The Minor Prophets - Hosea

Return to the Lord

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When God Is Your Enemy

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As we open our texts to Hosea 13 this morning, I thought it might be helpful to review a bit of the historical context for today’s message.  If you look at a timeline of history for the entire Old Testament, you notice that God created the world and Adam and Eve somewhere around 4000 BC. … Read more »

God’s Patient & Persevering Love

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The study of Hosea has led me to pray for spiritual revival in my own soul. I believe I need that very much. I pray God will reveal to me the many ways in which my heart is yet divided. I desire for my heart to be whole. I pray for God to expose idols… Read more »

Sowing Righteousness

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A young man inherited some money last month and he was thinking about what to do with it. He looked out at the combines that were reaping the harvest this year. He decided he wanted to experience some of that joy, so he bought a piece of farm land that had lain barren for a… Read more »

Sowing and Reaping

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A few weeks ago, my brother and I visited a  property owned by a family at Bethany Baptist Church. The family was planning to connect some lakes on their property with some channels to allow canoes and boats to move from one lake to another. It was the chosen method of creating these channels that… Read more »

Our Need for Spiritual Change

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True repentance is a matter of life and death. We are all born moving in the wrong direction and we need to turn. We are moving away from God and away from His glory and we are moving toward our self and toward our own glory. We are born moving toward spiritual death and, indeed,… Read more »

The Folly of False Repentance

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Recently, Kimberly and I were walking on Boynton Canyon Trail in Sedona, Arizona, a wonderful place. It gives witness to the majesty and the power of the Creator. We were about one mile into our seven mile trek when three men in front of us called out to me, “Could you help us!” “Sure, what… Read more »

The Price of Ignorance

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The humble city of Sweet Home has only one covered bridge. This rusty white landmark spans the peaceful Ames Creek in Sankey Park and represents the simple charm of this old fashioned town in central Oregon. Most people drive through Sweet Home without stopping. They pass the little elementary school in the nearby neighborhood without… Read more »

The Pursuit of the Knowledge of God

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When I was in my early 30’s, a dermatologist discovered I had basil cell skin cancer on my forehead which needed to be cut away. I remember the day he remarked, “Oh, you are really young for this. You will likely have problems with skin cancer the rest of your life.” He was right. I… Read more »

God’s Persevering Love for His Own

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In one Peanuts cartoon features Lucy looking fondly at Schroeder. We know the context: she is infatuated with Schroeder. Schroeder is bent over playing the piano and Lucy is leaning with her elbow against the piano, looking longingly in adoration at Schroeder. She wishes so much that Schroeder would return her love. Schroeder is not… Read more »