Ash Wednesday reminded me – and still reminds me – that death is one of the great “levelers” in our world. No matter how powerful or wealthy you might be, no matter how influential your leadership, you will die, just like every other human being.
Before we leave the story of Joseph naming his sons, I want to share one more personal example. If this seems a little self-indulgent, I apologize. But I do believe that part of what I’m supposed to do in these devotions is share my own life of faith with you, even as my focus is upon God’s Word as it shapes our prayers.
I’m struck by the last few words in Joseph’s explanation of Ephraim’s name. He could have stopped at “For God has made me fruitful.” Instead, however, he added “in the land of my misfortunes.”
Participating in Communion can seem like a thing we do on Sunday that has little impact on how we live on Monday and throughout the rest of the week. The truth is, however, that Communion helps us remember the centrality of Jesus.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 A Note from Mark: I want to introduce you to my friend Tim Yee. I have known Tim for many years as an exceptional student of mine, … Read More
Today, I thought I’d share with you how the name of my own firstborn represents God’s grace to my wife and me.
God’s grace had delivered Joseph and blessed him beyond measure. The name “Manasseh” represented this grace.
So far this week we’ve seen in Joseph an example of someone who talked about God in the workplace. He did this in an honest, straightforward, and humble way.
In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, I began reflecting on the relevance for us of Joseph’s talking about God in his conversation with Pharaoh.
The first thing that impresses me about Joseph’s mention of God is how simple and straightforward it is. He didn’t explain anything about the God he served. He didn’t go on about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He simply said, “God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” He did this in a way that seemed natural, honest, and modest. He said what he believed without undue elaboration or defensiveness.