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Down But Not Out

Bible Reading:   Genesis 37:18-28; 50:20God turned into good what you meant for evil.   Genesis 50:20Joseph was in a bad spot. He had tight relationships with God and his father—a marvelous thing. Those special friendships, however, made his older brothers extremely jealous—a hazardous thing. His brothers were so jealous, in fact, that they thought about killing him. Instead, they came up with a cruel plan to sell Joseph into slavery and report to their father that he had been killed by wild animals. Not only was Joseph sold as a slave, but he wound up in an Egyptian prison for refusing to do wrong.You might not have experienced exactly what Joseph did, but maybe you’ve been rejected by friends. Maybe you’ve been punished for something you didn’t do or ridiculed for doing what was right.Talk about it: When people have teased you or made you feel left out, did you wonder what God was doing while you were in pain? What did you expect him to do to make things right?We can only guess what…

Coming off Your High Horse

Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:24-27Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.   Matthew 11:29DURING THE AMERICAN War for Independence, a group of soldiers had been assigned to cut down some trees to make a bridge across a creek. The work was very hard, and the men were making slow progress. As they grunted and sweated, a man rode up on a horse and looked over the scene.The man on the horse spoke to one of the soldiers, who was not working but was telling the others what they should do. “You don’t have enough men, do you?” the man on the horse asked.“No,” said the man who had been giving orders.“Why don’t you lend a hand yourself?” the man on the horse asked.“Me?” the soldier answered in a shocked tone. “Why, sir, I am a corporal!”“Ah,” said the man on the horse, as if the soldier’s rank explained everything. He got off his horse and helped the men. When the trees were all cut down and the bridge was built, he got back on…