Leadership Lessons From Joseph

By Mike Duke – BSF Board Member

The founder of Walmart, Sam Walton, once said “If you want a successful business, your people must feel that you are working for them — not that they are working for you.”

When I was working as “Chief Greeter,” or CEO, at Walmart, I was inspired by this mindset of servant leadership. It gave me the ideal opportunity to reflect on biblical models of leadership and I often used relevant Scriptures to describe specific leadership characteristics, even within a diverse, global organization such as Walmart.

This year in the Genesis study, I had the opportunity to reflect on servant leadership through the story of Joseph. Although he was not a perfect leader, we can learn from the leadership qualities that Joseph displayed throughout his life, from the beginning of his story in Canaan to the throne room in Egypt.

9 Lessons we learn from Joseph

Decide what Defines You

We all know the story of Joseph and the beautiful coat his father gave him. But we can even learn from this basic story that beautiful clothing does not make a great leader, and Joseph understood that. He had a close relationship with God, and much more strength and depth of leadership beyond his beautiful coat. So how do those we lead characterize us? In studying Joseph’s life, we see every day as an opportunity to choose what makes us memorable.

Make Peace With Adversity

In Genesis 37, we find Joseph in a ditch, or cistern. A wise business investor, Warren Buffett, once said, “When you find yourself in a ditch, stop digging.” This advice can apply to business, life and relationships. When Joseph found himself the cistern, he trusted God even through great adversity. Joseph did not fight his circumstances, but discovered God’s peace in each of these difficult situations. He came to realize that God uses adversity for good.

Welcome God’s Presence

In Chapter 39, Joseph’s boss, Potiphar, saw something in Joseph that was very special. He saw that the Lord was with him. Biblical leadership always shows the presence of the Lord, and the leader has complete trust in God. Can others see Him in us?

Expect Temptation and Be Prepared

People in leadership roles will often be tempted. Positions of power, authority and financial oversight can become sources of temptation. As Joseph gained leadership roles, he also faced intense temptation. He was certainly tempted aggressively by Potiphar’s wife. But before he was tempted, Joseph made a commitment to honor and integrity. In the throes of temptation, Joseph stood firm. Great leaders decide integrity cannot be compromised, and they make that commitment even before they face temptation.

Look For Opportunities to Lead

Joseph was certainly treated unfairly and was even sent to prison due to no fault of his own. But the Lord stayed with him and even provided leadership opportunities while in prison. From Joseph, we can learn how to make the best of difficult circumstances and even look for leadership opportunities that might be available in unlikely places. Whether we are at home raising children or at work leading a team, God values servant leadership in all circumstances. Through His eternal perspective, the greatest leaders among us are the Godliest.

Give Credit to Those Who Contribute

When others wanted to give credit and praise to Joseph, he turned it around to give all praise and glory to God. When interpreting dreams, he was clear that God’s skills, not his own, were on display. Great leaders embody humility, and they will not accept personal glory and praise. They tirelessly credit success to others that contributed to the accomplishments.

Place Your Trust in God’s Plan

In Genesis 41, we get a good understanding of Joseph’s trust in God’s plan. Joseph expects seven years of prosperity to be followed by seven years of famine, so he prepares for the upcoming difficulties. Joseph trusted God, and as a result, he received great wisdom in how to deal with the prosperity and how to prepare for the future.

Don’t Be Afraid to Show Emotion

In the final chapters of Joseph’s life, we read a detailed account of how he interacted with his brothers and his father. Faced with the family members who betrayed him, Joseph displayed compassion, forgiveness and love. These chapters are often emotional, showing one of the greatest leaders in Egypt weeping.

Some leaders have the mistaken impression that they should not show emotion, but they are so wrong. Strong leaders show they care about others, and sometimes that can mean grief. Display of emotion is a good, sincere characteristic because it shows a caring, loving leader.

Serve in All Circumstances

In the final chapters of Genesis, Joseph showed he loved his father and brothers, and was able to forgive. But going beyond forgiveness, Joseph proved his servant heart when he blessed and provided for his family. Great leaders care about every single person they lead, just as the shepherd cares about every single sheep in the flock.

Leading Where God Calls

Though we may not be called to lead a nation like Joseph, God calls all of us to lead in some way. Whether in business, BSF leadership, our local church, our community or leading our family, He provides the framework for serving effectively wherever we are called.

As we close our study of Genesis, we remember Joseph as an example of a leader who selflessly served. But in preparing our minds for Matthew, we look forward to Jesus, not as an example, but as the fulfillment of a servant leader.

