Hosea, part 1

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I’m going to invite you to turn to the book of Hosea while I get all pumped for this new series that we’re going to do together out of Hosea on a recovery road. Hosea is one of those shocking books when you read it and what it contains and I want you as we go through this book, we’re going to go through the highlights of what is the book of Hosea in your impersonal time. If you want to be shocked, I say read that book and check it out in different translations of scripture. I’ll tell you, even that paraphrase versions of scriptures that relates to this book paraphrases have the tendency of just packing in statements where this book is intended to give you a power punch to kind of shock you. You don’t want to sit down and read this with your grandmother. This is your blush in the room when you’re both president went through the book of Hosea, but this is a good book for us as we already dive into this.

As you find the book of Hosea. It’s in the old Testament just after Isaiah is equal, Daniel and then the book of Hosea you’ll find there. It’s, it’s not an extremely long book, but it’s got enough chapters for us to get some very good content in it together. Some of the things we’re going to be looking at, the idea of judgment. People like to quote, it’s not godly to judge one another or biblically don’t. Don’t judge me when you’ve got a log in your own eyes. The splinter in my eye, how God wants us to examine ourselves. We’re gonna talk about insecurity. We’re going to set the foundation for what the book discusses today. We might enter in a little bit on deciding this for the last message, but on sexuality or our culture is obsessed with it. Hosea centers on it, but in a way that’s gracious, loving, but challenging to us as individuals. I’m not looking to bash any particular personal group, but what the Bible challenges is in the book of Hosea for for us personally and what God desires for us, and so I’m excited about this. We should all be a person that’s a little more energy today cause you got an extra hour of sleep. Very right, okay, whatever. So you’re like, now I got kids, they don’t know how to read a clock. They got up anyway, I had to get up. I’m kind of angry this morning. That’s how that works. If you’re like me, that was my house.

Go to bed. Well, this book for us, the book of Hosea is a beautiful book that really paints for us in a shocking way. God’s story of redemption in our lives and how it transforms our hearts where God meets us in the crossroads of the messiness of what life is. We see God as a Holy God in this book, but a God who gets who gets messy sometimes when you think about God in religious context, you sort of see him as this, this God off in the distance that you’re never worthy to just receive his love and you hope to God you’re just good enough that he might accept you at some point in eternity. But the story of Hosea is the opposite. It’s a God who enters our world in that messiness and encourages us right where we are to see by his power, the transformation that can take place in our lives.

Beautiful book in that sense. And so when we go through this together, it’s only important to see how this, this book meets you in this story that God didn’t just intend this story for Jose and the people that are there, but he wrote this story so that we can all intersect, intersect our lives with it, and how God wants to impact us and to use this story to leverage this story. How in ways that God can meet other people and where they are on their journey in this world. And so when this book was written, because of the content of this book, when this book was written, it’s written in a history. It’s very powerful in the way that God would want to use such a dynamic story to impact people. This book was written around seven 50 BC and if you know anything about Israel’s history in seven 50 BC, they’re sort of at the pinnacle of what they are.

They have financially, they are in a place where they’ve, they’ve received in such a way that they’re really not in need in comparison to other nations, other people groups. And so they’re sort of in this place where they’re kind of walled spiritually to sleep and the things that they’re interested in life is just whatever makes them happy. But at this particular point in history, Israel is also going through a division. Hosea is more particularly writing his messengers, sharing his message with the Northern tribes of Israel. In Israel’s history, they have a King Saul and eventually David and then Solomon, and then Israel has a civil war and they split into, actually, it’s more like they split into five, six, 10 tribes go to the North, two tribes go to the South. The Southern tribes are referred to as the tribes of Judah. Judah was the larger the drives, that was the tribe Jesus came from.

So two tribes in the South, the tribes of Judah and the tribes in the North, the tribes of Ephraim, sometimes referred to in the North as Israel is they sort of refer to Israel in the Northern tribes. In the old Testament, but oftentimes when they’re specifying those 10 tribes, it’s spoken about as the tribes of Ephraim. Cause that was the largest group of those 10 tribes that went to the North. And so they’re in that division now in their history. They’ve been split. Hosea is going to the North to preach this message, but he summarizes this message for the entire nation. And what happens with Israel when it splits the the Southern tribes, they somewhat have a God godly lineage, some godly Kings that lead, and they have some ungodly Kings that lead. The Northern tribes really don’t have any godly Kings that lead. And by about seven 22 BC, not long after Jose has message, the Northern tribes are taken into captivity by the Assyrians.

