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Joseph's Storehouse is blessed with large truck loads of food each month to be a blessing to many in the community.

Cars begin lining up early before our gates open at 8:30 on giveaway day, which last until 11:30.  There is plenty of food for everyone who comes during those times. 

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Monday, May 13 2024

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ “But one thing I do; forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead.” Philippians 3:13. The world will tell you that the dominating influence in your life is your past. If you came from a difficult home life, that would determine the direction of your life. If your culture was treated unfairly, that will dictate the condition of your life today. If you were hurt or abused or if your youth was spent in rebellion, the remainder of your life will be spent struggling with your past. The world is preoccupied with the past because it faces an uncertain future. Christians on the other hand, live in freedom because Christ has overcome our past. The “old things” have been done away with and the “new things” have come (2 Cor. 5:17). God has so totally forgiven the Christian’s sin that He chooses not to remember it (Isa. 43:25). Christians do not forget the past, but we are not controlled or motivated by it. The Christian looks to the future with hope.

The people of the world focus on what they are overcoming. Christians focus on what they are becoming. Christians know that the Holy Spirit is conforming them into the image of Christ. Christians know that ultimately, they will stand before Christ to give an account of their actions and will spend eternity in the presence of God. Christians know that eventually every injustice will be addressed and every hurt comforted. They know that Satan, and death itself, will finally be brought to an end. The Christian’s future is so full and rich and exciting that it supersedes whatever happened in the past.

If you are preoccupied with your past, ask God to open your eyes to the incredible future that awaits you and begin, like Paul, to PRESS ON to what is ahead! ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all. (Excerpts taken from a devotional by Henry Blackaby).

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

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Wednesday, April 17 2024

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ Jesus said in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father.” It’s logically impossible to suggest anyone could do something beyond what Jesus accomplished. He is the one who turned water into wine, raised the dead, healed the sick, walked on water, and turned a little boy’s lunch into a feast for thousands. And these are only a FEW of His accomplishments while He was here on this Earth! How can anyone do “greater works” than He did? Let us approach the question from a different perspective. It is not possible to exceed the “quality or significance” of His works, but it is and has been to exceed the “quantity or scope” of His works. 

Jesus’ earthly ministry only lasted three and a half years. He had limited ability in His human form to help and minister to others. He walked with the disciples and helped them in their time of need. Jesus knew that by going to the Father, the Father would send them another Helper, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever (John 14:16). This would allow “greater works” by the power of the Holy Spirit working through not only the disciples but also through anyone who put their faith in Jesus. That includes you and me as Christ followers. Greater communication and travel technology allows us to reach almost anywhere with the gospel. One Christian website can reach more people in a year than was the known population of the Roman Empire in Jesus’ day. Churches and television ministries reach countries around the world with the good news every day. Missionaries today can serve the farthest reaches of the globe with the saving knowledge of Christ. Christian ministries are helping with medical support and food for the hungry wherever there is a need. All these are the continued “greater works” of Christ. The ministry of Joseph’s Storehouse has the honor to be part of this “greater works.” Jesus fed thousands while here on earth, but Joseph’s Storehouse has had the privilege of feeding tens of thousands for His glory! Because of your prayers, support, and financial contributions, you have been part of His “greater works” as well. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

