by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Third Day (3 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Romans 5:10-11

‘‘Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son’s life. And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.’’ Romans 5:10-11

God’s way of dealing with enemies is not our standard procedure. We want merchant ships stocked with weapons with which to blow pirates out of the water. We look to security forces to kill rampaging gunmen, counting such personnel as heroes. Our idea of dealing with enemies is to destroy them in their bunkers with air strikes from afar. God’s idea is to offer peace by dying on their behalf.


Fourth Day (4 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Genesis 41:38-39

‘‘So the king said to them, ‘No one could possibly handle this better than Joseph, since the Spirit of God is with him.’ Then the king told Joseph, ‘God is the one who has shown you these things. No one else is as wise as you are or knows as much as you do.’’’ Genesis 41:38-39

This has got to be the strangest part of Joseph’s story. Joseph was a foreigner. Joseph had come to Egypt as a slave. Joseph had been imprisoned under accusation of improper dealings with Potiphar’s wife. Joseph was still a prisoner. Foreigners with criminal records were the last to be considered for a position of power, much less when they were slaves. Now all this was being set aside and he was given the position of second in command of the largest world power of the day!
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