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Are you a dreamer?
Dreams are strange things aren’t they? They can be so real, so vivid, so tangible and then in a second they are gone! Have you ever tried to explain a dream you’ve woken from to someone else? To you, what you experienced was absolutely real and alive, but to someone else they often seem like nonsense!
This is the fifth installment of a series of posts exploring the Book of Hosea. Check out the first four posts here.
One of the most important elements of the story of Hosea is the theme of significance. More specifically, it's what, or who, we find our significance in.
Gomer is the poster child for people who find their significance in something other than God. What’s most scary about this story is the setting mirrors ours in America in 2013. For the most part, we’re a successful nation with plenty of resources. To a degree, we’ve become complacent in the midst of our success.
"If you say, 'The Lord is my refuge,' and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent" (Psalm 91:9-10).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Holy Scripture is filled with amazing promises, but almost all of them come with conditions.
Bible Study: Ruth 4:1-22
The book of Ruth presents to us a fabulous story of family. Ruth is a complex narrative that weaves together several family strands into one very special genealogy.
Chapter 1 introduces us to several of the family units important to this story. One is the family of Elimelech, his wife, Naomi, and their sons, Mahlon and Kilion. Due to a famine in Judah, they are forced to travel to Moab in search of a new place to live. The family unit changes when Elimelech dies, leaving Naomi alone with their sons in this foreign land. This dynamic changes when Mahlon and Kilion choose to marry Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Ten years later, both Mahlon and Kilion die, altering the family once again. Naomi is left with her two daughters-in-law, three women without support or a home. Naomi remains a foreigner in Moab, but the girls would be foreigners should they return to Judah.