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Wednesday, March 13 2024

God commanded many different sacrifices in the Old Testament. All the sacrifices in the Old
Testament were opportunities for God’s people to look forward in faith to the coming of His
Son to be their Savior. All the blood that was shed in the Old Testament times was meant to
foreshadow the blood that Christ would shed upon the cross. Without the shedding of blood,
Christ’s blood, there would be no final and complete forgiveness of sins.
Something special would happen in the days known as Yom Kippur or “Day of Atonement.” It
was a season marked by intense reflection and repentance. The High Priest was instructed to
choose two (2) goats that would be selected and presented before the Lord. The casting of lots
would determine each one’s fate. One would be designated “for the Lord” and sacrificed as a
blood offering. The high priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, bringing with
him blood to make atonement for the people. With the other goat, the Scapegoat, the high
priest would lay his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the
people, and in this way put all their sins on the goat. Then the scapegoat would be carried
away into uninhabited land in the wilderness not to be heard from again. The goat would
perish to its death in the barren hills outside of Jerusalem along with the transgressions of the
“And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:6b.
Jesus is both goats to accomplish our Day of Atonement. The ceremony has come to its reality
and fulfillment in Christ. Both goats represented the work that Christ would do; the goat
designated “for the Lord” and the goat designated “Scapegoat” are to be found in Jesus Christ.
Christ performed both tasks: the offering of sin, and the carrying away of sin. Out of great love
for us all, Jesus made himself a willing offering and carried away all our sin. “And their sins and
iniquities will I remember no more,” Hebrews 10:17. God’s blessings, protection, and favor to
all this Easter season.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

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Wednesday, February 14 2024

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ How many people at some point in time have set their sights on becoming like one of their
heroes or idols? Whether it is to be the next Peyton Manning, Dolly Parton or maybe Elon
Musk, they begin to study their habits and character traits to determine what made them
successful. They must also realize that part of their makeup is one of natural ability or gift. This
information will help those individuals to plan for how much more time and effort they need to
apply as they strive to be more like those that they have come to respect or admire so much.

Christ followers are challenged to do the same as we strive to be more like our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. He should be the one we need to emulate. We find Jesus’ habits and character
traits as we spend time studying and meditating on God’s Word. Mark 5:16 says of Jesus, “Yet
he often withdrew to quiet places and prayed.” If Jesus needed to withdraw to a quiet place,
how much more should we? In this fast paced world, it takes a concentrated effort on our part
to disengage from the challenges of life and seek out a place to be quiet. If Jesus needed to
pray to His Heavenly Father, how much more do we? His practice was always one of petitions
as well as one of listening. We all would do good to learn from His example. Luke 2 says His
parents found Him in the Temple listening to the teachers and asking questions. If Jesus
needed to go the place of worship and listen to the teachers, how much more should we? It
needs to be our regular practice to attend worship services and receive from our teachers the
inspired Word. All through the Gospels, we see where the perfect man Jesus extended love,
compassion, mercy, grace, and forgiveness to those He encountered. If He, being perfect,
made this His habit and character, how much more should do so being as imperfect as we are?
May we as Christ followers desire and commit to do more to be like Jesus so that He may be
glorified. God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

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Monday, January 22 2024

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ “Forgetting what is behind...” Phil 3:13b. There are times in all our lives that we all have failed, missed the mark, stumbled, struggled, offended, or hurt someone. It is easy for us to be weighed down and hindered by what we may have done in the past. I have often heard that the greatest tool of the devil is to remind us of our past. (But we can remind him of his future!) Thankfully, we serve a God who faithfully forgives and chooses to forget our past if we sincerely repent. This allows each one of us to look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life in Him.

As we enter a new year, a concentrated forward focus is the best way for us to minimize the past’s impact on our present lives. The rearview mirrors in our cars are but a small reflection of what is behind us. But as we look forward, we have a large clear windshield that allows us to see what is ahead and what we can expect. The expectation of the Christian’s future is so full and rich of possibilities that it supersedes whatever has happened in the past. But to make that become a reality, we must set our minds and spirits on what God has planned for us. Phil 3:13b-14 continues with, “and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” This should be our focus not only for now but also for eternity. The “goal” and the “prize” are the same but at different times. Both are for us to become more Christlike. The “goal” is to run our race in this life purposely to be more like Christ each day. The “prize” is to be ultimately like Christ when God calls us heavenward. For now, and as we prepare for eternity, our forward focus should be to make the changes in our lives that will make us to be more like Him. As it has often been said, “More of Him and less of me.” By concentrating daily on our relationship with Him, we can look forward to what He will help us become. ~ God’s blessings, protection and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

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