CAUTIOUS EXCITEMENT They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.  Hosea 3: 5             It would seem that people should run toward something that seems too good to be true.  That’s not always the case.  People often fear joy and success as deeply as they fear despair and failure.             …

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NO KING, NO PRIEST, NO GOD-CONNECTION For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or teraphim.  Hosea 3:4             When a nation turns her back on God, it languishes in more ways than just one.  Her loss is more than just …

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MINUS REVENGE Then I said to her, “You shall stay with me for many days.  You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man, so I will also be toward you.” Hosea 3:3     It’s pretty easy to do the right thing when there is nothing to cloud our motivation.  I can …

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EVEN AS: THE POWER OF A CONJUCTION Then the Lord said, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel.”  Hosea 3:1             It is easy to restrict my concept of love to the emotions it evokes.  I’m smitten when …

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TILL DEATH AND BEYOND I will betroth you to me forever.  Hosea 2: 19            “I’ll be your friend forever,” many say to one another.  Yet one small comment that leads to a misunderstanding has the potential to fracture the relationship and cause the friendship to erode.