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“And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.” Mark 8:6-8 Jacob rushed into his house, excited about what he had just seen. A great crowd of people were passing through the…

“She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20 NLT Most of us are familiar with the story of Dorcas as recorded in the Book of Acts. We do not know anything about her early life, or how old she was. What we do know is that she was very active in helping others in her church and city. She may not have had a lot of money, but she was able to sew and thus provide clothing for those in need. She was so well respected by those she ministered to…

“She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fibre.” Prov. 31:16-19 NLT There is a principle that runs through the Bible of putting God first in everything we do and knowing that He will then bless us. Jacob made a vow to God that if the Lord would be with him and bring him back to his father’s house, he would…