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Wednesday, September 15 2021

THE FEAR OF GOD

 

“What is the Fear of God?” Many have given different answers to this complex question. One that seems to resonate with me the most is that the fear of God is to have a reverent awe and a healthy submissive fear of who He is. It seems to be easier for me to comprehend the reverent awe than it is the submissive fear. You see, I am amazed and stand in wonder of God and what He has done in this world as well as what He has done in my own personal life. It is a little harder for me to describe and understand the healthy fear admonished. Dr. Tony Evans gave an analogy that helped me understand this second part of the fear of God. He gave the example that when we are driving and we see a police car, what do we do? Most of us slow down. We understand the emblem on the car is representative of authority. It arrests us to change our actions to adhere to the speed limit that is safer and within the rules of the road. A healthy submissive fear has been created. It is the same for us when we know God. As we recognize His authority in our lives, it arrests us to change our actions to adhere to His commands. By doing so, we are more likely to make decisions and conduct ourselves in a manner that honors Him. Our submission to God’s rule and guidance creates a healthy submissive fear in us that He will bless.

 

God’s Word tells of many rewards He will bestow on those who fear Him. Knowledge, wisdom, mercy, goodness, prolonged life, blessings, instruction, and understanding just to name a few. Many more are listed throughout scripture. The last verses in the Book of Ecclesiastes written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, proclaims, “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep His commands, for this is for all humanity.” May we all have a sincere desire to fear God and to walk in His ways. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 10:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, August 11 2021

 

AUGUST 2021 - GOOD FATHERLY ADVICE

 

Most fathers give advice to their children as they are growing up. Some is very profound advice that is a lifelong benefit and other is more casual in nature. Regardless, it is an opportunity for the father to speak wisdom and direction into his children’s lives. 

 

2 Timothy 2:1-7 contains fatherly advice from the apostle Paul who was a spiritual father figure to Timothy. He gives him five rules for life. The rules are so simple Timothy could have memorized them in short order. These simple rules provide a track for an abundant life, even in difficult times. 

 

1) Be strong. Timothy is instructed to be strong in the “grace that is in Christ Jesus.” We can be strong in His promises, in His presence within us, in the privilege of prayer, in His perfect love, mercy and forgiveness. 

 

2) Teach others. We are to teach others. This is one of the best scriptures on discipleship in the entire Bible. We must all strive to be qualified to teach others. As others are taught, it has a multiplying effect in the growth of God’s kingdom. 

 

3) Endure hardship. If we are true followers of Christ, there will be hardships in this life. We must keep our eyes of Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and His promises as we face trials of many kinds. 

 

4) Stay disciplined. As an athlete, who must follow the rules to win the prize, we cannot win our prize unless we follow the rules found in the Bible. We must realize its promises, commands, truths, insights, encouragement, and instruction will help lead us to our heavenly reward. 

 

5) Work hard. We must work hard in the kingdom of God as the farmer works hard in the fields. As the hardworking farmer is first to receive a share of the crops, so it will be for us in receiving our eternal home. 

 

This fatherly advice was written by Paul to Timothy over 2000 years ago, but truth be told, this could be our Heavenly Father’s advice to His children today

 

God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:41 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, July 07 2021

JULY 2021 - OUR DECISIONS DETERMINE OUR DESTINY 

Our whole life is based on the decisions we make, whether it is big decisions like if we choose to go to college, get married, our career, or have kids, or even smaller decisions such as if we decide what to wear today, where to have lunch, or whether to go for a walk or watch a movie. All these decisions we make in life can affect our immediate short term or long-term futures. 

Pastor and Author Chuck Swindoll gives us four (4) key words to keep in mind when making life changing decisions:  

1. ALWAYS look beyond the immediate benefits. One of the major temptations we face today is the promise of immediate gratification. We want what we want when we want it!!! We are so focused on what we want that we fail to consider what else will come to us as a result. 

2. NEVER underestimate the impact of the permanent consequences. We must consider if the short-term benefit of our decisions is worth the consequences that cannot be changed. There are decisions in life, good or bad, that unfortunately cannot be altered.  

3. FORGET about pleasing only yourself. We must consider how our decisions will affect others. We might think the decision we face today will only affect us. Not true. No one is completely independent from others and from the Lord. 

4. REMEMBER that if the decision is going to take a toll on your walk with God, it is the wrong decision. We must consider how our decisions impact our relationship with God. There is no decision worth the price of interfering with the intimate fellowship we have with our heavenly Father. Each one of us today are at a place because of decisions that we have made in the past.  As we make life changing decisions in the future, let us take into consideration the encouragement and recommendations from Pastor Swindoll. It is important for us realize that our decisions do determine our destiny. 

