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Hosea (service order).doc
Hosea (small groups).doc
Hosea is a super edgy and risque story filled with sex, adultery, whoredom, cheaters and…forgiveness, love, faithfulness, and real life stuff. Its a story that truly happened historically to teach us the most important spiritual truth ever: God’s gracious love through the gospel. We normally don’t like to read the Minor Prophets because they call us out on our sin, and we love our sin too much to let go of it. So we usually skip them. But we need them. We need that confrontation. We need to hear how we constantly cheat on God, and we need to hear about His persistent, relentless, loving pursuit of us. Hosea is a must read!
Whoa, I had no idea this blog article would get so , many hits! In fact, I traced many of the hits coming from a website on “transgender resources.” Apparently, this pro-transgender site literally took a paragraph of my previous article and posted it to their site. I got several hits from that site! There seemed to be a response on that site pointed toward me which read “people won’t remember what you said, people won’t remember what you’ve done…but people will remember how you made them feel.” Just to respond to that person…if in any way I made you feel less of a person or less than loved, I truly apologize! I have no authority whatsoever to deem the value or worth of a person nor who should or who should not be loved. But, if my comments made you feel a little convicted, guilty, or shameful of your lifestyle, I cannot apologize for that because those feelings haven’t come from me…but from the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11).
In fact, please know that I myself often feel convicted, guilty, and shameful. Continue reading