Read: Hosea 4:1-7:7 Imagine a lady named Linda who works at her desk in her office 12 hours a day and sometimes weekends. Her husband and kids barely see her. She takes calls on weekends that get her up from the dinner table or cause her to walk out of the room at birthday parties. She takes her laptop to her daughter’s soccer games and hands out business cards at her son’s plays. She gets paid very well and reminds people of it often — especially when they tell her she works too much. Imagine a man named Jeffrey who
Here are some helpful resources as you study along with our Hosea study on Sunday mornings: Online Resources: The Bible Project - an overview of the book. The Gospel Coalition - online courses full of useful resources and insights. The Hosea Love Story Videos - a dramatized retelling of Hosea and Gomer’s story. These are tastefully done, but the story line is pretty provocative! Good for small group interactions! Click HERE for the link. Commentaries: I have found the commentaries by David Hubbard (Tyndale Old Testament) Gary Smith (NIV Application series) and Duane Garrett (New American Commentary) to all be helpful.
Read: Hosea 2:14-3:5 I met my wife in middle school. She was hot and I was a hormonal preteen who did not know Jesus. There were a lot of us in my public middle school and looking back on those days makes me cringe. We would objectify our female classmates as things to be conquered and enjoyed; after all, this was the message that movies and pop culture fed us and the impulses that our flesh affirmed. There are many fond and good memories from my middle school and early high school years, but there are also many regrets. Then
God sent the prophet Hosea to Israel at a critical point in history before the Assyrians overran the nation. I find the message both incredibly uncomfortable and overwhelmingly reassuring. The book of Hosea shows the hard truth that my wandering from God amounts to adultery and prostitution. Through the dark night of ugly reality shines this extreme goodness of God like a sudden bonfire: He brings restoration in spite of my unfaithful misery. Read the commission God gave to His prophet Hosea. Hosea 1:2-6 (ESV) When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of
Have you ever noticed the attention to detail that a bride gives to her wedding? From the hair, to the dress, to the nails, to the shoes, to the very aisle she walks down, nothing escapes the eye of the bride as she sets everything in motion. She wants it to be just right for the moment that she is joined with her groom. Have you ever considered that this preparation and attention to detail is Biblical? Revelation 19 records these words for us: Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar
Let’s talk about rocks. My husband loves rocks—geodes, quartz, obsidian, sandstone, lapis lazuli—and a host of others you probably have never heard of. He studied them in college. He points them out on our walks. He loves a gem mine or a gem show. Recently he purchased a rock that can only be found in a certain mine in Spain. You could definitely say rocks are one of his favorite things. Rocks are a pretty big deal in the Bible, too. There are at least 99 references to rocks (or stones) in Scripture. God wrote His laws on stone tablets.
By Jett Wrenn|2022-04-17T07:17:35-04:00April 17th, 2022|
This day, we commemorate the day that our sin killed Jesus. His death hardly seems "good" -- so 15 North Wakers gave me their reasons on what's so Good about Good Friday. Dani Lynn Black: The death of Jesus is good because it reveals to us the love and kindness of our Father God, the glory that only He deserves, and a way to be heirs with Christ (children of the one and only God). Scott Brazil: The crushing of God's Son was good for believers who now receive peace with God instead. (Isaiah 53:5) Jason Burgess: [Jesus's death] Paved the
Here are the 2 resources I mentioned in my sermon last Sunday (4/9/22). My Heart Christ’s Home— this is short story that’s a metaphor of sorts of the Christian life. Your life is likened to a house where Christ inhabits each room. 3 Circles: Sharing the Gospel — this is a 2 minute video on how to share the gospel of Jesus using the 3 circles. Review it and be prepared!
No matter what culture you come from, there are things you do and say that tell a person what kind of person you may be. In some contexts, your last name tells people more about you than you would ever like them to know. In the States, it tends to be what you do for a living or what kind of car you drive that indicates your status or even personality. But what do you choose to tell people about yourself before you say anything else? Is it that you belong to Jesus and are one with his followers? Read
Read: John 17:1-19 Do you take notes during the sermon? Do you jot down ideas or Scriptures that the Holy Spirit highlights to you? My journal is full of riveting one-liners that are fired off by whoever is preaching. I'll often find myself meditating on them, sharing them with friends, and even using them in the lyrics of a song I'm writing. Larry shot one off two weeks ago that Jesus re-emphasizes in our passage this week. Jesus has just finished teaching His disciples for the last time before He will be crucified; as He is praying, He says to the Father, "But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in