Amos 4 Who is He who can do these bad th

Amos 4

Who is He who can do these bad things?
Never say God will not, because He just may.
Why would He make things so uncomfortable for anyone?
Because He wants you.
The Lord God Almighty is his name.
The Lord, Yahweh, the Redeemer God who rescued them from Egypt even though they didn’t deserve such grace, this is the meaning of the name.
God Almighty, Omnipotent God who can do anything, nothing being too difficult for Him.
This gracious, all-powerful God wants you and will do all He can to reach you. In fact He even came to get you when the reach was too far. Thank you Jesus!
The Lord God Almighty is his name.
Remember He is more than capable to reach you if you hear His call.
When He has you then everything can change!
He creates what is visible, the mountains.
He creates what is invisible, the wind.
He moves into the mind of man.
No matter how large or how powerful or how hidden is the problem, God can.
It maybe black but He can bring the dawn.
It may have failed but He will walk in victory, for He is sovereign and triumphant.
The Lord God Almighty is his name.
If you hear His call.
The generation of Amos didn’t.
Will this generation be different?

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Amos 3 God is asking questions even toda

Amos 3

God is asking questions even today …

He could have said “you’re not walking with me”
He could have said “you are living dangerously”
He could have said “you will be caught in a trap”
He could have said “you should be afraid”

But He asked questions:
Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it? (Amos 3:3-6 NIV)

Does God ask these questions because He doesn’t have the answers? No, He asks them to penetrate openly and to cause us to re-think from within.

We need His presence, but God asks a question on that!
We need His voice, but God asks a question on that!
What question does God ask of you today?

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Amos 2 Basil the Great (theologian and b

Amos 2

Basil the Great (theologian and bishop in modern-day Turkey, 4th century) wrote, “The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor.”

God is judging Israel because of their approach to the poor and the oppressed, v7.
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die every day because of poverty. Today, 22,000!
The poor are very important to God. Our approach matters to Him.

Every day we see some form of honour killing taking place around the world. In fact every year 5,000 women and children are murdered because of this.
Every day, 6,000 girls face the trauma of female genital mutilation. There are not enough pages for the terrible statistics that are available today.
Violence, oppression, trauma, terror, pain and empty stomachs.
This matters to God.
Think of the poor and the oppressed, pray for them. Look for them.

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Amos 1 He knew what Damascus had done to

Amos 1

He knew what Damascus had done to Gilead.
He knew about the king in the valley of Aven.
He had heard of how Gaza had captured and then sold innocent people.
He had heard that Tyre had rejected their previous truce.
He knew Edom had pursued war in anger and Ammon had done evil things with women.
He was just a shepherd living a lonely life approximately 11 miles south of Jerusalem near Bethlehem.
Yet he was paying attention to all this.
He was fairly insignificant but he was listening to the world around him.
It was this alertness that meant that when God called him he became His mouthpiece.
He teaches us that no matter where you are and what you do that if you pay attention to the world around you then God can speak through you.
So look around. Hear the news today.
What is God saying?
Hear Him speak out.

Joel 3 Apparently … The number of diff

Joel 3

Apparently … The number of different ways that Starbucks can serve a cup of coffee is 19,000! That’s why the queues are so long! Decisions decisions!
Joel sees another queue, quite a long one in fact, multitudes.
Evangelists say the valley of decision is now made by the sinner, theologians say it is the end-time judgment made by God.
Thankfully there’s not 19,000 different decisions to make.
Just 1 decision in fact based on a question and asked from different perspectives, (no matter what your stance on what v14 refers to).
“What did you do with Jesus Christ?”
How do you answer today?
How will God answer tomorrow?

Joel 2 “On all people”. In an Elim mag

Joel 2

“On all people”.

In an Elim magazine ‘Elim Evangel’ in 1929 and referring to the commencement of Elim Missions 10 years after our first missionary went to India the vision is clearly stated:
“All Friends of Elim will be interested to know that the foreign missionary interest which has been kept in view from the beginning of our work has now been consolidated in the definite formation of an Elim Alliance Foreign Missionary Council to organise and foster our proclamation of Joel 2 v28, the promise of Pentecost to ‘all flesh’, as logically including the far horizons of missionary vision, and to ensure that the activities of beloved Elim brethren and sisters who have gone or are about to go to various foreign fields should be established in the strength which better organisation can give.”

Since then, men and women, many with their children have continued to be sent by their churches to many parts of the world as long-term missionaries. We have 84 of these people. Every year many more leave the UK for a short term missions posting working alongside these missionaries and our indigenous leaders.
Take a map, point in any direction and Elim will not be too far away. It is staggering how the Holy Spirit is moving upon ‘all people’.
All over the world the Spirit is moving. Whether I am with one of our churches under a tree in Africa or or in a rented Catholic building in Europe as I was a few days ago, the presence of God is here, speaking, reaching and healing lives. Pentecost is here. The best news of all is wherever I go I am also hearing the Church say to me, “We want to go on Mission. We want to go into new areas, help in anyway we can, please use us.”
No one is sitting, it seems where the Spirit is, everyone is moving!

