Joel Vande WerkenJoel Vande Werken

Joel Vande Werken

Joel Vande Werken has served as the pastor of a church in northern New Jersey since 2007. Prior to attending seminary, he worked in the plumbing industry. He and his wife, Brandie, have four young children.

Devotions by Joel Vande Werken

October 31, 2016

God’s Harvest Faithfulness

Genesis 8:13-22
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

October 30, 2016

Fruit in Every Season

Revelation 22:1-6
On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.

October 29, 2016

Patience for the Harvest

James 5:7-11
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.

October 28, 2016

A Refreshing Conclusion

Proverbs 25:11-14
Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.

October 27, 2016

The Harvest of the Earth

Revelation 14:14-20
Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

October 26, 2016

A Harvest Accounting

Luke 20:9-19
At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard.

October 25, 2016

Crops and Weeds

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

October 24, 2016

A Harvest Warning

Hebrews 5:11-6:12
Land that . . . produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receive the blessing of God. . . . But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless. . . .

October 23, 2016

Harvest From a Stump

Isaiah 11:1-9
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

October 22, 2016

A Harvest Promise

Psalm 85
The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.

October 21, 2016

The Fruit of Repentance

Matthew 3:1-12
Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

October 20, 2016

A Disciplined Harvest

Hebrews 12:1-13
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

October 19, 2016

The Reward of Harvest Labor

2 Timothy 2:1-7
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

October 18, 2016

Harvest Workers

Matthew 9:35-38
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

October 17, 2016

Ripe for Harvest

John 4:34-41
Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

October 16, 2016

Good Fruit

Galatians 5:16-26
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

October 15, 2016

Good Soil

Luke 8:4-15
Other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.

October 14, 2016

God Multiplies the Harvest

Ruth 4:13-22
The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!”

October 13, 2016

A Rich Reward

Ruth 2:1-12
[Ruth] went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters.

October 12, 2016

Just in Time for Harvest

Ruth 1
Naomi returned from Moab . . . arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.

October 11, 2016

Leftover Sheaves

Deuteronomy 24:17-22
When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it.

October 10, 2016

Don’t Give Up!

Galatians 6:7-10
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

October 9, 2016

Resting During Harvest

Exodus 20:8-11
Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.

October 8, 2016

Bigger Barns?

Luke 12:13-21
What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.

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