PRETENTIOUS CHURCHES For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces.  Hosea 8:14             It’s easy to read of Israel’s idolatry and point my finger at them in condemnation.  As soon as I do that, I turn into a Pharisee.  Is it possible that our present day church has forgotten its Maker?  Are we leaning …

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SPIRITUAL LAW OF PROPORTIONS They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.  Hosea 8:7     The relationship between sowing and reaping is a most interesting dynamic.  The proportions change dramatically between the former and the latter.  We sow one amount but reap another.  The ‘seeds’ of our actions are compounded so that what we reap is …

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TEARS CAN BE WASTED They did not cry out to Me with their heart when they wailed upon their beds. Hosea 7:14     Is God compassionate?  Yes.  Is He moved enough by my pain to alleviate it?  Not always.  Oftentimes, He waits to see what kind of tears I cry.  Before you conclude that I am inferring that God is not compassionate, …

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SELF-AWARENESS Aliens have devoured his strength, but he does not know it; yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, yet he does not know it. And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, but they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek Him for all this. Hosea 7:8-10 Self-awareness …

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MEANINGLESS SUFFERING All their kings fall, and none of them calls on me.  Hosea 7:7 The back of humanity groans under the effects of the fall.  All people are suffering but some never call on God.  They cry tears, but only tears looking for relief.  There is no introspection and no lessons learned.  Tragically, just …

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