My mouse hovered over the arrow of no return. Why was this so hard? Just hit send. Sometimes courage comes in keystrokes and mouse clicks and simple invitations. Remember my frantic preparation for the dinner party that went completely sideways when all my dirty laundry made an appearance at the dinner table? Yeah that one.
We have studied the hard stuff happening in Israel when Hosea was a prophet. Kings and leaders were making a mess of things. The people weren’t behaving like the people of God. God took his mercy from the people and drought, famine and infertility ensued. Eventually, Assyria would betray the confidence of the Israelite nation,
For me, this is the hardest part of this study. If I’m being honest, it’s the hardest part of reading the Bible. Whenever scripture tells a story about the destruction of people I cringe inside, especially when those stories tell us God was behind the destruction. I do not like it. There, I said wrote it. I
I’m sorry to leave you all hanging like this. Two weeks ago I had a solid four days away from my computer and responsibilities. It was glorious. Then last week we caught a cold and the whole house went into ‘hang-in-there’ mode. Then the washer quit working, as in dead with a load of clothes
Tucked behind the piano, heads bowed and lips moving my friends are praying at the corner of the stage. It’s almost time to begin. Women chat in hushed tones all over the room. Over a steaming cup of coffee they ask, “How are you?” and really mean it. At any given moment there is hugging and
Last week we looked a little closer at the kings mentioned in the first portion of Hosea. Today we’ll take a look at the first child born to Hosea and Gomer: Jezreel. From the last post: And now we see what’s going on. The problem isn’t only about poor leadership, although there was plenty of fault
Hey Everyone! I’m excited to dive into Hosea with you. Before we go further I want to ask you to hang with me for these first few posts. The book of Hosea reads like a movie. All the chaos, mistakes, and judgment are right up front. We dive into an uncomfortable drama and if you’re like