And the Lord uses that as judgment to call Israel to repentance. And the same thing he does a little later with the Southern tribes, five 86 BC by the Babylonians, they’re taken into captivity. So before this captivity, God is bringing this message of judgment to Israel. We’ve talked about this in the very last message last week that we shared from Obadiah that God used his prophets to speak to covenant Israel under the covenant. They have agreed to in the old Testament to call them to repentance, to draw them back to God. And so it’s sort of this, this judgment and salvation that’s mentioned in the contents of the profits, that God’s desire for them is to walk with him. There’s judgment if if they refuse to walk with him, but God’s ultimate desire is salvation, the rescuing them, those people would belong to him. And Hosea is a similar book following that backdrop of what profits are.

And so when he starts this message in Hosea chapter one and verse one, it lays it out for us. Just the foundation for us, the word of the Lord came to Jose. I mean these aren’t, Jose has word words, but these are God’s inspired words. The message that he desires to be delivered to Israel, particularly into the North, which came to Hosea, the son of burry during the days of use. Jotham a has and has a Chi Kings of Judah. And during the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joe Ash, King of Israel, I pronounce all those right? Just so you know. All right, so Jose is giving this message and he’s dating for us when it takes place. He lists all the Northern Kings. Israel had a succession of Northern Kings at this time. He listens to the Southern King. So in a in a time period, you know when this is being expressed, this word of Lord came to him during this time. What’s particularly important as we look at this first chapter together is to understand the way God wants to communicate his message. When he asks how to say it, to do something that’s shocking, and two, he uses the names of the individuals within the first chapter of this store to paint the picture of the message he desires to deliver and the individual God chooses to share this message is an expression of the message he desires to share. Not that he’s a prophet, but that the name itself. Hosea literally means salvation.

God is delivering, bringing salvation to those that really aren’t on interested in it. Northern tribes of Israel not following after any godly King at this point in their history, reaching the pinnacle of what the Northern tribes achieved and their success started to fall into the worship of all, which is a false God, a God that they would even sacrifice children to and in the backdrop of the worship of this false God, the one true God is bringing to Israel salvation. When they’re not looking for God, God is looking out for them and to order in order to penetrate this culture, the hardness of heart, the deadening that they’re experiencing on the inside, the lack of desire they have to draw near to God. God. God says to Jose in this message, I want you to do something so shocking and me. It’s going to wake people up from their grave, right as a prophet, as a Holy man in this nation. Here’s, here’s what I want you to do. Verse two, when the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, go take for yourself a wife of harlotry. I’ll tell you, some translations get a little more colorful and how they express this. But take for yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry for the land commits, flagrant harlotry forsaking the Lord. So he’s saying, Jose, I want you to take a prostitute and this prostitute is going to illustrate how Israel is responding to me in our relationship together. You’re literally going to use your life as a living example of how people receive me. It’s like God’s saying somewhere along the way. People forget I’m a bean too. They’ve ignored who I am and I want to awaken them to the reality of the hardness of their own heart to recognize

I’m here and salvation is come. God desires to draw near to them. And so uses this prostitute you think in your mind for for for a moment. I mean how, how would you handle this as Hosea? I mean at the next family Christmas gathering. How do you introduce this? Hey everyone, here’s my new wife, right? Self employed, a real go getter, people, person, Navy. I mean, how do you, how do you explain that to people? Are you happy for me? Right? But God is using this as if to say to us, listen, there comes a place in our own hearts, in our own lives that we get so dead on the unsaid, so callous and where we are. I mean, God has really got to shock us to get us to waken up to the deadness that’s inside. And it’s not the harsh things that do it. It’s the leveling of comfort in life really. And that’s where his rule was. And so Hosea, I want you to, I want you to really share this in a way that impacts hearts. I want him to really to see, to think about the God that they’re leaving behind because of my love and care for them. Salvation has come. And so then it says, so he went and took Gomer, the daughter of the blame, and she conceived and bore him a sun. Gomer.

Her name means completion. And what God is just saying in this story, that we as people aren’t complete until salvation is come. And until God enters into our lives, transforming our life, I mean the story of our existence goes like this, God us for his purpose, for us to enjoy eternity with him forever. And then in that we, we’ve rejected God. We’ve sinned, we’ve rejected God. God has, has promised us redemption and in that redemption he wants to restore making all things new, bringing peace and Shalom in our lives for all of eternity. And so therefore it’s not until salvation comes that we experienced the completion for which were created in God. And it’s not this instantaneous salvation, but the Bible tells us in the word salvation, that it often expresses it as a word that use moment by moment every day of your life.

