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Bible Study The Uplifting Word - September 2020

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BIBLE STUDY THE UPLIFTING WORD September 2020 A Monthly Publication of the "Word" to live life each day. The Lessons are from my Bible notes since the 1960’s, Life Experiences and Studying the Bible. ■■ Bible Scripture searches the King James Version on the Bible Gateway website Public Domain in the United States Presented by Brown Crayon Copyright © 2019 - All Rights Reserved

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Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28 ■■ The Bible provides principles that will help a business set up best practices with regard to employees and workplace issues. God’s law-system was given to His original covenant people for their national and social well-being. God’s laws lead to a high-quality lifestyle in society at large and the workplace. In earlier times, the view of “human capital” was strictly functional. Employees were not seen as human beings but of mechanical components of an enterprise. The result was sometimes inhumane practices. In the ‘1960s, HR development emerged as a formal area for research and application. Enhanced

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benefit programs and improvements in the workplace resulted from the new view. In the workplace, it is important equality not to deteriorate into egalitarianism. A company, who treats the employees by principles in the Bible, should expect them to be responsible in their work behavior and attitudes. Businesses should build a culture of solid values and relationships combined with how to treat their employees. Human Resource assigns people to particular jobs while keeping the talent engaged in the right direction. In the Scripture, to be a leader is being a steward who manages resources owned by the Lord. When we build the lives of others and take part in the development of their potential, we are acting as faithful stewards of our divine responsibilities. *** The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, widely known throughout the English-speaking world was commissioned in 1604 by King James of England and was first printed in 1611. All the Bible Scripture in the publication was taken from the King James Version for referring to the “Word” only.

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Christ endowed each believer with unique spiritual gifts. He gave the church special people whom he had particularly gifted for spiritual leadership. Jesus' teachings on leadership served as guiding principles to His disciples and the present-day leaders in the church. Jesus' leadership style was characterized by compassion, love, and servant-hood. Paul emphasized Christ’s authority to distribute these gifts. Jesus ascended into heaven so that he might fill “the whole universe.” Christ gave special gifts to his people to enhance the building of his church. He did not impart those gifts merely for the enjoyment of the recipients. Jesus gifted people so that they could exercise these abilities in a way that would “prepare God’s people for works of service” that would bring glory to him and enjoyment and satisfaction to his people. The Apostle Paul said to the Romans, let every person be subject to the governing authorities. There is no higher authority other than God. Those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. God has provided us with a playbook to get through every situation — the Bible. Those who rule over you must give account and watch out for you. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable. “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. The body is one and has many members of one body. All the many members of the body are one in Christ. A wise man of understanding will hear and increase their learning. Bible Reading Proverbs 1:1-33 Proverbs 3:1-35 Proverbs 11:1-31 Romans 13:1-14

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Ephesians 4:1-32 Hebrews 13:1-25

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PROVERBS CHAPTERS 1 ■ 3 ■ 11 Note: God is so wise. He knows the greater truths that can only be realized by eyes that can behold today and tomorrow in one glance. God would never interrupt or embarrass you if He did not see something ahead that necessitated the situation. Redeem your treasures through God’s Word. Patience is a real challenge. It is difficult learning to wait. Wait on His blessings and timing to avoid sorrow. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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ROMANS CHAPTER 13 Note: If you are in a catatonic state, it affects everyone who associates with you. You can have a revival in your spiritual, personal, and financial life without being a blessing. The enemy is still out to get you. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4 Note: Our society has spent so much time criticizing differences that we fail to see God in diversity. In the Bible, God prepared us for life, whether life is ready for us or not. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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HEBREWS CHAPTER 13 Note: Satan has assigned fear in our lives to be less productive. God wants to set you free from fear and fill you up with faith. You must trust God enough to allow Him to plow your life. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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Human Resource (HR) job is to protect the company and employees. HR needs to be assertive, use proven communication techniques, and refer to existing laws and guidelines to transform a toxic unsafe workplace. They need clarity with a clear vision of being coincided at all times. Anyone who has responsibility for the work of others understands the challenges that come with managing people. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due. When power is in your hand, do the right thing. Church leaders need to look in God's Word for leadership principles to be successful. Leadership is the act of influencing and serving others out of Christ's interests in their lives to carry out God's purposes through them. Christian leadership is not rooted in worldly notations of success, such as money or power. Jesus Himself spoke against this when expressing the importance of serving others. Leaders are not to oppress and overpower others with their authority. Leaders serve others, which Jesus demonstrated when He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. Pay attention to yourselves and to all the people, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Care for the church of God, which He obtained with his own blood. Be diligent to know the state of your people, and attend to them. Our loving Father looks upon us with the perfect grace and forgiveness that only He can offer. Our mistakes may hurt Him, but the Lord regards us in love. If you face your sin problem and accept the forgiveness that is available in Jesus Christ, then you now live a life of second chances. For the rest of your days on earth, you can have the joy of knowing that you are forgiven. Bible Reading Proverbs 2:1-22 Matthew 20:1-34 Philippians 2:1-30

