"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
The Lion Roars and Amos Sees it
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Amos was a common man, a fig picker and a shepherd, yet God chose to use him as one of His prophets. Amos prophesied to the Northern Kingdom about the coming Assyrian captivity. He ministered during a prosperous time in the Southern Kingdom. In fact, God says that those who are spiritually advantaged will be judged by a higher standard. According to Amos, the hearts of Israel’s people will one day turn back to their God.
The Day of the Lord and the Locusts - Monday, February 23, 2015
Joel’s message of “The Day of the Lord” mixes prophecies about current-day events, coming historical events, and ultimate end-time events. “The Day of the Lord,” as Joel uses the expression, can refer to a variety of events in which God works: chastisement, judgment, deliverance, blessing, and more. Joel exhorts us that each day—past, present, and future—should be considered the day of the Lord and challenges us to see the hand of God in everything that happens to us.
An Agonizing Allegory - Thursday, February 19, 2015
Hosea was the prophet of the love of God to the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel during the divided kingdom. The people of Israel had turned away from God and worshiped idols --spiritual adultery. Hosea married a prostitute and loved her unconditionally as a living illustration of God’s love. Because of Israel’s spiritual unfaithfulness, these ten tribes would never be heard of again, yet Hosea prophesied their spiritual return to God one day.
The Prayer Priorities of a Great Prophet - Monday, February 16, 2015
Daniel had visions that are highly symbolic and sometimes difficult to understand. He had a dream about four kingdoms that would rule, similar to the dream he interpreted for King Nebuchadnezzar, and a vision of 70 weeks that indicated it was time for the people of Judah to return to Jerusalem. In his prophesy of the 70 weeks, he gives a precise prediction of the coming of the Messiah and the beginning of His Kingdom which shall be without end.
Believers versus Babylonians - Monday, February 09, 2015
Daniel and his three friends were taken and educated in Babylonian universities. God used the king’s decree to strategically place this prophet in Babylon to minister to the other captives. The book of Daniel divides into two sections: historical narrative, and prophetic revelation. Ezekiel, John, and Daniel prophesied about the end times and they were also exiled prophets. Daniel’s life is a superb example of living a strong, pure, godly life in the midst of a hostile environment.
Dry Bones - Thursday, February 05, 2015
Ezekiel had a vision of a valley of dry bones. Ezekiel prophesied to the bones and they came together and sinew and flesh were added. Then the Lord said, “Prophesy to the Breath”— the Spirit of God —so the bodies would come to life. Anything we try to do apart from the Spirit is as impossible as giving dead bones new life. The church must be energized by the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel of life to the spiritually dead world.
All Things Weird and Wonderful - Monday, February 02, 2015
Ezekiel was called to minister to God’s people in a very difficult time and place. He brought God’s message to His people in slave labor in Babylon. Ezekiel begins with a great vision of God; he actually saw the glory of the Lord. Ezekiel emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit—the presence of God wherever His people happen to be. His prophecies are called apocalyptic, which means they take us “behind the veil” so we can see the unseen.
God Loves You Anyway - Thursday, January 29, 2015
Jeremiah, named “the weeping prophet,” is crying because the land has been conquered and the people he loves are living as slaves in a distant land. Where was God now for His people who were living in Babylon? Jerusalem was literally the city of God to them, and they felt separated from their holy city and their Holy God. If you’ve ever looked at your life and wondered if God really loves you, you’ll completely relate to Pastor Woodward’s study of Lamentations.
God's Sad News - Monday, January 26, 2015
As Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, there were two kinds of people: those who believed Jeremiah that the captivity was chastisement from God, and those who refused Jeremiah’s message and rebelled. To those who believed and repented, God promised His help. He would give them new hearts and bring the next generation back. To those who rebelled, God warned they would be completely destroyed. Jeremiah’s prophecies of future restoration and the Messiah continue to give us hope today.
The Captivity Cantor - Thursday, January 22, 2015
As the Jews were being taken captive to Babylon, Jeremiah’s messages were of hope. Though they had lost everything, Jeremiah told them that God would still be with them. In Babylon they would have only Him to depend on, and they would come to know Him better there. Jeremiah’s messages teach us to trust God, have hope in the midst of tragedy, and that God can change us when we seek Him.
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