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Isaiah 55:11 TLB so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it

2 Timothy 3:16-17 TLB The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration of God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it strengthens us out and helps us do what is right.

It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.

2 Peter 1:19-21 TLB So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to pay close attention to everything they have written, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts.

For no prophesy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself.

It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God.

How to hear and understand the Gospel

Job 38:1-3 TLB Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind;

Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence?

Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.

Job 40:6-7 TLB Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the whirlwind;

“Stand up like a man and brace yourself for battle. Let me ask you a question, and give me the answer.

Job 42:4-7 TLB You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! Let me put the question to you! See if you can answer them!’

“But now I say,’ ‘I had heard about you before, but know I have seen you,

and I loathe myself and repent in dust and ashes.'”

Therefore I relent and find comfort on dust and ashes.

After the LORD had finished speaking with Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you have said about me, as my servant Job was.

Romans 10:14-17 TLB But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.” In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News!

But not everyone who hears the Good News has welcomed it, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed me when I told them?”

Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News– the Good News about Christ.

Acts 26:17-18 TLB And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles

to open their eyes  to there true condition so that they may repent and live in the light of God instead of in Satan’s darkness, so that they may receive forgiveness for their sins and God’s inheritance along with all people everywhere whose sins are cleansed away, who are set apart by faith in me.’

Romans 15:4-7 TLB These things that were written in the Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourage us so that we will look forward expectantly to the time when God will conquer sin and death.

May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other–each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.

And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus.

So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.

Here is today’s message

Joel 1:1-2 This message came from the Lord to Joel, son of Pethuel:

Listen, you aged men of Israel! Everyone, listen! In all your lifetime, yes in all your history, have you ever heard of such a thing as I am going to tell you?

Joel 2:1-14 Sound the alarm in Jerusalem! Let the blast of the warning trumpet be heard upon my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear, for the day of the Lord’s judgment approaches.

It is a day of darkness and gloom, of black clouds and thick darkness. What a mighty army! It covers the mountains like night! How great, how powerful these “people” are! The likes of them have not been seen before, and never will again throughout the generation of the world!

Fire goes before them and follows them on every side! Ahead of them the land lies fair as Eden’s Garden in all its beauty, but they destroy it to the ground, not one thing escapes.

They look like tiny horses, and they run as fast.

Look at leaping along the tops of the mountain! Listen to the noise they make, like the rumbling of chariots, or the roar of fire sweeping across a field, and like a mighty army moving into battle.

Fear grips the waiting people, their faces grow pale with fright.

These “soldiers” charge like infantry; they scale the walls like picked and trained commandos. Straight forward they march, never breaking ranks.

They never crowd each other. Each is right in place. No weapon can stop them.

They swarm upon the city; they run upon the walls; they climb up into the houses, coming like thieves through the windows.

The earth quakes before them and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon are obscured and the stars are hid.

The Lord leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of judgement of the Lord is awesome, terrible thing. Who can endure it?

That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me all your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, mourning.

Let your remorse tear at your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered; he is full of kindness and anxious not to punish you,

Who knows? Perhaps even yet he will decide to leave you alone and give you a blessing instead of his terrible curse. Perhaps he will give you so much that you can offer your grain and wine to the Lord as before!

Jeremiah 4:5-9 Shout to Jerusalem and to all Judea, telling them to sound the alarm throughout the land. “Run for your lives! Flee to the fortified cities!”

Send a signal from Jerusalem: Flee now, don’t delay!” For I the Lord am bringing vast destruction on you from the north.*

A lion–a destroyer of nations–stalks from his lair; and he is headed for your land. Your cities will lie in ruin without inhabitant.

Put on clothes of mourning and weep with broken hearts, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not stopped yet.

In that day, says the Lord, the king and princes will tremble in fear; and the priests and the prophets will be stricken with horror.

Numbers 10:1-6 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Make two trumpets of beaten silver to be used for summoning the people to assemble and for signaling the breaking of camp.

When both trumpets are blown, the people will know that they are to gather at the entrance of the Tabernacle.

But if only one is blown, then only the chiefs of the tribes of Israel shall come to you.

“Different trumpet blasts will be necessary to distinguish between the summons to assemble and the signal to break camp and move onward.

When the travel signal is blown, the tribes camped on the east side of the Tabernacle shall leave first; at the second signal, the tribes on the south shall go.

Obadiah 15 The Lord’s vengeance will soon fall upon all Gentile nations. As you have done to Israel, so will it be done to you. Your acts will boomerang upon your heads.

Amos 5:18-20 You say, If only the Day of the Lord were here, for then God would deliver us from all our foes.’ But you have no idea what you ask. For that day will not be light and prosperity, but darkness and doom! How terrible the darkness will be for you; not a ray of joy or hope will shine.

In that day you will be as a man who is chased by a lion and is met by a bear, or a man in a dark room who leans against a wall and puts his hand on a snake.

Yes, that will be a dark and hopeless day for you.

Daniel 9:12 And you have done exactly as you warned us you would do, for never in all history has there been a disaster like what happened at Jerusalem to us and our rulers.