Through Joseph’s example, we find practical leadership application. But through Christ’s sacrifice, we discover the power to put these steps into practice.

Mike Duke

BSF Board Member – Former WalMart Executive

Michael T. Duke has served on the BSF Board of Directors since 2014. Mike was an active class member for several years and his wife, Susan, has served as a Class Administrator for more than 20 years. Mike joined Walmart in 1995, and over his 19 years with the company led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as Walmart U.S. In 2005, he was appointed to vice chairman with responsibility for Walmart International. Before joining Walmart, Mike had 23 years of experience in retailing with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores. Mike is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation and Chick Fil A. He also serves as an operating executive for The Carlyle Group. Mike graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Georgia Tech and the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

 

181 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this insight. It’s great to know people of faith in 2024.

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  2. Quite insightful reading. Giving credit to those who contribute is an eye opener for me.

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  3. I wish to part of this school…how May I get to know more of this organization..please advice.

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    • Hi Debasish! BSF is not really a “school” but a weekly Bible study! You can find a class near you at join.bsfinernational.org. Thank you!

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  4. Very educative. God bless

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  5. Will be very interested in Joseph’s leadership and spiritually discuss about it.

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  6. Thanks for reminding me about this young but a great leader joseph ,,,I really learnt more than what I was looking for

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  7. Mike, thank you for your leadership insight. Did you know A VP of International at Walmart who came from Target? He resigned his position to become an associate pastor in Branson (I think). Mr. Glass was the CEO at that time. He said he was always talking about Jesus in his travels so he decided to walk his talk. Ernie Schluter- St. Louis

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  8. Thank you very much for reminding from Joseph’s leadership skill for us to keep in mind as we lead the small group to apply practically with prayers to glorify God . . *

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  9. Share your vision/dream from God, even if your family is self-absorbed.
    Joseph get’s falsely accused by today’s hired Bible experts of being arrogant, as if he made up his dream. Clergy despise prophecies, even those that are straight out of scripture. They are turf protectors of clergyism rituals. They reject God’s instructions for “meeting together”. Heb. 10;24,25 They force the reverse – strict one way communication by one man. God will accomplish his purposes in his time.

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  10. Thank you Mike for your insights on leadership. And your Godly perspectives on the characteristics of how that leadership should look. Caring about others is still the basis for our service to the Lord. And though it can be difficult the reward is worth it. Blessings to you, your wife and family.

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    • Hallelujah

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    • Excellent summary of Joseph’s leadership style. Very useful for all of us. Thank you Mike. We have the best example for leadership in Jesus and we all should strive every day to lead like Jesus.
      God bless you and family

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  11. Thanks for sharing. I was truly blessed. May the blessings of the Lord rest upon you and your family.

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  12. What an inspiration. Yes Joseph was a great leader with God’s wisdom. It’s great to hear about someone who had such a high position of CEO that shares and lives according to God’s word. It is great to know he serves on BSF’s board. I am moved by his progression from server to the one in charge. It’s a lot like Joseph’s life and beliefs. Thank you for sharing. I am grateful that I was led to BSF many years ago and have a desire to be a part of a group for many more years to come.

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  13. In the past studies, my lessons from Joseph have been about forgiving. This time round I learnt so much about suffering & how to suffer well trusting God’ who is always present with me. He allows suffering for His purposes & to mature me. Great lessons from this round of Genesis.

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  14. The Genesis study was one of the best. Mike’s succinct summary is great and inspiring. Great servants make the best leaders. My biggest take away from the Genesis study is that even when I can’t see it He is working, even when I can’t feel it He is working. Most of all He is working everything out for my good I just need to wait on the Lord. I look forward to the Matthew study.

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  15. Very inspiring analysis on Joseph’s leadership skills.

    Indeed Joseph is one of my favourite characters in the Old Testament. He is an epitome of what God can do for those who serve Him with newness of heart. A forgiving heart, Joseph is a perfect suitor to Psalm 23:5 as one reflects on the dinner he gave his family, a family that betrayed him and sold him into slavery. The Lord set a table before him in the presence of his enemies! Amen.

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  16. Thank you for the reminder of the leadership of Joseph in the study of Genesis. This servant leadership has been a great challenge and encouragement too. My prayer is that God will help me be the servant he wants me to be.

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  17. Thank you for great reminder of the lessons in leadership in the life of Joseph. This study has been a great encouragement and challenge too. May the Lord help me to be a servant leader.

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  18. This is great! I love it.

