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PA291 Hosea 7:1-16 and 8:1-14 mp3

In this message, the LORD reveals that when He wanted to heal Israel, all their iniquity was uncovered. They did not consider that all their wicked deeds were before Him. The northern kingdom Ephraim did not realize that his strength was weakening and his hair turning gray, a sure sign that his days were numbered. They were like a silly dove, flitting back and forth to Egypt for help against Assyria and to Assyria for help against Egypt, never seeming to realize that this policy would catch them in the end. They set up their own kings without the LORD’s permission when He was their king. They made a golden calf from their riches He gave them. They will be sold back into slavery in Egypt.

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PA290 Hosea 5:8-15 and 6:1-11 mp3

In this message, the LORD speaks to the northern kingdom, which is about to be destroyed because they willingly followed Jeroboam’s commandment to worship the golden calves. In their distress they sent to the king of Assyria to help them, but he was the one who ultimately destroyed them. The LORD would tear them and then return to His place until they would acknowledge their offense and seek His face. They will return to the LORD, and He will raise them up after two days. Could this be a symbol for two thousand years? What can He do with Ephraim and Judah, whose faithfulness passes like a morning mist? Gilead is wicked, and Ephraim and Israel is defiled. Judah too will have a harvest, though later than the rest.

PA289 Hosea 4:6-19 and 5:1-7 mp3

In this message, the LORD reveals that His people Israel are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. When troubles come, they ask council of wood. The whole mindset of idolatry has caused them to stray. Their wives and daughters commit harlotry, but the LORD will not punish them because their men do the same. He warns Judah not to go the same way Israel has gone. They are joined to their idols; Judah should just let them alone. The priests have trapped and led the people astray. They don’t know the LORD. They will seek Him in the day of trouble, but in that day He will refuse to be found.

PA288 Hosea 3:1-5 and 4:1-5 mp3

In this message, the LORD commands Hosea to love a woman loved by her friend but who has become an adulteress. We consider this woman. Is she the same as Gomer of the first chapter, or is this a different woman? Hosea is to love her just like the LORD loves Israel in spite of her unfaithfulness. Hosea buys her and tells her to reserve herself for him, as he will for her. The message is that Israel will continue for many days without all the things that made them God’s chosen people, but then they will return to seek the LORD their God and David their king. The LORD’s contention with Israel is that there is no truth, mercy, or knowledge of God in the land. All is violence. Therefore, they will all stumble.

PSA240 Heaven or Earth, Where is the Future Home of God’s Redeemed? mp3

In this message, we consider the question of the future destiny of the believer. Is heaven our future home, or is the earth our future home in the kingdom of God? We consider the lack of Biblical evidence for any clear passage stating heaven is our future home. Is the Kingdom of God on earth a good hope, or a disappointing one? What about the commonly used passages of Philippians 3:20-21 and John 14:2-3, which are used to teach heaven as our future home? What about the idea that the believer of today has a special hope “in heavenly places?” What is our true, future home?

PA287 Hosea 2:1-23 mp3

In this message, the LORD charges Israel with adultery because she has been unfaithful to Him, going after many false god “lovers.” She ascribed all the good things the LORD gave her to these false gods, not realizing all the while that He was the One Who gave them to her. Therefore, He will bring about her ruin and shame. Someday, however, He will allure her back to Himself, calling her into the wilderness and betrothing her to Himself. This day is the future day of the Kingdom of God.

PSA239 Resurrection Versus Death; Which is Our Hope? mp3

In this message, we consider the idea that one goes to heaven the instant one dies versus the idea that one receives life only upon resurrection. Which of these views is consistent with the teaching of the Bible? What about passages that seem to teach otherwise?

PA286 Hosea 1:1-11 mp3

In this message, we introduce the prophet Hosea, as well as the book of the “minor prophets” that his book introduces. He was a prophet to the ten tribes, though he spoke to Judah as well. He was a prophet for around 78 years. He was told to take a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, as the land of Israel had committed harlotry against the LORD. Does this mean what it sounds like? He marries Gomer and has children, to whom he gives symbolic and shameful names. Among these is his son’s name, Lo’-‘Ammi, which means “Not My People.” We discuss the phenomenon of “not My people,” and how it helps us understand God’s work today in a “Lo’-‘Ammi” period.

PSA238 Views of the Punishment of the Wicked mp3

In this message, we consider various views of the future punishment of the wicked. Traditionalism states that the future punishment of the wicked is eternal, conscious torment in hell. Hell is made out to be preserving fire, keeping alive those who are cast there. Universalism believes that all wicked men, and perhaps all wicked beings, will eventually be restored to God and saved. Hell is made out to be remedial fire, and those cast there are eventually saved. Another belief is that there is no future punishment of the wicked, but rather that they perish as soon as they die. This makes hell out to be remedial fire again, but this time to punish wicked believers. Finally, there is the view of conditional immortality, which believes that the future punishment of the wicked is to be raised and judged, after which at some point they are destroyed, whereas only the righteous are granted immortality. This view makes hell to be consuming fire, burning up all those cast there. Which view of these is, in fact, the truth?

PA285 Colossians 4:10-18 mp3

In this message, Paul sends greetings to the Colossians from Aristarchus and Mark. It is very interesting that Mark is with Paul here! Jesus who is called Justus also sends greetings, and these three are Paul’s only fellow-workers who are of the circumcision. Does this mean they were his only Jewish helpers remaining, as many would claim? Epaphras sends them greetings, as do Luke and Demas. The Colossians are to pass on greetings to the brethren in Laodicea, especially Nympha’s household. This epistle should be read in Laodicea, and the epistle from there should be read in Colossae. What happened to the epistle to Laodicea? Paul sends a personal message to Archippus, then ends the letter with his signature, exhortation to keep his bonds in mind, and then leaves them with the grace of God.

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