So…what did the BCU Family want to know? We’re answering YOUR questions!

Hey 👋🏾 there BCU Family!

Typically, you have the option of listening to our podcast, reading the notes or both. For this post, because of the interview, please tune into the podcast recording. We pray the post blesses and encourages you.  If so, please thumbs up or leave a comment! Thank you and enjoy the post!

The BCU 100-podcast celebration-conversation continues where I answer your questions, fielded by my dear friend and sister, Jewel Taylor. Last time, among other things, we talked about the start of the  BCU ministry and what it takes it keep it (and any other ministry) going. If you missed it or want to re-listen, please click here.

Below are the podcast questions we answered this round.  If you don’t see your question, keep BlenCouragesU.com close by notification-wise, as we’re planning to continue this series throughout the month of October.

  • What is the most difficult thing about keeping the ministry going?
  • What are the dispensations? (Because of time constraints and the sheer depth of this awesome question, we talked very broadly about this topic. Please take a look here for a more in-depth information).
  • I also mentioned a BCU podcast that covered if we should be paying attention to the people who don’t clap for you when you win. Take a listen here. 

Click below for the podcast and drop us a line give us your thoughts on the podcast content! Also, please stay tuned to the BlenCouragesU social media accounts (located below) for our giveaways the week of October 23-October 27, 2017.

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Thank you SO much for stopping by and being a part of the celebration!  God bless, keep and make His face to shine upon you as you #StayOnTheWall!

Love,

BCU

#SpeechTherapy| Healing through forgiveness|Part 4| with Jewel Taylor!

Hey there BCU Family!

We are in our final installment of our Healing Through Forgiveness with the amazing Jewel Taylor! A few weeks back, Jewel joined us on our weekly Bible study live on Periscope (Thursdays @ 8:05pm EST on channel BlenCouragesU), to talk us through how to heal through forgiving. Last time we were together we started talking about how Joseph, from the book of Genesis REALLY had to forgive and heal with all his family and others put him through.

Jewel and fam
Jewel hanging with her kids!

This time, Jewel finishes up Joseph’s story and  highlights the tragic events in Joseph’s life and how he remained faithful and forgave through everything!  The study notes are below, so feel free to print and make any other notations you’d like! Finally, if you need the notes in a nifty PDF format, just email us (Blen@Blencouragesu.com), and we can make it happen! Click on the icon below and be blessed!

 


#forgiveness: FROM JONAH TO JOSEPH

Why is Joseph’s story an integral part of forgiveness? Joseph is one of the best examples, besides Christ, of forgiveness. The pain he endured at the hands of his blood family became the launching pad of blessing for nations.

Jonah still had issues with the extent of God’s grace and forgiveness in his story, therefore we do not have final resolution for forgiveness from Jonah’s heart in the Bible. However, once we have gone through the steps of forgiveness, our end goal is to become like Joseph. Enduring, forgiving, wise and generous despite our past, hurts and experiences. Life is cyclical and we will experience hurt more than one time and in different and varying forms. Our job is to remember what Joseph went through and use him as encouragement that no matter what we face, we can endure, forgive and move forward triumphantly.

Joseph was born to the favorite wife of the patriarch Israel as the 11th of his sons. Though Joseph was one of the youngest, he was favored in his father’s view so much, that it drove his older brothers to deadly jealousy. Joseph was also favored by God (Gen. 37:6-8) and when he told his family what the Lord had showed him, the hatred from his brothers reached its boiling point.

After being used several times by his father to spy on his brothers’ behavior, his brothers conspired to kill him (Gen. 37:18). They ended up sparing his life and selling him into slavery to a passing merchants who ended up selling him into the house of the captain of the guard of Egypt (Gen. 37:28-36). From there Joseph:

 Excelled (Gen. 39:1-6)
ď‚· Was wrongfully accused/framed (Gen. 39:7-20)
ď‚· Served diligently in prison (Gen. 39:21-23)
ď‚· Blessed others while in prison (Gen. 40:1-22)
ď‚· Had his good deeds forgotten (Gen. 40:23)
ď‚· Blessed Pharaoh (41:1-39)
ď‚· Is blessed and set on high by Pharaoh (Gen. 41:40-46)
ď‚· Blessed the nation of Egypt (Gen. 41:47-49)
ď‚· Received increase (Gen. 41:48-57)
ď‚· Proved his brothers love (Gen. 42-44)
ď‚· Blessed his family and ultimately the nation of Israel (Gen. 45-47)

Joseph did not allow his negative experiences/past to stop him from working to his full potential in God. Joseph never withheld his gifts because of the trauma nor did he give with respect of person. He used his gifts for those in prison as well as the palace.

This is the will of God. That we heal by forgiving those in our lives who have offended us or hurt us. We must forgive each and every person diligently from our hearts as prescribed in Matt. 18:35. Though all manner of ill-will was shown to Joseph, there is no mention of his retaliation or his unwillingness to serve in whatever capacity he was afforded. Joseph understood that what had happened to him was for God’s purpose.

