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Joseph's Storehouse is blessed with large truck loads of food each month to be a blessing to many in the community.

Cars begin lining up early before our gates open at 8:30 on giveaway day, which last until 11:30.  There is plenty of food for everyone who comes during those times. 

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Wednesday, September 14 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ I have heard a few individuals and read several articles that compared Christians as being a “thermometer or thermostat.” Most of you are familiar with that little box on some wall in your home called a thermostat. It controls and changes the temperature inside the house, based on its setting. The thermometer measures the actual temperature in the house. As a Christian, are we a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer Christian registers the ebb and flow of the good times and the bad times. If the day is going well, they are upbeat and have a good attitude, and folks enjoy being around them. When things change causing chaos and confusion in their lives, their attitude and appearance drops creating a toxic and troubling environment. They do not provide a calming effect to others during their times of crisis.

The thermostat Christian brings forth a constant to their environment. When they experience changes in life, they are not controlled by their environment. Instead, they can control their attitude and behavior regardless of the circumstances that enters their lives. They are not affected by the change in temperature around them. They are the ones who set the temperature. The thermostat Christian has received revelation knowledge found in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” The body of Christ needs more Christ followers to be thermostats that can set the temperature or environment in which they live and work. Thermostat Christians need to be those who will stop reflecting the temperature of this world and its selfish ways and are more concerned about trusting God and seeing that His will be done. God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all. 

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 11:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, August 10 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ Many things have been happening within the Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry (JSFM) so far this year. Below are some of the highlights of some of our regular work as well as community participation, food donations and distributions.

 

• Dancing Lights Food Donation to JSFM. 

• JSFM Enhanced Facebook interaction. 

• JSFM presentation to Lebanon Housing Authority. 

• JSFM presentation to Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club. 

• Mother Daughter Fashion Show fundraiser for JSFM. 

• JSFM program at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Elementary Chapel. 

• Food For Thought Grant developed new JSFM promotional video. 

• JSFM at Second Harvest Food Bank Focus Group. 

• Cumberland Univ. Food Services donation to JSFM. 

• JSFM donated drinks and food bars to Lebanon High School Football Team. 

• JSFM donated peanut butter & cereal to MTSU Food Bank for students. 

• Escapees RV Club 300 units at the fairgrounds• food drive donation to JSFM.  

• JSFM Recognition by Kroger’s corporate initiative of “Zero Hunger Zero Waste”    at their Lebanon grand re-opening.

 

JSFM MONTHLY FOOD DISTRIBUTION ~ We have seen as significant increase in the number of families and individuals coming for food this year. From January to July, the increase has been 63.3% (853 to 1393) in the total number of individuals served per month. We had 62 new applicants in July who registered for food which is a record. Currently, we continue to provide approximately 150 lbs. of food, drinks and personal items per household. It is our continued mission to search out the necessary food supplies needed for adequate food inventory for distribution.

 

We are honored to serve those who need food for their families. With the help of those who pray, volunteer, and give financially to the ministry, we will be able to continue that privilege during these challenging days that we all face. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

 

“Inasmuch as you have done unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” ~ Matthew 25:40

 

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

 

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:55 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 11 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ The Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the Word of God and giving his testimony about Jesus. At that time, he wrote letters to the seven (7) churches recorded in the book of Revelation. At the end of each letter, there was extended a promise to those who were considered overcomers. It was a white stone that was part of the promise to the Church in Pergamum, known as the compromising church (Revelation 2:17). A white stone had significant meaning during that time. When a Roman trial concluded, and it was time for a panel of judges to vote for the defendant’s innocence or guilt. A black stone symbolized a vote for guilt, and a white stone denoted a vote for innocence. If there were more black stones, it was a verdict of guilty and if there were more white stones, it was a verdict of not guilty. 

