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  • Vision

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 15, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,335 views

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

  • Persecuted

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 27, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 643 views

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

  • Revelation

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 24, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 639 views

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

  • Rejoicing

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 4 ratings
     | 538 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.

  • Rebuke

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 6 ratings
     | 693 views

    One of the most difficult things to do in life is to rebuild a shattered relationship. Unfortunately, there are many broken relationships today in homes, churches and ministries, which can only be repaired when people face problems honestly and deal with

  • Stewardship

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 951 views

    One of the things in Christian circles that tends to be done in a careless manner is the handling of money. The apostle Paul in this passage organizes the collection of funds for the saints in Jerusalem so that it will be managed honestly and faithfully.

  • Commitment

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 632 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.

  • Generosity

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 756 views

    In these verses Paul points out principles found in the Word of God as well as those drawn from experience to show why and how we are to give.

  • Warfare

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 445 views

    We need to keep in mind that throughout this letter Paul is writing to a divided church, and a church that is being seduced by false teachers. These false teachers charged Paul with being very courageous when he wrote letters from a distance, but said t

  • Boasting

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 725 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

  • Suffering

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 812 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

  • Grace

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 872 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.

  • Motive

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 724 views

    Apparently the false teachers in Corinth were suggesting that Paul’s unwillingness to accept support from the church was simply a coverup. They thought that he really had a love for money, and the offering he claimed to be taking for the suffering saints

  • Unity

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,553 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

  • Unfaithful

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 627 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

  • Deception

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 6 ratings
     | 648 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.

  • Love

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,178 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.

  • Love

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 900 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

  • Hypocrisy

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 12 ratings
     | 665 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

  • Obedience

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 786 views

    "Whoredom and wine and new wine" (v. 11) are the sins that commonly accompany idolatry. These sins dull the sensitivity and understanding so that the people no longer wish to even retain God in their thoughts. Instead of consulting the God who made the tr

  • Judgment

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 1,100 views

    In this chapter God’s judgment results in three things, rebuke, retributions and repentance.

  • Confession

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 435 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

  • Floundering

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 13 ratings
     | 799 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

  • Judgment

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 940 views

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

  • Imitator

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 13 ratings
     | 878 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

  • Promises

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 700 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

  • Love

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

  • Rebellion

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 13 ratings
     | 1,074 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

  • Choices

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 1,307 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:

  • Repentance

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 985 views

    Hosea calls for repentance (vv. 1-3) and God promises restoration (vv. 4-8). God had to punish Israel for its gross and repeated violation of His law, but He would do so with a heavy heart. The preceding chapters have painted a very drab picture (v. l). N