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SERIES – How to Win When You Don’t Fit in

2 Kings 4:1-7 NIV

1     The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

2     Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.”

3     Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.

4     Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

5     She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.

6     When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

7     She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

1 John 4:4 GNV – But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world.

Exodus 22:1-4 GNV1 “If someone steals a cow or a sheep and kills it or sells it, he must pay five cows for one cow and four sheep for one sheep. 2 He must pay for what he stole. If he owns nothing, he shall be sold as a slave to pay for what he has stolen. 3 If the stolen animal, whether a cow, a donkey, or a sheep, is found alive in his possession, he shall pay two for one. 4 “If a thief is caught breaking into a house at night and is killed, the one who killed him is not guilty of murder. But if it happens during the day, he is guilty of murder.

When you take responsibility for people, you take responsibility from people.

Asset Based Community Development

Deficit ThinkingAsset Thinking
Sees problem’s needsSees possibility’s strengths
Do forDo with
Provider led dependencyChallenge led development
Minimize inventoryTake inventory
Produces clientsProduces citizens
Leads by stepping forwardLeads by stepping back

Oil was used for:

  • Cooking

Numbers 11:8 NIV – The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a handmill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil.

  • Lamps
  • Medicine

James 5:14 NIV – Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Luke 10:34 NIV – He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.

  • Anointing
  • Rubbing
  • Dry Skin
  • Insect Repellent

1 John 4:4 NIV – You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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