Isaiah 51:3 And the Lord will bless Israel again, and make her deserts blossom; her barren wilderness will become as beautiful as the Garden of Eden. Joy and gladness will be found there, thanksgiving and lovely songs

Zechariah 7:13-14 I called, but they refused to listen, so when they cried out to me. I turned away.

I scattered them as with a whirlwind among the far-off nations. Their land became desolate; no one even traveled through it; the Pleasant Land lay bare and blighted”

Revelation 9:6-10 In those days men will try to kill themselves but won’t be able to–death will not come. They will long to die–but death will flee away!

The locusts looked like horses armored for battle. They had what looked like golden crowns on their heads, and their faces looked like men’s.

Their hair was long like women’s, and their teeth were those of lions.

They wore breastplates that seemed to be of iron, and their wings roared like an army of chariots rushing into battle.

They had stinging tails like scorpions, and their power to hurt, given to them for five months, was in their tails.

Jeremiah 9:20-21 Listen to the words of God, O women who wail. Teach your daughters to wail and your neighbors too.

For death has crept in through your windows into your homes, He has killed off the flower of your youth. Children no longer play in the streets; the young men gather no more in the squares.

John 10:1-3 “Anyone refusing to walk through the gate into a sheepfold, who sneaks over the wall, must surely be a thief! 

For a shepherd comes through the gate,

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Psalm 18:7-9 Then the earth rocked and reeled, and mountains shook and trembled. How they quaked! For he was angry.
Fierce flames leaped from his mouth, setting fire to the earth. smoke blew from his nostrils.
He bent the heavens down and came to my defense; thick darkness was beneath his feet.
Isaiah 13:9-12 For see, the day of the Lord is coming, the terrible day of his wrath and fierce anger, The land shall be destroyed and all the sinners with it.
The heavens will be black above them. No light will shine from stars or sun or moon.
And I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sin; I will crush the arrogance of the proud man and the haughtiness of the rich.
Few will live when I have finished up my work.
Isaiah 34:4 At that time the  heavens above will melt away and disappear just like a rolled-up scroll, and the stars will fall as leaves, as ripe fruit from the trees.
Jeremiah 25:30-31 Therefore prophesy against them. Tell them the Lord will shout against his own from his holy temple in heaven and against all those living on the earth, He will shout as the harvesters do who tread the juice from the grapes,
That cry of judgment will reach the farthest ends of the earth, for the Lord has a case against all the nations–all mankind. He will slaughter all the wicked.
Revelation 18:8 Therefore the sorrows of death and mourning and famine shall overtake her in a single day, and she be utterly consumed by fire; for mighty is the Lord who judges her.”
Jeremiah 4:1-2 O Israel, if you will truly return to me and absolutely discard your idols,
and if you will swear by me alone, the living God, and begin to live good, honest, clean lives, then you will be a testimony to the nations of the world, and they will come to me and glorify my name.
Psalm 34:17-18 Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to him for help and saves him out of all his troubles.
The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; he rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins,
Psalm 51:10-19 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.
Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from your presence. Don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me again the joy of your salvations, and make me willing to obey you,
Then I will teach your ways to other sinners, and they–guilty like me– will repent and return to you.
Don’t sentence me to death, O my God, You alone can rescue me. Then I will sing of your forgiveness, for my lips will be unsealed –oh, how I will praise you.
You don’t want penance; if you did, how gladly I would do it! You aren’t interested in offerings burned before you on the altar.
It is broken spirit you want–remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.
And Lord, don’t punish Israel for my sins–help your people and protect Jerusalem.
Exodus 34:5-7 Then the Lord descended in the form of a pillar of cloud and stood there with him, and passed in front of him and announced the meaning of his name.
“I am Jehovah, the merciful and gracious God,” he said, “slow to anger and rich in steadfast love and truth,
I, Jehovah, show this steadfast love to many thousands by forgiving their sins; or else I refuse to clear the guilty, and require that a father’s sins be punished in the sons and grandsons, and even later generations.”
Jeremiah 26:3 For perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways, and then I can withhold all the punishment I am ready to pour out upon them because of their evil deeds.
Haggai 2:18-19 “But now note this; From today, this 24th day of the month, as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you.
Notice, I am giving you this promise now before you have even begun to rebuild the Temple structure, and before you have harvested your grain, and before the grapes, the figs, the pomegranates, and olives have produced their next crops; From this day I will bless you.”
Exodus 34:5-7 Then the Lord descended in the form of a pillar of cloud and stood there with him, and passed in front of him and announced the meaning of his name.*
“I am Jehovah, the merciful and gracious God,” he said, “slow to anger and rich in steadfast love and truth.
I, Jehovah, show this steadfast love to many thousands by forgiving their sins;* or else* I refuse to clear the guilty, and require that a father’s sins be punished to the sons and grandson, and even later generations.”
Jeremiah 26:3 For perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways, and then I can withhold all punishment I am ready to pour out upon them because of their evil deeds.
Haggai 2:18-19 But now note this: From today, this 24th day of the month.* as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you. Notice, I am giving you this promise now before you have even begun to rebuild the Temple structure, and before you have harvested your grain, and before the grapes, the figs the pomegranates, and olives have produced their next crops: From this day I will bless you.”