Chapter 37 of the book of Genesis begins Joseph’s story. After reading his story, here are lessons I learned.
Joseph’s attitude to work
Joseph prospered even while in captivity. [Origin of the word ‘prosper’: Late Middle English: from Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperare, from prosperus ‘doing well’.] Joseph did well regardless of his circumstances. He didn’t do his work in bitterness of heart but rather with diligence, regardless of his circumstances.
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).” (Colossians 3:23-24, AMPC). Read more →
On Saturday, November 25, 2017, I held a training session with 37 students of Central University, Miotso, Ghana. They were all either instrumentalists or members of the choir and/or praise & worship team. Due to all manner of delays on the road to Ghana and arriving later than anticipated, the training was slightly under 2 hours long and was divided into ‘The Music Ministry’ and ‘The Worship Ministry’. The feedback from the participants was most encouraging and gives me hope for the future of the Church in Africa…..if we can get more and more young ministers to get the right mindset and understanding about these ministries.
Please find below some of the feedback received: Read more →
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
(Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV)
These are the lyrics of a very popular song from years ago. Yet they are still fresh and relevant to us today because they were lifted straight out of the scriptures and truth will always be fresh and relevant no matter the age.
The song came into my heart as I sat and thought about God this morning. You know we take it for granted that every 24 hours, a new day will begin; that the laws of physics – gravity and the rest of it – will keep things going as they ought to; even that we will wake up the next morning after we shut our eyes and go to sleep at night. This morning, I thought of these things and saw God’s great faithfulness. I was reminded that Jesus “is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.” (Hebrews 1:3, AMPC) Read more →
I don’t know where I read something that questioned the Lord speaking to us and saying things outside of the written Word (words in the Bible). While that sounds very religious, I find it inaccurate and a stumbling block in developing an intimate relationship with God.
When Joseph sent his brothers to get their dad and all their stuff so they could settle in Egypt under his care, Jacob had an encounter on their way to Egypt.
So Israel set out on the journey with everything he owned. He arrived at Beersheba and worshiped, offering sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in a vision that night: Read more →
Since sharing the blog by our ATMF writer, Bee, which highlighted the journey of forgiveness, my eyes have been opened to see that life itself is really a journey. Yes, I have made that statement myself now and again but I am only now beginning to understand the practical implications in my everyday life…..and I would like to share my thoughts with you.
I think we put too much pressure on ourselves in different areas of our lives. We expect instant perfection and instant harvests when these are just not practical or realistic. God has set processes in place like seedtime, watering of the seed, germination, growth of the plant, and so on, before harvest time. Paul talks about sowing of the seed, watering and God giving the increase. Whether physical or spiritual, there is a process. Can God sovereignly put aside His processes if He wills? Most definitely! However, this is not the norm but rather the occasional miracle. Read more →
As I look at the body of Christ today, something really concerns me and it is the way we Christians are living our lives like we own ourselves. It’s all about our agendas, our plans, our dreams, etc. So permit me to ask a question.
Who owns you?
To own: to have or hold as one’s own; possess
To possess: to have as belonging to one; have as property; own Read more →
Hebrews 12:1-4 contains some interesting truths about this journey called life.
First off, it is clear from verse 1 that each and every one of us that have come into Christ – accepted His payment for our sins by His blood and been baptized into Him (Romans 6:3) – has a course set before us and a race to run. It’s not a race in competition with others but to attain the prize at the end.
We are enjoined to “look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.” (v.2, NCV)
Here are some reasons I was able to come up with.
- It helps to prevent distraction
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I recently underwent surgery and for the two nights I stayed at the hospital, I shared a room with a lady who had come in for a mastectomy. She was battling breast cancer, having undergone a lot of chemotherapy before undergoing the surgery. As I left the hospital upon my discharge, it gave me food for thought. I asked myself a question I will put to us all:
If you were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? Read more →