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God Sees the Heart

    Amos-S4   TITLE: God Sees the Heart TEXT: Amos 5:16-6:14 TONE : Warning TARGET : Believers TASK : To warn believers of actions that harden the heart. TEACH: 1 Sam.16, when the prophet Samuel is sent to anoint a new King of Israel, he goes to the house of Jesse. One by one, Jesse’s sons pass before Samuel, and each time Samuel assumes that the eldest son, Eliab, is the chosen one due to his impressible appearance. But God says to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God knows the heart and eternal character of a person. David was chosen not because of his outward appearance or status, but because his heart -the heart of a shepherd.   TRUTH: In two celebrated speeches Amos continued to speak against Israel’s twin evils: ardent worship with a corresponding concern for justice (18-

Return to the Holy One

  Amos- 3   TITLE: Return to the Holy One TEXT: Amos 4:1-5:4 TONE: Warning TARGET: God’s Elect TASK: To warn God’s elect of the consequences of failing to return to God. TEACH: In the parable of the Prodigal Son, is one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. The parable shows that even when we wander away and live sinful lives, God's doesn't diminish His love for us. He eagerly awaits our repentance and is ready to embrace and forgive us when we turn back to Him. It is a reminder of God's desire to reconcile with us and the invitation for us to humbly come back to Him. TRUTH: How are the poor oppressed in our day? Let me provide a few examples.   1.         Economic exploitation : low wages, unfair labor practices and lack of access to employment opportunities.   2.         Limited access to basic needs and services : They may lack access to the essentials for basic need like nutrition, clean water, adequate housing, healthc

The God who roars will not be ignored

    Seek Me and Live -2   TITLE: The God who roars will not be ignored! TEXT: Amos 3:1-15 TONE: Warning TARGET: Believers TASK: To warn believers of the dire consequences of ignoring God. TEACH: Let me see a show of hands. How many of you like to be ignored; especially, concerning something very close to your heart; or, when you’re trying to help someone, but they won’t listen, do you like that? In reality, no one likes to be ignored. When I was a young boy on the farm, my dad would whistle to get my attention. Trust me, you did not ignore that whistle, instead you came running. TRUTH: Chapters 3-6, made up of a number of oracles sometimes loosely related to one another, comprise the heart of the book of Amos.   I.                              God Roars to Promote Reverence. a.         In this passage Amos uses intentional words in order to highlight the blessings of God bestowed upon Israel . Prov 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings des