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The power of God made real -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
Does our modern faith leave room for miracles?
Miracles -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
Charles Darwin grew up in a Christian home, yet later in life he rejected Christianity's hold on him
Distinguishing features -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17, Psalm 146 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
When our people hear these three passages read during our worship services this Sunday, they will se
Vital signs -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17, Psalm 146 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2007
When President Warren Harding died suddenly, making Calvin Coolidge president of the
Looking For God In Miracles -- 1 Kings 17:17-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
"If only things like that would happen once again.

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Next At Bat... -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
What happens when a valued member of a family or community dies?
Finding Words In Speechless Grief -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary Old Testament and Gospel texts both contain accounts of the death of a widow'
Free Sermon Illustrations For June 6, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sometimes -- or even often -- called to bear sorrow an
And God Turned My Wailing Into Dancing -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
This week's texts feature a pair of stories involving widows (the 1 Kings account of Elijah assistin
God With Us, In The Pit -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Psalm 146 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
The problem of human pain and how to alleviate it has been a great challenge throughout the ages, on

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Peter and the wall -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
"And they glorified God because of me." (v. 24)
Your hometown -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2007
Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with
Made by God -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Good morning! How many of you have dolls? (Let them
Not of human origin -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
Good morning! I love pretty coins. Do any of you have a coin

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God Can Even Use Garbage -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: some sacks of garbage and some clip clothespins

Devotional

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Proper 5 / Pentecost 3 / Ordinary Time 10 -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2009
For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 5 | OT 10 (2016) -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24)
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 5 | OT 10 (2013) -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Ron Love, Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24)
Without credentials it is hard... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
Without credentials it is hard to get a job.
It is so easy... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
It is so easy coming out of seminary to bring to our people a message that our professors made up.
NULL -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
It was through a great change of opinion that Jesus fulfilled scripture.
NULL -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
Paul received a revelation … a vision … from none other than God!
NULL -- 1 Kings 17:1-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
Illustrations1 Kings 17:1-24
A changed life is strong... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2007
A changed life is strong evidence for the Christian faith. Jacob DeShazer was one of
Paul tried, in his own... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2007
Paul tried, in his own strength, to be a channel for the grace of God but he found that he
When witnesses are called to... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2007
When witnesses are called to testify in a trial they are told to tell "the truth, the whole
When you walk into the... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
When you walk into the doctor's office, what do you see there on the wall?
Jim Crane, in his book... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
Jim Crane, in his book On Edge, has drawn one of his characters, hat in one hand, cigarette i
In the movie Dances... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
In the movie Dances With Wolves Lieutenant John Dunbar experienced firsthand what it meant to
Great success stories often involve... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
Great success stories often involve a radical contrast between the "before and after" states.
Bethany had been writing songs... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1995
Bethany had been writing songs since she had begun playing the piano.
I lost my faith in... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1995
I lost my faith in my 20s.
Paul was a person with... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1995
Paul was a person with four "I's" in his spiritual life: "I want you all to understand ...
A young man once inquired... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1995
A young man once inquired of his pastor why he had to go to school in order to become a minister.
Why is a prophet not... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Why is a prophet not honored in his or her own home town?
The Lord has set you... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The Lord has set you firm within his Church, which he built upon the rock of Peter's faith.
A gardening neighbor told this... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A gardening neighbor told this story about her pea vines.

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Next At Bat... -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
What happens when a valued member of a family or community dies?
Finding Words In Speechless Grief -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary Old Testament and Gospel texts both contain accounts of the death of a widow'
Free Sermon Illustrations For June 6, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sometimes -- or even often -- called to bear sorrow an
And God Turned My Wailing Into Dancing -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
This week's texts feature a pair of stories involving widows (the 1 Kings account of Elijah assistin

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PROPER 5 -- 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 113, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Next At Bat... -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
What happens when a valued member of a family or community dies?
Finding Words In Speechless Grief -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary Old Testament and Gospel texts both contain accounts of the death of a widow'
Free Sermon Illustrations For June 6, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sometimes -- or even often -- called to bear sorrow an
And God Turned My Wailing Into Dancing -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
This week's texts feature a pair of stories involving widows (the 1 Kings account of Elijah assistin
God With Us, In The Pit -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Psalm 146 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
The problem of human pain and how to alleviate it has been a great challenge throughout the ages, on

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Proper 5/Pentecost 3/Ordinary Time 10 -- 1 Kings 17:8-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 5 -- 1 Kings 17:8-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 5 -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday After Pentecost -- 1 Kings 17:17-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Proper 5 -- 1 Kings 17:17-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Next At Bat... -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
What happens when a valued member of a family or community dies?
Finding Words In Speechless Grief -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary Old Testament and Gospel texts both contain accounts of the death of a widow'
Free Sermon Illustrations For June 6, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sometimes -- or even often -- called to bear sorrow an
And God Turned My Wailing Into Dancing -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
This week's texts feature a pair of stories involving widows (the 1 Kings account of Elijah assistin
God With Us, In The Pit -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Psalm 146 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
The problem of human pain and how to alleviate it has been a great challenge throughout the ages, on

