Hosea 14 Continued


A word from Max Lucado from his book The Great House of God: We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace.

6 His branches shall spread;
His beauty shall be like an olive tree,
And his fragrance like Lebanon.

Lebanon is a wooded mountain range on the northern border of Israel and my thoughts are wooded with olive trees. Olive trees are a staple, the giver of life sustaining gifts to Israel. And to that we can add that Lebanon in the Hebrew language means to be white, to be made white, purity, to show whiteness, grow white.
Beautiful description of Jesus, isn’t it? And of us – as we ‘grow’, like Him, ‘become white’, ‘pure’ in Him. Oh! Yes! Lord Jesus spread Your Branches over me!!!
7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;
They shall be revived like grain,
You know the story of grain, don’t you? That it must fall to the ground and die in order to live and bring forth fruit. What better picture could we have of what we must do today if we are to ‘grow white’.
And grow like a vine.
Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 “ Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’
I have heard and observed him.
I am like a green cypress tree;
Your fruit is found in Me.”
What a STATEMENT! Now that I have HEARD His Voice, now that I have OBSERVED His Ways, how could I anymore bow to idols???!! How indeed!!
9 Who is wise?
Let him understand these things.
Who is prudent?
Let him know them.

Oh yes! We are ONLY wise and ONLY prudent when we ‘grow white’, when we nestle under the Shadow and Wing of the ALMIGHTY and LIVE THERE.
For the ways of the LORD are right;
The righteous walk in them,
But transgressors stumble in them.
See that?! His Ways ARE RIGHT, always. And we do well only when we walk and live and breathe in them. Amen. Make it so in us Lord!

Prayer Requests:
Kathie, I just talked to Johnny and he said that Uncle John will have surgery tomorrow morning for the aneurism in his aorta. Uncle John will be 91 on Christmas Day and he has asbestosis so this is risky. The aneurism is very large and the doctor’s say that if it ruptures it will be instant death. There has been some debate as to whether he can even make it through the surgery but Uncle John has made the decision himself. He’s in God’s hands.
Please pray for Kyle A. He is very sick with Staph infection and is in the hospital in Tuscaloosa for the 2nd time since Friday. Kyle is a great Christian guy and the only son of Kim and Tim A who go to church with Andrew. Joann T from Eastern Shore Baptist called me to get the prayer chain started. Joann’s son, David, is Kyle’s roommate at Alabama. Please pray. Janet

Father, thank You that we are nestled under the Shadow and Wing of Your Salvation. Thank You for Your Word; otherwise how would we endure all that we see and hear. You have in Your Heart what You will do for John. Thank You for the years You have given him, good years. Father, I hardly know how to pray for him but I am asking that the surgery be successful and that he live. And Kyle, so young and the only son, Lord. We understand staph infections to be bad, life threatening. We know You know and we know You care. You said the prayer of faith would heal the sick and so we are praying for a remarkable recovery for Kyle. And we ask for a remarkable recovery for Jason too and faith to come alive in Vicki, stronger and deeper than she has ever experienced.
And these too Lord and all those concerns and pains, both physical and emotional, that we are bearing. Lord, we all want to be healed. We want and as I say that I remember – Lord, cause our pains to bring us to Peace – Your Peace within. Bless these as only You can. Bring our IDOK Troops home safe and sound and today give them protection of mind, body and spirit. And bring this war to a successful conclusion we pray and we pray for the Peace of Israel and we pray for the Repentance of America and we pray for the election of Your Chosen President for this Country and we ask this for the Glory and in the Name of Jesus our Savior. Amen and Amen.

The Peace of Israel John K. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki, Sharron and other family members. Joseph Toomey and Family. Wheeler Family. Mary Ann. Mr. Nash. DeLois. Terri. Leah O. Patsy B. Kim T. Krystee. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Janie B. W.C. & Family . Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Taylor & family. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Katelyn. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Martha F and Bob. Rev and Mrs. Carpenter. Allyson and Glen and family and Kaitlyn. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa and Brad and family. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Jenny. Julia and her mom. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. George. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Justin G. Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Drew. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 70°F and cloudy in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 4:38 PM AST – on December 5, 2007