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PROVERBS CHAPTER 2 Note: God does not change; neither His compassion. When I am properly understood, I do not always have to express and explain. We grow weary of people who demand that we constantly explain ourselves. There is communication so intense that those who understand it can clearly speak it through closed lips. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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MATTHEW CHAPTER 20 Note: God has determined your need. Inner assurance is the seat belt that keeps you from going through the roof. It holds you together when humiliated, disappointed, or rejected. God will build your character with purpose and give you direction. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 Note: God’s blessing is overflowing, and it touches every area of your life. It is now time to release to the world the treasure inside of you. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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Modern human resources management is not much different from the old traditional practices of labor and personnel management. That is when the powerless must sacrifice to keep powerful in existence. The mass laying off of corporate employees all over is still going on and not much different from before. The HR survival concept is not only implicitly being formulated in business management or textbooks, but explicitly well-practiced. Many of us who work in corporate society or in a church organization, the survival pattern is still the same. We start at a newly recruit place, aiming to reach the highest position up the corporate ladder. We are living in the corporate world, which will not hesitate to sacrifice the least, weakest, poorest for the survival of the fittest-elites, most powerful, and the richest. Read the story of Joseph, who portrays a complete picture of all those statuses from being the favorite heir of a rich and respected clan, sold as a slave by his brothers. Joseph worked as a servant then later promoted as the manager of the household. He ended up in prison for being honest and faithful to both his master and His God. Later, he achieved the highest HR accomplishment as the most powerful man of a powerful country, a prime minister-the head of the government. The story of Moses is that of a Hebrew baby adopted by an Egyptian princess, trained to be the Egyptian royal. Later he abandoned his position as the royal of the most powerful country, and dedicated his life to be molded as a shepherd in the wilderness, then led the exodus of the Israelites forty years in the desert, but failed to enter the Promised Land. Read the story of Daniel’s experience on different stages of human status from a captive into a young scholar/trainee. He was later promoted to be the King’s counselor. Daniel and his friends decided to remain faithful in the early stages of the HR selection and recruitment prove them as competent men of character.

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The fact that Joseph, Moses, and Daniel decided to remain faithful led them not for a promotion but demotion from a manager into a prisoner. The Bible teaches that keeping faith in God is the only factor that will lead to achieving the highest life goal of “being saved.” Bible Reading Genesis Chapter 37 - Genesis Chapter 41 Exodus 2:1-25 Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Daniel Chapter 1- Daniel Chapter 6

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GENESIS CHAPTERS 37 - 41 Note: In our souls, we have self-consciousness. It is from our souls that we relate to one another as human beings. To tell a person not to be emotional is telling them not to be human. Man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks inside the heart, not an idea in our minds. There are many things that God expects us to do. There are some things only God can do. He expects us to ask Him to do those things. There are jobs that only God can do. Going to other people is a waste of your time. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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EXODUS CHAPTER 2 Note: The depth of trouble you are experiencing likely to equal the desire that drives you toward God. The greater your problem is, the more intense the fear. The deeper your discouragement, the more you are willing to cry out to God. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 34 Note: If life has left you disenchanted, and aloof, remember Jesus, your knight in shining armor. Do not allow the vicious bandits of misfortune to rob you of your enthusiasm and vigor for life. You can overcome the influence of a person and the evil of any circumstance. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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DANIEL CHAPTERS 1 - 6 Note: Often we try to separate our personal lives from the spiritual one. Be ready for change. Everything changes—people, circumstances, seasons, and surroundings. The Bible tells us that God “changes the times and seasons.” Embrace change and keep a positive attitude. When you approach God, do not worry or become discouraged in seeking Him. He wants your faith to be developed by personalizing your truth. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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Psalm 23 a powerful Scripture in the Bible that tells us that God is guiding us. "The LORD is my shepherd." Growing up into my adult life, I always felt God was talking to me through Psalm 23. Each day, I carry Psalm 23 in my heart to get through the evilness in this world. God’s goodness and mercy are my bodyguards. God is the "good shepherd" feeding His flock food, water, and love while protecting us from evil. God's power will guide us no matter what circumstances are troubling us. God is always journeying with us through the paths of righteousness and the shadow of death. God is the provider who will supply our needs in front of all enemies. Psalm 23 was penned by King David. It opens by telling believers that God is a “shepherd” who guides us along both green pastures and still waters while restoring us along the way. There are powerful themes noted throughout the text. God allows himself to be compared to anything which will set forth his great love and care for his people. David was the keeper of sheep and understood both the needs of the sheep and the many cares of a shepherd. He compared himself to a weak creature, defenseless, and foolish, and takes God to be his provider, preserver, director, and his everything. In an uncertain world, it is easy to fear when evil rage. The world is a place where darkness and death are valleys one must walk through as part of the human experience. God reminds us that even in the shadow of death, He offers comfort. When we seek the Lord, we can find His will, and live in His love. It is through seeking that we find a living God who is always willing to sustain us, give comfort even in the midst of the storm. This is the meaning of Psalm 23.

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A leader should be a good follower to rely on the insight, guidance, and wisdom of others, like in King David’s period of time, being "a man after God's own heart." Bible Reading Psalm 23:1-6

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PSALM CHAPTER 23 Note: God’s divine hand can restore your soul, for He is the Prince of Peace. He can mend the past, present, future, and orchestrate your pain by blessing you. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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