Thoughts from Another Home by Gail Suratt Davis

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Feb 27th, 2017 by gailsurattdavis at 11:21 am
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Amos prophesies for God to Israel against Tyre, the chief city of Phoenicia. In Amos 1:9-10, God announced His charge and judgment against Tyre. The question is: why did Amos pronounce this prophecy to Israel? Was there more than one purpose for God's prophecy? Does it still have purpose for us today? Join me and others in our study of Amos in this fourth podcast Bible study of Amos.

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Feb 27th, 2017 by gailsurattdavis at 10:52 am
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Why study an ancient writing? Many ask that question. When we study them, we learn of mistakes made back then and can strive not to make the same mistakes. Amos points this out to Israel so they will learn and return to a right relationship with God. What will it take us to return to Him?

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Feb 27th, 2017 by gailsurattdavis at 10:26 am
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Amos, an Israelites from the southern kingdom of Judah, was called by God to prophesy to the northern kingdom of Israel. God showed Amos visions of His judgment of eight nations - Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah, and Israel. Why did Amos prophesy to Israel about the other seven nations? Why was God's judgment upon the other nations important for Israel? Why is His judgment of all eight nations important for us? What can we learn that is relevant for us and how should we change the way we live? Join me in this second Bible study in the book of Amos as we learn of God's judgment on Damascus and why.

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Feb 27th, 2017 by gailsurattdavis at 9:42 am
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Amos, the book in the Old Testament, is not obsolete. When one does a cursory read of it, one may think that was then, not today. Yet, when you study this small, but very important book of prophecies from God, you realize Amos is very relevant for today. The charges God brought against the eight nations are similar and often just like things people do today. The judgment God brought against those nations are ones we deserve today for doing the same things. 

The times of the day in which prophesied are similar to today - lavish lifestyles, slavery, corruption, usury, et. al. As a loving Father, God, had mercy on these nations and gave grace continually to the people of Israel. Finally, as any loving parent would do, God had to punish His children, the Israelites, to bring them back into a right relationship with Him. Israel did not earn the mercy and grace of God all those years, but He gave it to them. We do not deserve the mercy and grace of God, but He has given it if we will accept it and come into a loving relationship with Him.

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