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    Alan reacted to Jim_Alaska in "The Wise Counsel of Joseph, Genesis 41:1-36   
    A wonderful devotion and commentary of Joseph Bro. Alan. I have always loved the story of Joseph, not just for the story, but also for the inspiration his life is in so many ways. It is not limited to simply old testament history, but gives us today the inspiration to overcome under even the most adverse of life's situations.
    While Joseph is certainly a type of Christ, when viewed in this capacity he exhibits the power and determination to use his life situations for God's glory as well as the saving of his people. He used the adversity for good even while experiencing the heart wrenching things he went through.
    Like Christ, he was forsaken of his own brethren and yet was able to use his affliction for the salvation of his own, as well as the countries surrounding Egypt. Although God had, in Pharaoh's dream, pronounced judgement upon the nation Egypt, He also made a way of escape in the person of Joseph. We find this parallel in the very person of Jesus Christ, which Joseph is a type of. Jesus has been forsaken of his own, sold out and abandoned and yet has been appointed by God as the savior of not only his own, but also of all who will come to him for council in faith. 
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Do Not Interpretations Belong to God?   
    I do hope that the "Relaxing Instrumental Hymns," uploaded by, "Christian Music World," is a blessing to your soul.
     
    May the Lord bless all of you.
    Alan
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    Alan got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in Do Not Interpretations Belong to God?   
    Jim,
    I am glad to hear that the devotion was a blessing to you. As with many other saints, the life, the character, and the moving incidents in the life of Joseph, are an inspiration. 
    Throughout the life of Joseph, we can see God moving His hand in the life of Joseph to use him for the deliverance of the Jewish race, the deliverance of the Egyptians, and we can see the character of Christ.
    Truly, Romans 8:28 is evident in Joseph's life, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  As Joseph loved God, so should we.
    Alan
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    Alan reacted to Jim_Alaska in Do Not Interpretations Belong to God?   
    Well done Bro. Alan. The life and testimony of Joseph should and can be an inspiration and source of Godly instruction for all true believers, even us these many centuries later. 
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Dispensational Stewardship - Part 2 of 2 (Discerning Proper Doctrine)   
    Thank you for your study on the differences of the Convents, and Promises in the scriptures.
    I personally appreciate the fine history (short), on the worship of God by the Chinese in ancient China.
    Also, I appreciate the following statement, "We show how the natural divisions and terms already in scripture are there to aid the believer in their study."
    God bless! 😀
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Dispensational Stewardship - Part 1 of 2 (Understanding Your Divine Mandates)   
    Thank you. As you mentioned, "We need to be good stewards" in our handling of the word of God."
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in "But the LORD was with Joseph"   
    Bennett Spring State Park, a favorite location to visit for all of my family, is located on Highway 64 going west from Lebanon, Missouri approximately 13 miles. Bennett Springs State Park has a large fish hatchery for Rainbow Trout and is a very popular place for fishermen and locals from the area.
    Bennett Spring State Park
    Bennett Springs, MO

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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Psalm 89 - Part 4: The Sure Mercies of David are for you, So Endure Suffering In Light of God's Plan   
    Thank you for the encouraging sermon on Psalm 89. As you mentioned, we are in a war: battles will be fought, and sometimes we cannot see the victory in the grand scheme of things. But, God knows what He is doing and victory will come in due time.
    Every saint can rest in the promise in Psalm 89:34, "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips."
    "Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen and Amen." Psalm 89:52
    Keep up  the good work.
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Understanding and Knowing the One True and Living God   
    Thank you for the devotion.
    Isaiah 57:15 is one of my favorite verses. "For thus saith [THE HIGH AND LOFTY ONE] that inhabiteth eternity, [WHOSE NAME IS HOLY]; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of [a contrite and humble spirit], to revive [the spirit of the humble], and to revive the heart of [the contrite ones]." (Isaiah 57:15)
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Psalm 89 - Part 3: King David and His Tabernacle (Given to Israel as a Picture of Christ's Church)   
    Thank you for your message. I will listen to the full sermon later.
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    Alan reacted to Jerry in Thankful For The Love Of God   
    I  volunteered and then worked at Kelowna Gospel Mission for 9 1/2 years, preached there for 7 1/2 years and was a supervisor there for about 3 1/2 - 4 years. But then I got assaulted by a drug dealer who was barred from our property; when I came back from getting my broken elbow x rayed, I was fired without a reason. That is why I got severely depressed and basically dropped out of church, these message boards, etc. Honestly, it was my life and my purpose and I truly felt lost when I couldn’t even volunteer there anymore. Being there transformed my life in so many ways.
