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Maximizing Your God-Given Potential Part 1

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Fr. Ward

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October 8, 2021

A Study of the life of Joseph, son of Jacob

Fr. Ward begins his study on how we can maximize our God-given potential using the life of Joseph, son of Jacob as an example

Genesis 3:14-15 (NASB)

14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat all the days of your life;15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you;2 and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing;3 and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Genesis 25:21-23 (NASB)

Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples will be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.”

Genesis 35:10-12 (NASB)

God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” Thus He called him Israel. 11 God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.12 “The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you.”
Author:
Fr. Ward
Father Ward has served as the Rector of St. Bartholomew's since 1998. He received his B.A. in History from SUNY at Buffalo; a M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; and a M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Fr. Ward and his wife Kathleen have two adult children, Arthur and Alyssa.

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