God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen, Director

Joseph's Storehouse Food Ministry

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:34 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, June 23 2021

 

A KINGDOM CURE FOR WORRY

The lyric of an old song goes, "don't worry, be happy." Most of us know that is easier said than done.  Worry or anxiety is an emotion that we all are challenged with from time to time.  Some more than others.  If it is carried to the extreme, it can cause critical health issues such as a reduced immune systems, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, ulcers, and others.

The battle with anxiety can be exceedingly difficult to overcome by natural or medical means.  Jesus had such a concern for us regarding this common struggle that He addressed it directly in His Sermon on the Mount.  Matthew 6:25-34 gives us hope and a promise regarding worrying about this life.  He says that if God gives attention to the needs of the birds and flowers, how much more will He do for us regarding our needs.

Jesus tells us not to worry, "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33)."  The word "seek" in this verse means to keep on keeping on until one has obtained.  What is Jesus charging us to diligently seek after until we have obtained it?  The Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  It has been said that the Kingdom of God is where God has rule and reign over all areas of our lives.  His righteousness can be defined as the divine standard God has established for mankind's actions and attitudes to be in right standing with Him.  Jesus is telling us if we will first seek God's rule and reign in our lives and live according to His divine standards, we will have everything that we need.  That is truly a kingdom cure for worry. ~ God's Blessings, protection, and favor to all. 

Benny Nolen, Director

Joseph's Storehouse Food Ministry

 

 

 

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 08:53 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, March 18 2020

In the early hours of Tuesday, March 3rd, Middle Tennessee, including our own Wilson County, was hit hard with deadly tornadoes. The one that came through Wilson County stayed on the ground for over 60 miles.  Davidson, Wilson, Smith and Putnam Counties were devasted. Countless homes and businesses were damaged and many were completely leveled. Lives were lost, and many others were injured. It was horrific. 

Even though we were without power at our facilities, we immediately began coordinating with the Operation Blessing disaster response team to get an emergency tractor trailor full of food and supplies to meet the need. The truck and our power both came Wednesday afternoon, allowing us to start distributions early Thursday morning. We opened our doors for those who were able to come, and we sent food and supplies to other areas including Putnam County and Mt. Juliet. We worked through other local ministries with boots on the ground to distribute to those who were unable to come pickup for themselves.  We have continued to work with other agencies and organizations to receive and distribute emergency assistance.

We were still providing disaster relief from the tornadoes when the newest disaster came on the scene: Covid-19.  The coronavirus provides its own unique challenges. We have all had to change our way of life- some of us more drastically than others.  During both of these disasters, we as a ministry, and we as a community, have come together to help our fellow man.  We are asking for everyone to continue to do so.  While some people are hoarding necessities at the expense of others who may be in need, we see the best in humanity as you reach out to ask what can you do, what can you give, to help the cause. 

We expect more people than ever to need food, toiletries, diapers, and hygiene products during this unprecedented time in our history.  For those of you who can afford to do so, we still need financial contributions to cover the costs of overhead. It takes $$ to pay the large electric bills that keep the big walk-in freezers and coolers going, and to pay for freight for the big trucks or maintenance and fuel for our own old trucks, as well as the numerous other expenses to keep us going.  For others, donations of extra food or supplies you may have is always a blessing.  For the young and healthy, we still need volunteers to help with the food giveaway so that we can keep our elderly and disabled volunteers safe.  You may call us at 615-453-5777 or email us at loaejs@gmail.com for more information. Follow us on Facebook for continuous updated information. 

Just to remind everyone of the changes this month, I am reposting this here as well.

DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THE FOLLOWING CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE MARCH 26th & 28th GIVEAWAYS:

We will NOT be opening the building up to the public.

We ask everyone to REMAIN IN YOUR CARS. You will be lined up in order of arrival.

Please have your JOSEPH'S STOREHOUSE CARD on your dash or in hand so that it is visible to our volunteers. You will be directed through the pickup line from there for volunteers to load your food.

Please make sure your car TRUNK IS EMPTY so that volunteers will be able to easily load them.

If you normally receive adult or baby DIAPERS,  please have your need, including size, written on a slip of paper. We will try to accommodate those needs as well, but we cannot guarantee as these supplies are low due to the recent tornadoes.

WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS THIS IS NEW TO US ALL.

VOLUNTEERS, please arrive between 8-8:30AM for assignments. Prayer room volunteers will be reassigned to other areas. We will try to have gloves available, but if you have your own, please bring a pair.

ABOVE ALL:

If you have (or anyone near you has) been sick or exhibited symptoms associated with the flu or Covid-19 virus, PLEASE STAY HOME.

Posted by: Chris AT 08:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
 

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