Amos – Chapter 6 – Lord God

To date, I have written twenty four devotions on the book of Amos. There are nine chapters and we are currently working our way through chapter six. I have no idea how many more it will take to get all the way through the book. I’m not even sure we will make it all the way to the end. When I embarked upon this particular adventure, I did so because I felt it is one of the lesser known books in the Old Testament. If you’ve read the Bible through devotionally you’ve encountered the book, but unless you’ve spent some time studying it you’ve missed some real ...

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Amos – Chapter 6 – Riches

We have been studying the book of Amos. Last time we got our feet wet in the first few verses of chapter six, so it makes sense we would continue our study of Amos six by first considering a verse in the New Testament book of Matthew, right? Well, we’ll see. Almost every well built road has three main characteristics. One, the road itself, a left ditch, and a right ditch. When you think of the ditches on either side of the road what immediately comes to mind? Do you see the ditches as a bad thing? If you answered yes, you are probably thinking about staying on ...

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Amos – Chapter 6 Advocates

I’m sure you’ve heard a sentence or phrase that rang true with you and captivated your attention. You only needed to hear it that one time for it to be indelibly inscribed in your memory. One such sentence was said by my Pastor. He said, “review is the mother of all learning”. Though that particular sentence may not qualify as christian dogma, I think we can easily recognize the truthfulness of the statement, and add it to our bag of study tools. You’ll remember that Yahweh sent Amos, a wealthy sheep breeder and arborist from Tekoa (in the Southern ...

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Words

Have you ever heard the old adage “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? We used to repeat it all the time as kids. I’ve probably even called to mind this catchy saying as an adult, treating it as a magical power that would somehow protect me from the insults of others. Parents teach their kids to recite this at a very young age, presenting it as a truth to be relied upon. The problem is not only is it not true, but it is an out and out lie. This phrase, as well meaning as it may be, contradicts what the Bible tells us about our ...

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Amos – Chapter 5 Imperatives

Maybe I’ve said this before, but I when I write about the Bible it seems like I have two goals constantly before me. One goal is to share with my reader what I have learned as I’ve studied a particular passage. A second goal is to share with my reader particular methodologies for how to study the Bible. I don’t know that my propensity to share how to study the Bible is intentional, it just seems to never depart my thinking. I believe this is because when I was introduced to a consistent methodology for studying the scriptures my entire world turned upside down, ...

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Amos – The House of Joseph

Last time we made observations in Amos 5:4-6. Actually, I included verse six for context but we never discussed it. Here are the same verses again, but this time verses four and five lend the context for our examination of verse six. Amos 5:4-6           4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:    “Seek Me and live;           5 But do not seek Bethel,    Nor enter Gilgal,    Nor pass over to Beersheba;    For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,    And Bethel shall come to nothing. ...

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Amos – Bread and Serpents

Amos 5:4       For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:    “Seek Me and live;           5 But do not seek Bethel,    Nor enter Gilgal,    Nor pass over to Beersheba;    For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,    And Bethel shall come to nothing.           6 Seek the LORD and live,    Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,    And devour it,    With no one to quench it in Bethel—   In the first three verses of Amos 5 we see a dire pronouncement ...

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Amos – Fallen Nation

Amos 5:1-3 1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel: (a) 2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; (b) She will rise no more. (a’) She lies forsaken on her land; (b’) There is no one to raise her up. (x) 3 For thus says the Lord God: (c) “The city that goes out by a thousand (d) Shall have a hundred left, (c’) And that which goes out by a hundred (d’) Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.” Last time we made some observations in verse Amos 5:1. We discovered the word “lamentation” to ...

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Amos – Amos 5:1

Amos 5:1-3 1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel: 2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; She will rise no more. She lies forsaken on her land; There is no one to raise her up. 3 For thus says the Lord God: “The city that goes out by a thousand Shall have a hundred left, And that which goes out by a hundred Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”   Last time I fully intended to dig into Amos chapter five and ended up leading my readers on a bit of a rabbit trail. Hopefully some will ...

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Love that Motivates

How are you at forming and maintaining relationships? For several years now, I have been acutely aware that I missed a great deal as I grew up. So many of the men that I enjoy learning from are men whose fathers played a critical role in their lives. I so often hear (and I am sure you do as well) of the impact good fathers have had on their children. I didn’t have a father. I didn’t have a heritage passed on to me. I didn’t have anyone teach me the basics of getting along in life—such as how to shave, how to raise kids, or how to love. I grew up hearing about love ...

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