10: First Things First – Thought Starters
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“‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine, declares the Lord Almighty’” (Haggai 2:8, NIV).

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[Thought questions for First Things First June 5, 2013]

1. Are we there yet? How did you feel the last time you read the Old Testament from start to finish and came to the small book, Haggai? Was it tempting to page through the few verses of this book to get on to the New Testament? Or did you slow [...]

09: The Day of the Lord – Thought Starters
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“The Lord will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth: people shall worship Him, each one from his place, indeed all the shores of the nations.” Zephaniah 2:11 NKJV

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[Thought questions for The Day of the Lord May 29, 2013]

1. An inclusive belief. From what you have studied so far in the final books of the Old Testament, would you say that God’s concept of His [...]

08: Trusting God’s Goodness – Thought Starters
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“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 NASB

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[Thought Questions for Trusting God's Goodness May 22, 2013]

1. Filled with God’s knowledge. Remember reading a few weeks ago about the time in the future when people will be gnashing their teeth for a lack of knowledge? Is it hard for us to imagine, as Habakkuk prophesies, a time when the [...]

07: God’s Special People – Thought Starters
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“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8).

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[Thought questions for God's Special People May 15, 2013]

1. Destructive judgment. Why were the prophets so distressed about the judgments of doom they were called to deliver? Is it possible to deliver God’s promises and His conclusions without feeling a sense [...]

06: Eager to Forgive – Thought Starters
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“‘But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord’” (Jonah 2:9, NIV).

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[Thought questions for Eager to Forgive May 8, 2013]

1. The poetry of Jonah. Is the entire book of Jonah or just the song he writes from the belly of the fish a work of dramatic poetry? What are some blessings of having poetry throughout Scripture? Since Hebrew poetry doesn’t [...]

05 Seek the Lord and Live! – Thought Starters
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“Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and thus may the Lord God of hosts be with you, just as you have said!”(Amos 5:14, NASB).

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[Thought questions for Seek the Lord and Live! May 1, 2013]

1. Making evil appear good and good evil. How was it possible for Israel to stumble in sin and make their relationship with God a mockery? Couldn’t they remember the mighty works God had done on their behalf? [...]

04: Lord of All Nations – Thought Starters
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“A Lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8, NKJV)

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[Thought questions for Lord of All Nations April 24, 2013]

1. Can’t help but prophesy! If you lived in the hillsides of old as Amos did, how would you feel hearing a lion roaring loudly nearby? What did the roar of the lion mean to Amos? Aren’t God’s people the ones who are accountable to the rulings of God, [...]

03: A Holy and Just God – Thought Starters
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“…mighty are those who obey His command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?” Joel 2:11 NIV

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[Thought questions for A Holy and Just God April 17, 2013]

1. Tragedy can make us sensitive to God. When two horrible explosions blew up at the finish line for the Boston Marathon this week, did your thoughts turn towards God? What did you say to Him? Ask [...]

02: Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma – Thought Starters
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“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6, NIV)

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[Thought questions for Love and Judgment: God's Dilemma April 10, 2013]

1. The senseless doves. Does it seem fair for God to compare his wayward Old Testament children to ignorant doves? Is God exaggerating when He uses language like this? Is God’s New Testament church in any way like the people of God in Hosea’s day? [...]

01: Spiritual Adultery (Hosea) – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Spiritual Adultery (Hosea) April 3, 1013]

1. A real life parable. According to Hosea 1:1-3, whose idea was it for Hosea to marry Gomer? How did God explain to Hosea why he should marry an adulterous woman? Why did God choose such an unusual way to demonstrate His love for His people? Does it seem to you that God was (a) frustrated; (b) angry; (c) uncaring when He set up this arrangement? Compare [...]