There is not a moment where you aren’t saved outside of Christ and in Christ you are always being safe. His blood continually rescuing you in your state in life that you may enjoy him for all of eternity. You get to experience that relationship now and Hosea is desiring to be used of God to awaken Israel to this message that that completion as common. Then it says in verse four and the Lord said to him, talking about the child that he has named him Jezreel for yet a little while and I will punish the house of J who for the bloodshed of Jezreel and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel on the day I will break the boat Israel in the Valley of Jezreel know what is all that like? First of all, let me say this. Let’s talk about baby names for a minute.

We’ve had a few introduced already. Hosea, okay, maybe Gomer, okay, put that on the back burner a little bit. But jazz, real, the name means judgment. If you’re going to have, like if you’re thinking I want to have a kid, he is going to be the next impact player in the NFL. We’re talking to linebacker. Can I just submit to you this morning? Just real is about to get just real open here. I mean whatever teams has real place for it is going down. That’s what he’s saying. And Jose, this, this word means it’s judgment. I mean we see Israel’s Israel’s response to God and God using profits to proclaim that there is judgment coming and so this, this message of this first child is declaring that there is, there is judgment coming and then when you get to verse six, commentators, theologians are a little bit uncertain as to how this plays out in the relationship of Hosea and Gomer, but it kind of gives us indication. It says in this passage that that Jezreel is born to Hosea, but the next children to follow their sort of mystery touted around them doesn’t necessarily qualify Hosea as being the child.

It’s kind of saying to her being the father, excuse me, kind of says to us, looks like Gomez past is catching up with her. Then it tells us in these and these next verses. Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter and the Lord said to him, name her lo Rahaman, which fro for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel that I would ever forgive them. Her name literally means, I don’t know if you would maybe be interested in this baby name, but it means no mercy. Judgment is coming in. There is no mercy. Governor’s pass catches up with her. I don’t where this child comes from. It could have out of anywhere and, and, and now this child is conceived and numeracy. And then in verse eight and nine, it says, when she had winged no mercy, she conceived and gave birth to a son. And again, who knows where this child has come from and it says, and the Lord said, name him lo AMI, you are not my people and I am not your God. This name low AMI literally means not my people as if to say, Hosea with Gomer was there. This told you to marry this woman and love this woman as I am loving Israel. And now you have children to love that aren’t even, they’re not your children. And I’m not saying that this isn’t something where God wouldn’t want us to love God’s painting in this picture. Uh, something about his love and the way that Israel is responding to him that he really wants Israel to, to see about his concerning care. Even in the most difficult circumstances.

Maybe if you’ve ever been in these types of tensions of relationships. I think in all of our lives. At some point we felt like governor, at some point we felt like Hosea and, and go and remind me the situations just kicking herself. She can’t get past her past. It keeps catching her and Hosea wants to love. But the pain of just going through these moments seems like it’s too much to bear. It gets real, doesn’t it? And so in verse nine, he finally has something he calls not my people. And, and when God writes this in verse nine, he uses Joseda to share this message. Something interesting about the way God chooses to word this sort of really cut deep to the heart of the identity of Israel. Because you have think when you’re Israel’s people, you’re not necessarily walking with God. I mean, you might be thinking to you preferential treatment, we’re still better than everyone else. God called us. Not you, right? So we’re special. We’re just always lovable because we’re lovable for no reason. Really. We’re just lovable, okay.

When God says in verse nine and the Lord said, name him low AMI for your not my, and I am not your God. What God actually says in this, I am not your God. In this phrase, what he’s saying in this passage, I am not your God is is using the same word that God intersected w with Moses. I am nexus chapter three when God encountered Moses and Moses finds God’s name for the first time, God’s name, he says to them as I am, I am, and verse nine what he’s saying in this passage, this guy’s up to you. I am not. I am the people I’ve called out of the wilderness to walk with me. The people have set free the people I’ve covenanted with and the people that I’ve created to experience relationship with me.