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  19. Joseph’s story is a display of how God’s Sovereignty is being played out in the midst of human choices. He does what pleases Him and since He is just, righteous, holy, etc. I am certain that His plan is the best

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts from Joseph’s story…God bless you.

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  20. Great indepth in Joseph leadership style. Application left for us to ff.

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  21. Thank you Mike for your wise applications to leadership. I definitely have to stop digging when I’m in a ditch. Your observations are valuable.

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  22. I enjoyed all that Genesis had to offer, In Joseph’s trials and error. Looking forward to Matthew study.

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  23. Mike,
    What a great reminder of how God is constantly at work in our lives today as He was in Joseph’s life.
    A confirming circumstance in my own life to be used as a reset in how I approach the blessings He bestows on me each and every day…
    Thank you for your service and your leadership!

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  24. Amen brother Mike! Joseph’s life is an example of how our God wants us to trust and obey Him.

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  25. Thank you for sharing your God inspired wisdom.

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  26. I loved the Genesis study, especially Joseph. Thank you for the great review and reminder of having a servant heart to glorify our Lord.

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  27. Excellent blog and I found much encouragement from it. Thank you for sharing and serving our Lord faithfully.

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    • Thank you Mike for sharing your Godly wisdom and reminding us of what it means to have a shepherds heart.

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  28. Thank for reminding us of these gems in Genesis .

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  29. Tks so much for the summary of Joseph n wat he has done n his positive attitudes tat we can learn from n follow. Now I am going to read his story again in the Bible.

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  30. Thank you.

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  31. Thank you Mike. A well written reflection on Genesis. I really appreciate and learn from all of the events you have mentioned. I will continue to trust, believe and obey God. Blessings.

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  32. I am indeed I a sinner may receive forgiveness and ultimately see Jesus face to face in the heavenly glory.

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  33. Thank you for your timely blog, recapping the inspiring and challenging study of Joseph. I loved this… “When interpreting dreams, he was clear that God’s skills, not his own, were on display”. You have inspired me to shine for our soon coming King!

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  34. Thank you for the inspiration of servant leadership, an attribute which Jesus Christ showed us all when He chose to die for our sins on the cross and resurrect.

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  35. Thank you for this beautiful and truthful sharing which has encouraged & conforted my heart! Thank you Lord for His faithful servant who glories His holy name. Hallujah! Amen!

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  36. Thank you for sharing this beautiful analogy of Joseph’s leadership roles throughout his service to the Lord. Joseph inspires me to seek out more opportunities to be of service to the Lord. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article.

    Blessings,
    Cynthia

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  37. Such a wonderful insight from Joseph story. Joseph humility, servant leadership, showing emotions gave me lot of encouragement and god strengthen me through whole Genesis and waiting for Matthew study..

    Thank you for words of encouragement!!!

    God bless BSF!!!

    All glory to god!!!

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  38. Thank you Mark Duke for this wonderful key tenants of what we learned this year. Often the story of Joseph is portrayed as a victim story in Sunday School lessons and Church
    Yet its actually the story of development and building of a Godly Leader through adversities and by God’s grace – our privilege to be part of God’s plan as followers of Jesus.
    Yes I have had some adversities this year and feel crushed or want to give up in despair at what I am seeing around me in the Church itself. But your note encourages me to keep going.
    Thanks for the reminder that we need to Lead/serve where God calls us, even when its not comfortable.

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  39. Thanks Mike for these important observations based on Joseph’s life. He comes a long way from spoilt teenager to governor of Egypt. The Lord is with him and transforms him through some tough experiences. The example of servant leadership and giving the credit to our Lord is a good pattern to follow.

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  40. I have 2 daughters in leadership. Both have Godly hearts and they seek advice in leading others. I will forward this to them, it was wonderful and inspiring for me and they will appreciate your comments. Thank you !

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  41. Great summary of Joseph’s leadership! Thank you.

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  42. Great lessons from Joseph life.Those we love will betray us but our God never fails.May we always live for God.

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  43. This blog has touched my heart around learning more about servant leadership. It answers so many dilemmas I have faced in grappling with what strong, authentic and caring leadership should look like.

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    • A great review of Joseph’s trust in and love of God, and of God working through him in leadership opportunities. Looking forward to the study of Matthew and learning about Jesus, our example and the God who empowers us through his Holy Spirit in us for the good works he has already planned for us.
      Thank you.

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  44. Outstanding and very inspiring. Thank you. I have ALWAYS LOVED Joseph’s story – So many so many spiritual, leadership and relational lessons in his story. No surprise since it is God’s story of Joseph to teach us. To God’s GLORY!

