Holy, Faithful and Teachable Brothers

08. January 2007 Colossians 0
Text: Colossians 1:1-8 Theme: Paul wrote Colossians for sincere saints. Key verses: “To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse…” (V.  2) “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for ...

Learning How to Walk Again

28. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 14 Theme: Walking in God’s ways keeps us from stumbling. Key verses: “Return, O Israel, your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. (v. 1-2) We ...

This Will Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You

27. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 13 Theme: When we sin, God our Father feels the inner struggle between His mercy and justice. Key verses: “Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver…” (v. 2) “But I am the Lord you God…You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. I ...

Loved By Our Father

26. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 12 Theme: God’s love for his children will triumph in the end. Key verses: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I called Israel the further they went from me.” (v. 1-2) “It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them ...

Time to Seek the Lord

22. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 10 Theme: We have plenty of reasons to seek after God. Key verses: “Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will demolish their altars…” (v. 2) “They make many promises, take false oaths…” (v. 4) “The people…fear for the calf-idol…” (v. 5) “Israel will be ashamed of ...

Hated by God

20. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 9 Theme: Our sin can bring God’s hatred against us Key verses: “You have played the harlot against your God.” (v. 1) “”The days of punishment have come. The days of recompense have come.” (v. 7) “They are deeply corrupted, as in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will ...

Altars for Sinning

18. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 8 Theme: Idols and altars can both be contemptable to God Key verses: “Throw out your calf-idol…My anger burns against them.” (v. 5) “This calf – a craftsman has made it; it is not God.” (v. 6) “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (v. 7) “Though Ephraim has many altars for sin ...

Frustrating Arrogance

13. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 7:8-16 Theme: Our arrogance frustrates and disappoints God Key verses: “Foreignors sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice. Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this, he does not turn to the Lord his God or search for him.” ...

Nobody Calls Anymore

12. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 6:8 – 7:7 Theme: Evil causes us to forget God Key verses: “Whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed and the crimes of Samaria revealed. They practice deceit…” (7:1) “but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before ...

Don’t Settle for Dew

11. December 2006 Hosea 0
Text: Hosea 6:4-7 Theme: God’s measure of true love is faithfulness Key verses: “Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.” (v. 4b) “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. Like Adam, they have broken the covenant – they were unfaithful to me ...