Author Archives: Jefferson Vann

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !

inclusion for a purpose

Joel 2:15-17 (JDV) Joel 2:15 Blow a ram’s horn bugle in Zion! Commit to sacred fast; proclaim an assembly. Joel 2:16 Gather the people; commit the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the infants, even babies nursing at the breast. The … Continue reading

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the God who relents

Joel 2:12-14 (JDV) Joel 2:12 Even now – this is Yahveh’s declaration – turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Joel 2:13 Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to Yahveh your God. … Continue reading

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unwitting accomplices

Joel 2:10-11 (JDV) Joel 2:10 The land quakes before them; the sky1 shakes. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars cease their shining. Joel 2:11 Yahveh makes his voice heard in the presence of his army. His camp … Continue reading

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until the storms are over

Joel 2:6-9 (JDV) Joel 2:6 Nations convulse1 before them; all the people’s faces are drained of redness. Joel 2:7 They attack like warriors attack; they scale walls like men of war do. Each marches on his own path, and they … Continue reading

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six minutes

Joel 2:3-5 (JDV) Joel 2:3 A fire consumes in front of them, and behind them a flame devours. The land in front of them is like the garden of Eden, but behind them, it is like an open wasteland; there … Continue reading

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when the dominoes start falling

Joel 2:1-2 (JDV) Joel 2:1 Blow a ram’s horn bugle1 in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the people living in the land tremble, because the day of Yahveh is coming; in fact, it is near … Continue reading

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disaster and destiny

Joel 1:15-20 (JDV) Joel 1:15 Tragedy on that day! You see, the day of Yahveh is near and will come as a destructive storm from the Almighty. Joel 1:16 Hasn’t the food been cut off before our eyes, joy and … Continue reading

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worship disrupted

Joel 1:13-14 (JDV) Joel 1:13 Wrap yourselves in sackcloth and passionately demonstrate your sorrow, you priests; yell, you ministers of the altar. Come and spend the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, because grain and drink offerings are … Continue reading

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invitation to grieve

Joel 1:7-12 (JDV) Joel 1:7 It1 has desolated2 my grapevine and splintered my fig tree. It has stripped off its bark and thrown it away; its branches have turned white. Joel 1:8 Grieve like a young woman wrapped3 in sackcloth, … Continue reading

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from locusts to lions

Joel 1:5-6 (JDV) Joel 1:5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep; yell,1 all you wine drinkers, over the sweet wine, because it has been cut off from your mouth. Joel 1:6 You see, a nation has invaded my land, powerful … Continue reading

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