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  • Vision

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 15, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,387 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 27, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,090 views

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

    Satan has three lines of attack. First, he tries to keep men from becoming Christians. Then, if stopped here, he tries to keep them from being active and useful as Christians. And finally, as a last resort, he tries to destroy their character. (Lou Nicholes - Author and Missionary). THOUGHTS ...read more

  • Revelation

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 24, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,006 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

  • Rejoicing

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 4 ratings
     | 853 views

    In this passage Paul resumed the story that he left in 2:13, where he said he went to Macedonia to look for Titus. Though Paul still had many problems and hardships to face, he found comfort and joy in the ministry God had given to him.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. His mind, wit and work earned him the unofficial title of “the greatest justice since John Marshall.” At one point in his life, Justice Holmes explained his choice of a career by saying: ...read more

  • Love

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,351 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

  • Commitment

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,211 views

    Why is it that Christians often need to be motivated to give when God has given us so much? God had provided for the Corinthians in such a wonderful way and yet they were hesitant to share what they had with others.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: W. A. Criswell tells of an ambitious young man who told his pastor he’d promised God a tithe of his income. They prayed for God to bless his career. At that time he was making $40.00 per week and tithing $4.00. In a few years his income increased and he was tithing ...read more

  • Boasting

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 993 views

    What Paul is about to do in this passage is contrary to his character. He never had any problem boasting about Christ and telling of His sufferings, but he was always hesitant to speak of his own painful experience as a servant of the Lord. However, bec

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: A sightseeing bus was making the rounds through Washington, D. C., and the driver was pointing out spots of interest. As they passed the Pentagon building, he mentioned that it cost taxpayers millions of dollars and that it took a year and a half to build. A little ...read more

  • Suffering

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 1,143 views

    Some of Paul’s religious assailants in Corinth were no doubt Jews. They hurled the charge at Paul that he was no true Hebrew. They said he had apostatized from the faith and that he could not possibly be a faithful minister of God. With this in mind, Paul

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small uninhabited island. He cried out to God to save him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a rough hut and put his few possessions in ...read more

  • Grace

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,863 views

    In the previous chapter Paul’s focus of attention has been on earthly, physical experiences in the gospel. In order to avoid exalting himself he describes these experiences in the third person.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: To seek to earn, merit, or purchase salvation is to insult the Giver. Imagine yourself invited to a banquet in the White House by the president of the United States. You are seated at a table that is filled with the choist foods. Every effort is made to give you a ...read more

  • Unity

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,507 views

    Paul’s final appeal in this letter is a call for unity. In the first nine chapters he addressed the majority of the Christians in the Corinthian assembly. In chapters 10 - 13:10, his words were directed primarily to those who questioned his integrity. In

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: In the church there is a bond of family, yet room for variety. The devil tries to disrupt unity. To chickens tied at the legs and thrown over a clothesline may be united, but they do not have unity. (Leslie Flynn, Great Church Fights - Swindoll’s Book of ...read more

  • Unfaithful

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 879 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 31, 2005
    based on 6 ratings
     | 989 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 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,663 views

    Gomer broke Hosea’s heart but because if it she made it possible for him to give the world a picture of the “divine lover.” He promised His love in the repeated “I will” statements to the Jewish people.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: One night I had a dream. I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and across the sky flashed scenes of my life. In each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One was mine and one was the Lord’s. When the last scene of my life appeared before me, I ...read more

  • Love

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,500 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

  • Hypocrisy

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 12 ratings
     | 858 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