Jonah

Jonah June 26, 2022 Jonah 1:7-10,13-16, 2:1-2,10, 3:1-5, 4:5-11. This is a unique book among all the prophets. Most prophetic books are about the words of God given through a prophet to a given situation, person or group. Jonah is not as much about the words of God, but about the struggle of a prophet […]

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Obadiah

Obadiah June 19, 2022 Obadiah 1:1–21 Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament with only 21 verses. Even though short, it has a great sense of outrage permeating this little book directed toward Edom. The first target of this book is not Israel or Juduah, nor Egypt or Babylon. It is the small […]

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Amos

Amos’s message of judgment against Israel is directed at two specific areas: idolatry and social injustice. Worship of other gods and even the insincere, illegitimate, and corrupt worship of Yahweh were commonplace in the land. At the same time, the poor and needy were deprived of the rights and privileges that the wealthy enjoyed, too […]

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Joel

Joel June 5, 2022 Joel 1:13-18 The book of Joel centers on a nationwide locust plague that left Judah, the southern kingdom, in severe famine. The prophet saw in the outbreak of a locust plague the hand of God chastening and driving Israel to repentance. For the author there is no question about it. The […]

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Hosea

Hosea May 29, 2022 Hosea 1:1-7 It is hard to create urgency when everything is going well. Why should we bother with that? “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” This was the case with Hosea. Hosea was called to prophesied during a time when everything seems to be going well. By adopting the spiritual […]

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You don’t know what you don’t know. May 22, 2022 Matthew 11:1–6 Can you imagine how hard it was for these words to come out of John’s mouth? John was a vastly influential leader. We are told that people from all Jerusalem and Judea came to see him. Yet here we find him so desperate […]

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Changed Plan

Changed Plan May 15, 2022 Matthew 26:33–35, 69–75 There are times when believers’ plans are changed by their own actions. Like Simon Peter, who we think we are and who God knows we are can be revealed to us which, in turn, results in a change of plans. Peter’s plan to be the “rock” would […]

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Knowing God’s Plan

May 1st, 2020 Knowing God’s Plan Acts 16:6–10 Obedience is not always going; sometimes it is not going (v. 6). We are told that the Holy Spirit forbade him to preach the Word down in Asia. That is really amazing, isn’t it? Paul wanted to go there, and the Spirit of God wanted the Word […]

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God is in Control

God is in Control April 24,2020 James 4:13–17 The problem in these bible verses is not about making money. Making money in and out of itself, is never a problem in the Bible. Furthermore, the problem in these verses is not making plans. It is reasonable, if not responsible, to make plans ahead of time. […]

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Looking Into the Sky

Looking Into the Sky April 17, 2022 John 21:15-25 This is the last moment for the disciples with the resurrected Christ. This is the last moment that they will see him in person with their own eyes. We know that it is their experience of the risen Jesus that changes the course of history for […]

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