Week 7: February 12 – February 18

We finish up Genesis during this seventh week of Living in The Story. We continue to follow the story of Abraham’s family: Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons, and now the famous story of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son. As we’ve been reading, we have noticed the startling humanity and brokenness of our biblical heroes.

There are today and there always have been perverse “gospels” that claim being a Christian, being a follower of God will bring health, wealth and prosperity. Don’t believe it. If anyone ever tries to tell you that sorrows and troubles are your own fault because of your own lack of faith, question this. Of course, sometimes we create our own troubles, but the stories of Joseph and Jesus insist that the very act of faithfulness is often enough to trigger opposition from the world.

Living in God’s Story of wide open welcome, grace and mercy does not sit well with some people who prefer walls and fences and boundaries. God’s story is about breaking down barriers and building bridges. Watch for this theme as you read this week.

Genesis 37-50

Psalms 55

Psalm 75

Psalm 107

Mark 8-10


As You Read resource for Week 7

Charlotte’s Living in The Story blog: Forgive and Forget? I Don’t Think So



Author: Charlotte Vaughan Coyle

Charlotte lives and blogs in Paris TX. She is ordained within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and developed Living in The Story while doing doctoral work at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth. Charlotte also blogs about intersections of faith, politics, and culture at CharlotteVaughanCoyle.com.