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Our new sermon series is titled “Facing the Stresses of Life with Faith.”
The great spiritual giants of the past were not immune from the problems that plague us in the present day.
They faced life with faith in a God who is at work to bring out good in everything that happens.
Today we are talking about Lessons Learned in the School of Life.
How many of us went to university?
And how many of us received our education in the school of life, majoring in hard knocks?
In the Old Testament there is the story of a prophet who got his education in the school of life.
He too majored in hard knocks.
His name was Hosea.
The prophet’s marriage to a prostitute named Gomer marked the beginning of his education.
Hosea 1:2-3, When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea: “Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry And children of harlotry,
For the land has committed great harlotry By departing from the Lord.”
So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
The inevitable result was domestic tragedy.
Three children were born in Hosea’s home, but he had a suspicion that the last child did not belong to him.
Amid the domestic tragedy, Hosea applied his situation to the Lord’s work with Israel.
God married Israel, and Israel was unfaithful to the Lord.
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