How can I live a holy life? It’s not easy. Ok that’s not even accurate. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. Anyone who takes an honest look at God’s law and walks away with any other idea than it’s IMPOSSIBLE, is either lying or they were looking at the wrong thing.
Can we be friends again? The reality is that sometimes relationships in this life can be so completely damaged that they can’t be fixed. How does God restore relationships? Every sin that we commit doesn’t just hurt the people around us. Our sin first is an offense against our holy God. This Sunday we ask, “Lord, Increase our faith!” We will see how God works reconciliation.
We are focused on service this week. If you listen to the first part of this week’s message, you’ll hear in detail all that Abraham did for God – that’s all good. God allowed Abraham to do it after all. God didn’t need Abraham’s hospitality. This was something that Abraham needed to do for God. It’s a thankful heart.
God calls his people from the nations. They weren’t his people, but now they are. God reserves the glory and accomplishments for himself. God calls you his child. The only question left for the Christian is why? Why would God love the unlovable? Why would God love me? The answer is that he loves us. God’s love doesn’t need a reason; it is marvelous to behold, truly divine. Join us as we look at God’s love using the prophet Hosea and his family. The family portrait is shocking.
Imagine your brothers sold you as a slave. Not to worry, you landed on your feet and had a great job in charge of a noble man’s house. Things got ugly though – to protect your reputation and to honor your God you lost your job and ended up in prison. Does this sound like a good life to you? You may know the story of Joseph already, but we’re answer the question: Is faithfulness worth the trouble it brings?