“Genesis 40- Meeting The Needs Of Others” 2/27/2017 Written by Pastor Rob Barkman for “Settled In Heaven Ministries”

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Written by Pastor Rob Barkman for “Settled In Heaven Ministries” @ http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 40- Meeting The Needs Of Others

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Genesis Chapter 40:

Gen 40:1-23   KJV

(1)  And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

(2)  And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

(3)  And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

(4)  And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

(5)  And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.

(6)  And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

(7)  And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

(8)  And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

(9)  And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

(10)  And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

(11)  And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

(12)  And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

(13)  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

(14)  But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

(15)  For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

(16)  When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

(17)  And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

(18)  And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

(19)  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

(20)  And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

(21)  And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

(22)  But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

(23)  Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Thought For This Chapter…

Meeting the needs of others…

Gen 30:21-23 –  And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

When Joseph saw that both the baker and butler needed their dreams to be interpreted, Joseph was faithful to the Lord and stood up and worked to meet their needs.  After Joseph successfully interpreted the dreams of both the butler and baker, all that he asked was that the butler would “make mention of me to Pharaoh”.  This would include reminding Pharaoh that the Lord’s hand of blessing was upon Joseph and that Joseph had been faithful to Pharaoh as overseer of Pharaoh’s household.

The butler, unlike Joseph, was not willing to step up and work to meet Joseph’s need.  He did not make it a priority but instead “forgat him (Joseph)”

Folks, how often have we done the same thing?  How often does the Lord bring someone into our lives that has a need and we are not willing to stand up and meet that need?  Instead their need is soon forgotten.  This is truly a shame.

We should always seek to be a blessing to those whom the Lord brings into our circle of acquaintances.  We can do that in many ways…

Do they have a need for prayer?  We can daily pray for them and present them before others to pray for them as well.

Do they need to have relationship with Christ?  We can share what the Lord has done for us with them.

Do they have any physical needs in life that we can fulfill?  Perhaps their car or house needs work they cannot do and we have the ability and knowledge to meet their need.

Or maybe just an encouraging word or a small favor on their behalf would mean so much to them.

Everyone has needs in their lives that we can fulfil, if we just take the time to recognize the need and act to meet that need.  This is one of the great callings that God has placed upon each one of us…

Mat 25:35-40 KJV – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him,  saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?  or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?   Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

This type of attitude that looks for ways to fulfill the need of others is a hallmark of one who has experienced the love of God in their life…

1Jn 3:17 KJV – But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

May we all reveal outwardly the love God has shown to us by serving others seeking to meet their needs.

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“Discipleship Doesn’t Come Cheaply” 2/26/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Discipleship Doesn’t Come Cheaply

Luke 14:25-35

Once again we are on the road with Jesus as He makes His way toward Jerusalem. There is quite a good-sized crowd travelling with Him along the way and at some point in their progress Jesus speaks to them about the cost of being His disciple. His remarks are set up in 14:26-27:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

These words will sound a little crazy if we don’t recognize that Jesus has inserted a bit of hyperbole to make His point. No, we need not literally hate our families; obviously hate is not the way of love. Yet we also mustn’t allow them to keep us from following Jesus, or be so concerned with what they think of us that we will turn our backs on our Lord. The same is true of ourselves; we must not be so concerned with our own persona and interests that we cannot put His first, for if we do not put Him first, we will not be a disciple.

Reduced to simplest terms, a disciple is one who knows what the Master knows, and who does what the Master does, thus a disciple will put neither their own interests nor those of other people ahead of their Master’s interests. To better illustrate His point, Jesus tells a parable:

If a person is going to build something, in the parable it’s a tower, they must first obtain a good estimate of the building cost, for if they do not, then they run the risk of having to halt construction midway through the process for lack of money to complete it. It seems like common sense doesn’t it?

Then He gives another example, this time of a king thinking about making war on a neighboring king. He must consider his chances of winning the war before he jumps into a fight. If it turns out that he is unlikely to survive the war, he must seek a diplomatic solution. Again, this is common sense.

What Jesus is trying to tell people is simply that following Him isn’t going to be all peaches and cream; there may well be problems that come up in this life. Doesn’t this remind you a little bit of the warnings we saw in chapter 13?

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. (14:33)

Then He closes with an interesting observation…

Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (14:34-35)

Here He uses common salt as an analogy to discipleship; a disciple is like salt. If salt is no longer salty, then what good is it? It’s only good for being thrown away. If a disciple of Christ is pulled back into the old ways and no longer follows the Master, then what good is he to the Master?  Yes dear reader, this is another warning…

It is also another illustration of what He means by “giving up everything”. The Master must come first.

This is a very touchy point, for there is a great deal of nuance here for the reader to pick up on. All too often, preachers and commentators leave this at a very negative point and launch into discussions of heavy religious duties and obligations, into hellfire and damnation or finger pointing and condemnation, and in so doing leave wreckage in their wakes. The problem that these preachers and commentators have is that they forget the building project and the king, and concentrate on the salt… and they don’t know the first thing about cooking, except that their wives do all of it for them!

Let’s pause and talk about the nature of salt so that we can have ears that hear.

I will run a Bonus Post about salt tomorrow morning; see you then!

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“THE YEARS IN BETWEEN” 2/25/2017 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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      THE YEARS IN BETWEEN

 

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“There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that’s really what gives life’s true meaning.”

Ben Carson

We start our lives kicking and screaming at our birth and often go out the same way. It’s what happens between those two events that makes the difference. Some are born into great wealth whiles others are met with an abundance of adversity. Some have every opportunity in life while others must struggle constantly for whatever they achieve. Our lives often depend on our circumstances, but when God is included in them, the opportunities are endless.