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in Psalm 89 - Part 1: Building up Mercy (A Spiritual House in Heaven and Covenant for All God's Chosen)   
    Psalm 89: A wonderful chapter on the mercy and the throne of God.
    Thank you for uploading the sermon.
     
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in "But the LORD was with Joseph"   
    I would like to thank Rebecca for letting me know about the, "Gospel Hymns Instrumental,' website for his devotions song.
    I do hope that the instrumental hymns are a blessing to you.
    May the Lord bless all of you.
    Alan
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee” (Proverbs 7:1 KJV).
    Why does the father go over and over this godly instruction in Proverbs? Because he is “training up” his son for the future day when he won’t be there to act as his guide and tutor: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV).
    There will come a day in every person’s life that only memories will suffice when they need a word of advice from a parent. It is our divine duty as parents to see that those memories are Bible rich and not worldly wise. Oh, friend, this is why we must guard our emotions at all times so that our words are not words of anger and frustration, but words laced “alway with grace, seasoned with salt” which will be repeated countless times in tomorrow’s thought life of our children.
    No wonder that we live in a world filled with angry men; for growing up all they knew was anger from those whose duty it was to nurture and prepare them for the coming of adulthood, but as anger was all the parent knew, that was all the parent could bestow. Those families that know the Lord and are blessed to be able to name the name of Christ in their home, are doubly blessed to be able to influence the next generation with a legacy of faith.
    Proverbs uses a lot of repetition. The Word takes it for granted that we do not remember everything we hear, so it says it over and over again. That’s one way we learn—through repetition, through association, and experience—so he says again, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.” In 3:8 it says that if we “keep my commandments, and live” (vs. 2), “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (3:8).
    Even for a Christian, this is true, for “if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV). Words to the wise is sufficient.
    “Bind them upon thy fingers.” A book is bound, and we talk about that being the Bible. “write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman” (Proverbs 7:3-4 KJV). In other words, get as close as you can as you would to your own family. “That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words” (Proverbs 7:5 KJV).
    Father, impress upon us the importance of guarding our thoughts and our emotions at all times, understanding that the next generation is more likely to remember the wrong things we say. Let us live in such as way that years from now our children will continue to rise and call us blessed, and the instruction that we gave them will, along with the Word of God, be their anchor in this world. Amen.
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in The Cost of a Soul   
    "So, after all that has been said we come to the inescapable conclusion that while salvation is free to me, there is a cost. There is great value placed on man’s soul and that price was so great that God had to pay for it himself. John. 3:16"
    Thank for the message on 'The Cost of a Soul." The message was a blessing to me
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    Alan got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in The Cost of a Soul   
    "So, after all that has been said we come to the inescapable conclusion that while salvation is free to me, there is a cost. There is great value placed on man’s soul and that price was so great that God had to pay for it himself. John. 3:16"
    Thank for the message on 'The Cost of a Soul." The message was a blessing to me
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding” (Proverbs 2:3 KJV).
    Yesterday we saw that wisdom cries in the broad way and in the narrow way for any that will hear, today we see that if we would be wise we must cry after wisdom and seek her as one would a hidden treasure. Wisdom initially calls any that would hear and offer to bear their load of guilt and free them from the shackles of sin, but wisdom has so much more to offer, to any that will diligently seek after her.
    I remember that when I was about ten years old, we went shopping at our local Eagle grocery store and were given volume one of some encyclopedia set which had, I believer, about 30 volumes. If we wanted to complete the set, we had to return to the store on a weekly basis and pay a modest $4.99 for the next volume. The first was a free gift, but the rest cost $144.71 on the store’s installment-type plan. I even saw that first volume in my parent’s house some years later. We only had the one that was free.
    I have often thought of that in relation to salvation. The initial act of accepting God’s gift of eternal life always seemed to me similar to getting that free book. However, if you wanted to grow in faith, it was going to cost something in the area of commitment and faithfulness to spiritual things. Peter writes: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Peter 1:4-8 KJV).
    The promises were ours, and yes, they were exceeding great and precious, but to enjoy them to their fullest it was required of us to give all diligence and to add those promises one by one. As we were faithful to attain one, we would work (yes, I said work, Christian growth is surely a work) to reach the next level, so to speak. If we became stagnate in our life for Christ, we would not grow in our faith. God would not give us something new until we worked out the old. And Peter warned, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (II Peter 1:9 KJV).
    I believe that we, then, see two characteristics of Divine Wisdom: She is found in her fullest expression only by those that are willing to diligently seek her; and, if rejected, she turns into a most scornful and unforgiving foe.