 

Another way the ancient Greeks used white and black stones was for vote-casting. It was a great privilege to vote about civic issues in public elections. Votes were registered by casting a black or white stone in a large vase and counted. Black stones stood for a vote against an issue and white stone was for the issue. The Romans also used a white stone as a reward for the winners in athletic competitions. There were great feast and celebrations that were given after the games. Each winner was given a white stone that was considered entrance into the celebration. No athlete without a white stone was admitted.

 

The white stone was significant to those who were overcomers at the church of Pergamum as well as it is for Christ-followers today. It represents for those of us who are considered overcomers that we have been found not guilty because of the price that Jesus paid for us all. It also lets us know that God is for us and not against us. And finally, because of what Christ did for us on the cross and His resurrection from the dead to provide our salvation, we as overcomers and victors will have entrance into an eternal celebration in Heaven with our Heavenly Father and all the saints. Let us all strive to be overcomers for great is our reward. ~ Blessings, protection, and favor to all.

 

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

 

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 11:12 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, June 06 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ It has been said that one of the most effective ways to work through life’s challenges is to pray for someone else whom may have similar concerns. It takes the focus away from our own situation and elevates our focus to helping and praying for someone else’s. Romans 12:10 says that we are to “honor one another above ourselves” and Philippians 2:4 says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” These two verses support the previous thought of praying for others even as we continue to pray for ourselves. 

 

The apostle Paul, during his own suffering of imprisonment, wrote a letter to the troubled church in Colossae. He shared with them in Colossians 1:3 that he was “praying always for you.” As he encouraged them with these words, in the verses 9-12, Paul prayed in a more specific direction. A direction that we can draw from as we pray for others ourselves. 1) He asked that God help them “know His will” (v.9). This comes by a more complete understanding of His Word. 2) He asked that they know “wisdom and spiritual  understanding” (v.9). Wisdom to accumulate principles from Scripture and understanding to apply those principles in daily living. 3) Paul asked that they “walk worthy of the Lord” (v.10). A walk that is consistent in their identification with Him. 4) That they would be “fruitful in every good work” (v.10). A work of fruitful character, conduct, conversation, and giving of resources and talents. 5) He prayed that they would be “increasing in the knowledge of God” (v.10). This is revelation as to who God is and who He is in our lives. 6) That they would be “strengthened with all might according to His glorious power” (v.11). This is done by His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16). 7) that they would have “patience and longsuffering with joy” (v.11). Having the maturity to be joyful in times of peace and trouble. Paul has given us a great example as to how to pray. Since most Christ followers have the same basic needs as the Colossians, let this be a model for us to follow as we pray for others. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

 

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:21 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, May 04 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK - Romans 12:1 says, “...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”. What is a “living sacrifice”? This is not a common phrase in the 21st century Western society. It is however what is asked of us as Christ followers. To be a sacrifice means that we deny the desires of the sinful nature and surrender to God’s will. This is no easy task. It radically goes against our culture of self-promotion and individualism. It means laying down our own dreams, ambitions, gifts, and fears, and letting God know, “I am your servant. Do whatever you want with my life.”

 

Verse 2 gives us direction as to how we can become the living sacrifices that God desires. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” First, we are told that a living sacrifice is not conformed to this world and its values. We must reject anything in our culture or society that does not line up with the Word of God. Christ followers must have the courage to reject practices and ideas that are not right in the eyes of God. 

 

Second, a living sacrifice is transformed inwardly by the renewing of the mind. We do this primarily by the power of God’s Word. We must read, study, memorize and meditate on Scripture. It is the only power that can transform our hearts from worldliness to true spirituality. Finally, a living sacrifice learns be able to discern the will of God. The thought is that as the Holy Spirit works in us, we will grow in our understanding of who God is. By gaining this understanding, we will develop the ability to determine what God’s will is for our lives. A living sacrifice is one of total and complete surrender. Surrender is being conformed to His likeness, transformed by His Word, and yielding to who He is and His direction. May this be a focused obsession for us all. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

 

Benny Nolen
Director
Joseph's Storehouse

 

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