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Christianity is about God reaching out his hand in friendship to mankind. Christians believe that the whole world and everything in it was created by God. God is a personal being, a living God who is three, yet one: Father, Son and Spirit, just as we human beings have body, mind and soul! (see the Trinity).

The Bible says God created people in his image, to love him. Yet every person has rebelled against God and sinned. Yet instead of turning his back on us, God became a man, Jesus, who most scholars believe was born about the year 4 BC and lived among us. He taught a message of love throughout Palestine but public opinion turned against him and he was executed as a young man.

He died because of us - the death that we should have died. He was crucified on a cross, but he rose from the dead, and now calls us to trust him, to love him and to repent of our rebellion. If we do this, then we our relationship with God becomes restored and we will live forever with God.

Many non-Christians may think that being a Christian is about belonging to a particular church or following a certain set of rule. Most Christians however would agree that at its root, being a Christian means to be in a living relationship with Jesus.

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Devotion Of The Day

Heaven And Hell


September, 17 - Daily Devotions

September scripture portion: Ezekiel 12 - Malachi (including the Books of Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi)

The name Hosea means "salvation." Hosea preached in the Northern Kingdom (Israel), during a period of national decline. When Hosea began his ministry, Jeroboam II was king and it was a time of great prosperity. But the nation began to decline rapidly within, after getting involved with foreign alliances, and trusting them to lead and protect them, rather than trusting God. Hosea lived to see Israel, also called Ephraim in this book, taken captive by the Assyrians in 721 b.c. For historical background concerning the Book of Hosea, read II Kings 15--17.

Hosea's message to the nation of Israel was one that exposed their sins and warned them of a coming judgment, but there is also a message of hope for their future. The unique thing about Hosea's message is that he had to live it himself before he could preach it to the people. He experienced deep agony in his own life because of the sins of his wife. However, all of this was divinely sent as a lesson to him and to the people of Israel.

In chapters 1--3 we are given an illustration of the unfaithfulness of the nation of Israel. Hosea was commanded of God to marry a harlot named Gomer. After bearing him three children she left him. Of course, Hosea's heart was broken, but God told him to go find his wayward wife and bring her back. He discovered her being sold on the slave market and bought her. He assured her of his forgiveness and love, and we have every reason to believe that she repented of her sins and became a faithful wife.

Gomer was a picture of Israel's unfaithfulness to the Lord. The nation had married the Lord in Exodus 34:14-16, and should have remained faithful to Him. But instead they lusted after sin, committed adultery, and worshiped false gods.


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