Fasting for Spiritual Growth

I often refer to fasting as an important spiritual growth tool in our lives. Some time ago, I wrote a number of posts on the subject of fasting and I am gathering all of those together here as a resource for understanding fasting in general. These posts also address a number of specific aspects of fasting, biblical background on fasting, and some practical helps for how we approach fasting. I hope this is helpful as you step forward by fasting in order to say ‘no’ to yourself and ‘yes’ to God for growth into the abundant life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Context of the Life of Joseph

As we begin our series “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering” from Genesis 37-50, I cannot emphasize how important it is for us to understand the context in which Joseph’s life takes place. Certainly, we must pay attention to both the historical context of Genesis and the relational/familial context of the generations of Abraham’s family. We also must not miss the covenantal context of God’s work to bring forth blessing to all the nations through Abraham’s seed. I appreciate the way that this video on the second half of Genesis from The Bible Project helps us grasp the context of all these aspects together.

Descending [Life of Joseph, part 1]

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering” by looking at the beginnings of Joseph’s story in Genesis 37.  Joseph’s story begins with dreams, parental favoritism, and family tensions. His father’s favorite son, Joseph quickly finds the disagreements with his brothers boiling over into his faked murder and sale into slavery. What do you do when everyone seems to turn against you?

You can view the message video and sermon outline for this message below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. Also, join in with our daily devotional that accompanies this series during Lent.

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The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we begin a new series entitled “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering.” As we trace the life of Joseph in Genesis, we get a glimpse of how God is at work in our lives. We can grapple with how we respond in faith through the ups and downs of life. We all face troubles in life, but God is at work in the midst of those troubles, even if He seems hidden. In this Lenten journey, we will explore themes of faith, suffering, God’s hiddenness and God’s sovereignty from the life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. Read more background to the life of Joseph here.

Along with the weekend messages, I want to invite you to join a 40-day devotional journey. You can find out more about how to access that devotional in print or electronically here.

February 14 – “The Cross in Shadows

February 17/18 – “Descending” (Genesis 37:1-36)

February 24/25 “Caught” (Genesis 39:1-20)

March 3/4 – “Lost and Found” (Genesis 40:1-41:57)

March 10/11 – “Open Wounds” (Genesis 42:1-44:34)

March 17/18 – “Reconciliation” (Genesis 45:1-46:34)

March 24/25 – “Blessing and Rescue” (Genesis 47:1-50:26)