Ever read the book of Hosea? What does it have to do with America? Well, nothing in context specifically but the parallels of Hosea and Israel are strikingly similar to our national situation today in the United States. God used Hosea in many visually startling ways to demonstrate to Israel that they had abandoned God. They jettisoned their Godly heritage in favor of their right to do whatever they wanted. Every man was determining what was “right for them” and doing it. Sound familiar? They were enjoying unprecedented prosperity and as such, materialism was rampant. Sound familiar? As a result, Israel saw an exponential rise in adultery, sexual immorality, violence, social disintegration and political chaos. Sound familiar? Israel turned to false gods and multitudes of pagan [...]
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James 1:4 …that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (NKJV) Perfect, complete and lacking nothing. Now that’s sounds like where I want to be. If I watch TV and listen to the radio, both secular and Christian, that sounds like what just about everyone is after.If you did a poll of a hundred different people, groups, organizations, churches and businesses, you’d get 150 different answers on what it means to be “perfect, complete and lacking nothing”. Let’s check out a few possibilities:Madison AvenueMarketing, advertising and the never ending assault of “want more, buy more, have more” are the drum beats of Madison Avenue. According to commercials and the producers of consumers goods, the way to be perfect and lacking nothing is to have [...]
1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)“I wish I was like you!” That’s what Paul was sarcastically telling the Corinthians who were a very affluent, self-reliant, status minded, materialistic culture. The Corinthians had brought their societal standards straight into the church and were actively engaged in equating material prosperity with Christian spirituality. The good news is (and it’s really good news for us Westerners) is that Paul still considered them genuine Christians because he addressed them as “brethren”. So if there was hope for them, then there’s hope for us. The “brethren” of Corinth were having [...]