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Book Review: What In the World Is Going On? by David Jeremiah

Yesterday, I closed the back cover of a truly noteworthy book by David Jeremiah entitled What In the World Is Going On? Honestly, I thought I'd never get through the book. It wasn't because the book wasn't good - it was exceptional. It was that I kept thinking Jesus must be coming back before I turn this next page! It's difficult to remain unaware that our planet is in social, political, and religious disarray. David Jeremiah shares "10 prophetic cues you cannot afford to …

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The Fullness of Time

Time is a life-dominating principle. Yesterday I picked up a copy of our church newsletter from January of 2007 and I had published an article about how time is passing and we have to decide what to do with each moment of our lives. This is how we live - by the ticking of the clock and the passing of the hours, days, weeks, and years. God doesn't live this way at all. He invented time and started the original sundial in motion during His creative work. He is never in a …

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A Heightened Sense of Urgency

There have been a number of factors contributing to my recently increased burden for this lost world, and my sense of urgency about fulfilling God's purpose for our lives before Jesus comes again. A couple of weeks ago on a Wednesday night, we talked about these words of advice from Jesus to His followers: Don't be deceived. - As we approach the end of this age, false teaching will abound. Don't get hooked - stick to God's absolute truth no matter what. Don't be …

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The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of "healing evangelists" like Binny Hinn and other obvious hucksters and false prophets, that we have a tendency to write off all supposed healings as a mere charade. Scripture, however, clearly …

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Are You Breathing?

"Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!" -Amos 6:1 I remember a movie I saw as a kid about a family that was moving across the country. They owned a Saint Bernard dog that was so fat and lazy they only way they could tell if the dog was alive was to place a mirror under its nose to see if it was still breathing. Spiritually, we ought to check our breath every day to …

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I Shall Arise

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me." -Micah 7:8 When I was rather young, I went sledding down Bowling Green's "Hospital Hill" one snowy day with my brother and my Dad. I was so excited about taking my first run on my own, but something went terribly wrong. there was a snowdrift covering a stump and I hit it head on. The sled went down, I went up (and what goes up must come down) and I …

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Israel – Chosen by God Forever

"Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days." - Hosea 3:5 Afterward... in the latter days. God's promise concerning Isreal is yet to be completely fulfilled, but certainly will be someday. When? Afterward. After their purchase with the blood of Jesus on the cross. After He ascends to heaven and empowers the church, through the Holy Spirit, to carry out the …

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Israel – Waiting on God’s Purpose

"For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:" -Hosea 3:4Hosea speaks prophetically of a time when Israel would spend a long period of time without a king, a prince, or a sacrifice. In part, this prophecy may refer to the time when the nation returned from captivity to rebuild the temple. They had no king, but the did have sacrifices even in …

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Israel – God’s Covenant People

"And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee." -Hosea 3:3Scholars debate the construction of this verse, but it is clear that a covenant, a marital vow is being renewed. God has not only loved Israel through her spiritual adultery, not only through her rejection of Jesus as Messiah, but He loves her still. And one day He will renew His marriage vows to her. This was …

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Israel – Purchased by God

"So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:..." -Hosea 3:2Imagine the scene. A slave block is in the center of the marketplace where dirty, naked, abused and neglected slaves are put on display before the bidders. One after another their prices are named and they become the property of another owner. Gomer was destitute, abandoned by her lover whom she had presumed had cared enough to provide for her needs. Now …

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