Joseph is finally re-united with his father. As he look back on his life and the mistreatment that he had received from others he says, "God meant it for good"
Morning Service (Daniel 6):
Daniel has an "excellent spirit" and is to be appointed to the top job in the Empire. His enemies plot his downfall. Due to Daniel's faithfulness to God he is thrown into the lions' den. No person can help him but God delivers him.
Ephesians 6:17, The Sword of the Spirit: the Word of God, In Spiritual warfare the Bible is vitally important. This is God's revelation to us in which he declares himself and his ways ultimately in the Good News about Jesus. The truth of God's word gives us the attacking edge when it comes to dealing with temptation in our own hearts.
Children's Talk (Joseph part 8):
Joseph's brothers return again to Egypt with the youngest brother (Benjamin). Joseph holds back on revealing himself to them. They only see a high ranking Egyptian official and they bow before him, just as Joseph's dreams had predicted.
Morning Service; Daniel 5:31
Just as God had decreed the Babylonian Empire falls. In a time of huge political upheaval Daniel's priority is "be faithful to the LORD". He knows that the situation is in God's control and trusts his sovereign God. God's people are assured that he rules over all things and have the privilege of trusting him
Children's Talk, Joseph part 7
The famine is causing havoc in many countries but because God has enabled Joseph to know the meaning of Pharoah's dreams the land of Egypt is managing. Joseph's family (back in Canaan) hear that there is food in Egypt. Joseph's brothers arrive in Egypt & come face to face with Joseph who is now in his 30's. They don't recognise him. On the face of it Joseph treats them harshly but he shows them great mercy. They take food and their money back to Canaan.
Morning Service Daniel 5(b),
Belshazzar, proud God-mocking king of Babylon has been waned by God that judgement is coming. Even though Belshazzar is terrified he refuses to repent. God's swift judgement falls on him - he is killed and the Medes & Persians take over the Empire. We are foolish to mock God and ignore his warnings of judgement.
Finally after 2 years the butler remembers Jospeh in prison. The king (Pharoah) has dreams that unsettle him: 7 thin cows eat 7 fat cows, then 7 thin heads of corn eat 7 fay he3ads of corn. God uses Jospeh to warn the king that 7 years of plenty will be replaced by 7 years of famine. Egypt needs to prepare. The king promotes Joseph to be his right hand man to prepare for the famine. The LORD is with Jospeh - he is released from prison and by the end of the day is Egypt's prime minister.
Morning Service Daniel 5,
Belshazzar, proud God-mocking king of Babylon throws a self-centered party. During the part God spectacularly through writing on the wall and Daniel announces that Belshazzar has been weighed in the balance of God's justice and will be judges. That very night he is killed and the Medes & Persians take over the empire.
Evening Service: Ephesians 6:15,
The Stability of the Gospel of Peace.
Christians need a stable base in the spiritual warfare. This is provided by understanding that the Good News of Jesus is all to do with God giving us his peace when we trust Jesus Christ. This peace guards our souls and minds in Christ Jesus.
Joseph is in prison even though he is innocent of any crime. he is enable to interperate dreams of two other prisoners: the king baker and butler. As Joseph interpretated the dreams the baker was executed but the butler was reinstated to serve in the king's court. Joseph asks the butler to mention to the king that he is innocent of any crime. The butler forgets!
Morning Service: Daniel 4,
Proud Nebuchadnezzar is spectacularly humbled. he then acknowledges that there is a greater king than him & a greater kingdom than his. He acknowledges God's authority and power. In his desperate state he takes the one route open to him - he throws himself onto God's mercy, He is restored. The route to God's mercy is always open to those willing to humble themselves before him
Ephesians 6:14, The Breastplate of Righteousness.
God is righteous in his very being. He is always consistent, keeping to his own righteous standards. We cannot be righteous in and of ourselves. God gives Christ's righteousness to all who trust Christ. When the devil seeks to destroy our assurance and overwhelm us with guilt then we point him to the unchangeable fact that we are righteous in Christ.
Joseph , due to his brothers' hatred, ends up as a slave to Egypt (but the LORD is with him). Things go well bu then he is falsely accused and is thrown into prison because he would not sin against the LORD when tempted by his master's wife. He may be in prison but the LORD is with him.
