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by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus my Savior!
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus my Lord!

Up from the gave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His fores;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign,
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus my Savior!
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep his prey,
Jesus my Savior!
He tore the bars away,
Jesus my Lord!

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I will give you treasures hoarded in the dark, secret riches hidden away,
so that you will know that I, Adonai, calling you by your name, am the God of Isra’el.
Isaiah 45:3 (Complete Jewish Bible)

This scripture is a reminder that there are times of intimacy with God that can only be understood and received in times of darkness, times of deep testing, seasons of isolation, seasons of sorrow. Times when the enemy seems to be getting the upper hand.

In such times, the believer may slip into what seems to be impenetrable darkness only to eventually discovery they are in a well-lit cave of treasures with Adonai–the King of Heaven. In these one-on-one times with the Adonai, it is possible to enjoy a closeness and intimacy with God. These can be times of great refreshing in the middle of a storm or trial when the believe is hidden in a cloak of darkness with the Light of the World.

So when the time of crushing is upon you and you feel darkness descend, consider Adonai may be leading you to a secret, hoarded treasure of His presence and the secret places of fellowship with the lover of your soul.

 

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Minor Prophet Joel (Chapter 3)

Read Joel Chapter 3
1. What does God promise in Joel 3:1-2?

2. What does God say was done to the land in Joel 3:3? His people?

3. To whom is God speaking to in Joel 3:4-6?

4. What does He say they have done in Joel 3:4-6?

5. What does God promise to do for His people in Joel 3:7-8?

6. What does God tell His people to do in Joel 3:9-13?

7. Where is the Valley of Jehoshaphat?

8. What is being prophesied in Joel 3:14-16?

9. What is meant by “valley of decision” in Joel 3:14?

10. What promise is given to the people of God in Joel 3:16b?

11. What reason does God give in Joel 3:17?

12. What prophecy is given in Joel 3:18?

13. What prophecy is given for Egypt and Edom in Joel 3:19?

14. Copy Joel 3:20-21. Record your thoughts and impressions.

15. What do you learn about Jerusalem from the following verses?
Joel 3:20-21

Psalm 48:1-2

Psalm 69:35

Psalm 87:2

16. What application can you make from the Book of Joel to your life, your relationship with God?

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Read Joel Chapter 2 (verse 18-end)
1. What is the prophecy that Joel is delivering in Joel 2:18-20?

2. Who is the northern army mentioned in Joel 2:20?

3. Copy Joel 2:21. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What does God tell the people not to do in Joel 2:21? Joel 2:22?

5. What does God tell them to do in Joel 2:23? Why?

6. What are the former rains? The latter rains?

7. What is the meaning of Joel 2:24?

8. What does God promise to do in Joel 2:25-27?

9. What does God promise in Joel 2:28-32?

10. Copy Joel 2:28.  Record your thoughts and impressions.

11. Read Acts chapter 2. How do the events of that chapter related to Joel 2:28-290?

12. What do you learn from the following verses?
Isaiah 13:9-10

Ezekiel 32:7-10

Matthew 24:29-31

Revelation 6:12-14

13. Who will be saved according to Joel 2:32?

Read Psalm 126
14. What similarities to Joel 2:21-32 do you see in this Psalm? Use verse references where possible to support your observations.

 

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I love the second verse!

heard the bells

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      I am reminded today–the first Sunday of Advent–of those advent wreaths of childhood. We would light them and say the prayers in lieu of our regular pre-meal prayer. The wreath, made of evergreens had four candles, and we were four children. Each week of Advent, we would take turns lighting the candle(s) for the week. The first week would be our youngest brother. He would have only one candle to light.
     It was a special time. The candle was allowed to burn during the entirety of the meal, and with each bite of dinner, we looked forward, anticipating. Christmas was the time of year when the difficulties we faced would dissipate for awhile, and we would embrace the glory and magic of Christmas. The baby was coming, and He would be the Savior of the whole world. Glory to God!

 

Advent Wreath

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Read Jonah Chapter 2

1. Where is Jonah at the opening of Jonah chapter 2?

2. What does Jonah say of God in Jonah 2:2?

3. What is Sheol?

4. Who does Jonah say cast him into the sea in Jonah 2:3?

5. When did Jonah remember God according to Jonah 2:7?

6. Copy Jonah 2:8-9 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. How did God respond to Jonah’s prayer according to Jonah 2:10?

8. What do you learn about from the following passages?
Judges 6:11-18; 36-40

Judges 16:23-31

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by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1856-1932)

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed, “Not My will, but Thine;”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat-drops of blood for mine.

In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy thru the ages
To sing of His love for me.

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Read Haggai Chapter 2                                                                                                               

1. How much time has passed from Haggai 2:1 to Haggai 2:10?

2. What is the question for the priests according to Haggai 2:12? How do the priests answer?

3. What does Haggai ask them in Haggai 2:13? How do they answer?

4. How does Haggai respond in Haggai 2:14? What does he mean when he says their offerings are unclean?

5. What does God promise in Haggai 2:15-19?

6. What does God promise in Haggai 2:20-23?

7. What does it mean to make Zerubbabel like a signet ring?

8.What do you learn from these verses?
Deuteronomy 7:6-8

Psalm 65:4

John 15:16

Ephesians 1:3-6

1 Peter 2:4-6

9. What does it mean when God says He has chosen us?

10. How can you apply the book of Haggai to your life? To your relationship with God?

 

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