“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? [...]
This week’s Sabbath School lesson is about Hosea and the relentless love of God. For me, one of the key verses is Hosea 2:14,
But then I will win her back once again.
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her there.
I am so thankful for parents who understand this. I wish all parents understood this is the way to win their children’s loyalty to God and to themselves.
Several years ago I was preaching for Father’s Day, and I had a few people, [...]
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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 [...]
“Then the angel said to me, Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9, NIV
Who doesn’t love a wedding? Not long ago, the entire world watched enthralled as Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey. Some referred to it as the “perfect wedding.” Soon all who have chosen to have a relationship with Jesus will [...]