Five Truths For Your Suffering

Ruth 1:19-22 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty.

The Heart Of A Godly Woman

Ruth 1:6-18 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. 7 So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.

When Tragedy Strikes

Ruth 1:1-6 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion.

Ruth: The Winding Path Of Glory

This Sunday morning I mean to introduce Ruth by giving you a brief bit on the background and then focusing on the three main themes of the book. It is my hope that both the background and themes will remain in the front of our minds as we work our way through Ruth in order that we might get out of it all that God has put into it. With that, let's pray that God would help us to clearly see his glory in Ruth and that the clear view of glory would strengthen our trust in God every minute of every day.

Far More Than You Can Imagine

Welcome to the end of Hosea.  You made it.  Next week I'll begin preaching through Ruth, but this week we have one more verse to consider.  The verse is actually an invitation (perhaps a command) to remind ourselves of the entirety of Hosea's prophecies and to obey them.  For that reason, we'll look at the message of v.9 and then the message of Hosea.  Let's pray that God would make the message even more clear and obedience to it even more eager.

14 Ways God Responds To Genuine Repentance

We’ve come to the final verses in Hosea and in them we find the promise of not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not ten, but fourteen amazing gifts from God; the kind of gifts that make everything else we’ve ever received—as good as they may have been—absolutely pale in comparison. There are few passages in the entire bible in which God offers more to his people. Let’s pray that God would help us to appreciate the truly remarkable nature of the gifts he offers, and that we’d all actually receive them—all 14 of them, and the countless others mentioned throughout the rest of the bible—in faith.

Four Parts Of Genuine Repentance

Grace, God is kind to us in including Hosea 14 in the bible, for in that chapter he answers two critical questions.  In fact, it seems as if answering them is the primary point of chapter 14.  The first three verses (which we'll look at this morning) answer the first question (what exactly constitutes genuine repentance?).  Verses 4-8 (which we'll look at next week) answer the second question (how does God respond to genuine repentance?).  The final verse (v.9, which we'll consider two weeks from now in what will likely be the final sermon in Hosea) deals with the superiority of a life lived according to the wisdom of God above all other paths. Would you pray with me, then, that God would make this passage clear to us, that as a result we might become people of genuine repentance, and that God would deal with us as he promised the Israelites he would should they do so?  

God Alone Can Bear Your Trust (Part 2)

This Sunday morning we'll look at the final three of Hosea's chapter 13 prophecies. Insodoing, we'll see that the Israelites wrongly and fatally built their lives upon their power, blessing, rulers (9-11), wisdom (12-14), and fruitfulness (14-16). These five things have been among the most common and deadly foundations that mankind has built his life upon from the beginning of time. Israel's misplaced trust in them was the norm, not the exception. Again, then, if God grants us eyes to see, we will certainly find that portions of our life have been built upon them as well. Let's pray that God would reveal the parts of our lives that have been built on anything but him. And as he does, let's be quick to shift the weight of our trust back on the one thing that can bear it: God himself.

God Alone Can Bear Your Trust

Hosea 13, the second to last chapter in the book, is made up of a series of five concise and familiar proclamations of God's judgment on Israel. Interestingly, in this section Hosea unites all of them around the theme of misplaced trust in broken foundations (and its deadly consequences). Power, blessing, rulers, wisdom, and fruitfulness were the things Israel had built their lives upon. And Hosea's promise to them was that they were soon to experience the inadequacy of those things. Those things were not meant to bear the weight of their trust; God alone could do that. Lord willing, we'll look at the first two of these crumbling foundations this morning and the final three next week. And Lord willing, insodoing we'll be able to consider areas in our own lives (the ones mentioned by Hosea and others) where we have misplaced trust as well (where our foundation is cracked/ing); all in order that we might turn from them before things come crashing down (as they did for Israel). Let's pray that it would be so.

Glory, Futility, History, and Costliness

On the windy, hilly road of Hosea 12:10-14 we'll see three glories of God's Word (v.10).  In v.11 we'll see God making a mockery of those who engage in the futility of false worship.  In 12-13 I mean to help you see history as one big enacted prophecy through Jacob.  And finally, in Hosea's conclusion (v.14) we'll see the high cost of obedience to God.  Let's join together in praying that these sayings of Hosea would be clear to us, that the glory of God in them would be clear to us, and that God's intended response to them would be clear to us as well.  Remember (now in prayer), Grace, our aim in gaining understanding is always transformation.  We cannot receive the Word of God rightly and not be changed by it.  Again, let's pray that for the sake of Jesus it would be so.