Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Amos 7, 8, 9; Psalms 104; Titus 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, June 30, 2018
Amos 7:14 “Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now then, hear the word of the Lord. You say, “‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’ 17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: “‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’”
Amos 8:1 “This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. 2 “What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”
Amos 9:11 “In that day “I will restore David’s fallen shelter—I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins— and will rebuild it as it used to be, 12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,” declares the Lord, who will do these things. 13 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, 14 and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God.”
Psalms 104:1 “Praise the Lord, my soul.”
Titus2:2 “Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.”
10 “…so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”
I’m so thankful for hope… at the end of 9 chapters is God’s faithfulness, goodness, mercy, hope and promise! It’s so hard for me to wade through 9 chapters of judgment and condemnation to get to the promise…
Side note: All of us should pay close attention to this verse, Titus 2:10 “…so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” We all need to think about how we present the Gospel to the people and world around us… It needs to be attractive. Not watered down, but presented with grace and love in an understandable and tangible way.
I have such hope in my heart. I am so thankful that God doesn’t leave us hopeless, but hopeful.
Thank you Lord that there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… who have been set free from the law of sin and death! (Romans 8)
Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”