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The Joy of Giving

2 Corinthians 9: 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad; He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

Paul is on a mission to raise money for the poor in the Jerusalem Church and all the places where he preached. He reminds the people what God has done for them. As a result, they should want to give back to God. When you willingly and freely give to the poor you are pleasing God. God loves a cheerful giver. Paul also reminds the believers that God's grace is plentiful to the ones who give cheerfully, so they in turn can give freely. Only God is righteous. Men are sinful. God's righteousness remains forever. We can do righteous acts only through Jesus our Savior. God pours out His grace and mercy on His believers every day so we can do His work, give to the poor, spread the Gospel of Jesus, and share the Love of Jesus. Are we telling people about Jesus so they can be saved? Are we giving to the poor and sharing the Love of Jesus?
2 Corinthians 9: 10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
God gives us seeds, so He sows them among His believers. God is the only one that can make them grow and produce fruit. It is up to us to distribute them to the poor and needy. Our righteousness is God working through us and is enriched bountifully in a generous believer. When we give, we must believe God will supply all our needs. Paul had multiple reasons for encouraging the Corinthians to give. The Jerusalem Church needed the money and Paul wanted the Corinthian Gentiles to form a bond with the Jewish Jerusalem church. Paul wanted to build unity in God's church. When we give in our churches today, we do not always know all the things for which it is used. People are helped that we may never see or know, but God sees and knows everything. The Bible teaches us to bring our tithes to the storehouse of God to be used for His work. Please come to church and be a cheerful giver and loyal member.

2 Corinthians 9: 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Administration here is from the Greek word that refers to working for the benefit of the Gospel. So those Gentile Saints supplied the needs of the Jerusalem Church and God received the glory. Everything everyone does should be from a heart overflowing with love and appreciation for what God has done for us. God is the source of all good and we should thank and glorify Him continuously. The Gentiles gave because they had received God through the Jews, and it was a way of showing their thanks and gratitude. They were praying for the Jewish church and the Jerusalem Church was praying for the Gentiles. This built a relationship that broke down the walls of race and heritage. Both churches were thanking and glorifying God. God was receiving Glory and Honor as He should. Do we thank God for His unspeakable gift? We owe God everything. We cannot even breathe without His air. He feeds us more than manna. I cannot count His blessings. I invite you to come and worship God with us at Forestbrook Baptist Church.

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Revenge?

Genesis 50: 15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may [c]actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

Joseph's brothers were afraid that Joseph would seek revenge against them when their father had died. Their guilty conscience made them aware of the punishment they deserved, and they could not imagine Joseph had already forgiven his brothers. They sent a messenger to Joseph telling him his father had told them to relay the message that Joseph should forgive his brothers for their sins. They were guilty of the evil they did but wanted forgiveness. Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then the brothers went and fell before their brother Joseph. This completed Joseph's dream as a young boy. They did not understand how God had worked in Joseph's life to train him humility and forgiveness. This is why we study the story of Joseph, so we can learn to forgive one another and serve God together to do His work. Come to church and learn more about Joseph, God, and Jesus.

Genesis 50: 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Joseph told his brothers that God is the One that punishes people for the evil they commit. God had taught Joseph to be humble and forgiving. Joseph admitted his brothers had meant evil, but God had plans to use their deeds for good. He put Joseph in a position to save many lives. When Jesus died on the cross, He provided the way for all people to be reconciled to God and have eternal life. Joseph saved many people by obeying God and storing the grain to be able to feed people. Joseph fed his own family, the Egyptians, and any other person that came to buy grain. He did not discriminate. Jesus saves all people that believe in Him and accepts Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus shows no discrimination. Joseph comforted his brothers and promised to nourish their families and children. Jesus taught his Believers to love one another and care for the widows, orphans, and needy. Our God is a Great God. Come to church and show God, you love Him. Are we caring for the widows, orphans, and needy?

Genesis 50: 22 So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23 Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph’s knees. 24 And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Joseph and his family lived in Egypt. Joseph raised his family, children, and grandchildren there and died at one hundred eight years old. The descendants of Joseph’s two sons were two tribes of the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph promised the people that God would visit them, and they would return to the promised land. Joseph made the people swear to carry his bones to the promised land when they left. When Joseph died, he was embalmed and put in a coffin in Egypt. Embalming originated in Egypt and showed the importance of a person. Joseph’s faith in God was great for him to promise his people something that would happen four hundred thirty years later. Joseph had trusted God since childhood, so his faith had grown immensely. Our faith grows as we serve and trust God too. Pray, read God's word, and give your troubles to God. Keep doing the work He has assigned you to do and let Him take care of you.

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