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Danny Willett Wins the 2016 Masters

April 18, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Weidman
            Heading into day 4 of the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., Jordan Spieth, the world ranked number 2 golfer, had a commanding two stroke lead. An epic collapse, however, in …

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Can God Fix This? (Hosea 14:1–9)

April 18, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Tiberius Rata

“Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,

For you have stumbled because of your iniquity”

Hosea 14:1 

Have you ever sinned and wondered if God can still forgive you even though you have rebelled against Him over and over again?  The Bible is clear that God can and wants to forgive and restore us.  Here are steps to restoration as outlined in Hosea 14.

Acknowledge your sin (Hosea 14:1–2)

God can restore anyone. Ask Moses. God changed him from a murderer into a deliverer. Ask David. God changed him from an adulterer and a murderer into a psalm writer and for 3,000 years he’s been helping believers in their relationships with God. But there is one requirement: repentance. “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God” is God’s command to His people. The word return conveys the idea of repentance. The people need to return/repent because they have been on the road of rebellion, and now God wants them to come back to Him on the road of obedience. The people’s sin has caused them to stumble. Now they are commanded to ask for God’s forgiveness.

“Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously” is the prayer of repentance that all people need to pray. We need to come to God just as we are, but after encountering the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator God, a radical change must be observed in us after God takes away our iniquity and imparts grace to us. Patrick Morley writes that the church’s integrity problem is in the misconception “that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behavior.”

Put your trust in God alone (Hosea 14:3)

Salvation only comes from God. We cannot save ourselves. No matter how many good deeds we do, no matter how many missions trips we make, and no matter how many times a day we pray, we cannot save ourselves. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. For a moment God’s people thought that they could be saved by the great Assyrian army. Verse 3 concludes, “Assyria will not save us.”

To place trust in a government or a military power is foolish. Salvation only comes from God. Our commitment to the God who saves us must be seen in a real day-to-day commitment. “Nor will we say again, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands.” The people have understood that a relationship with the true and only God means rejecting allegiance to the blind, motionless, powerless piece of wood or iron they have been unwisely worshiping.

Accept God’s healing (Hosea 14:4–8)

Although God must punish people for their sin, He always has a word of hope for those who repent of their sin and turn from their sinful ways. “I will heal their apostasy” is God’s commitment. “I will love them freely” is God’s assurance. There is nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. The people’s sin has turned them into a dry land, but God promises to be “like the dew to Israel; He will blossom like the lily, and He will take root like the cedar of Lebanon.” Not only will Israel be blessed, but as a result of God’s healing and love, Israel will be a blessing to others. “Those who live in His shadow will again raise grain and they will blossom like the vine.”

Walk in Wisdom (Hosea 14:9)

All Christ’s followers are required to walk in wisdom. Wisdom is not acquired when one earns a degree, and it cannot be bought in the “Religion” section of your local bookstore. One cannot download wisdom from a self-help site and one cannot inherit wisdom from his or her parents.

Wisdom, like salvation, comes from God. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Proverbs 2:6 teaches us that “The Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” When one walks in God’s ways as spelled out in the Bible, one is wise.

Hosea concludes his book by affirming that “the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them.” The apostle Paul says, “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” May we live in God’s obedience and Christ’s wisdom in such a way that we’ll be filled with the Holy Spirit and live for the glory of God every moment of our lives.

 

Opinion: The Movie “Believe Me”

April 4, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment
Opinion: The Movie “Believe Me”

by Jordyn Stowers
One life skill that I appreciate is the ability to be able to laugh at your own foolishness instead of taking offence. If you need help in this skill, the movie “Believe Me” …

Opinion: The Movie “Believe Me”

April 4, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
Opinion: The Movie “Believe Me”

by Kylie Tester
The film “Believe Me” proved to be more thought-provoking than I had initially expected. While it was full of offensive stereotypes regarding the Christian faith that I admittedly caught myself laughing at, there …

Ventured into Unfolded Places

March 21, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Ventured into Unfolded Places

by Emma Mitchell

Matthew had to adapt to several cultural traditions, one of which was eating 12 assorted ethnic foods. He also visited an Islamic mosque, learning about how Muslims pray. “I felt intrusive sitting in …

Mock Draft: Part One

February 12, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
Mock Draft: Part One

by Andrew Weidman
The following article is a mock draft in which I paired ten of the top college graduates pursuing a career in the National Football League, with an NFL team. The actual draft will …

Opinion – What’s Up with Gun Control?

February 12, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
Opinion – What’s Up with Gun Control?

by Grace Beight
Umpqua, Ore. Chicago, Ill. San Bernardino, Calif. What do all three of these cities have in common? A mass shooting incident occurred in each one of them in 2015. Now how is it …

Boycotting the Oscars

February 1, 2016 – 9:12 pm | No Comment
Boycotting the Oscars

By Brooke Biggins
For the second consecutive year, no African American or ethnic minority actors have been nominated in any of the four Oscar acting categories.
A controversy has arisen once the Oscar nominations for the 2016 …

January 16, 2016 – 12:22 am | No Comment

The Most Interesting Person in Your Neighborhood
Dr. Jeff Peck
Frankly, my life is rather routine. Some might call it boring. I don’t jump out of airplanes, climb mountains or dive into caves. I haven’t hiked the …

Election Update

January 16, 2016 – 12:21 am | No Comment
Election Update

Election Update
Opinion by Andrew Weidman
           If you read the last election article published in the Sounding Board, you’ll have found out that there are four major candidates for the 2016 presidency: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, …

Paranoia Winner: Benjamin Tucker

December 11, 2015 – 4:02 am | No Comment
Paranoia Winner: Benjamin Tucker

By Maycee Davis
Assassins, a game consisting of water guns and hide-and-seek, has been played at Grace College for a while, but switching the name to Paranoia and changing the game’s goal was a GSO/SAB team …

New Worship Arts Degree Debuts Fall 2016

December 2, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment
New Worship Arts Degree Debuts Fall 2016

By Melissa Sorensen
The Grace College Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts is in the process of transitioning into the addition of another degree option: the Worship Arts degree. Classes for the degree will begin …


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