Unresolved Charges in Heaven?
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Unresolved Charges in Heaven?

Sometimes, we can get let time and love gloss over unresolved conflicts with others. But when it comes to our crimes against God, the courts of heaven will not let anything slide. God allows suffering to come into our lives as corrective discipline to turn our hearts back to Him. But if we rail against this...

Grinding Out Righteousness
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Grinding Out Righteousness

When God’s desert wooing failed to win Israel’s loyalty, he decreed, “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods” (Hosea 3:4, NIV). This signifies a time of testing to rebuild trust between God and a person who has abundantly, stubbornly sinned against...

A Gateway of Hope in the Valley of Achor
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A Gateway of Hope in the Valley of Achor

In a gut-wrenching effort to prevent divorce, God said to Israel, “I am going to block her way with thorns…I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart…and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope” (Hosea 2:6; 14-15). Have you found yourself boxed in by...

A Decree of No Grumbling
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A Decree of No Grumbling

When God instructed Hosea to marry a prostitute, Hosea didn’t grumble, “Come on, God, I only have one life! Are you really making me do that?” Instead, Hosea trusted the Lord and did what he’d asked. Can you say the same about your walk with Jesus? When difficult times have come, have you lifted up...

Tearing the Heart of God
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Tearing the Heart of God

The American church today, and the church in most of the Western world as well, face a divorce with God. We’ve been unfaithful and cannot expect the loving presence of God until we’ve rebuilt trust with Him through repentance and obedience. God does not want to let us go—will you give up all expectations, and simply...

The Mission of God’s People (2008)
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The Mission of God’s People (2008)

The church’s mission picks up where Jesus left off: “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion” (Isaiah 61:2-3a). How we can proclaim the fear of God in such a way that causes people...

The Road to Life (2008)
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The Road to Life (2008)

The writing on the wall at Belshazzar’s banquet teaches us what it means to deny ourselves and enter the narrow gate. The first word, mene, signifies the sinner’s condition: though he thought he could dethrone God and be in charge of his own life, God will finally put an end to this stolen sovereignty. Tekel...

The Gift of Shame (January 2017)
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The Gift of Shame (January 2017)

Indifference grows when we sin, feel ashamed, and then blow off the shame. If we think, “I can get away with it,” then we won’t repent. In grief, the Holy Spirit will leave us, and all that will be left is a shell of religion. The child who regularly steals a chocolate and reasons that...

Winston Churchill and God’s Divine Plan (2015)
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Winston Churchill and God’s Divine Plan (2015)

When most of Europe had rolled over to Nazi forces, one man–Winston Churchill–took a stand and declared, “We shall never surrender.” He understood the will of God to defend Christian civilization and boldly stood in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30). Behind the scenes, Rees Howells prayed through to victory on key events that overthrew Hitler and...

Moral Insanity (October 4, 2015)
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Moral Insanity (October 4, 2015)

Indifference thrives on moral insanity. Like many Americans, you may recognize that our country is crashing. But what are you doing about it? Have you taken the attitude, “Well, there’s nothing that I can do about it,” and then responded with either angry feelings towards the corrupt “powers that be,” or by saying, “Well, I...