Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014

Read:   Genesis 50:15-19, 34:1-29, Leviticus 19:18, Deuteronomy 32:35, Romans 12:19

Why were Joseph’s brothers afraid of him? In what way were they projecting their sinful attitude?

How did Joseph respond to them? Why is this an important truth in all relational instability?

Pray about how you may be projecting onto others. Ask God to give you insight and direction.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014

Read:   Genesis 50:18-21, 45:1-15

How did Joseph’s brothers respond in both Genesis 45 and 50? What was the same? What was different?

What does this teach you about the importance of confessing sin? Why is timing important?

How can this help you in your current relationships? Specifically, how can you step into this truth?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014

Read:   Genesis 50:15-17, Ephesians 4:3, 26-27

Approximately how long did the brothers take before making attempts to resolve with Joseph?

What could they have done sooner? What does this imply about avoiding and relational instability?

Describe a situation where you currently have relational instability. How can you prevent avoiding?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014

Read:  Genesis 50:15-17, John 13:1-9

How did Peter respond to Jesus washing his feet? How did Jesus respond? How did Peter respond again?

Why was Peter misreading the situation? How could Peter have avoided this mistake?

How can you fall into the “Peter trap”? What practical steps can you take to avoid assuming?

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

Read:  Genesis 50:15-17

Why were Joseph’s brothers fearful? How did this impact the way they treated Joseph?

How did Joseph respond? What does this imply about relational instability and “assuming”?

How have you experienced this truth? Give an example. What specifically is God teaching you?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22, 2014

Read:  Genesis 50:14, Psalm 46:10-11, Philippians 4:6-7, Galatians 2:20, Matthew 28:20, Heb. 3:13

Explain how today’s reading can help someone move through death and grieving.

In what way is this different than what you’ve seen take place? Be specific.

How have you experienced the death of a loved one? What was challenging? How has today’s reading helped?

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

Read:   Genesis 50:1-14, Matthew 18:18-23

How long did Joseph focus on the death of his father? What did he do after the memorial service was over?

How did Jesus teach the same truth with extreme language? How can someone get stuck in grief?

How can understanding the concept of a “new norm” help? How does this relate to God’s calling?