Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "The Best and Worst of Times"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Best and Worst of Times, given on August 19, 2018.

This past Sunday, we saw how life changed dramatically for God’s people in Egypt. At one point, Joseph was Pharaoh’s right-hand-man and God’s people were given gifts as they moved to Egypt to the start of this story. 400 years later, they were enslaved and worked almost to the point of death.  Although it felt like life couldn’t get worse for the Israelites, God was reminding them through this genealogy that he was still faithful and they were still His people and blessed them by multiplying them.  Even though God’s people can face very real oppression and opposition they can rest on God preserving them through His faithfulness!

As a family, read Exodus 1:1-14 


  • Have you ever felt forgotten?  What are some ways that they can make you feel special again?
  • What was the explanation that Pastor CJ gave for the reason why God’s people continued to multiple (v. 12) in the midst of such oppression? (the faithfulness of God)
  • Have you ever been so comfortable in bed that you didn’t want to get up and go to a place that you know you were supposed to be?  How does that feeling relate to how the Israelites were disrupted in their comfort in Egypt?


God, Thank you for keeping your promises to the people you love and thank you for loving us through Jesus Christ.

[Post by Chad Hester]