Family

Being part of a family requires love, courage, and oftentimes forgiveness. In this section, we're examining the importance of family through the life story of Joseph. We'll look at Joseph's childhood, his brothers' plot to get rid of him, how his life unfolds from one hardship-adventure to the next over many years, and the ultimate point of forgiveness between Joseph and his brothers when they all realize God's ever-present care and protection. The completeness of Joseph's forgiveness makes him a role model for all of us.

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Read a Story

Review of Joseph's Life
Read Genesis 37

Joseph in Egypt
Read Genesis 39

Joseph in Prison
Read Genesis 40

Joseph in Command
Read Genesis 41

Joseph's Forgiveness
Read Genesis 42-45

The Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Death of Jacob
Read Genesis 48-50

Listen to a Story

  • Joseph - (told by Marilyn Utz)

Adult and Teen Resources

Articles — Everyday Living

  • Our #1 Relationship - The relationships with our friends, parents, siblings, and significant others can overshadow our relationship with God. However, as Abraham demonstrated throughout his life, when we set ourselves right with God, and prioritize him in our lives, our other relationships fall into place.
  • Siblings – Friends, Not Rivals - The Bible is full of stories of sibling rivalry, like Jacob and Esau. Through these stories we learn that man is an image of love and that sibling rivalry detracts from our expression of love. By loving our siblings, we might even find some blessings we had overlooked.

Guests — Everyday Living

Healing Messages — Everyday Living

  • Family and Adoption - Deep longing for a child leads to adoption - and inspiring lessons are learned along the way!

Parenting — Everyday Living

  • Family Summer Reading - A great family activity is to read the Bible together during summer vacation. Maybe pick up a more modern translation of the Bible to help promote understanding and discussion.
  • Forgive and Forget? - Holding grudges, getting even, mean responses, never forgiving - these build tension in any home. Teaching forgiveness will bless your family's way of life now and going forward.
  • The Grateful Chain — Thanksgiving - November and the Thanksgiving season are a perfect time of year to make a family grateful chain. Encouraging our children (and ourselves!) to express gratitude is an essential part of family life. Build gratitude into each day!

Bible Characters — Bible Study

Books of the Bible — Bible Study

Relationships — Teen Time

  • Our #1 Relationship - The relationships with our friends, parents, siblings, and others significant can overshadow our relationship with God. However, as Abraham demonstrated throughout his life, when we set ourselves right with God, and prioritize him in our lives, our other relationships fall into place.
  • Siblings - Friends, Not Rivals - The Bible is full of stories of sibling rivalry, like Jacob and Esau. Through these stories we learn that man is an image of love and that sibling rivalry detracts from our expression of love. By loving our siblings, we might even find some blessings we had overlooked.
  • Who's In the Center of Your Family - Interacting with family isn't always the easiest. Fortunately, there are a few easy, God-centered steps that we can take to improve those interactions.

Identity — Teen Time