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Dying from COVID-19 is not the greatest tragedy. Dying apart from Christ is the greatest tragedy. Does God have your attention yet? The life of Hosea illustrates the longsuffering, pursuing love that God has for His people in spite of our appalling unfaithfulness. The book of Hosea is a vivid and shocking object lesson of just what lengths God Almighty will go to in demonstrating His patient, extravagant, pursuing love for His children. God created us. He chose us, not because of any merit in us, but simply because He chose us. He bought us back out of the slavery into which we had sold ourselves. He came looking for us after we wandered away yet again. In spite of our filthy unfaithfulness, He welcomed us back time after time.

In a measure to protect the health of the public, Joseph Strickland, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, has issued a decree suspending the public celebration of Mass, beginning Wednesday.

God asked a lot of pointed questions in the Bible. Those questions are worthy of our attention. Isaiah chapter 6 opens by giving us a date, the year that King Uzziah died, about 740 B.C. We are not told for certain, but it appears that Isaiah is in The Temple worshipping. That is always a good place to be. For Isaiah it was the year that he met the Lord face to face. (I guess Uzziah did also!) From God’s perspective, the year was the year of Uzziah’s death. Uzziah had reigned longer than any king of Judah or Israel before him. His reign started off well but did not finish well.

All the Minor Prophets revolve around a crisis. The crisis in the book of Jonah is within Jonah’s heart. God called Jonah to be a missionary and Jonah had an anti-missionary heart. That is the crisis of the book. God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and proclaim that judgment had been passed and punishment was coming swiftly. Clearly this was a missionary assignment. Jonah was not told to proclaim repentance or be punished; however, the judgment could have come with no warning whatsoever. God obviously wanted the people of Nineveh to know what was coming and Who it was that was sending it. That is an act of missionary mercy on God’s part. Jonah hated Nineveh and thus did not want to go. When he finally succumbed to great pressure from the Lord and went, it was not willingly or cheerfully. Against his will, Jonah eventually went to Nineveh and proclaimed the message. A great repentance occurred. God held off on the punishment. Jonah got angry.