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  • Vision

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 14, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 7,327 views

    Ezekiel worked for God right where he was, among the exiles in various colonies near the Chebar River in Babylon (v. 1).

    One time when Michigan State was playing UCLA in football, the score was tied at 14 with only seconds to play. Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State’s coach, sent in place kicker Dave Kaiser who booted a field goal that won the game. When the kicker returned to the bench, Daugherty said, “nice going, but ...read more

  • Persecuted

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 26, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,401 views

    How to find encouragement when everything seems to be against me.

  • Revelation

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 22, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,081 views

    God gave the revelation of His plan to Jesus who in turn revealed it to John.

    Topic: Revelation ILLUSTRATION: I wonder what God would say to us today as He sees all of our so-called Christian organizations in constant activity but with little action or movement. The huge building program proclaiming astronomical figures in cost and “people reached” is indeed ...read more

  • Hypocrisy

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,297 views

    In this chapter God brings a charge of disobedience against Israel (v. l). The religious leader had replaced true worship of God with ritual prostitution. The nation had gone down hill spiritually and morally, breaking the laws God had given to them. The

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: He made free use of Christian vocabulary. He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian confessions which would become the pillars of the new government. He assumed the earnestness of a man weighed down by historic responsibility. He handed out pious ...read more

  • Confession

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,230 views

    In these verses we find that the people did not understand the depth of their sins. They did not turn from their idols, regret their sins or pledge to make changes (vv. l-2). It seems that they thought God’s wrath would only last for a few days. Little di

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: In the washroom of his London club, British newspaper publisher and politician William Beverbrook happened to meet Edward Heath, then a young member of Parliament, about whom Beverbrook had printed an insulting editorial a few days earlier. “My dear chap,” said the ...read more

  • Floundering

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,195 views

    Israel’s foolish acts are listed (vv. 1-7), and her floundering is portrayed (vv. 8-16). God’s desire for Israel was healing and restoration. Instead they were involved in lying, theft, robbery (v. l), blatant contempt of God (v. 2), political corruption

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: I read a humorous story about a woman who fell out of a second-floor window and landed in a slow-moving garbage truck. Half-buried in the litter, she tried without success to get the truck-driver’s attention. A foreign diplomat standing on the sidewalk saw her and ...read more

  • Judgment

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,620 views

    In this chapter we find five reasons for God’s judgement on Israel.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: The idea of hell and judgment are nowhere to be found in Betty Eadie’s bestseller, Embraced By The Light, on the N.Y. Times bestseller list for more than 40 weeks, including five weeks as #1. In November 1973, Eadie allegedly died after undergoing a hysterectomy, and ...read more

  • Imitator

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,483 views

    It was customary in Hosea’s day for people to rejoice at harvest time. Israel, however, was commanded not to do so, because she attributed the abundance she experienced to the idols she worshiped, instead of God who sent it (v. l). Because of her spiritua

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: President Calvin Coolidge invited some people from his hometown to dinner at the White House. Since they did not know how to behave at such an occasion, they thought the best policy would be just to do what the President did. The time came for serving coffee. The ...read more

  • Promises

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,420 views

    Israel prospered under King Jeroboam’s leadership by gaining military and economic strength. However the more prosperous the nation became the more they used their income for building more altars for idol worship (v.1). It is often the same today. More we

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: Satan promises the best, but pays with the worst; He promises honor and pays with disgrace; He promises pleasure and pays with pain; He promises profit and pays with loss; He promises life and pays with death. (Donnie Martin - Sermon Central) Israel prospered ...read more

  • Love

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,307 views

    Up to this point in the book the emphasis has been primarily upon Israel’s disobedience for which judgement must fall. However, from this point on the emphasis is on God’s love for Israel, in spite of her disobedience for which judgement must fall. In the

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: To demonstrate God’s love a certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the ...read more

  • Rebellion

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 4,256 views

    Before developing the themes of guilt and judgement (12:9-13:16), Hosea reminds Israel of its unfaithfulness (vv.1-2), and of its need to repent (vv. 5-6). In doing so he draws a lesson from the life of Jacob (vv. 3-4). Much like the people of our day the

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: Svetlana Stalin, the daughter of Josef Stalin, told the incredible story is told of how her father Josef Stalin had been a seminary student, preparing for the ministry. Then he came to a point in life where he made a decisive break from his belief in God. This ...read more

  • Choices

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 3,957 views

    Knowing that life is filled with choices , we must as Jacob of old, wait upon the Lord (Gen. 49:18). Jacob’s descendants likewise had to make choices, but they chose to go against God and His love:

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: Eamon De Valera was an Irish statesman who served three times as prime minister of Ireland and subsequently as her president. After the Easter rebellion of 1916, De Valera was sentenced to penal servitude. While traveling to prison, he took out his pipe and was about ...read more

  • Unfaithful

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,175 views

    "The word of the Lord that came" indicates that this prophecy is not Hosea’s (v. l). It is a prophecy that originated with God Himself. In dealing with the words of this prophecy a person is not dealing with the words of man, but rather with the very word

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: A large majority of men--married and single--say they wouldn’t have an affair, even if they were certain their loved one would never find out, says a Gallup poll commissioned by Self magazine, in the June (1992) issue. Of 500 men surveyed, 67% of married men and 60% ...read more

  • Deception

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,213 views

    Hosea’s own personal tragedy fades into the background as Israel is examined under God’s searchlight. The events of this chapter summarize what Gomer has done and what Israel has done. What happens to Gomer will happen to Israel.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: In a recent survey it was found that 15 percent of the ladies tinted their hair, 38 percent wore rouge, 98 percent wore eye shadow, 22 percent wore false eyelashes, 93 percent wore nail polish. And 100 percent voted in favor of a resolution condemning any kind of ...read more

  • Love

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 27, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,204 views

    This short chapter pictures the nation’s exile and return. The Lord makes known His plans for the redemption of the prodigal nation. Although this chapter is short, its prophecies survey God’s past (v. 1), present (vv. 2-4), and future (v. 5) relationship

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: I read about a young man who was determined to win the affection of a lady who refused to even talk to him anymore. He decided that the way to her heart was through the mail, so he began writing her love letters. He wrote a love letter every day to this lady. Six, ...read more