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!
Not a Tame Lion
“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” — Hosea 6:1 The Dragon and The Lion In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis introduces us to Eustace, a boy who is very selfish and … Continue reading Not a Tame Lion