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, 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, 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”

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”