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Hosea 6-9:17

COME AND let us return to the Lord, for He has torn so that He may heal us; He has stricken so that He may bind us up. After two days He will revive us (quicken us, give us life); on the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him. [Isa. 26:19; Ezek. 37:1-10.] Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth.
(Hosea 6:1-3 AMP)

The above words are convicting especially when you read everything after verse three which is God’s charge against the people who speak these words. I am good at making mental assents to things I need to do, should do; however, doing them is another thing. Talk is cheap and talking is not the same as doing but I want the talking to count as if it was a done deal. As part of my e-mail, personal e-mail, signature I have,

Change is not change until it’s changed. Talking and doing or not doing is like that. Until I walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, I am counted as a hypocrite, Yikes! We want other to give us credit for talking, “Well, you know I said I was going to do it and I meant too …” That is just hot air blowing past a couple of muscles we call vocal cords.

I think so few of us really get into the Bible and read it because it is so convicting. People try to say that this book contradicts itself and that usually means they haven’t read or studied it, I know I use to say that. But it truth, the reading of the Word really contradicts our behavior and that’s not something we find hard to face and accept.

My toes seem to have been stepped on by the Word.

Grace and peace,

One who is from God will do what is good and righteous, but one who hasn't seen God will go in the wrong direction. Those who are already believers should help and lead others to faith, so that we may all do what is good.

False teaching can be subtle. Occasionally, people come in and profess the gospel, but eventually, a non-truth comes out. Too many times, it is connected in some way to a mora default.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” I think I understand what John meant. There is great joy to see our students growing up and continue in faithful relationship with Jesus Christ.

We should do good things to honor God. The people John is talking about love and are faithful to each other and strangers in God's name.

For some reason this verse resonates with me so much today "4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." In addition to my own children, the young lives that God has put in my path over the years, indeed there is no greater joy than to know that they are walking in the Lord when they grow up. Continue to pray for them to yearn for growth in their relationship with the Lord while being bombarded by many competing priorities.

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

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