Working in Exile

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Last meeting we discussed the idea of obedience as a “proof of our faith,” and how the faith of Abraham and Joseph was tested in four particular ways: 1) They were directed by God to journey to a place though they did not know the way 2) They lived in a land of exile 3) They accepted the trials and …

Joseph’s Way of Fatherhood

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Last meeting we discussed the idea of obedience as a “proof of our faith.” The father who is obedient in small matters proves, by his actions, that he trusts the Lord and His commands and therefore the Lord grants him greater responsibilities. This week we will turn to Abraham and Joseph and discover a profound typological connection between the two …

Obedience: A Father’s Proof of Faith

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From the beggining of our FOSJ meetings, we have discussed the importance of listening. Listening, however is only the first step toward fulfilling the Lord’s will. Just as “faith without works is dead,” (James 2:24) so also listening without obedient action is useless. Remember the account of the Wedding at Cana: without water—our work—there is no wine—grace, and without wine—grace—our …

Unlocking the Power of Your Fatherhood

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A couple of weeks ago, my six year old daughter wanted to put on a dance show for me. Her beautiful blond hair flowed as she bounced in her little ballerina outfit across our family room floor. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I noticed that as she danced she would consistently look up from watching herself and check to …

A Father’s Secret Service

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Last meeting we discussed the human father’s role in the economy of salvation by comparing him to the servant at the wedding at Cana. Mary tells us servants to do whatever Jesus tells us. We must listen to Jesus, then act; pray and then do. We obey Jesus—even when it appears illogical—and fill our jars, that is our work, to …

A Father Who is Known for His Works

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Last meeting we discussed how Joseph was virtually unnoticed during his lifetime. In fact, his life is somewhat veiled. We seem to know very little of him. However, our Lord said that what is hidden will be revealed and what is secret will be made known. Joseph’s hidden, secret fatherhood has been, and is being revealed, even to this very …

Abraham and Joseph: Known Rather than Noticed

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Earner vs. Believer The man who believes that he must earn favor with God and with others believes that his works must be noticed by others. Such a man will not allow his true self to shine – he attempts to maintain an image – in a word, he is an earner. But a man who believes that the Father …

Being Known Rather than Being Noticed: The Battle for the Family

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Being known and being noticed by another are very different in meaning. To be known by another demands that we give ourselves in service to another for their own sake. “Man can only find himself by becoming a sincere gift to others.” (See GS 24) By giving ourselves to another we become known for who we really are. A father …

Joseph’s Silent Listening: Overcoming Intimidation

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Every man, every father, is continually challenged by various trials, obstacles and nearly impossible situations. If you are a man, you will be attacked by evil and tested in many ways. If you are not tested and challenged, then you are either not a man, or you’re dead. All of us are men, and all of us are alive, which …

Abraham’s Listening Heart

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There is a tremendous difference between telling God your plans and God telling His plan for you. Compared to God’s plan for us, our own plans are anemic, small minded, limited in scope. God’s plans for us are beyond what we can ever hope for or imagine. (See Eph 3) To move past the tendency of “following our own plan” …