Devotional Reading for September 3, 2021

Hosea 7-8 (The Daily Walk Bible).

It’s possible that Hosea ministered from Jeroboam II to Hoshea. That would explain “they kill their kings one after another” (7:7).

Hosea 8:7 in the ESV says “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” They sowed idolatry and they reaped judgment. Can you believe that they were still worshipping the golden calf (8:5-6)?!?!? We need to make sure that we don’t have any golden calves in our own lives, or we may face judgement as well!

Sermon Outline for 8/29/21 (Radio Broadcast 9/5/21) — “Obedience or Consequences”

Obedience or Consequences!
Haggai 2:10-19

I) It’s important to look for _____________ in the right place!

II) Holiness can’t be _____________!

III) However ______________ can affect others!

IV) And ________________ can have long term effects 

V) So we should __________ carefully about our lives!

VI) Because God wants us to be _____________!

VII) And if we continue in obedience, we will be ______________!

Devotional Reading for September 2, 2021

Hosea 4-6 (The Daily Walk Bible).

It’s great to have some shorter reading days!

The devotional suggests looking for how the nation broke the 10 commandments according to Hosea. Here is the list:

There are some great nuggets here that we can challenge ourselves with, made especially jarring by the NLT translation.

Hosea 4:1-2 “There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land. You curse and lie and kill and steal and commit adultery.”

Hosea 4:4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame!”

Hosea 4:6 “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me.”

Hosea 4:11 “Alcohol and prostitution have robbed my people of their brains.”

Hosea 5:3 “You have left me as a prostitute leaves her husband.”

Hosea 5:5 “The arrogance of Israel testifies against here; she will stumble under her load of guilt.”

Let’s make sure that we aren’t stumbling under a load of guilt!

Devotional Reading for September 1, 2021

Hosea 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Hosea 1:2 is one of the most distressing verses in the Bible: “When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord’” (ESV).

First of all, it’s distressing because it reveals the pain that Hosea is going to go through in order to convey the Lord’s message to His people. Not only is his wife unfaithful, but it’s very possible that only Gomer’s first child is his. Second, if foreshadows the pain of his wife running away, and Hosea having to redeem her from another man (3:1-2). And then finally, there is the whole point of this passage — the pain of God’s people being unfaithful to him.

But, in addition to the pain and distress that are conveyed, we also see the mercy, grace, and love of God on display. Hosea 2:23 reveals God’s love, and also foreshadows the redemption of Gomer: “And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”

How does this apply to us? Certainly through salvation, since Jesus died for us even when we were still sinners! But, even when we are God’s children, we still sometimes do sinful things. Those sinful things pull us away from the God who loves us. How do we become close again? By repenting of our sin and asking for forgiveness!

Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Devotional Reading for August 30, 2021

Daniel 7-9 (The Daily Walk Bible).

In Daniel 9, Daniel discovers that Israel’s punishment is almost at an end, so he prays for forgiveness and restoration. Why? Didn’t he trust that God was going to do what he said and return the people to Jerusalem?

Many would say that we are to pray boldly. Hebrews 4:16 actually says that we should boldly approach the throne of grace, which says more about our willingness than our attitude! Scripture does teach that we need to pray with faith (faith that God hears, and that God answers), but even our faith needs to be touched by humility. We are not to be presumptuous in our prayers, imagining that we get to order God about! Here we see Daniel pleading with God to show mercy, as he promised, even going to the point where he confesses not only his own sin, but the nations sins as well. He doesn’t demand that God do what He said He was going to, but instead just pleads for God’s mercy for the nation. Do we have that kind of humility in our prayer lives?

“Humility is an indispensable requisite of true prayer. It must be an attribute, a characteristic of prayer. Humility must be in the praying character as light is in the sun. Prayer has no beginning, no ending, no being, without humility. As a ship is made for the sea, so prayer is made for humility, and so humility is made for prayer.” (E. M. Bounds)

Devotional Reading for August 29, 2021

Daniel 4-6 (The Daily Walk Bible).

This chart shows us the time that has passed between Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. Enough time to forget Daniel! But those in the know tell the king about him, and Daniel testifies to the Most High God again! In fact, he continues to testify with a new king and a new kingdom, only this time he does it through his actions. As a result, God miraculously saves him, his enemies are defeated, and God’s name is magnified. God is now recognized as the “living God” by Darius!

Daniel continued to serve, praise and testify throughout his life. How are we doing?

For worship:

Devotional Reading for August 27, 2021

Daniel 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

As we go through Daniel, note Daniel’s (and his friends!) faithfulness to God and his Word, even when it’s not convenient or expedient!

The rock that destroys the kingdoms of the earth and sets up an eternal kingdom is Jesus Christ!

Luke 20:18 “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

Praise God that we are already a part of an eternal kingdom!

Sermon Outline for August 22, 2021 (Radio Broadcast for August 29, 2021) — “God is Working Now!”

God is Working Now!
Haggai 2:1-9

I) The Background Reminds us of God’s __________________

II) The Problem: Focusing on the _________

III) God ______________ Them That He is still at Work!

IV) What Does the _______________ Mean?

V) What Can we ________ from this Passage? 

     A) Don’t pine for the _________

     B) Look for how God is ____________ now

     C) And be ____________ about His promises for the future!

     D) Do what needs to be ________ now!

     E) We should remember that _________ is with us!

     F) We should ___________ that God gives us peace!