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  • Vision

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

    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 more

  • Persecuted

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

    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 more

  • Revelation

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

    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 more

  • Unfaithful

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

    "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% more

  • Deception

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

    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 more

  • Love

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

    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 more

  • Love

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

    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, more

  • Hypocrisy

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

    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 more

  • Obedience

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

    "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

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: I once talked with General Charles M. Duke, a former astronaut who went on the Apollo 16 mission to the moon. I asked, “Once you were there, weren’t you free to make your own decisions and carry out your own experiments. He smiled and said “Sure, if I didn’t want to more

  • Judgment

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

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

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: An umpire named Babe Pinelli once called Babe Ruth out on strikes. When the crowd booed with sharp disapproval at the call, the legendary Ruth turned to the umpire with disdain and said, "There’s 40,000 people here who know that the last pitch was a ball." Suspecting more

  • Confession

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

    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 more

  • Floundering

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

    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 more

  • Judgment

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

    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 more

  • Imitator

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

    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 more

  • Promises

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

    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 more