Welcome to the November edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
Take with You Words
by Jacob Hudgins
“Take with you words and return to the LORD”(Hosea 14:2).
The book of Hosea pictures God as a jilted lover, waiting for his betraying spouse to return. Hosea lives out this truth personally, accepting his wife despite her adultery (Hosea 3:1). God threatens and expresses his anger in the book, but he also shows the tenderness of one who refuses to give up on his beloved (Hosea 11:1-9). All his anger is intended to bring Israel back. But how do you come back to God? How do we approach the God we have deserted and wronged? “Take with you words and return to the LORD”(Hosea 14:2). Through Hosea, God teaches us that real repentance involves fully sincere commitments to change.
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. (Ps. 7.17)”
Around this time of year, we focus more on what we are thankful for. We have a national holiday dedicated to that act. But why is the focus on being thankful more prominent at this time of the year? The Bible teaches us that we should constantly be thanking God for all he has done for us.
The Bible command to love is so common that we often pass quickly by it with little comment or thought. Yet here we have a little statement that packs a big punch, probing into the heart of our feelings toward others and warning us of a dangerous tendency. How can love be hypocritical?
“Do all things without complaining and disputing”(Phil 2:14)
Complaining is a universal problem. Dissatisfied with life, or people, or ourselves, we give voice to our deep frustration. God’s command here forbids complaining—not simply expressing disappointment or describing a negative situation, but the habit of using the tongue to bite and devour others and rail against God. Here are some things to consider before you complain.