Text: Amos 9:1-6 Even when the worst of circumstances come, we figure at least a few will escape. Perhaps some will be away from home and will escape by being absent. Perhaps there will be some fluke happenings and some will escape. After all, even in the worst tornado there always is a living infant … Read moreNo Place To Hide
Text: Amos 8:4-14 To go from bad to worse is demoralizing. To expect things to get better only to see things get increasingly dire crushes the human spirit. It is simple to expect good days to become better days (that is what people always expect). We never think good days cannot be improved so that … Read moreYou will be victimized by your transgression
Text: Amos 7:1-8:3 We all have had the experience of knowing we made a serious mistake when it is too late to correct the mistake. Once in graduate school, the final examination allowed the students to select one of several questions. The examination was to fully answer the question selected. After writing furiously for over … Read moreIt is too late!
Text: Amos 6:1-14 It is simple to be sold on our own goodness. All we have to do is to compare ourselves to someone near us. In fact, the comparison is better if we can make a comparison to several people. In our comparison, “I” am better (at least less offensive) than “they” are. Our … Read moreDo you realize how pitiful you are?
Text: Amos 5:1-17 In all generations, people fail to grasp the destructive power of evil. It robs a person and a people of time, of physical strength, and of quality of life. It creates the illusion that “we are free and in control” when in fact, we are enslaved to our desires and out of … Read moreThe Need
Amos 4:1-13 No one can imagine going back. Each generation imagines only going forward. The older adults commonly shake their heads at the younger adults because of all the experiences the younger adults have not had. The older adults like to speculate on “what if…” The younger adults commonly regard the older adults as irrelevant … Read moreWhy was God so angry?
Amos 3:9-15 There are a few people where it takes a lot to make them angry. These are the people who are not easily provoked. Their tolerance of others is astounding! However, some get angry very quickly. They are easily provoked and quickly react with hot, negative emotions. There are still others who get angry … Read moreSpiritual Maturity
Amos 2:9-16 Few happenings distress us as much as: doing something thoughtful & significant for one in dire need, the one in need receiving the kindness without being appreciative. This distress did not arise from the arrogance of an insecure benefactor who must have another’s uttered praise in order to feel a sense of significance. … Read moreAn Offended God
Amos 1:1-2:8 How frequently have we become the victim of our own attitudes? How often are we guilty of using a double standard to justify ourselves and condemn our enemies? Is it not true that we are guilty of doing what we condemn in others? The author, Amos, gives us three ways to date this … Read more“Get them God!… Uh-Oh!”
Text: Jeremiah 18:5-10 Among the most difficult biblical topics is the one of God’s interaction with people. Among the reasons for it being a difficult topic is the nature of the situation. The situation involves the interaction of an eternal being Who has creative powers with a physical being who deceptively believes he can manipulate … Read moreThe power of human choice