Joseph’s times, David’s times—all our times are in the hands of the Lord. What a comfort and a relief!

Joseph’s times, David’s times—all our times are in the hands of the Lord. What a comfort and a relief!

BibleGateway: Psalm 31 ESV Text: Psalm 31 Psalm 31 (Listen) Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 31:1   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;    let me never be put to shame;    in your righteousness deliver me!2   Incline your ear to me;    rescue me speedily!  Be a rock of refuge for me,    a strong fortress to save me! 3   For you are my rock and my fortress;    and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;4   you take me out…

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The additional two years in prison would have helped Joseph practice the humility and patience he would need to be a good ruler over Egypt.

The additional two years in prison would have helped Joseph practice the humility and patience he would need to be a good ruler over Egypt.

BibleGateway: Genesis 41:1-40 ESV Text: Genesis 41:1-40 Genesis 41:1–40 (Listen) Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams 41:1 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, 2 and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. 3 And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4 And the ugly, thin…

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Surely Joseph thought this was the time he would get out of prison, but God had a different time in mind and His timing worked out for the best.

Surely Joseph thought this was the time he would get out of prison, but God had a different time in mind and His timing worked out for the best.

BibleGateway: Genesis 40:1-23 ESV Text: Genesis 40:1-23 Genesis 40 (Listen) Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams 40:1 Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the…

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We are not saved by keeping the Law outwardly, but we are saved by trusting inwardly in Jesus. Compare the heart of a Pharisee to that of the Syrophoenician woman.

We are not saved by keeping the Law outwardly, but we are saved by trusting inwardly in Jesus. Compare the heart of a Pharisee to that of the Syrophoenician woman.

BibleGateway: Mark 7:17-30 ESV Text: Mark 7:17-30 Mark 7:17–30 (Listen) 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”1 (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a…

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With our sins we dug a hole we could not get out of ourselves, but God raised us up by sending His Son to suffer for those sins in our place. Praise Him forever!

With our sins we dug a hole we could not get out of ourselves, but God raised us up by sending His Son to suffer for those sins in our place. Praise Him forever!

BibleGateway: Psalm 30 ESV Text: Psalm 30 Psalm 30 (Listen) Joy Comes with the Morning A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. 30:1   I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.2   O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,    and you have healed me.3   O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;    you restored me to life from among those who go down to…

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The Lord is almighty and enthroned as king forever, yet what does He do with all that strength? He uses it to bless His people and give them peace!

The Lord is almighty and enthroned as king forever, yet what does He do with all that strength? He uses it to bless His people and give them peace!

BibleGateway: Psalm 29 ESV Text: Psalm 29 Psalm 29 (Listen) Ascribe to the Lord Glory A Psalm of David. 29:1   Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,1     ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2   Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;     worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.2 3   The voice of the LORD is over the waters;     the God of glory thunders,     the LORD, over many waters. 4   The voice of the LORD is powerful;     the voice of the…

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What do think of the revenge Dinah’s brothers took out on Shechem? What do you think of the reason (v. 31) they gave for doing it? Have you heard reasoning like that before?

What do think of the revenge Dinah’s brothers took out on Shechem? What do you think of the reason (v. 31) they gave for doing it? Have you heard reasoning like that before?

BibleGateway: Genesis 34:1-31 ESV Text: Genesis 34:1-31 Genesis 34 (Listen) The Defiling of Dinah 34:1 Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. 3 And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly…

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Do you have religious customs and traditions? It’s okay if you do, but if you insist on them like they are the Lord’s commandments, you’ve gone too far.

Do you have religious customs and traditions? It’s okay if you do, but if you insist on them like they are the Lord’s commandments, you’ve gone too far.

BibleGateway: Mark 7:1-15 ESV Text: Mark 7:1-15 Mark 7:1–15 (Listen) Traditions and Commandments 7:1 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,1 holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat…

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Jesus’ miracles were not for mere entertainment, but met the earthly needs of the people—and more importantly showed them that He was the Christ from God.

Jesus’ miracles were not for mere entertainment, but met the earthly needs of the people—and more importantly showed them that He was the Christ from God.

BibleGateway: Luke 9:10-17 ESV Text: Luke 9:10-17 Luke 9:10–17 (Listen) Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 10 On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. 12 Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and…

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When Herod caught word of Jesus he was only interested in the entertainment value he could get from him, just as he had been with John the Baptist.

When Herod caught word of Jesus he was only interested in the entertainment value he could get from him, just as he had been with John the Baptist.

BibleGateway: Luke 9:1-9 ESV Text: Luke 9:1-9 Luke 9:1–9 (Listen) Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles 9:1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.1 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there,…

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