Hosea: God's Heartache And Love

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 11/12/2023 10:00 AM

Imagine having a deeper understanding of God's love, patience, and guidance for his people. This episode promises to take you on an enriching journey into the writings of the prophets, with a focus on their cautionary purpose rather than future prediction. We unpack the story of Hosea, a beautiful narrative of God as a loving parent guiding their children through life's challenges. It's an exploration of an emotional God, a perspective that may be overwhelming but is instrumental in understanding the intensity of God's love for His people. 

As we continue, we contemplate God's grace and compassion as powerful tools for managing human emotions, providing a beacon of hope and avenue for healing. We engage in a thoughtful discussion about the message of forgiveness and transformation that has been entrusted to the church. This episode is not just about understanding God's love, but about living it out - using God's example to navigate overwhelming emotions and restore relationships. Be prepared for a thought-provoking, insightful conversation that will deepen your faith and your connection with God.


  • First Reading: Mark 10:13-14
  • Second Reading: Hosea 11:1-9
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Elijah Ascends to Heaven: 2 Kings 2:1-12
Tuesday Elisha's Prophetic Power: 2 Kings 2:13-22
Wednesday The Miracle of the Widow's Oil: 2 Kings 4:1-7
Thursday Naaman Healed of Leprosy: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Friday Naaman Returns Home: 2 Kings 5:15-19
Saturday Jehu Anointed as Israel's King: 2 Kings 9:1-10; [1 Kings 19:16]
Sunday Israel, God's Vineyard: Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Lord, As I step into this day, I ask for the grace to practice this same patience and understanding with those I interact with. Help me to keep my emotions in check and to respond with love even when my buttons are pushed. May your grace guide me as I strive to live out your example. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Dear Lord,  I confess that I have not always been patient and understanding. As I end this day, I ask for your forgiveness and the strength to extend the same forgiveness to others. I pray for a peaceful rest, assured in your love, and wake up refreshed and ready to live out your example anew. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: How does the imagery of God as a loving parent teaching His children resonate with you? What are some specific ways in which you've felt God's guiding hand in your life? 

  • Reflection Question: We often associate God with being emotionless or distant. The sermon presented a perspective of an emotional God. How does this shift in perspective affect your understanding of God's love and patience for His people?

  • Reflection Question: The sermon encourages us not just to understand God's love, but to live it out. What are some practical ways you believe we can live out God's love in our communities?