    If the lost reject her, they will hear the mocking laughter of God as they seek for help where none is; for the child of God, they will stand empty of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ where it is written that they “shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (I Corinthians 3:15).
    If you are reading this, and not sure where you will spend eternity, come to Jesus Christ now, He is the embodiment of the Wisdom spoken of here, and know for certain that you’ll have a home in heaven. If you know that you are saved but have stopped growing in the Lord, rededicate your life at the Cross and be washed anew by the Blood of cleansing and resolve to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Lord, thank You for Your great love towards us, even when we were yet sinners, You died for us in a most cruel way. Thank You for letting us have a part in Your eternal plans. Amen.
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    "That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?" (Proverbs 22:19-21 KJV)
    In the New Testament we are told that the purpose of the Scriptures are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, all Christians are ministers. All saints have been given the ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-20).
    In Acts 8, an Ethiopian Eunuch did not understand what he read, though it was from the salvation chapter of Isaiah 53. He needed that a man be sent to him that could explain it all to him. That man was Philip.
    In Acts 10, Cornelius had a vision of an angel that instructed him to send for Peter to show him the answer of what he sought--he was seeking for God but needed a man to guide him. Notice that the angel could not explain salvation to a man for the angels of God do not know how (I Peter 1:12).
    "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (I Peter 3:15 KJV).
    So, we learn from our passage in Proverbs today that the words of the book were given to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, sort of an Old Testament version of "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV).
    Father, equip us so that we also may be able to explain why and how we were saved to whomsoever will may ask us, that we might have children, and even grand-children, in heaven. Amen.
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding" (Proverbs 17:28 KJV).
    I guess we've all heard the quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but certainly derived from Proverbs, that is: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." Ecclesiastes add to the thought: “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words” (Ecclesiastes 5:3 KJV).
    We can almost feel Job’s exasperation when he said, “Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom” (Job_13:5 KJB).
    The wise man would do well to heed the Apostle Paul, he had an answer for just about everything thanks to the indwelling Spirit of God that he listened to every moment, "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (Colossians 4:6 KJV).
    How many words will the Devil yet try to steal and change. Today, we must carefully consider our context when we use a word like “gay.” It is sickening and disgusting to take what once meant happy to where it now mean a person that is incredibly sad, and without hope. Even the word “salt” is now “salty,” which means profanity—the total opposite of Paul’s usage. Put it down, if our Saviour owns a word, the Devil will try to steal it: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13 KJV).
    Another old saying is that to keep a bird from flying, sprinkle a little salt on his tail. I have not proven this, so I don't know if it is true or not . . . but you can bet that the way to keep the tongue from running off is to use a little "spiritual" salt on it.
    A man that possesses the “mind of Christ,” should never be guilty of wicked, stupid speech. We represent the Lord Jesus Christ as ambassadors of heaven. This makes us dignitaries, and that ought to make us sober, grave, temperate in all things. God has no use for court jesters.
    Lord, You know we are prone to speak our own opinion and that gets us into trouble, as You did for Job, please do for us . . . "Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred" (Job 6:24). Amen.
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24 KJV).
    What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry Ev'rything to God in prayer!
    O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry Ev'rything to God in prayer!
    Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged-Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness-Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge-Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
    In His arms He'll take and shield thee-Thou wilt find a solace there.
    -Joseph Scriven, written 1855
    Joseph Scriven knew heartache and devastation first hand. As a young man his hopes and dreams vanished on the day before his wedding when he watched in horror as the lifeless body of his beloved was pulled from the water where she had drowned. Sorrow overwhelmed him, yet in the months and years that followed, Scriven turned repeatedly to the only Friend who would never leave him. Although he battled loneliness and depression for the rest of his life, he never let go of the hand of his Savior. Scriven knew that Jesus cared and that He was acquainted with loneliness and sorrow. This man knew that he could take his grief to Jesus and find strength and peace that no one else could give. Years later Scriven took what he had learned through his pain and put it into the words of a poem that we now sing as "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."
    Lord, I have had friends in the past that have led me far from Your purpose and will for my life, but I thank You that You have become my personal friend and have led me into all riches and honour and grace through You. You gave all You had in order to give me all that I have, and I thank You. Amen.
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape" (Proverbs 19:5 KJV).
    "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish" (Proverbs 19:9 KJV).
