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Today Devotional


Scripture Reading: Genesis 42:1-17
As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them.

—Genesis 42:7

Does it surprise us that Joseph spoke harshly to his brothers, who didn’t recognize him? We might expect this from someone who was bent on vengeance, but was Joseph that way?

Why didn’t Joseph immediately reveal his identity to his brothers, invite them to come near, embrace them, weep over them, and then gently explain that God himself had sent him to Egypt ahead of them?

The rest of the story will make clear that Joseph does not have malicious intentions. But why might Joseph display such harshness now?

September 18th, 2014 Read More
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Escape to the Lake

Escape to the Lake

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Summer, vacation, time away, rest, a lake—escape!

Megan and Greg and their children drove from Chicago to the Conference Point Center on the shores of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, WI, looking forward to a peaceful family vacation. They had no idea what else God had in store for them.

“When we looked at the conference...

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Ministry Updates
Brazilian Churches Celebrate Family Month

Brazilian Churches Celebrate Family Month

Each year between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day the churches of Brazil put family first and praise God for the gift of family.

The events of “Family Month,” or "Mês da Família," vary from one church or ministry to the next.  They may include children’s activities such as Sunday school, hospitality challenges for congregations, church-wide...

June 5, 2014 Read More