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I've Got Good News & I've Got Bad News!
Micah 3-4
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Micah 3 (NKJV™)
1 And I said: "Hear now, O heads of Jacob, And you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice?
2 You who hate good and love evil; Who strip the skin from My people, And the flesh from their bones;
3 Who also eat the flesh of My people, Flay their skin from them, Break their bones, And chop them in pieces Like meat for the pot, Like flesh in the caldron."
4 Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds.
5 Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets Who make my people stray; Who chant "Peace" While they chew with their teeth, But who prepare war against him Who puts nothing into their mouths:
6 "Therefore you shall have night without vision, And you shall have darkness without divination; The sun shall go down on the prophets, And the day shall be dark for them.
7 So the seers shall be ashamed, And the diviners abashed; Indeed they shall all cover their lips; For there is no answer from God."
8 But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice and might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin.
9 Now hear this, You heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And pervert all equity,
10 Who build up Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with iniquity:
11 Her heads judge for a bribe, Her priests teach for pay, And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us."
12 Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest.
Micah 4 (NKJV™)
1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD'S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.
2 Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
5 For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever.
6 "In that day," says the LORD, "I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted;
7 I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever.
8 And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem."
9 Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counselor perished? For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor.
10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, Like a woman in birth pangs. For now you shall go forth from the city, You shall dwell in the field, And to Babylon you shall go. There you shall be delivered; There the LORD will redeem you From the hand of your enemies.
11 Now also many nations have gathered against you, Who say, "Let her be defiled, And let our eye look upon Zion."
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, And I will make your hooves bronze; You shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the LORD, And their substance to the Lord of the whole earth."

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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A Pageant of Recovered Love
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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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Come Let Us Return!
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The Court is Now in Session!
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The Righteous Gavel of God
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Runaway and Rebellious and yet Restored!
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11/22/2006
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Insects and the Day of the Lord!
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11/29/2006
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Famous Amos and His Recipe for Disaster
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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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1/24/2007
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The Funeral-Singer
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1/31/2007
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Sheepbreeder With an Attitude!
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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!
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3/7/2007
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The Unprofitable Prophet
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3/14/2007
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The Prayer of a Prodigal Prophet
Jonah 2
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The Angry Evangelist
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4/11/2007
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Micah--Tough & Tender Warrior
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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
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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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