Pastor Joe's Blog

September
20 2018
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The Prophet Series: Jonah, part 1

Jonah, part 1 Jonah’s name means Dove. He was from a town in the tribe of Zebulun. He lived during the reign of Jeroboam II, the most powerful monarch in the history of the Northern Kingdom. He was the only prophet to attempt to run away from God. He was one of four prophets whose ministries...
July
26 2018
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The Prophet Series: Obadiah

Obadiah There are at least 12 Old Testament men named Obadiah, which name means “Worshipper of Yavah.” Nothing is known of the author of this small book, the shortest in the Old Testament. (Now, come on, you have to go and read it. It’s 21 verses!) The most accepted date for its writing is 848-841 B.C. This date might have made...
July
26 2018
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The Prophet Series: Amos, part 5

Amos part 5   In chapters 3-6 Amos had documented the reasons for God’s judgment against Israel - legal injustice, economic exploitation, religious hypocrisy, luxurious indulgence, and boastful complacency. Because of these covenant violations “the Lord God Almighty” would crush His rebellious vassal. Individuals...
June
27 2018
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The Prophet Series: Amos, part 4

The Prophet Series: Amos part 4   Amos gave five messages to Israel that are recorded in this book. We complete them with messages four (Amo 5:18-27) and five (Amo 6). Israel had been boasting that “the day of the Lord” would for them be a day of great exaltation and...
June
08 2018
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The Prophet Series: Amos, part 3

Amos part 3   Amos gave five messages to Israel that are recorded in this book. We pick up at the second and third.   The Second Message: Chapter 4   Amo 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan who are on the mountain of Samaria, ...
June
01 2018
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The Prophet Series: Amos, part 2

Amos part 2 After announcing God’s judgment that was to come upon the Northern Kingdom, Amos gave a series of five messages to explain more fully the reason for it. The first three messages begin with the phrase, “Hear this word” (3:1; 4:1; 5:1), while the last two begin with, “Woe to you (5:18; 6:1). The messages all describe Israel’s...
May
15 2018
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The Prophet Series: Amos, part 1

Amos, Part 1   Amos in parts I’m led to writing about this book in parts with more attention given to some of its revealed truths. Hosea and Joel were very much summarized, and perhaps we will return to them. I think God is asking us to slow down a little. In light of the times in which we live, especially with...
May
04 2018
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The Prophet Series: Joel

The Prophet Series: Joel   Date of Writing Joel is difficult to date because unlike most prophetic books, no information is given in the opening lines that establish time limits. It is impossible to dogmatically date the book. Joel may be a contemporary of Isaiah and Hosea (ninth century B.C.) or he may have prophesied...
April
19 2018
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The Prophet Series: Hosea, part 2

Hosea Part 2: Book summary. Hosea was a man willing to sacrifice his life in order to fulfill the will of God. God instructs him to marry a prostitute, have children with her, give them names signifying judgment, and he is to redeem his prostitute wife after she runs off and commits adultery against him. His is a life called to be a painting depicting the stormy relationship...
April
12 2018
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The Prophet Series: Hosea, part 1

Hosea In the book called by the Jews Neviim Acharonim (Later Prophets) the Book of Ezekiel is followed by the Book of the Twelve Prophets who have been called from time memorial as the minor or smaller prophets, not because their prophecy is minor league, but only due to the smaller bulk of pages that they occupy. Hosea is the first of the twelve. His office lasted for about 60...
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