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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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September, 18 - 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)

As we continue our reading in the Book of Hosea, we see that this great man of God was a master preacher. He pictures the spiritual condition of the people as a morning cloud (chapter 6:4); here one minute and gone the next. He then pictures their spiritual condition as a half-baked cake (chapter 7:8), for their religion had not gotten deep into their lives. Rather, it was a surface thing. In chapter 7:11 they are pictured as a silly dove--unstable, always flying from one thing to another. Then, in verse 16, their spirituality is pictured as a deceitful bow, one that cannot be depended upon. Israel was a backslidden nation; she had broken her vows with the Lord and had gotten completely away from Him.

God was still the God of the nation, but because the people had turned their backs on Him, they had lost their joy, their power, and their usefulness. Now God was going to judge them. In chapter 8 Hosea sees Assyria coming to chasten the nation by delivering it into slavery. He pictures this judgment as the coming of an eagle (verse 1), the wrath of the whirlwind (verse 7), and the burning of a fire (verse 14). The nation will be scattered (verse 8). Chapter 10:12-15 says they will reap more than they have sown. Paul says, in Galatians 6:7, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.".

Why did God permit Israel to be judged by the wicked Assyrians? Because He loved His people, and this was the only way they would listen. They had to be shown, and God's chastening hand of love fell upon them. As we will see in our readings, the people did repent.


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