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Love and Hate


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 1 Scripture: Micah 1:2-3: “Attention! Let all the people of the world listen! The Sovereign Lord has made accusations against you; the Lord speaks from his holy Temple. Look! The Lord is coming! He leaves his throne in heaven and comes to earth, walking on the high places.” ObservationMicah warns the people that God is coming to …

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Spiritual Life

I Want to Be a Remnant


Today’s Bible Passage: Amos 9 Scripture: “In that day I will restore the fallen kingdom of David. It is now like a house in ruins, but I will rebuild its walls and restore its former glory.” Amos 9:11 ObservationIn this chapter, God has given Israel 4 affirmations of things he would do. The first 3 are negative. They basically say …

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What Makes Meetings a Failure – You Might Be Surprised


Today’s Bible Passage: Amos 5 Scripture: Amos 5:4-6, 21-24 Observation Amos 5:4-6: God’s constant call to us is “Come back to me and live!” “Come to me you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). There is a call to repentance here: Come back to me (see v. 6 as well). God is pleading with them …

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Necessity or Luxary?


Today’s Bible Reading: Amos 4 Scripture: Amos 4:1-3 (NLT) Listen to me, you “fat cows” of Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and who are always asking your husbands for another drink! The Sovereign Lord has sworn this by his holiness: “The time will come when you will be led away with hooks in your …

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Religion, Prophets, & Leading from the Heart


As I began reading the Book of Amos this morning, I read the Introduction from The Message about religion and the role of prophets. While I don’t usually share longer quotes here, I think this is well worth sharing. See what you think. More people are exploited and abused in the cause of religion than in any other way. Sex, …

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Hosea 14 Prayer


My Father, I confess that going my own way has brought me down. I have suffered the consequences of trying to go my own way without You. So now once again I return to You. Forgive me of my sins and graciously receive me, so that I may offer you a sacrifice of praise. Government programs can’t save me, nor …

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Spiritual Life

How God Parents Brats (Like Us)


God’s children are like spoiled brats. God cares for us in His mercy and grace, and we take advantage of Him. We want our own way. God’s chosen children, the people of Israel, did this over and over. I read Hosea 11 this morning. This chapter reads like the transcript from an interview with a loving mom and dad whose …

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Good Seeds, Bad Seeds


You reap what you sow. This leadership principle is so pervasive throughout the Bible. I came across it again today in Hosea 10. The prophet said: Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come …

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Spiritual Life

The Choice


Where do you turn when you mess things up? The book of Hosea recounts a time when God’s people lost their way. And they had a choice: Where would they turn for help? Unfortunately they made the wrong decision: “When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria, to the great king there, but he could neither help nor …

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I’m a Gomer … and So Are You


Hosea has never been a Bible book I’ve paid a lot of attention to. Until now, I may have never quoted it. None of my favorite or memory verses are from it. But as I read it now, I’m amazed by it’s very clear and meaningful illustration of God’s character, ways, and love for us. This morning as I read …

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