Did Joseph Ultimately Fail? Part 2

Did Joseph Ultimately Fail? Part 2

March 10, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, I asked the question: Did Joseph ultimately fail? To be more accurate, I borrowed that question from Al Erisman in his book The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph (chapter 25). Yesterday, I considered whether Christians ought to ask such questions of biblical heroes, answering in the affirmative. Today, I want to begin to reflect on the question itself.

Did Joseph Ultimately Fail? Part 1

Did Joseph Ultimately Fail? Part 1

March 9, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

“Did Joseph ultimately fail?” Al Erisman poses this question in his book The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph (chapter 25). If, like me, you grew up in the church, faithfully attending Sunday School throughout your young life and believing that the Bible is God’s Word, then Al’s question can seem like heresy. How dare Al ask such a thing! Joseph is one of the great heroes of the Bible. Of course he didn’t fail! Or . . . did he?

God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways, Part 3

God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways, Part 3

March 8, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Sometimes God’s “mysterious, marvelous ways” exceed all of our expectations in their obvious goodness. Sometimes, however, God’s ways are mysterious in the opposite direction. It can be hard to catch the marvelous quality.

God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways, Part 2

God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways, Part 2

March 7, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Last Thursday’s Life for Leaders edition was entitled “God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways.” In this devotion I focused on Joseph’s claim that God, not his brothers, had sent him to Egypt for God’s own purposes. Today, I want to reflect with you on another dimension of God’s mysterious, marvelous ways.

The First Step Toward Forgiveness

The First Step Toward Forgiveness

March 6, 2016By Deidra Riggs

No matter who you are, how you live, where you work, or what you believe, it’s going to be a challenge to get out of this life without being offended by someone, somewhere.

God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways

God’s Mysterious, Marvelous Ways

March 3, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, we focused on the opening verses of Genesis 45, in which Joseph finally reveals his true identity to his brothers. While Joseph wept loudly, his brothers stood silently, “so dismayed were they at his presence” (45:3). No doubt they feared that, given how they had treated Joseph years ago, they were in big trouble now.

More Reasons to Believe and Love the Bible

More Reasons to Believe and Love the Bible

March 2, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Genesis 45 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, for several reasons. First, in this chapter Joseph finally revealed his true identity to his brothers. I’m reminded of so many delightful movies — from You’ve Got Mail to Iron Man — in which the protagonist finally lets out the secret of his or her real identity. None of these movies offers more suspense and surprise than the story of Joseph in Genesis.