The Duplication Factor

The Duplication Factor

The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon (Genesis 41:32).

Scripture: Genesis 41:25–36
Song: “Wonderful Words of Life” (by Philip P. Bliss)

After opening our ministerial meeting with prayer, the ministers in Dayton, Oregon, took five minutes to share about last month’s ministry. Five ministers were present that day, each one representing a different church denomination. As part of our reports, we shared the title and text of our previous Sunday’s sermon. To our amazement, we had all used the same Scripture text, and although our sermon titles were different, the messages we preached were much the same.

As we read our Bibles, we find that certain passages, stories, words, and prophetic dreams are purposely repeated. Many theologians believe something revealed or stated twice in Scripture is God’s way of drawing attention to it, like putting an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. The Bible contains numerous examples, including today’s passage. Pharaoh’s dream came in two forms: seven cows and seven heads of grain. Yet each version held the same warning of an approaching famine.

God still uses repetition to emphasize an important truth. This gives us an opportunity to change our ways and avert a catastrophe. God is merciful and wants us to know His plan for our lives. Besides being expedient, repetition gets our attention.

Father, I appreciate Your loving concern for my soul. Repetition of important truths helps me follow You closer. May I always be attentive. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The Duplication Factor” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Book Giveaway for Father’s Day

New Book Giveaway

Something for Fathers, Grandfathers, and all those Menfolk

I am giving away at least three copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad – 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Good Times. These books would make great gifts for Father’s Day. My story, “Just Wait,” starts on page 89.

This free book giveaway is now open. Anyone can toss his or her name into the hat. As always, no strings attached. I will pick the winners a few weeks before Father’s Day. If your name is drawn, I will contact you through email and confirm mailing arrangements.


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People Find Inspiration by reading The Greatest Moment

More People Recommend Reading THE GREATEST MOMENT


Patricia left this review on my phone: “Hi there! This is Patricia Clowers. I have been reading your book, THE GREATEST MOMENT. Oh my God! I am so blessed! I just read the chapter called ‘Before the Foundation of the World.’ I love the section on the Trinity revealed, about the Holy Spirit, and the Father. So insightful! Oh, and the way you put that, it just really blessed me. It was so real—like God speaking right to me.”

“This book is precious, and I’m so enjoying it. God bless you and have a good day.” —Patricia


Concerning The Greatest Moment, Craig and Rebecca write:

“Definitely Five Stars! Dr. Charles Harrel has an intriguing way of painting a picture in words that makes you want to go down the road he is on. As you continue to follow his lead—the more you are looking for the prize, which in this case is ‘The Greatest Moment.’ The author’s ‘with Jesus’ is very prevalent in his explanations and knowledge of Bible stories, drawing you in.”


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Brenda and Tom B. write, “Thank you so much. Just got your book, The Greatest Moment. We are enjoying our copy and are being inspired as we read it. Great book. We are greatly blessed and uplifted as we read and study what God has revealed to you to minister to us. Thank you so much for the treasured gift.”

“We’re going to let our neighbor, Dee, read it next.”


An Amazon reviewer writes, “Dr. Charles Harrel’s book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, takes you on a journey of discovery, helping us to understand what is meant by the author saying ‘The Greatest Moment’ and that God still creates the opportunity of experiencing what we would express as ‘Great Moments.’ He quoted Dr. Ravi Zacharias in his introduction: ‘There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.’

“On this journey, he will take you from great moments of creation, of the patriarchs, the Life of Christ, and many of the other great moments in the Bible. As you read, you stop to think of those moments he is presenting, how awesome and how it affects us. I begin to look back on this journey reflecting on some greatest moments I would consider and yet to experience. I found those moments have built from one experience to another.

“He does not leave the reader with just information, but a challenge of expectation of what ‘Great Moment’ is yet to come and the challenge to share with others how Christ can bring to them that experience of ‘The Greatest Moment’. The context is informative and easy reading. I recommend the book and encourage to use as a daily devotional format.”

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I Would Like a Refill, Please!

Another helpful post and illustration by Patrick from Serving Grace Ministries. I need a refill, too, perhaps several.

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By Patrick Hawthorne

Sweet-Tea

Several years ago, I made a trip to Boston.  Being from the deep South all my life, it was a new experience for me, to say the least.  Going into one particular restaurant, I had a hankering – a craving for you Northerners – for some sweet iced tea.  When I asked the waiter, he looked at me as if I had lost my mind.  “There is sugar on the table,” he stated rather smugly.  Good thing I didn’t ask for grits.  His head might have exploded.

Now, you folk from the North don’t know a thing about sweet tea, especially when drank from a Mason jar.  You cannot…and I repeat…you cannot add sugar to tea after it has gotten cold.  All that sugary goodness just drops to the bottom of the glass quicker than my IQ after watching one episode of the Kardashian’s.  Nope, sugar must…

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Death Valley Gold Mine

This picture illustrates a divine truth found in Chapter 14 of my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT.

The painting is word picture about Death Valley, which is my lead-in to the chapter about hidden treasure in the Cross. Like undiscovered gold, ‘life” can be found in the most unexpected places. We normally associate Death Valley with death and loss. We often do the same with Calvary, but there are living treasures to be discovered there. Life is one of them. Aspects of life are hidden in the barrenness of Death Valley. Something similar can be said for the Cross.

As for the painting, my second, I’m learning how to blend warm and cool colors to create depth. Notice the shovel stuck into the ground, next to the pick. And no, those are not watermelons, they’re barrel cactus.

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God Has the Best Answers

God Has the Best Answers                 

“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires” (Genesis 41:16).

Scripture: Genesis 41:14–24
Song: “Jesus Is the Answer” (by Andrae and Sandra Crouch)

Bob wanted everyone to think he was a prophet. He often told people what God was saying about a certain matter. One Sunday, he decided to comment about the minister’s sermon on the benefits of tithing. After waiting for the closing prayer, he stood up and said, “Thus says God . . .” He paused as if the words had just disappeared from his thoughts. So he started again, “Thus says the Lord . . .” Again, he stopped in mid-sentence. After a third attempt with similar results, Bob sat down with this apology: “I really have no idea what God is saying, so please don’t listen to me.”

In today’s passage, Pharaoh needed someone to interpret a troubling dream. His wise men and magicians were, like Bob, clueless. When Pharaoh called upon Joseph, he gave the king the true meaning to his dream, but made it clear that the answer came from God.

Likewise, we should seek the Lord for answers—not make up ones that are self-serving or otherwise politically correct. Such responses are often doomed to failure because they are not based on God’s plan, nor do they rely on faith. Whether it’s a troubling dream, a financial concern, or an unsolvable family problem, we should always ask God for the answer.

Dear Savior, during times of uncertainty, I will wait in prayer until I receive Your reply. Your answer is the only one I truly need. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

“God Has the Best Answers” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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May you find inspiration and encouragement,
Charles Earl Harrel