On what size screen would you see a vision from God? IMAX? Would it be in 3D? This one is not pre-recorded, but it’s not live either. Amos sees what hasn’t happened yet. He is not just in the seats, he is in the scene, he is part of the story. He speaks. The Director stops, “CUT.” Amos pleads: too much fire, too many locusts, too much blood. The Director orders: “Rewind. Edit.”Read More
The second legal case (6:1-5) begins with the accusation of corporate ingratitude and the emptiness of the people’s religious rituals (6:6-8). Justice and loyalty are absent (6:9-7:6). Once again, the rib concludes with the certainty of pardon (7:7-20).
The first section of the litigation is a dialogue between the LORD and the people (Micah is the spokesperson).Read More mercy, justice, humility
Read Reflect (Editor’s comment: astute readers will notice that verses 13ff. are nearly identical with Isaiah 36-39, which theStory covered last month. We have included them here with a different person’s comments as a reminder of what happened in the story.) Usually, when everything around us is going crazy, our first thought isn’t “What did […]Read More rébellion, consequences, repentance, humility
Read Reflect Monday mornings are glorious. Monday mornings are another opportunity to see the Lord at work in our lives, in the lives of those around us, in our communities, at our places of work and wherever we may go. After describing what could be any corrupt city in the world, Zephaniah makes a startling […]Read More justice, humility, glimpses
Read Reflect There are two issues in today’s reading: relationships between people in the church, and attitudes towards the Lord’s supper. Paul exposes three attitudes that were destroying the Christian fellowship in Corinth (v 17). They always destroy fellowship – watch for them and root them out! The cliquish mentality: Note what it leads to […]Read More worship, humility, Lord’s supper
Read Reflect All too often we want people to know our accomplishments in order to gain acceptance into certain circles, satisfying our ego and solidifying our social status. It’s a pride-filled exercise that, while possibly putting us in places we wish to be, we should be wary of. Jesus warns that everyone who exalts himself […]Read More humility, pride, recognition
David knew God in an intimate way. He had learned to trust him in every area of his life (v 1). Our God is an active Father who is fully in touch with each one of his children. He is totally trustworthy. He will never let us down (v 3). His involvement with us is deeply personal.Read More trust, forgiveness, humility, teachableness