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The Funeral-Singer
Amos 5-6
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Amos 5 (NKJV™)
1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:
2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; She will rise no more. She lies forsaken on her land; There is no one to raise her up.
3 For thus says the Lord GOD: "The city that goes out by a thousand Shall have a hundred left, And that which goes out by a hundred Shall have ten left to the house of Israel."
4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek Me and live;
5 But do not seek Bethel, Nor enter Gilgal, Nor pass over to Beersheba; For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, And Bethel shall come to nothing.
6 Seek the LORD and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, And devour it, With no one to quench it in Bethel--
7 You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!"
8 He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.
9 He rains ruin upon the strong, So that fury comes upon the fortress.
10 They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.
11 Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them.
12 For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
13 Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.
14 Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken.
15 Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this: "There shall be wailing in all streets, And they shall say in all the highways, 'Alas! Alas!' They shall call the farmer to mourning, And skillful lamenters to wailing.
17 In all vineyards there shall be wailing, For I will pass through you," Says the LORD.
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!
20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
21 "I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.
25 "Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26 You also carried Sikkuth your king And Chiun, your idols, The star of your gods, Which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus," Says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.
Amos 6 (NKJV™)
1 Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, And trust in Mount Samaria, Notable persons in the chief nation, To whom the house of Israel comes!
2 Go 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?
3 Woe to you who put far off the day of doom, Who cause the seat of violence to come near;
4 Who lie on beds of ivory, Stretch out on your couches, Eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall;
5 Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David;
6 Who drink wine from bowls, And anoint yourselves with the best ointments, But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore they shall now go captive as the first of the captives, And those who recline at banquets shall be removed.
8 The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself, The LORD God of hosts says: "I abhor the pride of Jacob, And hate his palaces; Therefore I will deliver up the city And all that is in it."
9 Then it shall come to pass, that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die.
10 And when a relative of the dead, with one who will burn the bodies, picks up the bodies to take them out of the house, he will say to one inside the house, "Are there any more with you?" Then someone will say, "None." And he will say, "Hold your tongue! For we dare not mention the name of the LORD."
11 For behold, the LORD gives a command: He will break the great house into bits, And the little house into pieces.
12 Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into gall, And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
13 You who rejoice over Lo Debar, Who say, "Have we not taken Karnaim for ourselves By our own strength?"
14 "But, behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel," Says the LORD God of hosts; "And they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath To the Valley of the Arabah."

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Minor Prophets in the Major Leagues

Why do we call Jonah, Amos, Obadiah, Malachi and the others the "minor" prophets? It certainly isn't because their messages were less important! Prophets are like people holding a wire from heaven and wire to the earth, with God speaking through them. At times, God used these unique men to proclaim His truth, or to denounce men's sin, or to predict the future, both near and far-off. Other times, He used them to show His truth by demonstration, through events in their lives. In this in-depth series, Pastor Skip Heitzig presents important truths about these little books with big messages.

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A Pageant of Rejected Love
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All of us have a need to see and understand God. But what does it take for God to get your attention? The book of Hosea speaks of God using the marriage of Hosea and his wife Gomer to depict a demonstration of events to come and cause them to recognize the degradated state the house of Israel was in. God will use/allow any means to get our attention to turn to Him but do we really want that extreme? I hope not, but if that is what it takes then God, because He loves us, will allow just that. If you find many hardships, disappointment and tough times, stop, think and turn to God for He has the answers you seek.
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9/27/2006
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A Pageant of Recovered Love
Hosea 2-3
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Are you running from circumstances that appear hopeless? Are you feeling the tugging on you heart that you can't quite understand? Well these all may be the prompting of the Holy Spirit of God to get your attention. Hosea and Gomer had a marriage that was difficult and full of impossible issues but God had a purpose for it all. Their marriage was a picture to the people of Israel of how we should not treat God. Gomer had freewill and made a bad choices but Hosea stayed faithful in the midst of it all…, why? Because Hosea listened to the grace of God and was sustained. You may be going through difficult times, circumstances of hardships, but if you listen to the prompting of God you will be sustained, but if you reject His promptings you could suffer and take the wrong paths. God will demonstrate His love to you in every way but it's up to you to recognize it and choose whom you will serve, God or man.
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10/4/2006
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Come Let Us Return!
Hosea 4-6
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10/25/2006
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The Court is Now in Session!
Hosea 7-8
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11/1/2006
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The Righteous Gavel of God
Hosea 9-10
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11/15/2006
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Runaway and Rebellious and yet Restored!
Hosea 11-14
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11/22/2006
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Insects and the Day of the Lord!
Joel 1-3
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11/29/2006
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Famous Amos and His Recipe for Disaster
Amos 1-2
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1/17/2007
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Sermons from the In-Your-Face Prophet
Amos 3-4
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1/31/2007
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Sheepbreeder With an Attitude!
Amos 6-7
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2/21/2007
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The Light and the Glory
Amos 8-9
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2/28/2007
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Obadiah--The One-Hit-Wonder!
Obadiah
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3/7/2007
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The Unprofitable Prophet
Jonah 1
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3/14/2007
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The Prayer of a Prodigal Prophet
Jonah 2
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3/28/2007
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The Angry Evangelist
Jonah 3-4
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4/11/2007
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Micah--Tough & Tender Warrior
Micah 1-2
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4/25/2007
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I've Got Good News & I've Got Bad News!
Micah 3-4
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5/2/2007
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Four Freedoms
Micah 5
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5/9/2007
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What Does God Want?
Micah 6-7
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5/16/2007
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The Sermon Jonah Wished He'd Preached
Nahum 1-3
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6/13/2007
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The Just Will Trust
Habakkuk 1-3
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6/20/2007
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Operation Judgment Day
Zephaniah 1-3
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6/27/2007
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If You Build It, He Will Come
Haggai 1-2
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