Joel: Warnings and Prophecies

God often starts a prophecy with a warning, but He also offers hope and blessing. God wants His people to do the right thing, to turn to Him, to be blessed. But sometimes, people are stubborn and it takes drastic measures to get their attention. Actions result in consequences. Ever wonder why there is so much chaos and so many troubles in this world? Perhaps we need to turn to God. Perhaps He is trying to get our attention.

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The Good and Bad of Fire

Fire will burn you, but it also provides so much to improve our daily lives.  It gives us light.  It gives us heat.  We cook with it.  We use it to purify metals and to shape them into tools and so much more.  As we discussed in the previous post, God often reveals Himself through fire.  Here we will discuss how fire is used for judgement, but it is also used to purify us, to help us to grow.  It is also used to represent the evil schemes of the devil, but we know that fire will await him in the end. Continue reading “The Good and Bad of Fire”

The Fire of God

Fire represents life”, they say in ‘Survivor.’  I am a bit of a Survivor junky.  But, in scripture fire is used in a completely different context.  It’s not a game; it’s much bigger than that.   In the next two posts we will discuss how fire is used in the scriptures.  Fire is used many times throughout the Bible  to represent different things.  It is often used literally as well.  Sometimes, God uses fire to represent the opposite of what it represents on ‘reality’ TV.  It represents death.  Hades.  Hell.  Sometimes it represents God’s wrath, while other times, God literally showed His wrath with fire.  He also used it to show His power and glory.  Fire is also used for purification.  Sometimes, fire is used to describe God Himself, but He can also be that “still, small voice.”  Continue reading “The Fire of God”

I AM’s…The Vine

Jesus uses much about the pastoral and agricultural lifestyle of Israel in His parables and analogies.  Much of their wealth and well-being is based on their vineyards and olive gardens. Here, Jesus says, “I am the vine.”  The vine is the sustainer; without the vine there is no fruit.  The vine is the livelihood of the family business.  Jesus is described as the cornerstone.  It is the same principle.  He is the foundation of our faith, of our life. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Vine”