“Rend your heart & not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious & compassionate, slow to anger & abounding in love, & He relents from sending calamity.” Joel 2:13 I’ve read this passage before skimming over its significance. In haste to cling to God’s grace & compassion, slow to anger & abounding love, I neglected the opportunity for action. Rending simply defined is tearing apart, typically fabric. In biblical times, it was often associated with grief or mourning & was demonstrated by the tearing … Read More
Ephesians 6:10-18 English Standard Version (ESV) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to … Read More
“…I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God & ask Him for a safe journey…” No other time are expectations at an all-time high than New Year’s Eve. Anticipation builds at the thought of wiping the slate clean & starting over, stepping into a fresh season or moving forward after a prolonged period of stagnation. But without preparation, will you be headed in the right direction? Spiritual preparation is key. I realize this goes against everything our brains tell us. We charge ahead with plans … Read More
Acts 13:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV) 13 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 9:1-9 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, … Read More
1 Samuel 7:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV) 7 And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the Lord. 2 From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. 3 And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning … Read More
Nehemiah 9:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. 2 And the Israelites[a] separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped … Read More
Matthew 9:14-15 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast,[a] but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Mark 9:14-29 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it … Read More