If we knew everything God had set aside for us to do ahead of time, we probably wouldn’t take one step in the journey. God has fashioned each and every one of us through our various experiences to get our hearts and minds to the point he deems necessary to execute his will. Therefore we must live our lives forgiving, healing and ready to forgive again, knowing that the trials that we face build our character and impact a greater story.


And there you have it, BCU Family! Jewel shared with us that her husband, Richard preached a sermon “It hurt, but it worked”, meaning that ALL the things that God allows to happen in our lives is really to serve God’s purpose. With His grace, we need to go through it, learn from it and to apply those lessons in our lives.

I trust this series was a blessing to and challenges all of us (myself included) to be a doer of the Word ( James 1:22) in forgiveness and in ALL areas of our lives with the help of the Lord.

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Love,

 

BCU

 

 

 

 

#SpeechTherapy |Healing through forgiveness| Part 3| with guest teacher Jewel Taylor!

 

Hey there BCU Family!

*This series was recorded prior to the horrific events of this week. The BCU family is praying God’s comfort and strength for all families who have lost loved ones in these tragic and senseless killings. 

We hope you are enjoying the study with my sister in Christ,  Jewel Taylor! A few weeks back, Jewel joined us on our weekly Bible study live on Periscope (Thursdays @ 8:05pm EST on channel BlenCouragesU), to talk us through how to heal through forgiving. Last time we were together, the Lord blessed Jewel to walk us through seven principles that

Jewel and fam
Jewel and the kiddos of cute!

encompass healing through forgiveness. This time, Jewel recaps those principles, chats about healing and starts to transition from Jonah to Joseph and how his forgiveness and healing process came forth. The study notes are truncated from last week’s post (click here for the full version of the study notes)  with a bit of an addition this week, so feel free to print and make any other notations you’d like! Finally, if you need the notes in a nifty PDF format, just email us (Blen@Blencouragesu.com), and we can make it happen!

Click on the icon below and be blessed!


Study notes

1) STOP RUNNING
Read: Jonah 1:1-4

Key verse: v2. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

2)STOP PLAYING THE TAPE & DO NO HARM

Read: Jonah 1:5-17

Key verse: v10. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

3)CAST, CRY & CONFESS

Read Jonah 2:1-9

Key verses: v2-3>And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

4) REFRESH YOUR MIND

Note: Through crying out, Jonah understood his own folly .

Key verses: Jonah 2:7-8>When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

5) SEEK THE WILL OF THE LORD
ď‚·Read Jonah 2:1-9, Jonah 3

Key verses: Jonah 2:9>But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
Jonah 2:10> And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Jonah 3:3> So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

6) COMPASSION – FIND IT!>> Try to see the person/people through God’s eyes
Read Jonah 4

Key verses: Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
ď‚· Jonah 4:4> Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

7) SHOWING LOVE & HAVING COMPASSION ENDS THE ENEMY’S PLAN
Key verses:ď‚· Jonah 4:10 -11> Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?


#forgiveness: FROM JONAH TO JOSEPH

Why is Joseph’s story an integral part of forgiveness? Joseph is one of the best examples, besides Christ, of forgiveness. The pain he endured at the hands of his blood family became the launching pad of blessing for nations.

Jonah still had issues with the extent of God’s grace and forgiveness in his story, therefore we do not have final resolution for forgiveness from Jonah’s heart in the Bible. However, once we have gone through the steps of forgiveness, our end goal is to become like Joseph. Enduring, forgiving, wise and generous despite our past, hurts and experiences. Life is cyclical and we will experience hurt more than one time and in different and varying forms. Our job is to remember what Joseph went through and use him as encouragement that no matter what we face, we can endure, forgive and move forward triumphantly.

Joseph was born to the favorite wife of the patriarch Israel as the 11th of his sons. Though Joseph was one of the youngest, he was favored in his father’s view so much, that it drove his older brothers to deadly jealousy. Joseph was also favored by God (Gen. 37:6-8) and when he told his family what the Lord had showed him, the hatred from his brothers reached its boiling point.

After being used several times by his father to spy on his brothers’ behavior, his brothers conspired to kill him (Gen. 37:18). They ended up sparing his life and selling him into slavery to a passing merchants who ended up selling him into the house of the captain of the guard of Egypt (Gen. 37:28-36).


BCU Family!!! Have you ever thought of the story of Joseph like this? Hurt and offenses can come from anyone at anytime, many times it comes from those that are closest to us. At the same time, WE also offend and hurt others and they need healing. Keeping that in mind, it’s really in our best interest to ask God to help us heal,  hurt others less and to forgive freely. Amen? Amen!

Lord will, join us next time as we go into “Healing through forgiveness” part 4 as we wrap up our series with the finale of Joseph’s story! Thank you for tuning on and may God bless you, make His face to shine upon you and until we are together again, #StayOnTheWall!

Love,

BCU