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  45. For me the study of Genesis help me to understand the word of God more and find some instinct that are necessary when studying the word of God .Most importantly to trust in God in all situations

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  46. thanks for sharing such important lessons, Genesis study and specially Joseph is making such a great impact in our family.
    looking with lots of expectations to Matthew.

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  47. Thank you for sharing! Joseph’s reliance and trust in God did give him peace in every situation he faced.

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  48. To place trust in God’s plan is very important and comforting for me. Thank you for the sharing. It comforts me especially in my household when I am sometimes deceived by the behaviour of the children. I think the most important thing is to remember that God is in control and loves me.

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  49. The entire book of Genesis was filled with so many lessons about faith and trust. The story of Joseph was the most amazing example of faithfulness, perseverance, and leadership. Your recap of Joseph’s life and challenges reminds us to look for lessons from God in our everyday trials and tribulations. Enjoyed the Blog.

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  50. Thank you for the great sharing ! The study of Genesis stretches & strengthens my spiritual muscles. God is good and his good purposes overrule evil intent. God is sovereign & he can turn curse into blessings, adversity into opportunity; bitterness into fruitfulness ! May all the glory be to God who deserves the greatest praise and honor !

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  51. Thank God for Mike for this blog that clarifies Joseph’s personality trait embedded God’s clear guidance. In between the lines in the Bible it was not so clear. I was pondering till now by reading Mike’s message. For us God’s servants we are thankful to be inspired and encouraged one another. Praise God for His mighty plan that we can be in it.

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  52. Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for your service to BSF and the building up of God’s church.

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  53. Thank you for the beautiful analysis of the life of Joseph. Maybe you can expound on the blessings of Deuteronomy 33. I am particularly interested in the horns. “…and his horns are like the horns of unicorns…”

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  54. This is very profound, very timely for me. Thank you for sharing.

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  55. This is very proud, very timely for me. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Meant this is very profound not proud

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  56. Great summary of Joseph’s life as a leader and how a leader should be in our day to day life. Thank you Mike for your insights. Also pointing out the greatest servant leader Jesus, oh that we should live like Him every single day!

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  57. Oh thank you for showing me more how I can serve Jesus. God bless you. I am so thankful for BSF. Linda

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  58. I truly enjoyed your blog. It meant a lot more because I worked at Wal- Mart Distrubution Center from 1988 -2017, and I remember you when you were CEO.

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  59. So encouraging to hear about someone that has served so well in his life. What a boost to hear that these days where businesses are closed, where do people grow in business now? Grateful for the up[lift.

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  60. Thank you for this encouraging message. I would like to share it with my family.

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  61. As a director of a pregnancy center, I found this to be so very helpful and a great reminder of God’s continual leading of me through challenging times. Thank you Mr. Duke for sharing what you, yourself have demonstrated before others. I have been a part of BSF for many years and love to see how God changes us (me) through the study of His word. He is a good, good father who is mighty to save!

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  62. This is so helpful, thank you for sharing.

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  63. Yea, for a GT graduate!
    Thanks for the great commentary on Joseph, one of my favorite OT characters.

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  64. Asante…Thank you! As we would say in Swahili. Loved the discussion on ‘servant leadership’! Our leaders really fail us… They portray them as demi gods, and in the process lose out on great opportunities to serve their people.
    Comforted by the words of not to dig when in a ditch. I am in a ditch/pit at the moment. Feel I have been digging… Trying to be still, surrender, and let God🙏

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  65. Buenas tardes bendiciones les felicito les agradezco les animo a seguir compartiendo la palabra de Dios que es Viva y eficaz en este tiempo tan terrible q llena nuestras almas de Fe y Esperanza . Muchas gracias Dios les bendiga adelante

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  66. The story of Joseph is the only story is a beautiful story. We have every day to make a memorable moment. Never forget the daily miracles that God sends our way. Also that God gives us an opportunity for servant leadership. I pray to have a heart to serve in all circumstances.

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  67. Thank you Mike for your wonderful and inspiring summary of Joseph’s life of leadership. It shows us trusting God through every encounter He had planned for Joseph brought success in God’s eyes and the eyes of others. I look forward to sharing your words with my family. Thank you for your dedication to the leadership of BSF. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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  68. Words of encouragement and a blessing.

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  69. Thank you, this teaching has helped me further my understanding in practicing servant leadership.
    Through Jesus Chirst, it is a good foundation to build your life on.

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  70. Thank you so much for this wonderful message

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  71. Excellent synopsis of our study of Joseph. Thank you. I want to pass it on to our sons.

