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Friday, September 30, 2011
Earlier this year, I met a young pastor from Uganda. My brother, Andrew, from Texas introduced us. It was a powerful meeting. I really sensed the Lord’s hand on it. In that meeting, he spoke of the Lord’s direction to him to have me come to Uganda, stay in his home, and minister in his church. I agreed to come.
I’m coupling this trip to Uganda with another trip to Luxembourg. Nancy will travel with me to Luxembourg; we’ll minister there for a week. She’ll then return home while I go on to Uganda.The cost of travel can be high. In this case we're paying for the cost of the flights, some hotel in transit, the cost of hotel in Luxembourg, and other incidentals. This comes out to several thousand dollars. If you are interested in helping by contributing to this trip, you can make a check payable to Joseph Barlow Ministries and send it to the address below or you can go online to my blog at www.josephbarlow.com and contribute through PayPal. These contributions are tax-deductible, you will receive a receipt at the end of the year for your taxes.
If you’re not able to help financially, please keep us in prayer, that the ministry would be very effective and that the pastors and churches where we minister will be strengthened.
God bless you & thanks for your support & help.Pastor Joseph Barlow
Family Life Christian Center/Joseph Barlow Ministries
640 East St. Charles Road Suite 200
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Saturday, September 17, 2011
To speak metaphorically:
“Knowing Joseph” could stand for the world being familiar with the anointing and importance of the gifts and abilities that rest on God’s children.
“Knowing Joseph” they would have been partakers of the saving graces that God can provide to the world through his church.
“Knowing Joseph” they would hold God’s children in reverence and awe with a reverent fear that behind these people was some omnipotent power whom they did not know personally but it seems that these people do know this power personally.
“Knowing not Joseph” led to bondage for the people of God, because the world feared them because they as a people seemed blessed for some reason.
When there was a man who wore the anointing and had been proven in integrity by fiery adversity, God was able to place a mantle of authority on him that He couldn’t on one untried and unproven.
Joseph was positioned by God and exalted in the eyes of the world because of his extraordinary (God-given) endowment of ability. His work made a marvelous impact on the world because his abilities were extraordinary. Through all this his integrity never crumbled, as was normal for the world. Joseph was a good man. The world knew it. God knew it. He could be relied upon. He was faithful. Thus “knowing Joseph” is a healthy thing for the world. It brings blessing and order. But there must be a Joseph available for the world to know.
Are you a “Joseph” or maybe a “Joseph in training”?
Are you being prepared to bring solutions into this earth that answer man’s deepest problems, not just sacred but secular?
God is looking for someone he can exalt. God is looking for a man who he can lift up into a position of prominence, strength and authority who will work blessings into the fabric of society. Could it be you? Could it be me?
Let’s submit to the training, the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Let’s allow the refiner to complete His work. Let us wait patiently as He lets us sit and wait for the proper timing and positioning of our target.
Ps. 127 says, “like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
Is. 49 says he hid me in Isa 49:2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
Let God use you.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The debate between Creationism and Evolutionism is a war of ideas where the victor’s spoil is great. As each idea’s adherents seek to champion their belief, the propagation of their idea over the other becomes the goal. They say it is science versus religion.
I say it is purely religion.
Those on the side of Creation believe what they believe because they want to believe it. They may have been presented with thoughts, teachings, scriptures then something they hear or see in those teachings matches what they see in the world around them. They see that there is a god who designed and built the world we live in.
Those who have chosen to reject the existence of God have sought to define a method for the development of the world we live in. Since they reject the existence of God they must reject any existence of intelligent design. To acknowledge intelligence in design requires the acknowledging the existence of God.
It seems that “scientists” come into the study of origins with a presupposition; they either come believing in the existence of God or disbelieving it. This presupposition predisposes them to an outcome of their study regardless of empirical data and scientific method.
If this predisposition that I propose is true then each side will manipulate, skew, distort and ignore whatever data or evidence does not match their predisposition.
We therefore have a war of religion: Creationism vs. Evolutionism!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This clock and this calendar are never going to stop! Until you do! But the hours, minutes and days of our life are precious! They are a gift from God. Lived with Him they are fruitful, enjoyable, strengthening and exciting. But please don’t attempt to live this life without Him. His desire is that you just open up your heart to Him. Acknowledge Him. Invite Him. Welcome Him to be a part of your day; a part of your life.
I remember when I was young, my Dad encouraging me, you could have this, or you could have that and I remember thinking, “Really?” But my Dad was right there assuring me that I could have those things that I desired yet seemed beyond my reach.
Our Heavenly Father is the same way. He brings the same encouragement as we allow Him a place in our lives. He will show you great and mighty things that you haven’t yet seen.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)
Thursday, June 09, 2011
- Pay attention to what you need
- Pay attention to what you have
- Pay attention to what has you
- What do you focus on?
- What do you focus on the most?
- Is it life to you?
- Or does it take life from you?