The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:5b–7 This passage of Scripture is one of the reasons Philippians is … Continue reading When Saints Disagree
The Bewildering Magnificence of the Gospel
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them;for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them. . . — Hosea 14:9 When I began to study Hosea, I knew that I would discover treasures of God’s love and mercy in this portion of his holy, … Continue reading The Bewildering Magnificence of the Gospel
True Repentance, At Last
Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.Take with you wordsand return to the Lord;say to him,“Take away all iniquity;accept what is good,and we will pay with bullsthe vows of our lips.Assyria shall not save us;we will not ride on horses;and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’to … Continue reading True Repentance, At Last
Pangs of Childbirth
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth. . . — James 1:18a Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 1 Peter 2:2 I am the mother of five children born of my body. Three of my children were … Continue reading Pangs of Childbirth
Wrestling For Grace
“So you, by the help of your God, return,hold fast to love and justice,and wait continually for your God.” — Hosea 12:6 In our last post we learned that we face a daily battle against sin. Every single day, we must be killing sin, or it will be killing us. But there’s another battle that’s … Continue reading Wrestling For Grace
The Peril of Prosperity
Sow for yourselves righteousness;reap steadfast love;break up your fallow ground,for it is the time to seek the Lord,that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. — Hosea 10:12 Our women’s Bible study is currently digging into Romans chapter 8, and we have just considered verse 13, “if you live according to the flesh you … Continue reading The Peril of Prosperity
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” — John 5:24 A long time ago in a lifetime that now seems very far away, I was in the Army. During Basic … Continue reading The Watchman
God, Our Portion
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. — Psalm 73:25-26 My goal in these devotions is to find the treasures of the gospel in Hosea. But there are … Continue reading God, Our Portion
But Wait, There’s MORE!
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8 Recently, while my husband and I were walking our dog, we found and returned our neighbor’s Husky, named Smokey, who was in another neighbor’s garage a few streets away from his home. Poor Smokey … Continue reading But Wait, There’s MORE!