Overview of Obadiah: Turning the Tables – What Goes Around… Comes Around

How do we respond when disaster strikes some group of people that is not in our immediate camp? Maybe a church that we feel is apostate and deserving of God’s judgment; maybe a foreign country that has not been friendly to our administration; maybe an ethnic group that differs from us in many respects . . . I am especially thinking of situations where we tend to look down on others in our...
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Overview of Amos — No Escape Clause for God’s Own People — Sin Brings Judgment

People with an impressive spiritual pedigree or important ministry position or years of fruitful Christian service can imagine at times that they are exempt from God’s standards. They excuse themselves when they sin – thinking they will not be held to the same high standard of righteousness or that they will somehow escape God’s judgment. Here in Amos, God demonstrates that the same...
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Overview of Joel: Repentance and Restoration Contrasted with the Devastation of the Terrible Day of the Lord

Both the book of Hosea and the book of Joel provide solid support for the dispensational position of maintaining a distinction between God’s program for Israel and God’s program for the church. How does a passage like Is 49:14–15 fit into an amillennial perspective? Edward Young comments: "Even though the forces of infidelity and unbelief, of indifference and ignorance,...
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Overview of Hosea: Marital Unfaithfulness Breaks the Heart of God’s Loyal Love

Key Applications: God’s unfailing love and faithfulness God still has a program for the Jewish nation that includes Millennial Kingdom Forgiveness and restoration in marriage relationship God will discipline His people for sin and idolatry Picture of redemption from the slave market in Hosea buying back Gomer Importance of growing in our intimate knowledge of God GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS LOYAL...
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Week 11: Demands #47-48: Be Salt and Light

Demand #47-48: Be Salt and Light Memory Verse: "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16   SALT AND LIGHT — IMPACTING THE WORLD AROUND US… OR GOOD FOR NOTHING? On January 28, 1986 America was shocked by the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger, and the death of its...
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Week 9: Demands #28-31 – Love Your Enemies

Demand #28-31: Love Your Enemies Memory Verse: "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44   Think of someone in your life that you have difficulty loving… for whatever the reason. Maybe you have someone who falls into the category of an enemy – someone who is actively out to do you harm. How do you respond in your heart to such...
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