Archive for November 2013

Joel 3:17-21

There is a novel which I have read 25 times or more. It has a twist ending which surprised me the first time, but I am no longer fooled. My father is completely flummoxed as to why I would ever re-read a book, and he certainly does not understand why I would read a book over and over. Yet, to me that book is a friend. It has a message that I love—good triumphs over evil, the guy gets the girl—I love that book.Read more ...

Published on November 26, 2013 at 2:42 am |

Joel 3:4-16

It is always important to do what is right. There have been times historically when God has allowed the plans of evil men to act as a punishment or a discipline for God’s people. However, just because God may allow the consequences of His people’s actions to return home to roost, it does not mean that all those actions are “OK” or that the perpetrators are justified.Read more ...

Published on November 25, 2013 at 9:01 am |

Joel 3:1-3

There is an ongoing scandal in the state of Arizona concerning child welfare. Apparently, several thousand reports of child abuse were ignored over the last few years. The people who were supposed to be watching out for the children of Arizona were overwhelmed and didn’t want to admit they needed help. Read more ...

Published on November 22, 2013 at 2:49 am |

Joel 2:26-32

Joel prophesies about a future time when there will be no more shameful discipline for God’s people because God Himself will be in the midst of His people. He will ensure that they live as they should. Joel says that God will pour out His Spirit on His people and the result will be a spiritual experience so far above what we experience now that God’s people will never stray. 
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Published on November 21, 2013 at 2:16 am |

Joel 2:23-26

Joel cites material blessing as a sign of God’s favor. After the people of God repent of their evil and return to God, the entire land is blessed. The people of God are then called upon to be glad and rejoice.Read more ...

Published on November 20, 2013 at 8:58 am |

Joel 2:13-22

There is a difficult balance you try to strike as a parent between discipline and mercy. You love your kids so much and you never want them to be sad. On the other hand, you try (hopefully) to teach your kids respect, proper relational interaction, and social expectations. When they fail to meet your expectations, you (again hopefully) follow through with some manner of discipline.Read more ...

Published on November 19, 2013 at 3:10 am |

Copies and Shadows

by Drew Sutherland
2013-11-17 AM Hebrews 8:1-7
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Published on November 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm |

Joel 2:12-13

"Rend your hearts and not your garments."
Nobody likes a phony. When we perceive a lack of sincerity, it is hard to be anything but turned off. I was talking to a friend recently, and he was telling me about his church. He said that when he first started going there, he thought the pastor was a phony, and it was a real turn-off. Only after getting to know the man did he understand his character. 
When we think someone is faking an attitude or reaction, we feel lied to. God feels that way about false repentance. Jesus had quite a bit to say about those who act religious but are trying to gain attention from men—He said that the attention they receive is their reward. 
This passage in Joel warns that if we are to return to God in repentance, it needs to be with the right heart attitude. Big elaborate shows of remorse are not pleasing to Him. 
He knows your heart—He knows if you are sincere. If you are sincere in your repentance, you will find God to be gracious and merciful.
Joel 2:12-13  "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;  13 and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful.

Published on November 15, 2013 at 1:26 am |

Joel 2:1-11

 

When I walk through the door, I get different reactions from my kids. If I am coming home from work, they run to me, screaming “Daddy’s home!” (one of life’s greatest joys). It is a whole other story, though, when I walk through their bedroom door at night, If they are supposed to be sleeping, and I walk in on them talking—terror. The decisive factor is whether they are obeying or disobeying at the moment I arrive.Read more ...

Published on November 13, 2013 at 1:22 am |

Better Priest, Better Covenant, Better Hope

by Chris White
2013-11-10 AM Hebrews 7:11-28
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Published on November 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm |

Joel 1:19-20

This past Sunday I preached from Hebrews 7 about the priesthood of Melchizedek and how Jesus is our source of hope because He is the continuation and culmination of the greater Melchizedekian priesthood. The priesthood that served the people of God throughout the Old Testament was ordained by God, but it was never adequate. It was literally designed to fail—the failures and shortcomings of the Law were designed to drive God’s people to their knees begging for a better priest and a better sacrifice.Read more ...

Published on November 7, 2013 at 2:25 am |

Joel 1:15-19a

"To you, O LORD, I call."
When I was eight, I begged to go to an outing at a roller skating rink. My older siblings were going, and I wanted to go as well. I assumed I would be Brian Boitano, because, well…I didn’t have a good reason. I simply thought I would be a good skater. My mom agreed to take me for a while. I began the skating adventure with great gusto, but I quickly lost steam as I realized I was not naturally gifted as a skater—I was actually terrible. I quickly tired and requested to go home. Mom told me that we could go, but that I should understand that my whininess had ruined her evening—she enjoys skating and my actions affected hers. Read more ...

Published on November 6, 2013 at 2:24 am |

Joel 1:1-14

The book of Joel opens with a call to God’s people to take a good look around them and take stock of their surroundings. God’s people had grown lazy and disinterested in following God. They had strayed from following Him, and their nation was in a time of great distress. Enemies surrounded them, their agricultural system was in shambles, their religious affections were cool at best…something had to be done. Read more ...

Published on November 5, 2013 at 2:39 am |

King and Priest

by Drew Sutherland
2013-11-03 Hebrews 7:1-10
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Published on November 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm |

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