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Jan 20, 2008

Amos Series - Part 2

Closing Your Compass
Amos Series – Pt. 2
Amos 2:4-3:15
What Happens When You Ignore God

“Over and over again I have left home (in Christ). I have fled the hands of blessing and run off to faraway places searching for love!  This is the great tragedy of my life and of the lives of so many I meet on my journey. Somehow I have become deaf to the voice that calls me the Beloved, have left the only place where I can hear that voice, and have gone off desperately hoping that I would find somewhere else what I could no longer find at home….I leave home every time I lose faith in the voice that calls me the Beloved and follow the voices that offer a great variety of ways to win the love I so much desire…and I am constantly developing strategies to defend myself and thereby assure myself of the love I think I need and deserve. And in so doing I move far away from my father’s home and choose to dwell in a ‘distant country.’ 
Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

“When You Ignore Reality, You Only Have One Option: Fantasy”

“As salt we should season our world with the celebrant, confident, optimistic, and joyous nature of our position and privileges in Jesus. Because of all we have in Jesus, life is rich and free. By contrast, ultimately, life without Jesus is hollow, tasteless, and an empty pursuit…but we act as preservers as well. The drift toward decadence should be checked because followers of Jesus are present. Being salt means that we are better citizens who influence public policy, sit on school boards, occupy judicial benches, vote regularly, and speak out humbly yet clearly about morality and justice…This call to salt and light our world insists that we get beyond ourselves and our cloisters and intentionally connect with our world on His behalf.”
Joseph Stowell, The Trouble with Jesus

Ignoring God _________ You Into Some ____________ Places

•    Where We Went Wrong: Judah is Judges for Going Astray (Amos 2:4-5)
•    Marring His Image: Israel is Judged for Treating People Like Property (Amos 2:6-8)
•    A Spoiled Brat: God Recounts His Kindness & Their Disdain for It (Amos 2:9-12)
•    No Matter How Hard You Try: Defeat is Prophesied Over Israel (Amos 2:13-16)
•    Good News & Bad News: The Benefits and Challenges of Home (Amos 3:1-2)
•    …So Let It Be Done: God’s Sovereign Will is Revealed (Amos 3:3-8)
•    Too Far Gone: Nations Are Invited to See Israel’s Demise (Amos 3:9-10)
•    Destruction is Sure: God States the Destruction of Israel with Surety (Amos 3:11-15)

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