This Last week our study covered chapter 13 of Hosea, and it is a grim picture of how very far Israel has run from the Lord and the terrible consequences which will therefore follow. These are the portions of the Old Testament that nobody likes to read. We don’t slowly savor these passages or overlay the individual verses onto lovely photos of quiet meadows or still waters. And yet, even these reveal our God to us in ways that we must carefully consider. Continue reading “Hosea Week 10, Rejection of Hope”
Coming off a long hiatus from memorizing makes for a bumpy re-entry. Restoring this discipline to its place in my daily routine has been easier than reminding my brain what we’re doing. However, my efforts at discipline and my rusty brain aren’t the only players in this scheme. The Holy Spirit is helping me, and he will help you as well, to hide God’s word in our hearts.
Week 10 ended with the reminder that loving one another is the message we have heard from the beginning, which gives us a solid tether to week 11 starting with an event that occurred way back at the beginning: Cain’s murder of his brother, Abel. John links murderous intent with hate for one another, just as Jesus equated murder with anger in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:21-22). This is a deeper layer of the contrasts John has been using all through his epistle. Love for one another is life-giving; hate for one another is life-taking. Continuing the theme of children of God and children of the devil, John makes his case that children of the devil not only keep on sinning, but, like Cain, they hate those who are righteous with a murderous hatred. Continue reading “1 John P2R, week 11”
By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR
This is the final week of our study, and Peter finishes his epistle with strength and conviction. Urging his readers to remain steadfast in their faith and in the truth of God’s Word, based on what God has done for us in Christ, he begins this final section with a “therefore.” This reminds us to look back and consider the context of what he has already written to understand what he is writing here at the end. Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 25”
By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR
This week we learned that women’s ministry must be based on the sound truth of Scripture. There are too many competing voices in the evangelical world, not to mention the secular world, that are distorting God’s Word. Women’s ministry must aim to ground women in the full-orbed truth of Scripture so that we may grow up in every way in Christ, fulfilling our God given-design as strong “ezers” (helpers) and life-givers rather than hinderers and life-takers. Continue reading “From the Heart, Chapter 9”