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, 7 September 2022. Today’s topic: Attention Getter

Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land.  Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors? Joel 1:2 Joel in 21st century speak: “Listen up, dog.   Stuff like nobody has ever seen is happening right now.  Got it?” Got it, right?   That’s a pretty goodContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 7 September 2022. Today’s topic: Attention Getter”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 6 September 2022. Today’s topic: With Joel

The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.  An Invasion of Locusts.  Joel 1:1 We’re going old-school for awhile.   We’re going into the Old Testament to spend some time with Joel, one of the “minor prophets” whose book appears toward the end of the OT.  It’s sandwiched in-between Hosea and Amos; open your Bible andContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 6 September 2022. Today’s topic: With Joel”

Practical Proverbial, from Obadiah, 4 January 2021 Today’s topic: About Obadiah

The vision of Obadiah.  This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom:  We have heard a message from the Lord:      An envoy was sent to the nations to say, “Rise, let us go against her for battle.”  Obadiah 1 (NIV). Welcome back to the Old Testament, the Bible that Jesus learned and quoted.   Let’s spend some time in itsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Obadiah, 4 January 2021 Today’s topic: About Obadiah”