I’m not that Israel. It brings him to a point to recognize exactly where they’re at apart from him. And then in verse 10 things change says in verse 10 yet the number of the sons of Israel will be like the sames of the sea. Let me just remember, you’re not my people. Now all of a sudden he’s saying, yeah, you are the number of the sons of Israel be like the sands of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it is said to them, you are not my people. It will be said to them or the sons of the living God, Israel, you’re at a place where you’re just crying out saying, can, can God just get one person, just one person. And yet I’m telling you that you’re not even going to be able to measure to measure the people that will belong to me in the midst of the messiness, in the midst of the destruction of sin, God’s healing and salvation is declared and he begins to use Hosea as a, as a picture to express this. I mean, could you imagine a versus a four and on as his Hosea is, a family grows but not by him. And he’s, and he’s, and he’s looking at this moment and he’s hurt and he just seeking after his wife the way God is seeking after Israel. And then someone comes up to him and says, Hey, I don’t want to be the one to tell you this, but I just, I just ran into Gomer and she’s in the other city, in the arms of another lover. Again, how, how that would feel right when Hosea becomes an expression for us at picture to us, uh, for us just to awaken on the inside for a moment and say, yeah, but, but you, you think of Hosea circumstance and that’s painful to think about, to be on either side of this and, but what about you and God?

Where is your heart in that? Is it dead? Is it hardened? Have you fell into the arms of other lovers to catch yourself in such a way that the relationship to the Lord has become obsolete? And then God says something. Chapter three verse one Lord sang to Hosea. The Lord said to me, go again and love a woman who is loved by her husband. And yet an adulterous, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes. So I bought her for myself for 15 shekels of silver and a Homer and a half of barley. Why in the world are raising cakes and barley here, right? You know, after I’m done today on elite church and just give me a raise in cake. Laura raising cakes they think is some sort of ritual that was performed in worship of the false God, a ball. And and so they’re saying to her that there she goes again falling after other lovers. But Hosea, you’re demonstrating my love, remember? And so I want you to pursue her as she runs away. I want you to pursue her and, and here’s how far I want you to go. I want you to buy her back out of slavery. She’s gotten so low that she is in slavery, but I really want her to see my love that even at her lowest point, you pursue her in love as a demonstration of my love for her. So buyer. Historically the common price of a slave was around 30 shekels.

When you read the content of the story, you’ll see in verse two that when Hosea goes to buy the slave, he doesn’t pay 30 shekels. He pays 15 shekels and some other things, some other goods that he provides, and so some commentators think this, that that Hosea, when it came to buy his wife out of slavery didn’t have the finances to buy her out of slavery, so he literally had to give everything that he had for her.

When you look at the backdrop of the content, the story in that way, it says us this morning, it doesn’t matter who you are, how low you feel, like you’ve gone, how desperate and dark your situation may feel. There was no extent to which God’s love would not pursue you for him. Everything for you.

Hosea demonstrates this and I’m going to tell you in the in the weeks ahead, I do want to focus a little bit more on on Gomer, but I wanna. I want to really turn the table and think about Hosea this morning, but let me just say this about Gomer. Usually when the Bible declares something for us, a thought for us, it’s oftentimes because the antithesis of that statement is true. God really wants us to see his grace and love. I think because oftentimes in our lives we struggle with how much we don’t feel like we are worthy of his grace and love and it’s true there’s nothing that we do to avail God’s love for us that makes us love but his nature, his nature declares it and he demonstrates it any way and I think sometimes we sink some low and sometimes we get to such hard places that we just, we need reminded.

There is hope and there is love and there is grace. So much so that God chooses even some of the most shocking stories to share that with us like Jose hungover.

And so I think maybe if I just pause on Gomer and I just gave this final thought with her, I would say this for you. If your heart feels dead and your walk with God, if it feels like it’s gotten into a law like lizard Israel. I mean just just reflecting on the magnitude of this love and God’s desire to transform. Look, I mean what he said in this verse is not only is it just one child, but God’s going to have children in the sand of the sea. So it’s not, it’s not enough just to get by. God isn’t coming here to rescue. You just seem to be like finally I’ve just, I’ve just got my head above water. But rather God wants to raise you up out of the ashes in him so that you can, you can be called a child of the King, be lavish new as a new creation in God and enjoy the expression of what that means in your life.

I mean, God sets you free from darkness and a background that, that chains you so that you can leave that behind and walk newness of him. And I don’t want to sound like, for some of us that’s going to be like a light switch. I mean, sometimes there’s real struggles and I think Gomer is in a real struggle in it. But to remind her of that position in Christ is what helps her find freedom and who she is. And Jesus. But let me say this about Jose, cause this is a thing. I’m not gonna focus much on this thought as we move forward, but, but it’s important today. Yeah.

