Contributed on Aug 27, 2007
Every generation commits spiritual adultery whilst claiming to be faithfully following Christ. we need to heed the warnings of Hosea
Hosea 1.1-2.1 Spiritual Adultery. Gentlemen if someone was to come and ask you to write down a list of the attributes of a good wife I wonder what you would write? I guarantee none of you would write ‘Unfaithfulness’ in the list. ‘Unfaithfulness’ is not an attribute we would uphold or seek ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2007
Hosea speaks of Gomer’s unfaithfulness as a reflection of the spiritual adultery of the people of God
Hosea 2.2-13 Unfaithfulness – Fresh Start? ‘Hello’ magazine I believe is a very popular magazine with some women. It is bought primarily for the photographs and not its intellectual content I believe. Usually it is full of photo shoots of the rich and famous and their ‘loving’ relationships ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2007
The contrast between God’s love for us and the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. a grave warning against syncretism and coming judgment.
Hosea 3.1-4.12 How well do you know God? I remember seeing a programme on television once where an old man through tear stained eyes spoke of his love for his wife. What became apparent over time was that she had left him on many occasions and led a quite decadent and immoral life. Yet each ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2007
Words and actions must match if repentance is to be genuine
Hosea 6.1-7.16 Is your repentance genuine? We all know the story of the little boy who cried “wolf” and when the wolf did eventually come no one believed him and he was eaten up. I am sure you have met people who say sorry for something and then turn around and do the same thing all over ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2007
God’s judgment on unfaithfulness is unpalatable but we need to hear it.
Hosea 9.1-17 I am sure we have all met people who always seem to look on the negative. Every time you meet them they have a tale of woe to tell you. No sooner have they recovered from one illness than they have a new illness to complain about. During world war II a man called Tommy Handley’s ...read more
Contributed on Nov 5, 2007
There is a ’kairos’ moment when we must plough up sinful hearts and seek the Lord God - as Hosea challenged the people to do.
Hosea 10.1-15 Divided Loyalties If you were to ask Taylor “What does Daddy hate most?” she would, I hope, tell you that I hate lies. The old saying “You can watch a thief but not a liar” is so true. At what point do you believe someone after they have lied to you? When do you start to trust ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2007
God’s unfailing love for his people directs how he deals with them. even when angry he still loves them
HOSEA 11.1-11 GOD LOVES YOU! This morning, you will be glad to hear, I am not going to attempt to preach through both chapters 11 and 12 of Hosea. Instead I want to concentrate on chapter 11 verses 1-11. Over the past two weeks we have heard how Ephraim has chased after other gods and the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2007
God judges his people but in verse 14 promised redemption and the defeat of death/grave.
Hosea 13.1-16 Where is your king? When the Israelites came to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land two tribes, Gad and Reuben, asked if they could, as their inheritance, the land on the East of the Jordan. In response Moses said they could but that they had to cross the Jordan and fight with ...read more
Contributed on Dec 3, 2007
God’s great promise of forgiveness and salvation - you either walk his way or stumble in your sin
Hosea 14 – Walk or Stumble? I don’t know if you saw the photograph of the lorry that got stuck for a few days down a country lane in England. The driver had used satnav to give him directions but the sad thing was stanav did not make any allowances for the width of the lorry in relation to the ...read more