Passionate Love

Kelly Slaybaugh

Read: Hosea 2:14-20 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. (v. 14) When I was in second grade, a boy in my class swore he would hold his breath until the girl he liked said she liked him back. Fearfully watching as his face turned red, she blurted out, “OK! I like you!” Needless to say, that “relationship” didn’t last long. In this beautiful passage in Hosea, we read that …

What’s in a Name?

Kelly Slaybaugh

Read: Hosea 1:6-10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.” (v. 10) Did you know there is a book that lists over 100,000 possible names you could give your baby? Parents take great care in selecting the perfect name …

Trust and Obey

Kelly Slaybaugh

Read: Hosea 1:1-3 “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” (v. 2 NIV) The four most frustrating words I heard as a teenager were, “Because I said so.” From my perspective, some commands my parents gave me made no sense. Yet because I trusted them, I obeyed. Our passage today introduces the book of Hosea with a command from God that also seems …

Your Will Be Done, Lord

Steven Laman

Read: Mark 14:32-41 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (v. 36) Jesus would have loved to bypass the cross. He knew it would be painful and lonely. Though he didn’t want to hang on that cross, he was willing to go to Calvary and die because it was God’s will. He asked if there was a different way. In Luke it …

Waiting on Him

Steven Laman

Read: Jude 17-25 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (vv. 20-21) Remember when you were a child, the best part of the whole year was Christmas because you received all kinds of presents. The brightly wrapped packages were set neatly around the tree. If you were like me, …

Being Christ’s Disciples

Steven Laman

Read: 1 Corinthians 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (v. 13) One of the good things about having a disability is meeting some wonderful and helpful people. I look back fondly on two physical therapists I had when I was younger. They were very patient when they were working with me. In therapy, there is a lot of repetition to re-train the muscles that do not work correctly. No …