Joel – God’s timing

Books of the Old Testament
Background “The day of the Lord” is repeated five times in this short book (see 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14). This is a common phrase used in the Old Testament and refers to a time when God will do whatever He has planned out to do. In the book of Joel it referred to God’s impending judgment (in the form of a locust plague). In other parts of the Bible it could refer to an event such as the destruction of Jerusalem or the final period of history when God will defeat all the forces of evil. When God’s time has arrived, His actions move swiftly Joel 1:5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from…
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Jealousy of God

God's Attributes
1. God is a jealous God Exo 34:14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. God is soooooooooo jealous, the Bible says you might as well say His name is called JEALOUS. 2. What does it mean to us? We must not have other gods before Him The jealousy of God is so important that the first commandment is one which warns us not to violate this attribute of God Exodus 20:3 (NIV) "You shall have no other gods before me. In the strictest sense, it is a call not to worship other gods. However, in a broader interpretation, it is warning us against putting anything (money, career, family) before God. The Bible also uses the word god to refer…
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Valley Experiences of Moses

Valley experiences of Bible characters
Moses was born of a Hebrew woman who wanted to save the child from extermination by Pharaoh. The baby was eventually found by an Egyptian princess who brought her up as her own son. Moses therefore led a good life in the palace of the princess. (Exo 2:1-10 NIV)  Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, {2} and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. {3} But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. {4}…
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Psalms 1 Blessed is the man who delights in Gods word

How to benefit from the Psalms
God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. They are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees planted along a riverbank with strong roots (Jeremiah 17:7, 8), and God promises to watch over them. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2  But his delight is in the law of the…
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Exodus 3 – Answering Gods call

Lessons from Bible Stories
God's call was unexpected Exodus 3:1  One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he went deep into the wilderness near Sinai, the mountain of God. 2  Suddenly, the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a blazing fire in a bush. Moses was busy doing his own things when God suddenly called him. We too may be called by God suddenly. We may think that the best time to go into full time ministry is when we are settled down financially but God may have other plans for us. Jesus also called His disciples when they were not expecting to give up everything to follow their Master. God may also call us unexpectedly to a new area of ministry. We have to…
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Genesis 1-2 Gods design for man

Lessons from Bible Stories
We are created in His image (Gen 1:27 NIV)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. We are created in God’ image. Do our lives reflect that? When others see us, do they give glory to God? (Mat 5:16 NIV)  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Do we try to live our lives above reproach from others, following the example of Jesus? (John 8:46 NIV)  Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? (1 Tim 3:2 NIV)  Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband…
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Exodus 12 – Gods providence

Lessons from Bible Stories
At last the Jews left Egypt after having been there 430 years. The story of the Jews in the wilderness for 40 years was one of the most well known stories. From it we can learn about God's providence. Material blessings Exod 12:35And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed and asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. 36The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So, like a victorious army, they plundered the Egyptians! The Jews were slaves in Egypt. They had practically nothing. Yet before they leave Egypt, God ensured that His people were provided for financially. God's people need not live like paupers, always lacking. Learn to ask God…
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Psalms 16 Praise God for giving us hope

How to benefit from the Psalms
By saying that he “will not be shaken,” David was talking about the unique sense of security felt by believers. God does not exempt believers from the day-to-day circumstances of life. Believers and unbelievers alike experience pain, trouble, and failure at times (Matthew 5:45). Unbelievers have a sense of hopelessness about life and confusion over their true purpose on earth. Those who seek God, however, can move ahead, confident in knowing what is right in God’s eyes. They know that God will keep them from straying off his chosen path. (Source: Life Application Bible)   5  LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 …
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Jude – Grace Abused

Books of the New Testament
Background This epistle is attributed to Jude, the half brother of Jesus and the brother of James (Jude 1:1). Matthew 13:55 tells us that the names of the brothers of Jesus are James and Judas. “Judas” was probably shortened to “Jude” because nobody wanted to be called Judas, because of the association it has with Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Like his older brother James, Jude did not place his faith in Jesus while the Lord was still alive. Only after the crucifixion and resurrection did he become a follower of Jesus. Sinning without regard for punishment Jude 1:4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a…
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Psalms 15 Only the righteous may have fellowship with God

How to benefit from the Psalms
The person who can have fellowship with God and dwell in His sanctuary is one who walks upright before God. David describes a person in whom is no false way at all, no pretenses, deceit, gossip, guile, or hypocrisy. He neither makes hollow friendships nor speaks vain compliments. His heart, hand, and tongue are unified in believing and practicing truth. He is faithful, responsible, and trustworthy, a person of integrity because his heart is pure. Therefore, his speech and example witness of truth.   1  A psalm of David. LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3  and has no slander on his tongue,…
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