Joel Vande WerkenJoel Vande Werken

Joel Vande Werken

Joel Vande Werken has been a pastor since 2007, serving churches in Sussex, New Jersey, and in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Brandie, have four young children.

Devotions by Joel Vande Werken

October 31, 2020


Hebrews 11:21; Genesis 50:15-21
“But God intended it for good. . . .”

October 30, 2020

Jacob’s Funeral

Genesis 50:1-14
So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: They ­carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him. . . .

October 29, 2020

Last Words

Genesis 49:1-2, 28-33
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.

October 28, 2020

Seeing with Eyes of Faith

Genesis 48:1-20
Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger. . . .

October 27, 2020

Longing for Home

Genesis 47:28-31
“Do not bury me in Egypt. . .”

October 26, 2020

Reflections of a Pilgrim

Genesis 47:5-12
“My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.”

October 25, 2020

One More Journey

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30
“Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.”

October 24, 2020

Unexpected Joy

Genesis 43:15-16; 45:1-7, 16-28
Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

October 23, 2020


Genesis 43:1-14
“If it must be . . .”

October 22, 2020

Holding Even Tighter

Genesis 42:18-38
“Everything is against me!”

October 21, 2020

God’s Teaching Process

Genesis 42:1-20
When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “. . . Go down there and buy some for us. . . .”

October 20, 2020

Confusion and Grief

Genesis 37:12-36
They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”

October 19, 2020


Genesis 37:1-11
Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons. . . .

October 18, 2020

Separate Ways

Genesis 36:1-8
Esau took his wives and sons and daughters . . . and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob.

October 17, 2020

Death and Mourning

Genesis 35:16-20, 27-29
Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath.

October 16, 2020

Never Left Alone

Genesis 35:1-15
“I will build an altar to God . . . who has been with me wherever I have gone.”

October 15, 2020

Brothers Again

Genesis 33:1-17
Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him. . . .

October 14, 2020

A New Name

Genesis 32:22-32
“I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

October 13, 2020


Genesis 32:3-21
In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.

October 12, 2020

Parting Ways

Genesis 31:22-44
Jacob was angry and took Laban to task.

October 11, 2020

On the Road Again

Genesis 31:1-21
“I am the God of Bethel. . . . Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.”

October 10, 2020

Business Matters

Genesis 30:25-43
So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.

October 9, 2020

Family Matters

Genesis 29:31-30:2
When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister.

October 8, 2020

The Deceiver Is Deceived

Genesis 29:15-30
Jacob said to Laban,“. . . Why have you deceived me?”

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