As I read a report from 1929 I begin to get excited for what is possible. In what sounds like an Indiana Jones story …. Elim Evangel July 1929:
“It is well that we should appreciate the difficulties of missionary effort, as it enables us to pray more intelligently. This is from the Rev Harold H Cook, missionary in Brazil. The Xingu Indians live in a region little explored, about two thousand miles from the coast of Brazil. In order to reach them from the port of Rio de Janeiro, a journey of nearly two months is involved. Approximately six days by rail, Seven or more days by steam-boat, twenty by mule, twelve by canoe, with five or more days to build canoes, and more days (or perhaps weeks) waiting for connections. The journey is over mountains, plains, rivers, and across stretches of country that few, if any, white men have ever trodden. At times rivers must be forded, bridges built, paths made”.
My goodness, I wish I could meet this Harold today! Does he have any relatives who are walking in this pioneering spirit?
I am inspired, moved, encouraged that the words of Joel are still for today. It’s on all people friends. You, your Jerusalem, your Judea, your Samaria and to the ends of the world.
Come on let’s go!

Joel 1 Locusts don’t have a king to get

Joel 1

Locusts don’t have a king to get them organised. They don’t have a government to call them into battle. By instinct the locust knows it has to be in community with other locusts. When that occurs, they are able to destroy whatever stands in there way.

The Bible often speaks of the locusts ability to destroy and of course John sees them in the final apocalypse, in Revelation 9. John says behind these terrifying locusts is Satan.
God allows Satan to unleash the locusts. Of course these are not insects at the end time and neither were they in Joel’s prophecy. They are demon-controlled, led people who hate other people not of their belief system, especially Christians.
They may mask it by just looking like a small insect. They may appear as a religion of peace and yet however when the day of coming together arrives they can leave a trail of destruction. Shattered lives, terrorised communities, villages, towns devastated in a few hell-filled moments of sheer hatred. Christians are experiencing this right now as I type these words.
Today a family of Elim missionaries face some difficulty because of bombs and attacks that are becoming ever nearer to the area of the city they live, targeting areas where Christians are living.
God loves the whole world, no matter what their religion or creed.
He loves those who hate. He loves the terrorist who believe others should not have the right to exist.
And we too should do all we can to reach the locust with the love of Christ. For their sake not ours.
The locust-men only have a limited time to do their torment. They will never destroy the Church.
But the Son of Man is coming soon and the question He asks is this: can I find faith here? (Luke 18:8).
Will those non-believers begin to trust me as they are facing such evil?
Will the Christians remain strong in adversity?
Will he find the Joel’s here on earth saying (v19):
To you, O Lord, I call …

Hosea 14 Let us go to the end of the boo

Hosea 14

Let us go to the end of the book and see that when it comes to the ways of the Lord we will either walk in them or stumble in them.
The ways of The Lord are right.
But what are those ways?
It has to be more than a list of rules because otherwise no one will walk in them.
God’s ways are not just thoughts or perceived attitudes towards something, it is the how life is lived.
It is the customs, institutions and achievements of a particular nation, people or group, it is called culture. The culture of God.
Within this culture lay the tests and the provocations of God. He does this to teach His way to us.
Remember Genesis 32 and the struggle of Jacob? At what point did Jacob realise that the one who began the fight was not an enemy but a friend? Do you know that within the ways of God lay struggles that are not your enemy but God Himself? You will either walk through this or stumble.
At what point did Jacob realise that the request from the angel of the Lord to “Let me go” was a provocation, a tease? He really did not want Jacob to let go of Him. What if Jacob had let go? It would have been the worst thing he could have done though that was what God was asking him to do. Do you know that within the ways of God lay provocations to let go of your destiny and they come from God Himself asking you to state the level you want to live with Him at? What kind of relationship with God do you want?
Again you will either walk through this or stumble.
All of this is found in the culture of God.
The ways of God are right.
We need to adjust continually, to learn daily what it is to walk in His ways, to know His culture.

Hosea 13 I’m sorry but I just can’t ge

Hosea 13

I’m sorry but I just can’t get past the first 5 words this morning.
“When Ephraim spoke men trembled”
I’m a preacher.
So I can say this…
No I won’t say it, I’ll just give you some quotes.
You will know what I am saying …

“It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher” ~George whitefield

“The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.” ~ D.L. Moody

“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.” ~R.A. Torrey

“The scriptures are given not to increase our knowledge, but to change our
lives.” ~Dwight Moody

Men trembled when Ephraim spoke.
Think about it.
We are all preachers in some way or the other.