Beauty from Pain; A Study in Joel

“…in the Valley of Decision!”

July 9, 2023 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we conclude our study of Joel 3 with a discussion of evil in the world. Sometimes our hardships come from evil in the world. Why do the evil often prosper while the faithful suffer? Read Joel 3 and prayerfully consider what Joel is saying to Israel and might be telling you about evil in the world. 

"...for He is gracious and merciful..."

July 2, 2023 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week, we continue our study in Joel with a look at Joel 2:18-32. The prophet is teaching us how to turn to the Lord in our hard moments (even when they’re our fault) so that we might grow. This week he talks about the importance of remembering Gods love and goodness in our hardship. Read the text and write down all the reasons we have for knowing He is good and that He loves us.

"...return to me with all your heart..."

June 25, 2023 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we continue our study of the book of Joel with a look at Joel 2:1-17. Here Joel confronts Israel's sins and presents an impassioned plea for repentance. Read the text and consider why should we take sin so seriously? What the the essential pieces to "returning to the Lord"? And does the notion that Jesus could come back at any moment excite you or scare you?

Reacting to Pain

June 18, 2023 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we're starting a new study out of the book of Joel. Joel writes to the Israelites in a time of national crisis and calls them to turn to the Lord. Read chapter 1 and consider what tangible steps Joel calls on Israel to take to draw near to God in their moment of suffering. What do you think Joel is trying to get across?