Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 36 secs
God welcomes us back to Him when we drift. He is our refuge, our hiding place, our home. People in Hosea's day needed this reminder as they faced exile (by Assyria). They had lost their bearings. Their relationship with God had thinned. But He welcomed them back. He always welcomes a come back.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 44 secs
We put too much weight on our politicians (and they too much on themselves). They are not men and women in positions of influence; they are not messiahs. Sadly, we can put more trust in them to solve our problems than God, who sets people in their seats of power. Hosea calls his people to look past politics to find spiritual solutions to spiritual problems.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 50 secs
Americans like comfort. Yeah, verily, we love it. Our culture seduces us into a life of ease and soft beds. Sadly, this can rob from our intimacy with God. Hosea speaks out against godless character, and no good conduct in Israel. At the root is a great love for idols (and comfort) than God.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 58 secs
Family life brings tremendous joy and terrible pain. As dysfunctional as family relationships may be, family members are difficult to disown. God knows something of family problems in his relationship with Israel. Hosea knows something of family problems with his wife and children. We know something of family problems, too. Fortunately, bitter family problems get better with God... someday.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 58 secs
God asks Hosea to take a harlot bride. Then she has bastard children. It's not a great life for Hosea, but it is a sympathetic one. First hand, he experiences the painful, tainted-love marriage God had with Israel. And he serves as an historical example of how we are called to love the least deserving.