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  72. Thank you for sharing on the life of Joseph. I enjoyed what you had to say.
    Looking forward to the study of Matthew.

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  73. Wonderful

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    • I am ever so grateful for the higher ups in organizations who are willing to take stand, just like Joseph, for the Lord’s kingdom values. I am especially grateful for the ones who are willing to take a cut in pay in order to allow for their employees to receive a decent wage in order to be able to support their families….Just like Joseph, making plans for the families and communities he served under the Lord’s care.

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  74. Thank you for this fine teaching about Joseph. Praise God for Christians in responsible positions of leadership.

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  75. Perfect blog timing due to right now I’m too dealing with semi issues like Joseph went through even though not to that extreme. However, I now have a clearer and better perspective in that yes it’s all part of God’s plan for something greater in my own life.
    Thank you for your insight, illuminating and sharing.

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  76. Thanks for these nine points that gives a glimpse of my journey thus far.
    I am able to testify that God has done a marvelous work in my life since the age of 7 being Josephine the sister of Joseph, the eldest of five sisters. I did define myself during my adolescence, teen and as I continued to mature never losing sight of God making me a unique creation. My stories helped so many children, teens, young adults, etc. through my teaching.
    When I learned during a pandemic I was healed at 8 months of age, God’s presence was upon my life again at age 19 and age 59 (I will be 27 years old this year) healing me from 3 deathly illnesses. Grateful that I never let temptation deter my heart or mind from the Word of God over the years. I did have a Potiphar experience to learn that God’s presence was with me, having me speak love and not bitterness. Yes, since God called me to “teach his people” in 1954 and my pastor preparing me for the assignment, I am still on the battlefield for the Lord. I did a research for servant leadership to learn there are 10 characteristic traits and 5 standards for Servant Leaders to exemplify Christ. BSF sessions is enlarging my spiritual journey as God uses me to speak healing, freedom, love, and to grow close in relationship with God.

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  77. Praise God for this wonderful wisdom and insight! Thanks for sharing Mike. I continue to stand in awe of how God gave Joseph astonishing dreams to ponder and then brought them to pass in His perfect time.

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  78. Thank you for this summary of Joseph ‘s servant leadership style, which demonstrated love of family and God and real compassion. To God be the glory for all you do.

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  79. Practical Godly advice. Thank you. I needed to hear these words today.

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  80. I loved this !

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  81. Thank you for reminding all believers that we are called to be servant leaders. Our Lord does give us opportunities to faithfully lead through His strength and grace in our everyday interactions, we must be aware of these moments and be diligent to Him.

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  82. I like very much. So blessed. Thank you BSF.

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  83. Thank you Mike Duke. This piece reminds me of God’s Love in Joseph’s leadership. Joseph forgave, loved and provided for ALL no matter what, truly reflecting servant and God-inspired leadership.

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  84. Thank you for highlighting to us on the various aspects of leadership through life of Joseph, definitely good points for self-reflection and call to action. Thank you Mr Mike Duke and God bless your faithful ministry.

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  85. Today, I am facing a difficult experience and a possibly life changing conversation and I so appreciate this message to help me through this challenge. God has been faithful as I have asked him how to proceed and I want to do without want me to do and I think this message will be a great help in providing the framework. Thank you very much!

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  86. This is a great piece! Leading like Joseph is not easy, especially when you have to not only forgive but live with and provide for those who did you great injustice like selling you into slavery, and imprisoning you for doing what is right. Such forgiveness can only be divine; no wonder Joseph always gave glory to God, for only God is truly merciful.

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  87. I had always understood Solomon to be the wisest man ever. I believe Joseph was. Solomon, in his own wisdom, asked God for wisdom; but in his worldly success lost his way. Joseph in his seemingly worldly defeat, never lost his way. Each, in their own way, demonstrated their relationship with God. Between the two, I would ask God to make me more like Joseph.

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  88. In a time and season like the covid19 where our leadership is being tested each day I find the reflections by Mike very inspiring and also guiding. In Joseph I see a resilient leader and Mike points to that clearly.

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  89. Such a wonderful teaching and helpful collection of what Joseph went through.Our God always Has a plan in our lives and all we need to do is trust His process.God bless you Mike

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  90. This is such a wonderful exposition of Joseph’s story, studying the book of Genesis has shown me what I did not know about this bible character: may God give us the grace to emulate Joseph in our various roles as leaders.

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  91. Thank you for point out “Don’t Be Afraid to Show Emotion” – I am leaning this lesson now

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  92. What a beautiful message about servant leadership, straight from a character we just finished studying.

