With Hosea’s story we begin the study of the 12 books commonly referred to as the Minor Prophets. They are “minor,” not because they are insignificant, but because their books are short compared to the Major Prophets. Hosea was a prophet to the 10 northern tribes called Israel.
Some days you just can't win. You feel distant from your kids when you want to be close and no matter how hard you try you fear you're only passing on bad traits—instead of the good ones. Sometimes the lyrics of a song express accurately the attitudes of the heart better than anything else.
It is doubtful that any Old Testament prophet played a more significant role in the history of Israel than Daniel. Taken from his homeland while still a teenager (he was no more than 15) and pushed through a highly competitive crash course in a foreign culture, Daniel emerged as the premier prophet during the reigns of several monarchs of the captivity era. In this person, we find a model of integrity, flawless to the core. And in his prophecies, we discover a panorama of truth regarding God’s plan for the Gentile nations outlined nowhere else in such clear detail.
These contradicting terms are often humorous—like “pretty ugly” and “lightweight tank.” However, there's nothing funny about a dead church. Is your faith alive and passionate or is it lifeless and dull?
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