Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 6 October 2022. Today’s topic: Jesus Returns Fire

Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness. Joel 1:20 This past Sunday, my friend, Andy, preached about putting on the full armor of God so that we are defended fully by the power of Jesus.   We need to do thatContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 6 October 2022. Today’s topic: Jesus Returns Fire”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 5 October 2022. Today’s topic: In Days of Trouble

To you, Lord, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. Joel 1:19 One of the verses associated with Joel 1:19 is Psalm 50:15:  a very famous verse that says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and youContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 5 October 2022. Today’s topic: In Days of Trouble”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 22 September 2022. Today’s topic: Stop Feasting and Start Fasting

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly.  Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14 Imagine what would happen if Joe Biden stood up and said, “we have all collectively sinned against God and I am declaring a month-long fast.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 22 September 2022. Today’s topic: Stop Feasting and Start Fasting”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 21 September 2022. Today’s topic: Mr. Ollivander’s Words

Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.  The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the appletree—all the trees of the field—are dried up.  Surely the people’s joy is withered way. Joel 1:11-12Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 21 September 2022. Today’s topic: Mr. Ollivander’s Words”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 20 September 2022. Today’s topic: Look Like Diamonds

Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the Lord.  The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the Lord.  The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails. Joel 1:9-10 Are you Britney Spears?  Recently, the bubble gumContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 20 September 2022. Today’s topic: Look Like Diamonds”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 19 September 2022. Today’s topic: Mourn Like a Virgin

Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth. Joel 1:8 Picture what Joel is describing.   Picture yourself weeping like a young woman pining for a lost love.   Picture yourself as someone who is hurting so deeply that you walk around wearing torn burlap, refusing to be comforted as the tearsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 19 September 2022. Today’s topic: Mourn Like a Virgin”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 15 September 2022. Today’s topic: Laid Waste My Vines

It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees.  It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white. Joel 1:7 The invading locusts of sin will show you no mercy.   They will destroy your prime crops, your livelihood, your way of life, your protections and security.   Left unchecked, theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 15 September 2022. Today’s topic: Laid Waste My Vines”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 14 September 2022. Today’s topic: The Locusts of Sin

A nation has invaded my land, a mighty army without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness. Joel 1:6 Full disclosure:   we don’t fully know exactly when Joel was written.   Placed among the books of the minor prophets, Joel could have been a contemporary of Hosea and Amos, and couldContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 14 September 2022. Today’s topic: The Locusts of Sin”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 13 September 2022. Today’s topic: We Drunkards

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!  Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips.  Joel 1:5 Something big is coming; big to-doings are in motion.   First, Joel talks about locusts, about how the insects of sin will devour everything in their path.   Now, he’sContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 13 September 2022. Today’s topic: We Drunkards”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 12 September 2022. Today’s topic: Swarms of Locusts

What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten.  Joel 1:4 Our sins are locusts.   They will consume us if we let them.   One sin will destroy us while the consequences of othersContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 12 September 2022. Today’s topic: Swarms of Locusts”