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Thoughts From The Prophets: Walking With God

“Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3). There are two understandings of these words. Some take this to refer to agreement in direction. If you are headed south, and I am headed north, how can we walk … Continue reading

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Thoughts From The Prophets: The LORD Will Not Acquit The Wicked

“God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious.  The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries and He reserves wrath for His enemies; The LORD is slow to anger and great in power and will … Continue reading

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Thoughts From the Prophets: The Valley of Decision

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14). “The valley of decision” is the equivalent to the “the valley of Jehoshaphat” (Joel 3:14 cf. 3:2, 12). … Continue reading

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Thoughts From The Prophets: Rend Your Heart

“‘Now, therefore,’ says the LORD, ‘turn to Me with all your heart’… rend your heart, and not your garments” (Joel 2:12-13). The rending (tearing) of garments was a common practice among people in the Bible lands. It was done in … Continue reading

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Thoughts From The Prophets: A Cake Unturned

“Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned” (Hosea 7:8). Some believe that this refers to Israel’s idolatry. Homer Hailey commented, “’A cake not turned,’ burnt on one side and uncooked on the other, fit for … Continue reading

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Thoughts From The Prophets: What Does The Lord Desire?

“I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:8). Didn’t God require animal sacrifices and burnt offerings? He certainly did (e.g. Leviticus 1–7, 16, 23). However, some began to treat the sacrifices as … Continue reading

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Conscience: Seared, Past Feeling, No Longer Blushing

God has created within us a “warning light” (a conscience).  This “warning light,” when programmed with the correct information (God’s word), can be helpful.  It can caution us about doing wrong.  It can motivate us, with a sense of oughtness, … Continue reading

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