    Indeed it is Joseph’s servant leadership that kept propelling him to greater heights.

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  93. Hallelujah!!!

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  94. Amen Amen Amen. Good application of the word. Lord Keep my eyes open to serve you like Joseph did.

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  95. Very great understanding of the end of the study’s of Genesis very great out pouring of your understanding of the study.

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  96. Powerful reflections of Joseph’s servant leadership style.

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  97. I have been challenged by lesson 4 “Expect temptation and prepare for it”.
    There was tremendous insight in this lesson knowing that overcoming temptation takes preparation rather than sheer hope that you will just be guided out of it by the Holy Spirit or persuaded by the knowledge of the word of God.
    I see here that personal preparation plays a vital role.
    Thank you, Mike.

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  98. Great insights on leadership lessons from Joseph! I am particularly grateful for the statement “Jesus is the fulfillment of servant leadership” All along I have said Jesus is the best example of servant leadership but now I know better. He is the fulfillment. Blessings to you for sharing

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  99. Mike’s sharing is absolutely inspiring. I trust that when man can completely rely on The Lord even though he starts from nothing (like Joseph after being betrayed), The Lord will never let him disappointed in his whole life.

    By the way, I enjoy even more from Scriptures when seeing Joseph as a shadow of our Lord, in the Old Testament.

    Praise The Lord

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  100. What a wonderful and fulfilling life, the greatest of all the blessings is by attributing his success to the Almighty God, may you live to reap the rewards of your labor, faith and Trust in the name of our lord Jesus Christ amen

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  101. Blessed to read Dukes comment on servant leadership drawn from Joseph’s life. Been blessed.

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  102. Thank you Mike for your blog on Joseph’s story and his leadership. Yes being “born again” in Jesus Christ make us leaders. We are the light leading other to Christ.
    Perseverance,faith and boldness are the quality of Joseph.But most of all with his love for God it make him a strong leader.

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  103. I understood that the only reason I get to lead, succeed or prosper is to honor God and to be His witness.

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  104. I enjoyed reading Mike’s blog , pointing out to us the crucial lessons we learn from the study of Joseph.
    Praise & thanks to God for giving us godly leaders to model on

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  105. A very articulate and organized guidance for introspection of my on life through the practical lessons Joseph’s life offers. Then the Mathew study empowering us to be servant leaders for Christ puts the new study in perspective. Thank you Mr. Mike Duke.

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  106. Thank you for your insight and sharing. There is so much to be learned from Joseph’s experiences. Though his life was a very difficult situation, God allowed Joseph and us to see, that through Joseph’s hardships and trials, He is always with us, and always able to turn bad situations into good ones, that work for our good and his great purposes.

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  107. Thank you so much. This was great. This also makes me want to shop at Walmart. In fact, I did today.

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  108. Inspiring insight from Genesis

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  109. Wonderful

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    • Thank you for sharing and caring to share. Practical insights that we all can apply in our lives.

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  110. Thank you for an inspiring message. Joseph faced many challenges and in all of them God was in control. Very well brought out in this article

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  111. As a former leader in the corporate world, I thoroughly enjoyed reading these 9 characteristic of a Servant Leader. We learned so many great lessons in the Genesis study. These are great insights from the life of Joseph. God leaves no stone unturned.

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  112. Thank you sir for a wonderful trait of Joseph. He was the best. I loved him Thank you

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  113. Wow praise the LORD for this servant leader Mike Duke. What a testimony of our Great God. Also mention of Walmart brings memories, as Bill Atcheson of Texas was once my humble boss who came to Malaysia to set up a Company producing latex mask for Walmart!

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  114. Thank you so much. I found your story and comments very encouraging.
    Looking forward to the study of Matthew.
    Blessings in Christ.

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  115. Thank you for sharing your experience
    and perspective on Joseph as a leader. It was only through our study of Genesis that I really got to know Joseph beyond his beautiful coat and his being a dreamer, stories that were true but were most of the focus in popular culture. The many adversities that he went through would have made a man of lesser faith be tempted to abandon His faith for a day, or maybe two, but not Joseph. You are right about his life being an example of practical applications of how he is a great leader, all because he followed God. Even when external circumstances pointed to him not being favored by God, he never lost hope. Great reminder for all of us, especially myself, when the privilege of leadership sometimes feel like a burden to bear. Thank God for His Son Jesus who empowered us to cast our burdens on Him.

