesis 50

(Continued from last issue) a) They would be in Egypt only temporarily, Canaan was their dwelling place. Jacob desired to rest in Canaan b) Even in burial, he would reside with his fathers.  This was a picture of  the abiding friendship with God and his people that even death could not sever. 3) Questions: Is […]

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Genesis 47-50

(Continued from last issue) b. Joseph took the initiative to have Jacob and his family settle in the land of Goshen. 1) He instructed his brethren to ask for this land. a) It would best fulfill their needs materially and spiritually. b) Even though Joseph was ruler, his father and brethren were guests in Egypt. […]

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Genesis 45,46

Genesis 45 Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers I. The disclosure (vss. 1-8). A. The event as such. 1. Why is the first reaction of the brothers to Joseph’s identification of himself one of terror? a. “they were troubled” (vs. 3) is, literally, “they were terrified.” b. That this terror was deeply rooted is indicated: […]

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Genesis 43, 44

The Second Meeting of Joseph and His Brothers I.   The trip to Egypt of the brothers, including Benjamin (Gen. 43) A.  Jacob permits Benjamin to accompany the brothers to Egypt (vss. 1-14) 1.  It is Judah who takes the lead in persuading Jacob to let Benjamin go (vs. 3). a.  Evidently, Judah has the preeminence […]

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Genesis 41, 42

3) Any sense in which the famine can be said to have been for the good also of the heathen nations that felt its sting.  At this time? In their generations? (Consider them once as “Gentiles.”) c.  Is it essential to maintain that not things in themselves but God’s purpose with all things determines whether […]

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Genesis 41, 42

(continued from Sept.) c.  He keeps the faith. He is faithful in performing his new responsibilities as sent here by God. Two sons are born to him.  The first Manasseh, which means “causing to forget”, expressing that he could now forget the sting of being sold as a slave, since God was with him even […]

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Genesis 39-41

But God is faithful to His covenant. Notice the Name Jehovah in verses 7 and 10. a. Judah confesses his sin. Finds forgiveness and returns to the home of his father. b.Tamar is brought into the covenant line; the covenant family is preserved. c. From Perez king David is born. Ruth 4:18, 1 Chron. 2:5.  […]

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Genesis 37, 38

Jacob Goes to Egypt The history of Jacob now centers for a time about Joseph, chapters 37-41 Genesis 37: The lone warrior. Genesis 49:23 1. Joseph is bitterly hated by his brothers. Various reasons are given. a. Joseph brought the evil report of his brothers to his father. Was he with the sons of Bilhah […]

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The Plan for Redemption

God did not first conceive of the plan of Redemption after the fall of man. Indeed, the mediator of the covenant of grace was ordained and anointed already from eternity. He was appointed as an offering before the foundations of the world, and the church was already from that time chosen. For that church He […]

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Hebrews 11

Outline 14 ABRAHAM SACRIFICES ISAAC BY FAITH 2nd week of January             Hebrews 11:17-19—By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to […]

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