Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Hope

Joel now turns to the Hope we have in turning back to God (3:18-27).  God’s zeal to punish will be transformed into a zealous display of mercy, protection and provision.  The promise here is not only to end the destruction that is taking place, but restore what the “locust has eaten” (2:25).  This is a […]

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In Name Only

And to the angel of the Church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1-6) Jesus wrote the Church in Sardis that while people said they […]

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Being Salt and Light Again

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. (Psalm 119:88) For the last few years Christians have been pressuring legislators to put prayer back in schools.  But if a prayer meeting was called in your Church, how many people would show up? Would you? Isn’t it time […]

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Don’t Alter the Moral Foundations

“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22 – NASB). In 2009 the God-given and human-government sanctioned institution of marriage is under perilous assault. A powerful homosexual lobby wants to change 5,000 years of world history, 2000 years of Western history, and 233 of American […]

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The How

Joel moves on to “the how” of returning to the Lord.  Scripture bears witness to the fact that it is the humble who will experience the grace and mercy of God (Prov. 3:34; James 4:10; 1 Pet 5:5).  Joel calls for the people to humble themselves through a universal fast and sacred assembly on behalf […]

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Repentance Begins In the Church

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12) The prophet Hosea said that the first step towards spiritual awakening is to break up the fallow ground. That means deep, […]

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God’s Judgments

“I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me…” (Jer 1:16). Falling upon our knees is just a beginning! Those with eyes to see know that God’s judgments have already come to America; they are all around us. If we do not repent, things will only get worse. Call2Fall […]

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Joel: The Hurt, The Heart, The How, The Hope

The Heart: “Now therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”  So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.  Joel […]

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Marriage – the Paramount Moral Issue Of the 21st Century

“Marriage should be honored by everyone. Husband and wife should keep their marriage pure. God will judge guilty those who take part in sexual sins” (Hebrews 13:4 – Everyday Bible). Protecting marriage from re-definition and destruction is the paramount moral issue of the early 21st century. Slavery was the great moral issue of the 19th century–we got […]

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Joel: The Hurt, The Heart, The How, The Hope

The Hurt: The prophet Joel opens his discourse with the people by asking a rhetorical question that reveals the depth of the hurt the people were experiencing as a result of their rejection of God and His ways.  “Has anything like this [destruction] happened in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?”  […]

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