When Rhome had to face his parents' divorce over adultery, he struggled with all kinds of emotions and fears over his own future choices, even while choosing ministry over business.
Rhome opens up about his own family turmoil as he was growing up and how it's possible to look successful while things are falling apart. Success can help us hide from our own sin.
Most people who are betrayed and abandoned struggle with anger, bitterness, and rebellion. But we see no signs of that in Joseph's reactions. He never completely lost his faith in God working.
You'll probably never be sold into slavery, but if your circumstances have ever fallen woefully short of your dreams for your future, you have quite a bit in common with Joseph.
Chuck Swindoll introduces us to his friend, Rhome Dyck, a pastor and passionate teacher of the Bible. Rhome reminds us of how blindsided Joseph was by his removal to a foreign culture.
The biography of Joseph is nothing short of remarkable, occupying as much or more space in Genesis than the biographies of Adam, Noah, Abraham, or even his father, Jacob. Joseph emerges from the pages of Scripture as a man with whom most of us can identify. Over his long life, Joseph responded to broken dreams and impossible circumstances with a faith that propelled him from the pit of slavery to the pinnacle of power.
Facing a massive project ahead? Having a hard time getting started on it or sticking with it? Chuck Swindoll gives some advice to help you keep plugging away at it.
Instead, it will be a judgment to determine our rewards based on how well we have followed Christ. On that day, Jesus will examine and reveal our motives and the quality of our service.
A good way to think about contentment is Christ-sufficiency, not self-sufficiency.