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  116. This is a very concise and practical overview of leadership characteristics that are useful in today’s world. God is the focal point and necessary relationship in order for one to succeed. Thank you.

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    • Amen

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  117. Thanks very much Mike. Praise God for that very clear helpful encouragement about a good leader. God bless you as you continue to serve Him. Jeannette Kuswadi

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    • Amen

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  118. Thank you for this timely blog! I am a retired special education para-educator who is about yo embark on my first season as a BSF Group Leader. I will definitely remember Joseph’s example, but mostly I will remember to look to Jesus as the fulfillment of a servant leader! I covet your prayers!

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  119. Wonderful summary

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  120. I learned in the am after doing my homiletics that it came to me in Genesis that there were the 3 D’s
    Deception
    Dreams
    Deliverance

    Deception from in the garden to Abraham n Sarah’s lack of trust toJacob n Esau to Rebecca n Jacob to Laban n Jacob to Joseph’s brothers to his sons blessings to Judas Iscariot deceiving Jesus

    Dreams. Jacobs ladder to Joseph to even Mary n Joseph telling him to take Mary as a wife

    Deliverance …from the garden to Abe n Sarah’s long awaited baby to ram in the thicket delivering Isaac to safety to delivering the right wives to Isaac n Jacob n delivering sons n offspring
    Delivering Joseph from the pit, Potiphar’s wife n prison n the entire Israel nation all the way up to Jesus who delivers the world n us into eternity !!!!
    What an AWSM Lord God we
    have!!

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    • Love the summary of the 3 Ds

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  121. All praises to leaders like this!!!!

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  122. Great encouragement . Thanks

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  123. Awesome reading. Thank you so much for sharing. May God Bless you and I am Grateful.

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  124. Awesome. A very brief, succinct and inspirational testimony which reminds people all over the world how a servant leader would be?
    Many thanks for David sharing. God bless you, your wife Susan and other members of your family.

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  125. Wonderful words of encouragement as Mike takes us through the spiritual development of Joseph from a young man to wise leader. Each of us have been given opportunities to witness for Jesus in our lives. It is our responsibility to be light and salt to one another through our words and actions.

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  126. Thank you.

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  127. So refreshing to reminder ourselves about the servant leadership at all levels. Thanks.

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  128. Thank you for this commentary on Jospeh. It precisely described what was wrong at a family members workplace and I was able to share what I learned with them.

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  129. I loved reading the blog.

    Finished my 1st year in BSF.
    I so enjoyed the study on Genesis.
    I love BSF; looking forward to the study of Matthew!

    Thank you

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  130. encouraging insight

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  131. Thank you for the summary of Joseph’s story. I an a nurse and am serving where I am. As a charge nurse I am in a leadership position and hope what I learned this year may be applied to my daily employment.

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  132. Great explanation of the Joseph’s story. Thanks for sharing.

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  133. “Gifted Hands” The Ben Carson Story entails all these leadership qualities .

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  134. Learnt some much needed timely principles. I’m the type that needs frequent reminders. God convicted me deeply and sent the article to my CEO son and other family members. Hope it God’s principles will bring some much needed transformation in our lives. Thank you and GoD BLESS!

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  135. ❤❤❤

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  136. It is awesome to serve God

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  137. What a perfect summation of the Joseph study. Oh so practical!!
    Thank you.

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  138. Thank you I have been called to serve and this is, what I need to help me be totally committed regardless of what may try to deter me from my assignment . Grace and peace with you

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  139. I loved this article and all the reminders of obstacles faced by Joseph and how he held true to his faith in God. It is just as timely today as in Joseph’s time.

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  140. Your comment is very important because it reveals how can work a man or woman faithful to God. Never choose selfish decisions but looking for Jesus example in life.
    I think I have now leadersphip in my family instead of an old age. I have worked many years in a hospital and had a leadership position. It is not easy but when we study the Bible we grow up in sanctification and knowlledge of God´s Word. BSF have been a blessing in my life since 2004 and I intend to go on until I am able to share the study. Thanks for your comment

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  141. Thank you very much Mr Mike Duke for sharing those nine lessons learned from Joseph . He Had an Intimate relationship with God and a man of Integrity and a responsible steward.

    He safeguard his Integrity and did not compromise . When we Trust in God , He guides us and fights for us even when in difficult situations which are beyond our control. Joseph as a leader faced alot of difficult challenges and the Lord God delivered him from them ALL.

    Thank you Mr Mike for those revelations . Be Blessed you and your Family . Shalom

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  142. Nice read….truly inspirational.
    It just triggered my mind towards servant leadership.