I’m not saying that being a Christian is going to open every door for us, or that life is going to be so much easier because of it. Chances are you may even have a harder road as a child of God. Your challenges in life may be greater than an unbeliever.  Your accomplishments may seem unimportant.  Your path will be filled with obstacles.

The difference comes with the knowledge that He is in control of every aspect of the time we are given; His love for us lasts forever; He overlooks all our mistakes through the death of His own Son. He remains the same even when we change. In a lifetime of between 70 to 90 years we can make a real mess of things, but we are guaranteed eternity when we place our hope in Him.

Knowing that God has mapped it all out for us – drawn up the blueprints for our lives – has them in His own hands – knows what’s best for us – then those years in between, no matter how long, do make a difference.

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“The Heart is Most Important !!” 2/24/2017 Written by Pastor Roger McCarty for “International Christian Singles”

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Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

It is natural that we are attracted to each other physically, however, that is only an attraction, it is the beauty that comes from the heart, seeing Jesus in their eyes, and this gives another a loving, caring, giving, and beautiful spirit, which is the most attractive part of who we are!

We may be attracted to another physically, but look deep into their heart and find Jesus and we will see the True Beauty that will keep a relationship together for life!

WHAT DO WE SEE?

  1. Jesus?

    The Love of God

    3. A trustworthy heart?

    4. Kindness?

    5. A giving spirit?

    6. Someone who will keep us first after Jesus?

Look closely at their heart until you find the one Jesus has sent into your life who looks like Jesus!

Beauty attracts, but the Heart builds the relationship and TRUE LOVE!

Pastor Roger McCarthy

 

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“Being An Effective Leader – Biblical Leadership, Part 1” 2/23/2017 Written by Bill Rudge for “Bill Rudge Ministries”

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Being An Effective Leader – Biblical Leadership, Part 1

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“Behold, I have made him a leader and commander for the peoples.” Isaiah 55:4

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Over the next few months we will be examining biblical principles for being an effective leader. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, this study is essential for every Christian for growth and maturity.

Need for Godly Leaders

One day a good friend of mine came by my office. After ten years as a youth pastor he was ready to leave the ministry. He said that in spite of serving at three different churches, he’d never had a spiritual mentor. He was frustrated that he had not found an older man in his life to disciple him, just as Paul did with Timothy (2 Timothy 1:13; 3:10, 14).

My friend’s experience is not isolated. I meet people all the time who say they have no example of a true man or woman of God in their lives. Instead of encountering men and women totally sold out to God, they end up being exposed to “Christian” leaders who often reflect more of the world than of Jesus Christ. Today, we need godly men and women to inspire, lead and disciple younger believers; then motivate them to train others (who in turn will train others) as Paul wrote Timothy:

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:1, 2).

We All Leave A Legacy

What legacy we leave will depend upon the impact we have had on those within our circle of influence. In other words, have we provided our family, friends, coworkers, etc., with an authentic example of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Would we want others to follow our pattern/way of living? Paul reminds that we are all in a race. Like Paul, let our legacy be that we did more than run in the race – we ran to win:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day … (2 Timothy 4:7, 8).

Whom Do We Trust As Spiritual Leaders?

Many people tell me they attend a certain church because their pastor is a great communicator and storyteller. While an effective pastor employs communication skills, more is required in determining what leader we should follow. Rather than pastors who only entertain and tickle ears, we need shepherds whose ultimate aim is to lead us toward holy and righteous living. We all need discernment in knowing whom we should trust as our spiritual leaders:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Every Follower of Jesus Has An Eternal Calling

We are not in this world to merely pursue temporal rewards. Rather, as Paul says, we run this race for Christ to receive an imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:24, 25). Knowing that we have an eternal purpose and destiny, we cannot just sit on the sidelines and be spectators. We need to step out of our comfort zone and make an eternal impact on our world for Jesus Christ.

As believers in Jesus we need to be growing in our relationship with Him and the knowledge of His Word. We need to actively share our faith and be involved in activities that will help others and bear eternal fruit for God’s Kingdom.

In future blogs we will examine the qualities of both bad and good leaders.

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Prayer For Father

I forward this prayer for my friend Karina’s father…

Open the link below, “Prayer For Father”

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time we need We humbly beseech thee to care, visit, touch and relieve Your beloved servant, our beloved father. Look upon him with the…

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“Teach us to pray” 2/22/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Teach us to pray

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Luke 11:1-4

 

Do you see “look at me”? Do you see “gimme the goodies”?

Hardly.

What we can see here is humility, putting God’s purpose first and foremost, necessities forgiveness, and overcoming the evil one; it is elegant in its simplicity.

We are addressing the Father in heaven, acknowledging His glory and giving Him honor, and then asking for His kingdom to come in its fullness, where His will be the only will that is done on earth, just like in heaven. Notice that this doesn’t leave all that much room for my own will to be done, in fact, my will and your will are not mentioned at all.

There is a request that God would provide for us, a humble request to be sure, and then a request for God’s forgiveness as we forgive others; a scary thought for many, I might add. Finally, we are to ask God not to lead us into temptation, but to deliver us from the evil one, again a request of supreme humility. When you put this all together, Jesus is teaching us to pray in a manner that is entirely foreign to the religious life of His time, and a lot more foreign in our own time than we might like to think about, with only God’s will being mentioned.

Was it Jesus’ intention that we simply recite these words over and over? I really doubt it; I see this as a model for prayer, the elements to be included in prayer, rather than something to be memorized and recited to the absence of anything else, particularly when we lose what He is actually saying here. Of course, I would never say that there is anything wrong with reciting these verses, or any verses.

Here’s some homework: Reflect and pray on these verses, asking Him to reveal them in their fullness to you. I think you’ll find this to be a fascinating exercise in spiritual practice. Next time, we’ll see what Jesus says next; you won’t want to miss this.

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