Because Hosea is a representation of the broader picture of who the Lord is. I really want to focus on the Lord as we move forward because that sets the foundation for everything and invite us into that. You look at this story through through the image of Hosea and Gomer and you see that in this story, God has a vision and a burden.

God has a vision for people and a burden for them. So much so that he gives everything for that God has a vision and a burden and I don’t want to share that in a way that makes us think all God had this thought all of a sudden to rescue people. Okay, let me blow your mind with a concept of God. God doesn’t have thoughts. And I’m not saying God’s ignorant, but God doesn’t have thoughts. And the reason that God doesn’t have thoughts is because in order to think something, it’s inferring that you didn’t know it to begin with. So we have thoughts because we are learning new things in order to think about God, we ampere anthropomorphic, [inaudible], anthropomorph, assize him sometimes so that we can understand him and they and a human capacity of which we operate. But God does not have thoughts. When we talk about God’s vision and burden for people, this has been what got us predetermined from the beginning of time. Remember, lasting everlasting God has got. But here’s, here’s where it becomes important for us because when God has a vision and burden for things and we grab ahold of that vision and burden with God, we see glorious things take place. And so Hosea in this story becomes one who carries the same vision and burden as God for a particular person or a particular people group.

And sometimes in our story we are go MERS and other times by the grace of God and the rescuing of his hand, salvation comes to our life and that burden and vision that the Lord carries for this world becomes our vert of vision and burden for people around us. I mean, they can happen in any context. It can happen for a person. It can happen for your family, it can happen for your Valley. I mean, God can lead your heart in particular ways, but what’s important in order to be motivated to see God carry you through is that God leads you in his vision, in burden for the people around you. We all need a vision and burden, but can I tell you in Hosea his situation, it looks a little overwhelming because I can’t help but acknowledge in that burden for Israel and that vision for Israel and for Gomer. There’s pain with that. Any real thing you do for the Lord, it will come with adversity. Jesus said, take up your cross and follow me. And when you’re really stepping out in, you know, you’re really stepping out in faith when you’re following after God to do something that you’re like, man, on my own, there is no way.

And so can I give you some comfort in just how to work through that? How, how, maybe in your life, if you feel like, if you feel like a Gomer, we’ve expressed it. But if you come into things and you feel like Hosea, can I tell you all of us get to that place where we don’t know what to do, but may also say by faith that’s the best place to be. Yeah. This week I called a friend of mine who’s a pastor that started a church years ago. And um, it, it’s, it’s grown and, and this is what he said to me. He said, um, I was like, Hey, just impart wisdom to me. I want to, I want to know he’s at the churches, a few thousand people and I’m not interested in that, but I just want to, I want to do things well and I know that he’s done things well. And so I called him and asked him. He goes, well, I’ll tell everyone the same thing. Um, not knowing what to do is, is where you need to start.

In fact, he said, if people knew how much I didn’t know, they would probably be scared to come to church here, man. To be honest, when you’re following after God and you get into situations, most of the time we’ve not been in those situations before. And so when we’re trying to navigate through those things, we just don’t know what to do. What can I tell you? The most comforting thing in that, you know, the one who does, like sometimes if we could see step four, five and six of where God was going to lead us, we would never take that first step.

But I think God puts us in the darkness in those situations many times just so he can lead us because he knows how to do it better than we do ourselves. We look at circumstances and sometimes we know the calling is bigger than ourselves and whatever God’s gonna lead us to and being Jose as in circumstances. But can I tell you if you’re wondering if you have the strength, I think it’s even okay in those moments to recognize that you don’t have the string. I don’t have the power for what it takes to see my family grow in the Lord. I don’t have it. I don’t have the strength to see this Valley come to know the Lord. I don’t have, I don’t have it and sometimes we can say, I only have the strength to get up tomorrow. I don’t have it.

Laura does the apostle Paul. If I just asked for a moment in this question, Paul, you did incredible things for the Lord. You did powerful for Jesus. I mean how, how could you even do those things? I embalmed mine like getting up tomorrow and seeing my kids just not fight for a day. That would be a success. Now you’re a man. You’re talking about a guy used by God to see a world transformed.