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But When God ... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- April Yamasaki -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2009
In the early Christian church, there were no pulpits.
My Earlier Life -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- John Jamison -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2006
You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism.
The Power Of Story -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2003
Elie Wiesel relates this story.
Born And Called -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Billy D. Strayhorn -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2000
In an old Family Circus cartoon by Bil Keane, the oldest little girl, Dolly, comes into the house al

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Free! -- Luke 7:11-17, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Psalm 146 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
Contents "Free!" by Keith Wagner
Ruining A Good Funeral -- Luke 7:11-17, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Psalm 146 -- C. David Mckirachan, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
Contents"Ruining a Good Funeral" by C. David McKirachan
A Matter Of Hope -- Luke 7:11-17, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Psalm 146 -- Keith Hewitt -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "A Matter of Hope" by Keith Hewitt
E-Mails To Home: What If Paul Had An E-Mail Account? -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Psalm 146 -- Rick McCracken-Bennett, John S. Smylie -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week
E-Mails To Home: What If Paul Had An E-Mail Account? -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Psalm 146 -- Rick McCracken-Bennett, John S. Smylie -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
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The Check Is In The Mail -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2003
In November of 1998, I received a call from the billing department of a major electronics store.

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Next At Bat... -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2016
What happens when a valued member of a family or community dies?
Finding Words In Speechless Grief -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 146 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary Old Testament and Gospel texts both contain accounts of the death of a widow'
Free Sermon Illustrations For June 6, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sometimes -- or even often -- called to bear sorrow an
And God Turned My Wailing Into Dancing -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Psalm 146 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
This week's texts feature a pair of stories involving widows (the 1 Kings account of Elijah assistin
God With Us, In The Pit -- Luke 7:11-17, Galatians 1:11-24, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Psalm 146 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
The problem of human pain and how to alleviate it has been a great challenge throughout the ages, on

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Proper 5 / Ordinary Time 10 / Pentecost 3 -- 1 Kings 17:8-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17, Psalm 30 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 5/Ordinary Time 10 -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Galatians 1:11-24Theme: Major League Turn Around
Proper 5 -- 1 Kings 17:8-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2003
Theme: The Lord Speaks Through People Of GodCall To Worship
Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 -- 1 Kings 17:8-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
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For March 1, 2020:
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Dean Feldmeyer
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For March 1, 2020:
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First Sunday in Lent - A
Sandra Herrmann
The scriptures for today bind together the beginning of sin in the world, our salvation from sin, and Jesus’ own vulnerability to the temptation of the devil. We see that the devil is very clever (or that we can be very clever in fooling ourselves about our motives and the possible ramifications of our attitudes and actions).  
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Joel 2:1-2,12-17 
With the Presidential Primaries starting to shift into high gear, it is time for Americans to get serious about politics and the future of our nation, to seek to right the nation’s wrongs. For John Calvin this lesson is a message of urgency that we need.  He wrote:

The object of the narrative then, is to make the people sensible, that it was now no time for taking rest... (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.XIV, p.44)

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Bethany Peerbolte
Jesus sets the bar high by resisting temptation even from the imagination of the devil. To show just how amazing that accomplishment is this lesson will put temptation in each kids’ hands. You may have seen the videos of kids in a room alone with a marshmallow. They are challenged to not eat the marshmallow then left alone in the room. The kids obviously struggle with the temptation to eat the marshmallow. For this lesson you can use marshmallows or Oreos, both are relatively allergen free.
Ash Wednesday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Lent can be an odd time for church kids. They are intuitive and can sense that something has changed. If we do not seek to explain why the mood and tone of the community has changed it can be a scary time. We talk more about death, especially Jesus dying, so we need to prepare kids for what is coming.

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John knocked at the door and waited. His heart was pounding in his chest and he was sweating. He wouldn’t be surprised if Suzy slammed the door into his face. What he had done to her, what he had done to their marriage, was simply unforgivable. His heart leapt when the door started to open and he froze when Suzy’s father, Mark, stood before him. From the look on his father-in-law’s face there was no doubt that he knew what John had done.

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Janice B. Scott
We in the West have an interesting culture in which we quite like to be shocked. Many of us enjoy films which are shocking to a greater or lesser degree, and it sometimes seems to be that the higher the rating, the more popular the film. Even huge natural or man-made disasters have a worrying degree of entertainment value in the way they are presented to us over and over again on our television screens. We meanwhile sit in our armchairs munching our chocolates feeling scandalised or shocked or disturbed, but seldom switching off the set.

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Sometime between 500 and 350 B.C., post-exilic Israel experienced a devastating locust plague, followed by a drought. That experience is described in Joel chapter 1. And certainly the people suffered under the dreadful effects of those disasters. But the message of the prophet Joel -- prompted not by the natural disasters, but given him as a revelation from the Lord -- is that the Israelites face a still more terrible disaster if they do not repent and return to their God. "The day of the Lord is coming, it is near" (2:1).

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