Moving Forward

January 29, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 41:37–57

I wonder if Joseph ever experienced PTSD? Think about all he went through. From a pit where he cried for mercy. To being sold in slavery in Egypt. To being unjustly accused and imprisoned - for 10 years! Yet you never see Joseph complaining. Or claiming victimhood. Continually, you see him marching forward, led by the Holy Spirit, and trusting in God.

Perhaps the reason he was able to move forward is found in the names of his two sons in Egypt. Their names, in my opinion, give the keys for how Joseph overcame any potential PTSD in his life.

Turning Evil for Good

April 2, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 50

We now approach Genesis https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+50&version=esv and Joseph's final interaction with his brothers. After Jacob dies, Joseph's brothers start to fear. Without dad alive, will Joseph finally take revenge? Will he persecute, perhaps even kill, us for what we have done to him? Joseph's response to his brothers' fears is amazing. It truly shows that he had forgiven them. He not only wished them and their families well, committing to provide for them all their lives (when you bless others who have hurt you, it's a sure sign you've forgiven them), but he pronounces great faith in God's overarching, absolute providence. What they did to Joseph was indeed evil. But God turned it for good (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+50%3a20&version=esv).  

8 Great Ways to Pass On a Godly Blessing

March 26, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 49

As we examine Genesis Chapter 49 (Jacob blessing his sons), we hope that moms and dads, (grandparents as well), use it as a guide for how to bless your kids. They hunger to hear a verbal blessing from mom and dad - your hopes and dreams for them. The blessed future and hope you see that God may have for them. 

8 Great Ways to Pass On a Godly Legacy

March 19, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 48

If you were on your deathbed, knowing that death was imminent, what would you say to your children? Your loved ones? What baton of legacy would you want handed down generationally?  In https://momentsofhopechurch.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=619883e2c05bae1713b849822&id=4464d6e41e&e=26b90da95d, our next chapter in our study of the first book in the Bible, this is exactly what is going on. Jacob is dying. He calls Joseph, his beloved son to come to him, and Joseph comes with his two sons, Ephraim and Mannaseh.  What does Jacob say to his son and grandsons? Does it give us insights into how we should approach our own generational and family legacies?