How can God bring good out of evil? What the brothers did to Joseph was still wrong but
God used it for good. Only God can see ahead and know what is best. Don't let this be a lesson
to do what you want and hope God will work it out for our good and his. Those brothers learned
a lesson also. How it must have hurt his father to think Joseph was dead all those years. Much
suffering was the result of those brother's actions. He didn't even want them to be angry with
The other lesson, which may be more important for us, is that we should be ready to
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.