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Changing History Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Changing History

The story of Joseph and his brothers makes us want to go back in time and make changes. But God is always working towards a surprising conclusion.


There are plenty of bad things that we would like to go back in time and change — in world history and in our own personal histories. But God can transform those bad things into good. He did it with Joseph and his brothers. He did it with Jesus on the cross. He did it with Paul, who moved from a persecutor to an apostle. Don’t try to change the past. Instead, trust God to transform your future.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Blue Ocean Strategy,” August 7, 2005.


Time-travel movies are entertaining and a bit mind-bending. They ask the question of what would happen if you could go back in time and change history.

Back to the Future tells the story of Marty McFly, escaping to 1955 in a car-shaped time machine and entering the world of his parents when they were teenagers.

The Terminator is a classic piece of science fiction, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a robot sent from the...

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