Contributed on Mar 31, 2008
When we become passive, smug, or listless in our relationship to God, He does not take it lightly; God doesn’t just want what we DO, He wants US, heart and soul.
God’s Unrequited Love (Malachi 1:1-14) 1. We divide the OT prophets into two categories: the Pre-exhilic and the post-exhilic. The line of demarcation is 606 BC, when the Babylonian captivity began. In 586 BC, the temple was destroyed. The prophets who were active during this time or ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2008
Like a prosecuting attorney, God levels accusations against the nation of Israel.
The Accused People (Malachi 2:1-17) 1. It gives us great satisfaction when someone gets caught cheating. Bonnie Jones shares this story: "I was in the express lane at the store quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the checkout line pushing a ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2008
For most of us, the idea that the Messiah will judge each of us and the idea that God does not change -- and therefore we must adapt to Him and not He to us -- motivates us to surface as His followers. We recognize the wisdom of aligning ourselves to Him
The Cream Rises to the Top (Malachi 3:1-7) 1. Sometimes people say, "It doesn’t matter what we believe, as long as we all believe there is one God?" 2. We were shocked to hear about the polygamous sect in Texas this past week. 3. According to the Associated Press, "Authorities searching the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2008
The underlying problems of God’s people are related to attitude, not behavior. The two are definitely correlated; our behavior reveals our attitudes.
The Godly Surface (Malachi 3: 7-15) 1. When we do not pay attention, we create problems. 2. A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street. "Officer," the man began, "I can explain." "No explanation needed!" snapped the Officer. "I’m going to let you ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2008
To be born again is to be regenerated, and to be regenerated means to be brought to spiritual life. Like New Testament believers, OT believers knew were likewise regenerated and thus spiritually alive.
Vibrant (Malachi 3:16-18) 1. This week, Kokomo was in the news because Barrack Obama visited our city. 2. I was not at the rally, and, although I have found this year’s politics entertaining, and although I have never missed an election, I don’t get too enthused about politics. 3. A ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2008
God’s plan to restore the Kingdom to Israel and to bring in Millennial righteousness has been partly fulfilled but will be completely fulfilled in God’s times.
God’s Time Matrix (Malachi 4:1-6) 1. Some problems have simple and quick solutions. “Our patient in the hospital was a big, burly former officer. Just after surgery, and still half out of it, he became agitated and confused, tearing at his IVs and trying to escape his bed. The nurses gamely ...read more