    Often, in Scripture, when the word "witness" is used it is speaking of a spiritual, or godly, testimony. Of course, that includes lying to others, or bearing a false witness. In this instance I believe it is pointing to the false shepherd assuming to speak for the Lord, giving directions to the people, when he was not sent by God. And I doubt there is anything more loathsome to the Lord than a lying shepherd . . .
    "My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace" (Jeremiah 50:6 KJV).
    Someone presuming to speak for the Lord and telling lies to the people is forewarned that not only will he not escape [God's righteous judgment] but he shall perish [spend an eternity in hell]. I do not unjustly judge, for if a man preaches another gospel other than the one that Paul delivered of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a salvation of grace and not works - that man is accursed - and cannot possibly be saved himself for that would mean that he knew the true gospel and would teach it.
    Lord, help us to always carefully handle Your Word so that we do not allow error to creep in. We know we are saved, but in some areas of the Word we are prone to wonder into error. Help us, dear Lord, to rightly divide the Word of truth which has been delivered to us and preserved unto all generations. Amen.
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    "A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies" (Proverbs 14:25 KJV).
    Nowhere does this seem to be truer than in the realm of "religion." A faithful preacher speaking the truth is not very popular in this world, yet those that consider him their undershepherd are blessed and strengthened by his sermons. They know that when they listen to Him they are going to hear the Word of God in such a way that it applies to them personally and results in them becoming fully equipped to live the life that pleases the Lord.
    Unfortunately, the multitudes prefer to hear messages that tell them how wonderful they are and how sins are simply mistakes but that God loves them anyway and accepts them just the way they are. They prefer the lies that make them feel good and doesn't convict them of sin and hell, while the Bible-believer prefers the truth that makes them feel bad but points them to the Cross, the Blood, and the Saviour.
    After being convinced by the false witness that there is nothing to fear from God, that He is a loving grandfatherly-type being that loves all and accepts all, the lost continue to bear their sin under the false notion that God will excuse them, while the Word of God as a faithful witness says that they are “condemned already” and that they are “without Christ,” “without hope,” and “without God in the world.” The megachurches are filled with those that are wish to feel good in this world, but eternity is a long time to ponder their willful act of letting themselves be deceived, for they are without excuse. The lying and false preacher is only reinforcing what they themselves want to believe for the invisible things from the beginning of the world are clearly seen, but rejected.
    The believer clings to the cross where the Blood of Christ cleanses them from all sin and unrighteousness and makes it possible for them to serve the living and true God, as they await the day when their faith will become sight in the very presence of their Saviour.
    Paul strengthened many by his epistles, and still does in the written word, yet he had those that hated him and his message. At one point he asked, "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16 KJV). Ever will it be true, that, “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:5-6 KJV).
    Lord, help us to be honest and tell our friends what they need to hear, and not only what they want to hear. Give us stars for our crown as we share your precious gospel with our lost loved ones and friends. But above all, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14 KJV). Amen!
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    Alan got a reaction from John Young in "But the LORD was with Joseph"   
    As we go through the life of Joseph in these devotions, I would like to express to all of you that God was with Joseph in all of the extreme trials that he went through. Joseph, as with all of God's saints, and the favoured nation of Israel, are led through the trials of life in order to know God,  His will, and experience the work of God through our lives for our good and the good of others; Romans 8:28
    As we can see in the life of Joseph, and his love for God, and his trust in God, God has been with Joseph and God will work out all things for his good.The Chinese have a saying, a proverb, that may be a blessing to you as it has been to me.
    「天理昭彰」Translated into English, it says that, "The law of heaven always prevails."
    The will of God will be performed in the life of Joseph as, "... the LORD was with Joseph."
    May God richly bless all of you
     
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    Alan got a reaction from Baptist_Bible_Believer in "But the LORD was with Joseph"   
    As we go through the life of Joseph in these devotions, I would like to express to all of you that God was with Joseph in all of the extreme trials that he went through. Joseph, as with all of God's saints, and the favoured nation of Israel, are led through the trials of life in order to know God,  His will, and experience the work of God through our lives for our good and the good of others; Romans 8:28
    As we can see in the life of Joseph, and his love for God, and his trust in God, God has been with Joseph and God will work out all things for his good.The Chinese have a saying, a proverb, that may be a blessing to you as it has been to me.
    「天理昭彰」Translated into English, it says that, "The law of heaven always prevails."
    The will of God will be performed in the life of Joseph as, "... the LORD was with Joseph."
    May God richly bless all of you
     
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    Alan reacted to Baptist_Bible_Believer in PROFITING FROM PROVERBS   
    I'm running into a glitch trying to post today's devotional, so I'll add it as a document file.
    Proverbs_4_12.docx

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