The Christian life is a call to faithfulness. In the secular world, consistent productivity is noticed. While some members of management may seem to "have it out for Christians," today's economic climate dictates that they not only notice but reward productivity. When your testimony improves, opportunities will present themselves. As Joseph found grace (or favor) in Potiphar's sight, he continued to serve. That is exactly what you must continue to do. Beware! There is a tendency to get comfortable, to relax, to become lazy. Put simply, be faithful! Remember, the honor of Jesus Christ is at stake every day of your life!
While many books could be written about Joseph’s life, I believe a few important “steps” were the key to his success while working in the world. These steps are something from which every Christian can learn.
Do you ever read a passage of the Bible and think to yourself, "How did [insert Bible character name] do it? What is the one truth I can learn from this person?" These thoughts enter into my mind regularly. How did Abram have the faith to leave his homeland and kindred? How did Moses have the patience and love to plead with the Lord on behalf of the children of Israel when he came off Mount Sinai to find them worshipping the golden calf? How did Noah work diligently for years when he seemed to be the only one serving God?*
Genesis is the book of beginnings / origins. This narrative is His Story, where we find our story. It reveals the redemptive virtues of God and sets forth great Christian doctrines in seed-form.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for most, but for some, it ends up being a sad and stressful season. Folks without friends, family, or money searching for joy. Long nights and shorter days seem to loom over spirits like a dark blanket. The cold air keeps us all indoors - unable to take a walk or enjoy the fresh air. Each holiday reminds us of lost loved ones and of blessings that seem to have become curses... Haunted and hungry for a blessing.
When we think of the Christmas story, we often think of Christ, of Mary and Joseph, of the shepherds and the wise men. But this message is dedicated to the most overlooked character(s) of the Nativity: Gabriel and the angels. Angels appeared at least six times in the few months surrounding the birth of our Savior -- proving Heaven's interest in such a significant event. Angels are messengers. The word 'angel' literally means 'one who is sent.' Let's take a few moments to consider the special appearances of these divine messengers as mentioned in the Christmas narratives of Luke 1 & Matthew 1...