Don’t Let Hatred Harden Your Heart

January 14, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

I read the closing verses of Genesis 37 with sadness and wonder. I am sad for Jacob, who is grieving what he believes to be the death of his son Joseph. And I wonder how Joseph’s brothers could allow their own father to feel grief they knew to be unfounded.

God’s Mysterious Weavings

January 13, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

“And they took Joseph to Egypt.” If you know the story of Joseph, then you know how this little sentence is filled with significance. Moreover, if you’re familiar with the wider story of Israel, then you know that this sentence is the beginning of the most formative story in the Old Testament—the “Exodus” of God’s people from Egypt. It all began when Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelites.

Messed Up Families: There Is Hope

January 12, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

I ended our last devotion by asking: Is there hope for families? Can families break out of the cycle of dysfunctionality and learn to relate in healthy, holy ways? I noted that I believe the answer to these questions is “yes.” But I would hasten to add that the road to health in our close relationships is not a level, straight one that is easy to travel. It’s more like driving on a turning, twisting mountain road. It takes time, patience, commitment, and, above all, God’s grace.

Truth that Can Change Your Life and Leadership

January 10, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Psalm 24 can change your life. It can change the way you lead. It can change how you work and how you think about your work. Psalm 24 can make all the difference in the world . . . literally.

Please allow me to explain what I mean.

Sustainability: Not as New as You Might Think

January 9, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

I can’t quite remember when I first heard people talking about sustainability. I expect it was sometime in the last fifteen years or so. Now, I run into this word practically every day. (You may be interested to learn that Google’s Ngram Viewer, which measures the frequency of word usage in literature from 1500 through 2008, demonstrates an explosion of usage of “sustainability” in the last twenty years, after almost no use of the word prior to 1990.)

Broken Living in a Broken World

January 7, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

To be honest, there is part of me that wishes Genesis 34 were not in the Bible. This chapter is painful to read, with its account of sin piled on top of sin, pain stacked on pain. Yet, at the same time, I am grateful for the fact that the Bible doesn’t pretend life is all sweetness and light. Genesis 34, like so many other passages from Scripture, tells the story of human depravity without flinching. Thus, it speaks to our broken world, to the pains and longings of the twenty-first century, to the struggles we face in our lives.

Do You Have Enough?

January 6, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

As you know, Lord, we live in a culture that encourages us not to be satisfied with what we have. Enough is rarely enough. Help us, Lord, to think about our possessions differently. Give us wisdom to know when enough is enough. Teach us to be satisfied with, and, yes, grateful for what we have.