From: December 5, 2017
Scripture for today: Hosea 1:1-3:5; 1 John 5:1-21; Psalm 124:1-8; Proverbs 29:5-8
From: December 5, 2016
Many search for the fountain of youth. Yet, eternal life is not found in a fountain, nor a serum or medical procedure. It is found in Christ alone. Eternal life is in the Son of God. He is the Son that was given “unto us” (Isa. 9:7). He is the “only begotten” that God has given (John 3:16). Do you wonder how to know whether you have eternal life? Do you have the Son? Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Got Jesus? Got life!
From: December 5, 2015
God called the prophet Hosea to illustrate Israel’s idolatry by taking a harlot for a wife. Another detail of God’s character was here revealed. His love for Israel is like a husband’s jealous love (Exclusive love, not like the world’s jealousy). And when Israel worshiped other gods or burned incense to the baals, it was as adultery against God. Yet, God’s mercy and forgiveness are also revealed, in that He had plans to buy His people back from adultery. So, He had Hosea go and do the same (Hos. 3:2). God did all this so that in the “latter days” the children of Israel would return and seek the Messiah, which is Christ the Lord (“David their king”). This is still an unfulfilled prophecy, but a day is coming when a great revival will occur among the Jews and many will finally receive Christ as their Messiah.
From: December 5, 2014
A timely word from the book of Proverbs for today. Is your goal to “agitate” others with that which has agitated you? Or is it your desire to “calm” others with wisdom, so that the truth of the matter may be revealed? The mocker will incite rioting and destruction in the streets, but the wise will look for solutions without anger. The former may be considered more newsworthy, but the latter will actually take steps towards solving problems.
From: December 5, 2013
John explained his purpose for writing his first epistle. It was to assure new believers of their salvation in Christ. This letter is still a great place for new believers to begin their Bible studies. When we receive Jesus as Savior, believing in His name and trusting Him as Lord, we can have confidence in our relationship to Him and our future with Him. As newly adopted children we may struggle with separation anxiety, but God says, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). You can “know” with confident assurance that when you “got” Jesus, you “got” eternal life.
From: December 5, 2012
John made it easy for his readers to understand his letter’s purpose: Assurance of salvation. John says that we can “know” that we have eternal life. Notice he doesn’t say that we can hope, think, wonder, pray… No, he says we can “know” with certainty that if we have received Jesus, we have eternal life!
From: December 5, 2011
Among the hardest instructions a prophet ever heard from the Lord. Not only are you to preach, but I want you to experience and illustrate My hurt at Israel’s adultery. God’s love for us exposes even Him to hurt.