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One Book: Haggai

Haggai: Getting Our Priorities Straight They started so well. God’s people who had returned to the Promised Land from their years in exile seemed so excited to get started rebuilding God’s temple in Jerusalem. But, things didn’t go as easily as they hoped. And so, the project stopped – for 16 years! Over time, God’s […]

One Book: Zephaniah

Zephaniah: When God Cleans House For many of us, spring triggers a time to evaluate our stuff. We get to a point when the clutter we’ve accumulated starts to drive us crazy. Then, to our relief, the day finally comes when we take inventory, box up the junk, and send it away for good! Isn’t is such a great feeling […]

One Book: Habakkuk

Habakkuk: The Righteous Shall Live By Faith Those who enter military service typically do so for noble reasons. They are upstanding, brave, and selfless individuals who want to protect others and do good in the world. Many are even followers of Christ. But—without demonizing all of the soldiers in opposing armies—when these loved ones go […]

One Book: Nahum

Nahum: Finding God’s Comfort in Surprising Places Do you have a “safe” place you like to withdraw to when you’re feeling sad or scared or stressed? Maybe a room at your home? Maybe a special place outdoors? Or maybe your safe place isn’t really a place at all. Maybe it’s a person – your spouse, your parents, […]

One Book: Micah

Micah: Hope for a Nation in Trouble It was the late James Montgomery Boice who said that we can see so many reminders of ourselves and our own era as we read the Minor Prophets. It’s true, isn’t it? Most of us American Christians would say that our own nation is in trouble – in trouble […]

One Book: Jonah

Jonah: An Unwilling Prophet & An Unwavering God The story of Jonah is one many of us are quite familiar with. Jonah was told to go to the people of Ninevah and tell them of God’s coming judgment. But Jonah tried to resist God’s will by making his own plans. He would have rather seen the Ninevites […]

One Book: Amos

Amos: Lifestyles of the Rich, and Amos The people of Amos’s day lived lives of luxury and comfort. The wealthy would often live with very little regard for the poor among them, ignoring their plight. Or even worse, some would actively take advantage of them. All the while, they maintained a shell of a religion and […]

One Book: Joel

Joel: The Great & Terrible Day of the Lord In the first section of the book of Joel (1:1-2:11), the prophet describes God fighting against His people as a result of their rebellion and disobedience. In the immediate context, locusts and a great army are positioned to attack God’s people and cause great devastation. It seems […]

One Book: Hosea

Hosea: A Love Story Like No Other While Hosea had much to say in comparison to some of the other “minor” prophets (he has 14 chapters, while some others just have one or two!), it’s actually Hosea’s marriage that has been remembered and emphasized far more than his message. What was it about this marriage that was […]