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SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot

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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

One of the greatest and trippiest stories in the Bible is in the Old Testament book of Hosea (say ho-ZAYuh). God wanted to paint a picture for his people, the Hebrew people (and eventually, for us). So—get ready, here it comes—he told Hosea to marry a prostitute!

God was a creating a living metaphor of his love for us. (Have you learned about metaphors in school—when you use one thing to describe another thing?) In this story, Hosea represents God; the prostitute…well, that’s us. That’s because we’re all so hot-and-cold in our commitments to God. Right after camp, we’re totally pumped about God. But a few months later, we don’t give God a passing thought unless we’re in the car on the way to church.

But here’s the wild, surprising truth. God didn’t have Hosea marry a prostitute so God could show us what unfaithful maggots we are. It’s so much better than that!

Hosea married Gomer. (Really, that was her name. But remember, you’re Gomer! Ha! Okay, back to the story…) For a while Gomer was faithful to Hosea. But then she left him and went back to her prostituting ways, had a couple more kids (by different men), and started living with some other guy. Hosea assumed the marriage was over.

But then God came to Hosea and said (you can see this in Hosea 3:1-3):
“Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes. “So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you.”

Sacred raisin cakes? A homer of barley? Don’t sweat it—here’s the summary: Hosea found his wife and bought her (like, he had to pay the pimp she worked for) so she could come back and be his wife again.

Does this story sound familiar to anyone? When we totally stray from God and love other things more than him, God buys us back with Jesus’ death and resurrection to show us how much he loves us. See, God’s love for you isn’t connected to you being “good”or “bad”or anything in between. God loves you just because God loves you.

(Taken from “My Faith”by Kurt Johnston and Mark Oestreicher, c 2006, Zondervan/Youth Specialties. Used by permission.)

2. SURF REPORT

~ The World’s Ugliest Dogs

~ Bartleby.com—Great Books Online—http://www.bartleby.com/

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.”– Edward lawlor

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

5. PARTING SHOT

What happens if you get half scared to death twice?

copyright 2007 :: Youth Specialties

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