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The power of suffering

The power of suffering
Peter shows us what a godly home and a godly church can achieve even in the midst of suffering.1 Peter 3: Wives and Husbands1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.3 Do not let your ado...
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Our living hope - the Cornerstone

Our living hope - the Cornerstone
We will read the two letters of Peter this week. Some good practical advice from the apostle here.1 Peter 1: Greeting1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obed...
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Love justice, do kindness and walk humbly with your God

Love justice, do kindness and walk humbly with your God
Sometimes we need to reflect on what God has done in our past. This brings Him glory.  As such we should do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. Micah reminds the Israelites to do the same in our reading today.Micah 6: The Indictment of the LORD1 Hear what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let...
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He shall come from Bethlehem

He shall come from Bethlehem
Micah prophesies about the Saviour to come. He will be born in Bethlehem.Micah 5: The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem1 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come ...
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Beat swords into ploughshares

Beat swords into ploughshares
One day things will be made right. It all begins with Christ and His ministry of truth and grace. Micah looks forward to the ministry of Christ in today's reading.Micah 4: The Mountain of the LORD1 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall b...
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Jesus - the breaker of chains

Jesus - the breaker of chains
Praise God for His faithfulness. Jesus says I will honour those who honour Me. Remain steadfast and He will bless you. Be consistent in your calling. Micah encourages us to remain faithful in our ministries.Micah 2: Woe to the Oppressors1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, becaus...
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Micah - the mountains melt

Micah - the mountains melt
As a companion with the books of Hosea and Amos we go through the book of Micah this week. As you would expect, when God speaks to His prophets their voices are united in their message to His people. Just as the four gospels present Christ from different angles so too are the messages these prophets bring to Judah and Israel.Micah 1: 1 The word of ...
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Israel will be destroyed then restored

Israel will be destroyed then restored
The Lord had promised to judge Israel due to her rebellion, but He also promises to restore and rebuild. This is the good news that is only possible in Christ.Amos 9:The Destruction of Israel1 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: "Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and ...
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Measured against God's plumb line

Measured against God's plumb line
The Lord gives many warnings, but eventually if they are ignored judgement comes. This was about to happen to Amos' hearers. The Lord's plumb line did not lie and the Lord's people were out of line.Amos 7: Warning Visions1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and be...
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Let justice flow like a mighty river

Let justice flow like a mighty river
Why die? Seek the Lord and live, may the Lord's justice roll on like the waters of an ever flowing stream – that's Amos' message to us.Amos 5: Seek the LORD and Live1 Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:2 "Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her land, with none to raise her up."3 For thus ...
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Can two walk together unless they be agreed

Can two walk together unless they be agreed
If the hat fits, then we should wear it. Israel's women were called cows in our reading today. Their husbands were morally weak men. God and man can only walk together unless there is agreement.Amos 3:Israel's Guilt and Punishment1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up ou...
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Hear the Lion's call

Hear the Lion's call
Sometimes we are called into ministries where we have no experience. Like David, Amos was a shepherd, yet was called into prophetic ministry. Not easy when it was for the northern tribes of Israel. But he listened to the Lion's call.Amos 1: 1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzzi...
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Be imitators of God

Be imitators of God
Paul's advice for us today – walk in love, be faithful in life, within your family, while being covered with the whole armour of God.Ephesians 5:Walk in Love1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.3 But sexual immorality and all ...
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The mystery of the gospel

The mystery of the gospel
Who doesn't love a good mystery? Paul explains the mystery of the gospel and the unity that should be on display among the believers of the mystery.Ephesians 3:The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles---2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was...
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Before He made the world - He loved us

Before He made the world - He loved us
We begin Paul's letter to the Ephesians – look at our inheritance in Christ.Ephesians 1: Greeting1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Spiritual Blessings in Christ3 Blessed be the God and Father...
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The power over death and the grave

The power over death and the grave
The Lord pleads for Israel to return to Him. There is victory over death and the grave in Christ. Hosea finishes off by saying "Whoever is wise, let him understand these things". Let's do the same. Hosea 13:The LORD's Relentless Judgment on Israel1 When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he was exalted in Israel, but he incurred guilt through Baal...
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The Father's love for us

The Father's love for us
We see that even though the Lord used the names of Hosea's children as a rebuke to Israel, He still has an electing, covenant love for His people.Hosea 11: The LORD's Love for Israel1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.2 The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and bu...
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Reaping what you sow

Reaping what you sow
The final end of Israel's journey in playing with foreign idols comes to an end. Judgement is finally on the horizon with the armies of Assyria.Hosea 9: The LORD Will Punish Israel1 Rejoice not, O Israel! Exult not like the peoples; for you have played the whore, forsaking your God. You have loved a prostitute's wages on all threshing floors.2 Thre...
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Sow the wind reap the whirlwind

Sow the wind reap the whirlwind
What earthly efforts are you putting in that just don't seem to be working? Committing everything to our Saviour for His guidance is always the best option. Have a read as to how Israel failed to carry out this important principle.Hosea 7: 1 When I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria; for they deal ...
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On the third day He will raise us up

On the third day He will raise us up
We are rebels with a cause. The cause of course is that we get the glory rather than giving glory to the One who made us. Israel had forgotten her identity, but the Lord had not forgotten them and He will restore.Hosea 5:Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah1 Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! Fo...
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