Morning Service: Daniel 4.
King Nebuchadnezzar is proud and refuses to acknowledge God's power & authority. He is shaken by a dream: this is God warning him that he will be humbled. Once again he ignores God's warning. It's futile to ignore the LORD's warnings - he always does all that he has declared. Pride is great sin that we must repent of.
Evening Service: Ephesians 6; The Belt of Truth.
As a belt pulled together the kit of a Roman soldier so truth pulls together the Christian's armour in the spiritual warfare. Jesus Christ calls the devil "the father of lies". The devil continually bombards God's people with lies. Christians counteract these lies with God's revealed, unchanging, declared and trustworthy truth and Word.
Joseph is thrown into a cistern by his jealous brothers. They sell him as a slave to traders. The dip his colourful coat in goat's blood and tell their father that Joseph, his favourite son, is dead.
Morning Service: Daniel Chapter 3.
Daniel's 3 great friends - Shadrach, Mishach & Abednego face a great dilemma. They Either bow down to the Emporor's great golden statue or faithfully obey the word of their God, which was never bow down to idols. In spite of the threat of being burnt alive in a furnace should they refuse to bow down they tell the king that they will not bow to the statue. The furious king throws them into the furnace but God delivers them, not from the furnace but, in the furnace.
Evening Service: Ephesians 6:11,
One of the devil's ploys in the warfare against the Gospel and God's people is to put pressure on the "flesh"; our emotions, minds and actions so that we compromise the Gospel and God's standards of living. Christians can fill their lives with Jesus Christ and so make no provision for the flesh. This is an effective tactic in the spiritual warfare.
Joseph is his father's (Jacob) favourite. THis is wrong and obviously it annoys his brothers. Matters are made worse when Jacob gives Joseph a colourful coat. When Joseph have dreams that make out that his family will all bow to him then his brothers' hatred intensifies.
Morning Service (Daniel 2:24-49).
"The Mystery of the King's Dream" can only be solved by God. He shows himself to be all powerful when we are faced with impossible situations. God declares that Babylon's Empire will fall, other kingdoms will follow it byt his kingdom will last for ever.
Evening Service (Ephesians 6;11).
The devil in his warfare against Christians prives to be a formidable adversary. He is the father of lies bombarding God's people with lies. He uses the world and our "flesh" (the part of us that is still not perfect) to tempt us to doubt, lose our joy and dishonour God. However Christians will stand firm in the Lord's strength, using the whole armour of God.
God promised Noah as he left the ark that he would never flood the earth again, season would follow season and daylight will follow nigh time. It has been so ever since just as God promised.
Morning Service; Daniel 2:20-23.
Nobody can tell the king his dream. He is outraged and orders that all his advisers be executed. Daniel & 3 friends pray: God hears their prayers. Daniel now knows the king's dream. Daniel responds by praising God and thanking him. God's reputation is mighty and wise. He is all-powerful and blesses his people so that they may serve and worship him.
Evening Service, Ephesians 6:11-13.
Christians face formidable spiritual enemies. However God gives us his approved resources: the whole armour of God. Using this Christians will be victorious and stand firm when confronted by their spiritual enemies.
Faithful Daniel and his 3 faithful friends are in a fix - they face execution. Daniel's faith in his unfailing LORD means that he doesn't panic but calmly commits the situation to the LORD. The LORD answers their prayers: Daniel responds with praise and thanks.
In the spiritual warfare Christians have to admit that they are weak in and of themselves. They have to trust God to strengthen them as they resolve to obey him. This is what it is to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. It;s not a matter of feeling spiritually strong but of trusting the Lord.
Maescanner Chapel Blog
@ 1.45 pm
Short Informal Service
(normally twice / month,
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10 - 11.30am
Tea, Coffee, Chat (Thought For The Day)
Sunday 17th March
Ephesians 6: The Sword of the Spirit
Daniel 7 -
The Four Beasts and the Son of Man
Spiritual Warfare - Christ Tempted
Explore the Bible
Luke Chapter 11
10th April @ 2.30pm
Speaker: Details to follow
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