Contributed on Mar 9, 2022
Hosea knew pain and grief of his love trampled. Hosea poured out his love to his wife Gomer, only to have his trust betrayed. But that is what made Hosea such a unique and powerful prophet. The names of his three children are changed to a blessing in the Messianic hope.
Late one evening I received a phone call from parents of a teenager. Andrew is gone they said, he has run away. When I arrived at their house they told me about Andrew’s sudden change in friends. There was recent change in his behavior and how they knew he ran away and they thought that he was in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2022
Hosea has a message of warning about a judgment coming. The purpose of this judgment is to cause brokenness that leads God’s people to a turning back to God. The purpose is for Israel in their brokenness to turn and restore their relationship to God.
When a young man, who was a college baseball star, got in his car he had no idea what was about to happen. His blood alcohol content was way over the legal limit. The car sped to ninety miles per hour. The next thing he knew when he finally came out of a coma he was hooked up to machines. He was ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2022
Hosea chapter 3 is heart of the book of Hosea and an important chapter in the Old Testament. It shows a picture that reminds Christians of the love of God who sent Christ to ransom us from our slavery and sin. To pay the price to redeem for us.
Jesus is teaching at the Mount of Olives when a woman is caught in adultery and brought before him. The law commanded Moses to stone her! What do you say Jesus? The trap is set. Then we find in John 8:6 that Jesus just writes on the ground with his finger. What did he write? One possibility of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2022
At first glance these were great days to be alive. But, a warning from the prophet Hosea revealed a deep-seated spiritual bankruptcy. The prophet Hosea gave a message of hope in the midst of coming judgment. Hosea’s preaching includes an appeal to repent.
It must have been exciting to live in the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 800 BC. You could get up early and check the stock market prices and see new records set. New record highs set every day. The economy was great. At first glance these were great days to be alive. However, lying, murder and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2022
“Come, let us return to the Lord.” (Hosea 6:1) Jesus went to the house of many tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees saw this and asked why Jesus eats with tax collectors and sinners. In that context Jesus Quotes Hosea 6:6 (found in Matthew 9:13).
The story of the prodigal son gives us a great picture of repentance. The prodigal has messed up big time and ended up in a terrible situation, eating pig slop just to survive. That situation made him turn back to his father. But you don’t have to wind up on skid row to need repentance. A Christian ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2022
Israel is a cake half baked, burned on one side and raw on the other. Actually, a cake like that would be totally useless. The good news God wants to restore. Put your faith in Christ. Turn from the half-baked lifestyle Live fully committed to Jesus Christ.
A cake would not be very useful to you if it were burned on the bottom and raw and the top. Actually, a cake like that would be totally useless. Israel was a half-consecrated people. They were useless to God. They were burning with lust and cold toward God. Israel is a cake half baked. Often God ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2022
The message of Hosea 11 is for you and me, not only wayward Israel. The family life of Hosea and his wife Gomers serve as is an illustration of how our sin breaks the heart of God. Now the focus is on God’s compassion and redemption.
There is a difference between compassion and concern. If a man falls off an ocean liner, we will show concern by yelling man overboard and look for help. Compassion would be at the risk of our own life; we jump in and rescue the drowning man. Compassion is much deeper than concern. In Hosea 11 we ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2022
True wisdom is more than intelligence and knowledge. True wisdom is acting on the knowledge you have. The wise will make the right turn back to God. A blessing awaits you.
We have all had it happen. You are driving in an unfamiliar area and make a turn, and something does not seem right. As you go on you realize that there is no way that this could be the right road. It is time to stop traveling the wrong direction and turn around and go back. Repentance is like ...read more