Joel: Warnings and Prophecies

God often starts a prophecy with a warning, but He also offers hope and blessing. God wants His people to do the right thing, to turn to Him, to be blessed. But sometimes, people are stubborn and it takes drastic measures to get their attention. Actions result in consequences. Ever wonder why there is so much chaos and so many troubles in this world? Perhaps we need to turn to God. Perhaps He is trying to get our attention.

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Hosea: God Waits for His People to Come to Him

God blessed Israel in so many ways, yet they abused those blessings by turning to false gods and trusting in themselves and others. He waits for His people to turn to Him. Like the prodigal son, He will be there and accept him with open arms and celebrate his return to Him. In the previous post, we discussed how God would turn from His people until they turn back to Him. But He is always there and will show mercy and grace to all who will accept it and trust in Him.

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The Mystery of God

There are so many things in life we do not understand.  There is so much about God we do not understand.  But, He has taught us many things and He has revealed much to us.  The Bible speaks of the mystery of God that has been revealed to us.  What is it?  Let’s find out. Continue reading “The Mystery of God”

The Fire of God

Fire represents life”, they say in ‘Survivor.’  I am a bit of a Survivor junky.  But, in scripture fire is used in a completely different context.  It’s not a game; it’s much bigger than that.   In the next two posts we will discuss how fire is used in the scriptures.  Fire is used many times throughout the Bible  to represent different things.  It is often used literally as well.  Sometimes, God uses fire to represent the opposite of what it represents on ‘reality’ TV.  It represents death.  Hades.  Hell.  Sometimes it represents God’s wrath, while other times, God literally showed His wrath with fire.  He also used it to show His power and glory.  Fire is also used for purification.  Sometimes, fire is used to describe God Himself, but He can also be that “still, small voice.”  Continue reading “The Fire of God”

Sin, Righteousness, Justification

In the previous post, we went through Romans 3:23-25 and discussed some of the words (grace and faith) used that are critical to the gospel and to explain their meaning.  Here we will look at some others that are not very common in today’s vocabulary: sin, righteousness and justification. Continue reading “Sin, Righteousness, Justification”