Micah might be the most well known of the Minor Prophets because of his contribution to the Epiphany accounts, pointing out that Bethlehem would be the birth place of Jesus. His words offer very pointed comparisons to modern politics and immorality. He was quoted by Jesus and reminds us that we have a God like no other! Ours is a God who forgives.
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The prophet Malachi ministered to Israel 400 years before Jesus walked the earth. His prophesy didn’t focus on mass unbelief, but on apathy and poor stewardship. He promised the coming of John the Baptist and railed on the evils of divorce. Join us as we study God’s word.
Joel is one of the minor prophets that can be summed up with one word – locusts. We continue our study Minor Prophets Major Messages with our study of Joel. Joel has alot to say on the end of the world and repentance. Check it out!
Hosea is a Hebrew word that means salvation. The prophet was given a unique ministry because he was told to take an adulterous woman as his wife. This is normally a bad idea, but God was going to use his family as an object lesson. If that sounds horrifying to you, I would agree on a few different levels.
Amos is the first Minor Prophet that we will consider in our new Bible study: Minor Prophets Major Messages. In this book God does not hold back. He unleashes threats that would be made real in just a few years. The economic good times didn’t help Israel as they turned back from our God. Amos has some surprising insights into our culture as well. That days are evil!
Does coveting sound simple? Maybe on paper or in the sterile screen of a blog post, but in practice controlling our emotions and thoughts is really difficult.
False testimony might be something people do in court when they don’t tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. False testimony, and the 8th Commandment, is actually a little more than that. As Martin Luther explained in his Small Catechism, keeping this commandment is done when we protect our reputation and our neighbor’s reputation. As the thousands of years have gone by since our God gave this commandment, this hasn’t gotten any easier.
What is the best way to protect your possessions? If you’re thinking a moat and a castle, you might be going in the right direction.
How can you protect life? I suppose God’s admonition against murder in the 5th Commandment is a good place to start, but it goes far deeper. Let’s start in the home.
When our God commanded the world to honor their fathers and mothers, he set the ground rule for order in society. It is obvious for all when this doesn’t happen. Check out this week’s study as we work through some ways we can keep this commandment AND we’ll see how Jesus kept this commandment for us.
Do we have to worship on Saturday? What does physical rest have to do with spiritual rest? Why can’t I eat shrimp? All good question that are addressed in our study of the 3rd Commandment. Our God told his Old Testament people to remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy, but what does that mean exactly. With a little help from Luther’s Small Catechism we’ll jump into this topic and see what our God has waiting for us in his word.
If I say, “Michael Jordan,” what flood of images comes through your mind? Is it McD’s french fries or a man dunking a basket ball. The name of a person is far more than just a word we call someone. The name involves the reputation. If that person is God, calling on his name brings with it privileges and responsibilities.
This question about Easter my seem like a tough one on the surface, but the evidence for the resurrection is far greater than anything against it. More than a few people have set out to put Jesus back into the grave only to be convinced completely by the Spirit that he is alive! Come and see the empty tomb.