Through the Bible

A Study of God's Word

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? 

What a Great Leader Does

March 12, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 47

This Sunday, we will look at https://momentsofhopechurch.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=619883e2c05bae1713b849822&id=90d272363c&e=26b90da95d, a key chapter in the development of the nation of Israel. Jacob and his family are now in Egypt. They have been given the land of Goshen, a prime area for shepherds to oversee their flocks. It will be their home for the next 400+ years. Two amazing circumstances happen in chapter 47. A 130 year-old shepherd from Canaan blesses the most powerful man on the face of the earth. We are blessed to be a blessing - always and to whomever we are around. Also, in the midst of the worst of the famine, Joseph devises a plan to save the nation.

God is Working His Purposes Out

March 5, 2023 • David Chadwick

This Sunday we move into https://momentsofhopechurch.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=619883e2c05bae1713b849822&id=bccafb31c9&e=26b90da95d. After 22 years of believing that his son is dead, Jacob and Joseph are reunited. It is an emotional and tearful reunion. 70 relatives are brought from Canaan to Egypt.

Long-Lasting Reconciliation

February 26, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 45

This Sunday, we will continue the next steps in Joseph's life journey. It's the denouement moment when Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers. He had seen in them the necessary steps toward reconciliation. Now he is ready to reconcile with them.

The Test of Repentance

February 19, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 44

Joseph is one of the most fascinating and Christlike characters in the Bible. This Sunday, we will look at chapter 44 of Genesis, as Joseph inches closer and closer toward revealing his true person to his brothers. Today we discover if his brothers have truly repented, and if reconciliation is possible.

Taking Another Step

February 12, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 43

This week, we will continue our journey with Joseph and his life. Chapter 43 of Genesis will be our focus. This chapter is another step in Joseph's relationship with his brothers. He has forgiven them. But can he reconcile with them? How can he trust them after what they had done to him? We will examine truths you need to observe in people before you ever reconcile with them.

Joseph Faces His Brothers

February 5, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 42

This week's message will deal with two questions that Joseph had to face: 1. How do I forgive those who have hurt me? 2. Does forgiveness mean I must reconcile and now have a relationship with them? Every follower of Jesus needs to know what forgiveness and reconciliation are. And the difference between the two.

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.

From the Prison to the Palace

January 22, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 41:1–38

This Sunday we will walk through Genesis 41. It appears that Joseph is stuck - in a prison cell. Seemingly forgotten by God, and forgotten by others who he had helped get their freedom. What he does and how he acts is a model for all of us. And in his patience, God finally gives him his breakthrough in a most unusual, supernatural way. But it didn't happen immediately. Indeed, it took 10 long years!

Hope When it Seems that God has Forgotten You

January 15, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 40

We continue our study of the life of Joseph and cover Genesis 40. Joseph is in prison, wrongly accused of sinful behavior. Yet, we will continue to see God's overarching providence no matter where Joseph was: in the pit, Potiphar's house, the prison, and the pause - when God forces him to wait for his answer in prayer. We can't always see exactly how God is working out his purposes. But Scripture is abundantly clear that he is. In every situation in our lives.

And the Lord was With Joseph

January 8, 2023 • David Chadwick • Genesis 39

This Sunday, we return to https://momentsofhopechurch.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=619883e2c05bae1713b849822&id=a9c432bab8&e=26b90da95d. It's the next stage in the life of Joseph. In an age of accusations about toxic masculinity, let's examine the life of a man who truly followed God - one who wanted his life to emulate God's greatness in every possible way. If you are passing through some tough times, Joseph's life will speak to you. If you are wondering how to serve God in your workplace, Joseph's life will speak to you. If you are wondering how to resist temptation, Joseph's life will speak to you.

From the Pit to Providence

November 20, 2022 • David Chadwick • Genesis 37

This Sunday, we will begin looking at the life of Joseph in Genesis 37. Pay special attention to the foreshadowing of his life and Jesus’s. The connections are remarkable.

Generational Blessings

November 13, 2022 • David Chadwick • Genesis 35, Genesis 36

This week we look at God's truth about family legacy and generational blessings. In https://momentsofhopechurch.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=619883e2c05bae1713b849822&id=6817577818&e=c3cc3358ad, we will look at the blessings on Jacob's life and family when he finally yielded all to God. And, conversely, we will see the curses upon Esau's legacy in https://momentsofhopechurch.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=619883e2c05bae1713b849822&id=e9c5bf5865&e=c3cc3358ad. We all want to leave a legacy. Let's examine together God's way of doing so, for His glory alone.