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Redeeming Love (Hosea 3)

God is wanting to show his amazing, unfailing love toward Israel while at the same time expressing how hurtful it is to endure Israel’s unfaithfulness. God pictures his relationship with his people as a marriage. But God is describing that he is in a bad marriage because Israel is not faithful to him. So God calls a prophet named Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman and have children that are born from her promiscuity to be a picture to his people about what he is enduring. In Hosea 3 we come back to this picture. Hosea has three children, some of which are not his. Hosea is married to an unfaithful woman. Now this picture of God’s love will be fully brought to our eyes through Hosea’s life. Look at the first verse of Hosea 3.

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Why Are We Different? (Genesis 2)

We are looking at God’s introduction of himself to the world. God reveals who we are and who he is. We learned in chapter 1 why we are here. We are made in the image of God which means we are to rule over the creation as God’s representatives. This is the mission God has given to humans. But chapter 2 spends even more time explaining the creation of humans, which continues to emphasize how special humans are over the rest of the creation. Each aspect of the creation gets only a few sentences in chapter 1. Not only does the creation of humans have a longer paragraph in chapter 1, nearly all of chapter 2 is about the details of the creation of humans.

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Greater Love (Hosea 2)

The book of Hosea is a love story of how God loves and treats his people. The first chapter of Hosea revealed that Hosea would live what God was experiencing with Israel. Hosea would marry a promiscuous woman and have children from her promiscuity to show the pain that God was experiencing with Israel’s unfaithfulness toward him. Yet God will call all who are not his people to be his people again in a new exodus under a new head, Jesus (2:10-2:1). The second chapter of Hosea presents another picture of God’s love for his people and how that is supposed to change our view of God and how we live.

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Why Am I Here? (Genesis 1)

For our winter morning series we are going to examine who we are and who God is. The book of Genesis is the book where God introduces himself to the world, defining who we are and revealing who he is. Often the book of Genesis is looked at in ways that the book does not intend, missing the key thrust of the early chapters. Open your copies of God’s word to the book of Genesis where God introduces himself to the world.

The Set Up (1:1-25)

When you look at the first 25 verses of Genesis 1 you will notice that there is not much time spent on the creation process. For something as amazing and staggering as the creation of the universe, just a couple sentences are given to each creation day. There are two important repetitions found through these first six creation days. The first repetition is “And God said.” Each day begins with God speaking and when he speaks, things are created. What amazing power that we see in God who simply says words and universes, animals, plants, and so much more are created! The second repetition is that God sees his creation as good six times in the first 25 verses (1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25). The repetitions tell us what we are supposed to focus on regarding this account. God creates by his powerful word and what he creates is always good.

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