What’s your secret? What is the secret? I think Paul told us repetitively in scripture, can I give you just a couple and all of these things? Look, he doesn’t just say I in all of these things, we are more than conquerors. Look through him who loved us. I think Paul is indicating for us the place where he’s found the beginning of the strength to do what God’s called him to do and that he found himself as Hosea with a God who was just relentless and pursuing him. We conquer through his love, allowing the Lord in those moments to recognize I don’t have the strength, God, I don’t even know what to do, but you know the one who doesn’t. So in those moments, you’re, you’re lavish in his presence. So that moment by moment, by faith, you’re learning as Hosea how to walk with him.

I mean that challenge in your life, the greatest lesson you’re going to learn in it, it’s not what you do. Rather, it’s how God’s going to use that circumstance to grow you with him. Jose is learning moment by moment, not having the strength of having the, even the answers, how to walk with Jesus and in that faith, seeing his relationship with God grow himself. Uh, Paul said this in Philippians four 13, this is the famous one. I, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I mean, this is talking about in relationship to Jesus isn’t talking about if you just believe it, you get a Lamborghini and that would be great if we could manipulate this verse to say that that’s not what this is saying. Okay? Selfishly, it’s not what this is saying. What it is saying is, is the way Jesus leads you and transforms you. That’s where he gives you the strength to continue to empower you to what God’s called you to do. And can I tell you that these verses are one of these verses where you as a believer in a crosswords, when you meet it, this is, this is what happens. You either believe it or you don’t.

God is big enough or he isn’t. But the only way you discover that isn’t the challenge of that circumstance. You learn to trust them as you walk with them. Sometimes we look at our challenges and we’re like, could you just, could you just get it to go away and could you get it to stop? And little, little, we see those circumstances as sometimes God uses that as the very foundation to grow our own faith in him. So at the end of chapter one of Hosea, he gives all those verses that are just like, Oh, this is hard. You’re, I’m, you’re not the I am to me and the names these kids, I’m not naming my kids these names. But when you look in verse 10 what he says, the very end, you are the sons or some translation, say the children of the living God. So when this God is living, there is always hope in Israel. He’s already remarked that the worship in which they, they are pursuing, it’s sisters that are broken and ins and deadness. It’s an idol that is not real. But what we’re talking about, it’s the living God. It’s the living God.

Can I tell you this week, the studying this and this, this passage helps me get all Jezreel water. Oh, it’s about to get real. Okay. Well, wait, let me out of that. I was a sinner study guides where like, Oh, I have got to get out of this room and just do stuff, man, this is good. When you think about ABC’s future, this is good. If we, if we as a church lavish ourselves in this passage, the vision of burden of God, if God creates our heart new in this and God continues to fuel our passion for in his passion, for the people around us, how powerful that is. I believe it or I don’t, but if I grab it and I live it like it is real,

I don’t have to be a pretender. I don’t have to know what the next steps are. I just need to walk with the one who does, how much God can use us to transform. Not just people around us, but even our own lives. Man, we don’t live like people that are just good enough to get by law to sleep rather, I mean, we become lions for the Lord justice. He is the lion of the tribe of Judah. We become just furious warriors for him and with a relentless love that transforms life around us. We could just saturate ourselves in there. Can I give you just a practical thing? I wanted to mention this at the beginning, but I forgot.

As a church family, we’re even thinking about foundationally our own facility, how we can continue to grow to invite people in to be a part. And, and I told you this year, four times, we’re going to take an offering on fifth Sundays to just go towards that vision and that burden for our area, for our families, for any future family. It’s a part of ABC. And last week we took an offering and for this first part we need about $10,000. Want to put a sign on our building, freshen up a little bit of paint, knock down this scary building and the in the back. And then we hope to get a master plan for the building of our church and buy some land so we can expand. So that’s five things, but we wanted to do the first three first sign, paint, knock down this house. We need $10,000 and we took an offering last week and we, we’ve got about half of that for us to go towards that cause and so I want to thank you as a church family for that because that’s a reflection of our desire to see God Catino work in us and through us.

That’s just one way more than just gathering here on Sunday. I mean something that we should delight in as a church. That’s how each of us continued to live a life of Jose and beyond these walls. I think one of the ways it helps us to do that, so we all know what it’s like to be a Gomer, how we weren’t complete until salvation, when we began to experience that it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter how empty your or without strength or uncertain. You may think the next couple of days may be, you know, you know the one who is true and you get to walk with him in that to see how God works in our brokenness.


Hosea, part 2