There are certain subjects that we often joke are to be avoided. At many family gatherings the unwritten rule we have during this time of year is don’t mention religion or politics. As a pastor I have often broken this rule and brought up religion and faith during those various celebrations. When in church there is often uneasiness in talking about another subject: money. Certainly, some of the difficulty comes because of the way that some have abused the subject and taken advantage of people. It is a sad subject to look at those in leadership who have stolen from the people of the congregation; living lives of luxury at the cost of the people they are supposed to be serving.
We have just passed Veteran’s Day and should not forget the courage and sacrifice of those who have taken on the calling of serving our nation in the military. I am thankful for those who have guarded our lives and freedom at great cost to them and their families. It is an astounding thing to consider what our military has provided for us that so often goes unnoticed or unremarked upon. Remarkable service and sacrifice has been provided to our nation for many years and it is good to take time and remember and remark upon it.
“Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.” Hosea 13:14
We often overlook the books at the end of the Old Testament. We even call them Minor prophets, although that is speaking of their length not their importance. But even that being said we don’t often spend a lot of time in them and that is unfortunate. Recently, we have had some time to look at Amos (Wednesday Bible Studies and Sunday Morning Sermons). What an amazing book that is. Full of law for sure but also making clear promises of the Messiah. One of the things that struck me during studying that book was that the New Testament quoted Amos when it records the Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15.