Today we are reading Obadiah. In this one chapter book Obadiah writes around 586 B.C. as the Southern Kingdom of Judah is overthrown. The book is decidedly anti-Edom (modern day Jordan east of the Dead Sea. There is a long standing feud between Israel and Edom. Now God is promising to bring back the Exiles. “For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.”
‭‭Obadiah‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Who do you have a feud with? How do you react when someone you don’t like goes through a hard time? God is punishing Edom for finding pleasure in Israel’s suffering. May God give you His heart for those who suffer! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 9. In this chapter we read about the destruction and restoration of Israel. “”Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the Lord your God.” Amos‬ ‭9:13-15‬ ‭ESV It is comforting to know that after God punished Israel He restored those who repented. How is that scenario played out in your relationship with God? How have you been restored in your relationship with Jesus? Do you extend the same compassion to others? May God bless you to be filled with the joy of your salvation! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 8. In this chapter we read about the desperation of the people as they search for the truth found only in God’s word.“”Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.”
‭‭Amos‬ ‭8:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬ As kids we played, “Hide and go seek”. We would run from place to place searching for those in hiding. It was all in fun but what we are reading about in chapter 8 is more of a frantic search for a cure. God is the cure for everything that makes us anxious. Seek Him in His word and He will cause your anxious fears to cease. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 7. In this chapter we read about warning visions and a prophecy against Israel. “Therefore thus says the Lord: “‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.'”” Amos‬ ‭7:17‬ ‭ESV As Amos faithfully prophesies what God tells him, he meets opposition. The opposition comes in the form of threats. The truth is the truth, however, and it cannot be silenced. So it must be with us. When what God gives us to say (His Word) is counter-culture, we must say it anyway. The truth sets people free so we must proclaim the truth. May God give you the Holy Spirit to guide you in all truth. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 6. In this chapter we read about God’s indictment of people who are comfortable but show no concern for those who fall away from Him. “”Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! Pass over to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory, O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence?” Amos‬ ‭6:1-3‬ ‭ESV God calls us all to live lives focused on loving Him and serving others. When we become absorbed with ensuring our own comfort and prosperity we soon turn away from God and our concern for those around us fades. How have you struggled with these things? What do you do to avoid these things and stay focused on loving God and serving others? May God guide your every thought and plan. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 5. In this chapter we read about God’s desire for His people to act justly. “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.” ‭‭Amos‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Based on these passages how does God want us to live and treat our neighbors? If someone asked your neighbors what kind of person you are, what would they say? Have you ever been treated harshly or unjustly? What impression did that make on you? Imagine the impact you make when you seek good and not evil. May God bless you to love people the way He loves you. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 4. In this chapter we read about how God punished Israel and yet they did not return to Him. “”I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!” Amos‬ ‭4:11-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Imagine being the object of God’s wrath! How terrible! Jesus chose to take our place and suffer for our sins. He was the object of God’s wrath because of our sins. Now we have received peace and mercy with God. May you feel the joy of your salvation today! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 3. In this chapter we read about the cause of Israel’s downfall. “”For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?” Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt, and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, and see the great tumults within her, and the oppressed in her midst.” “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord, “those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.””
‭‭Amos‬ ‭3:7-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The people do not hear the word of the Lord. The do not read it. They do not hear the words of the prophets. They do not live according to God’s word. How do you make God’s word a priority in your life? Your faithfulness in worship and devotion help you stay connected to God. Your reading in your Bible teaches you God’s ways and turns your heart toward Him. May God keep you steadfast in His word! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 2. In this chapter we read about God’s judgement against Judah and Israel—the southern and northern kingdoms of the land of Israel.“Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have rejected the law of the Lord, and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked. Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals—”‭‭Amos‬ ‭2:4, 6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ God calls His people to stand out in godliness. Instead they blended in with the immorality of the people who lived around them. How about you? Do you stand out or blend in? Do live according to God’s ways or do you follow the follow the ways of the world? It is clear during Amos’ time that God took away His blessing from the disobedient. The same is true today. Yet, “If we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” May God give you His Holy Spirit so that you stand out and give glory to Him. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Amos 1. In this chapter we read about God’s judgement on the neighbors of Israel. “And he said: “The Lord roars from Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers.” Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have threshed Gilead with threshing sledges of iron.” Amos‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This same formula of judgement is repeated against neighbors to the Northwest, Northeast, East, Southeast, Southwest and west. When you think about your neighbors, do you think God is concerned about them? Is God aware of what is happening around you? If God is aware of Israel’s neighbors then He is also aware of your neighbors. God calls us to love our neighbors the way He does. What is it that keeps you from doing this? May God remind you of every good thing you have in Jesus so you will overflow with His love. Pastor Tim