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  143. Thank you for this encouraging and inspiring talk on servant leadership. I am a housewife and raising three children. God has been with me through it all and giving me help and wisdom when I just didn’t know what to do. We have a loving Father who serves us so well, it is only right and fitting to serve Him by helping and serving others to know and love God and to reach their full potential. Thank you for your dedication to all of us in BSF!

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  144. Awesome reminders about Joseph!!! Thank you for this, and also thank you for sharing some of Mike’s history. THANK YOU!!!!

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  145. I am always baffled the way Joseph, in Genesis, is always displayed. Yes Joseph followed God’s direction much of the time. But, Joseph also did, during the famine, end up enslaving the entire Egyptian people by taking all the peoples money, animals and real estate.

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  146. I needed to hear this! Joseph gave us such a great example of how to live Godly lives, and I love the reminder that only our risen Saviors sacrifice can give us the POWER to do so! To God be all the glory forever and ever! Amen!

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  147. Genesis was a great study

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  148. Thank you for your reminder of Joseph and the Godly man he was and a great leader. I really appreciate BSF

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  149. Thank you for this beautiful picture of leadership as exemplified by Joseph. Bringing out these qualities and how they can apply to our own situations sheds more light on our Study of Genesis. It is so comforting that someone in high places of leadership in this country holds to these qualities.

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  150. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

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  151. Thanks Mike for sharing your story of service to the LORD and a national community. What a legacy to leave! JESUS came to Save and Serve: HE Didn’t use HIS Diety to overtake HIS purpose. As Christians, we should ” give ourselves away” so GOD can use us to reflect: Matthew 5:16! Can’t wait for the Monday night classes! Mike, your article is very inspiring-again, Thank You for sharing!
    To GOD BE THE GLORY

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  152. In so much as you have reminded me of the service of a great leader like Joseph, I have reflexed on my leadership ability. So I go to God asking him to cleanse of anything that He see fit to remove. I am humble by the fact that God can use me at this age but joyful that I can still be used as His vessel. I trust that God will get me where He wants me. That is the place in my spiritual journey I want to be, for I know that I will find true peace.

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  153. Very beautiful and encouraging message ! Thank you Mr Duke ❤️👏🏻

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  154. Very well crafted observations of Joseph Leadership skills. I especially resonate placing my trust in God’s plan. This releases a lot of pleasure and doubt because God plan never fail.

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  155. Excellent commentary on this year’s study.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  156. We thank our BSF Board Member and former Walmart CEO for such a very deep and well explained information on Joseph several characters that made him an effective leader in his hard and difficult times.
    We ask the Almighty God to richly shower His blessings, favour and Grace over our dear Man of God Mr Mike Duke and the entire family.
    God richly Bless you, Amen.

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  157. What an encouragement to hear about God’s work in leaders such as Joseph in our lifetime. I have learned so much from our study of Genesis. I praise God for BSF and pray for the leaders.

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  158. great article i want to lead like Joseph to Gods glory
    jane ,was a BSF member joining again in september

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  159. Excellent!
    May I have a Joseph heart.

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  160. Goo points. However, Joseph use the opportunity of a crisis to serve Pharaoh by enriching and empowering him. He taxed the people 20% each of the 7 years of plenty and then sold the grain back to the people resulting in their poverty and enslavement. Yes, he saved the country from starving to death but his method was a bureaucratic power grab of mammoth proportions.

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    • Dear Dick,
      Thank you for offering that perspective! Joseph certainly wasn’t perfect. We are so excited to look forward to Matthew as we study the life of Jesus. It’s one of my favorite BSF studies, I love watching God work through His Word!

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  161. Reading this Blog I learned what great wisdom Joseph had because of his trust in God.We we’re studying about wisdom in my Deeper class there are many verses in the Bible that speak of wisdom like Proverbs 14-8

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  162. Excellent article , great work! Very encouraging, May God bless you abundantly, thank you for your leadership

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  163. Genesis opened my eyes to a lot of issues. I realized that God provided us with all our needs before He created man. There’s so much to learn about life in general.

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  164. Thank you Mike for a very good life applicable lesson from Joseph’s life.

    Thanks Bsf for keeping us in God’s lessons in these summer months.

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  165. What great insight that we all lead in some way. It gives me greater perspective on how Joseph is a great example to all of us no matter what God has called each of us to do.

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  166. It is good to see this lesson from a business man. It is so important to see this from someone like Mike Duke

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  167. Thank you. This was very insightful and a great lesson to forward to others.

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  168. Thanks for the encouragement Mike

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