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Joel 1: Warning

Joel 1: Warning

I continue to be drawn back again and again to the partially burned Bible found at the tourist attraction, Dollywood, in Sevierville, Tennessee.  It was the blacken edges that appeared to be almost “rolled back” to reveal the Old Testament Book of Job that keep coming to my mind’s eye!  What could Joel have to say that would have any meaning to us over 2400 years later?  Well, it’s the mystery that is waiting to be discovered that draws me every time!

So, we start with the verses in Chapter 1 of Joel.  The first verse gives us very little information about Joel.  Then he goes on to get our attention!  “Hear this!”  “Listen up, everybody!” Deuteronomy 32:1 is similar words: “Pay attention, heavens, and I will speak;
listen, earth, to the words of my mouth.
 (HCSB)   That includes the men of the church and every person around that will listen!  This is so important that you are to even tell your children!

The invasion of the locusts taught a variable lesson to the children that they would need to learn and to pass on to all the future generations! They completely destroyed the land; “What the young locusts leave, the mature locusts will eat.  What the mature locusts leave,  adult locusts will eat.  What the adult locust leaves, the grasshopper will eat.”  (GODS WORD translation)  There will be nothing left.  It doesn’t happen all at once; it happens a little bit at a time until all of a sudden you realize that it is completely gone!?!

When you wake up and find that something you wanted is no longer available; then you will pay attention!  When the priests go to the temple and they have no grain, wine or oil; then they will pay attention!  Finally, when everyone realizes what has actually happened; then prepare yourselves for what will be ahead!  Gather everyone together at the house of the LORD and cry out for HIM!”  For the “Day of the LORD” is near!  It shall come as destruction!

“Call on Me in a day of trouble;  I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.” (Psalms 50:15 HCSB)  When the people finally see and understand the results of their sins; they will cry out to the LORD for forgiveness and deliverance.!

 “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!” (Laminations 3:22-23 HCSB)

I pray you will take notice and examine your heart, then become so aware of lost ones around you!  Let them know that, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life! John 3:16

Is It a Message From God?

Is It a Message From God?

In November 2016,  over 37, 000 acres of beautiful trees in the National Forests Mountains  of northern Georgia, North Carolina and southern Tennessee were destroyed by wild fires.  The fires raged into December and are only now being contained thanks to hundreds of fire fighters from all over the United States and a much needed rain from God!  The forest fires took on a new dimension, when a popular tourist attraction in the Smokey Mountains of Southern Tennessee was attacked by the fires and destroyed homes, completely destroyed some favorite attractions and claimed 13 lives, so far!  It has been heart breaking as we watched the news updates from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

Like so many others, I was captivated by a special article that traveled around the internet at that time!  The famous Dollywood Attraction in Sevierville, Tennessee was threatened by the fires; but survived with only damage from heavy winds.  It was reported that a man cleaning up after the storm, found a partially burned Bible that revealed the book of Joel from the Old Testament.   I wish I could attach a picture of that Bible so you could see that although it had been burned around the edges; you could quit easily read Joel 1: 15-19!

“Alas for the day!  For the day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.   Is not the food cut off before our eyes,
Joy and gladness from the house of our God?   The seed shrivels under the clods,
Storehouses are in shambles;  Barns are broken down, For the grain has withered.
 How the animals groan!  The herds of cattle are restless,  Because they have no pasture;
Even the flocks of sheep suffer punishment.  O Lord, to You I cry out;
For fire has devoured the open pastures,
And a flame has burned all the trees of the field.”

I was fascinated!  I had to learn more!  I always hate to admit to you, that I can’t remember something in the Bible that I should be able to recall!  But, that’s the way it is!  I didn’t remember Joel until I took the time to investigate it!  I read the entire book which is only three chapters.  I read more in some commentaries.

But, when I listened to Chuck Smith’s comments from 1978-1980, I found a new understanding; and possibly the reason God may have arranged for this Old Testament Prophet to speak to us in 2016! Joel was writing about a desolation that would be coming in the last day, when armies would be coming to destroy Israel. Because Joel couldn’t have imagined what type of military equipment would be used today; he did know about locusts and used that knowledge to warn what God had shown him.

The destruction coming is described as “day of the LORD”.  Chuck Smith described at least three different examples of “day of the LORD” found in God’s Word:  the great judgment on the earth; gathering the nations for judgment and establishing the new reign of Jesus Christ as King.  No matter what opinion we may have regarding what the Bible describes as “the day of the LORD”; we must live our lives as if that “day” may be any moment!  Even more important: that we make sure everyone around us is also very much aware of the coming of “the day of the LORD”!   Have you told someone lately just what the LORD has done in your life? Have you asked if they know Jesus as their Savior?  I am going to make sure that I ask someone today; for the flames have burned “all the trees of the field.   The day of the LORD is at hand!!!! 

Senior Adult Fellowship: Priceless

Senior Adult Fellowship: Priceless

There is so much to be said about Senior Adult Activities in the church!  If your church has an area for senior adults,  I would encourage you to check it out!  It’s not a deep secret that there are generation gaps in our world!  My son recently told me about a chart describing the different generations!

I checked out a few Internet sites on “generation descriptions”; and while they differ a little on descriptions and dates, they look something like this:

  • Greatest Generation born between 1910-1924
  • Silent Generation ..1925-1945
  • Baby Boomers.. 1946-1964
  • Generation X.. 1965-1980
  •  Y Millennium..1981-2000
  •  Z Post Millennial .. 1996-210

Now, I’m not really sure what you can take from that information, but I can tell you what my experience has taught me!  Different generations have different ideas as to what is important to them and how they choose to live!

I say this because I spent Sunday with a group of Senior Adults from our church on a road trip to a dinner theater in Virginia!  It was such a wonderful experience!  (And the dinner theater was great, too!)  But the best part was being with people my age that share the same life values that I feel!  Add to that the most important thing we share….our love of Jesus and what our faith means to each of us!

I love to witness small children, youth and young adults that have experienced the saving grace of Jesus!  It’s so innocent, so free and so real!  I love it!  I’m excited for them and anticipate their own experiences as they grow in their faith!

But, when I am with my Seniors, the bond is so strong as we share our valleys and mountain top experiences!  It’s such a comfort in knowing they  understand and we can help each other whenever one of us needs it!

Yes, sharing time with Senior Christian Adults is priceless!