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Raoul’s Two Cents: January 27, 2023

Troubled Marriage

WARNING: Religious stuff. Move on to the joke section if you aren’t interested in my insight.

In Sunday school last weekend, we were studying an Old Testament prophet named Hosea. In case you don’t know who he is, God gave Hosea a most unusual instruction. God told Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. Say what?! Yup! Hosea married a hot babe who kept on chasing her many lovers even after she was married. Imagine Hosea’s patience and agony living with that lecherous woman who, although knowing better, rejected the message that her own prophet husband preached to the rest of the world.

THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT

God has always warned His people to remain loyal to Him. The colorful sign on the Old Testament billboard said it plainly — “DO NOT WORSHIP OTHER GODS!” However, the faddish chosen people who drove past that ten foot advertisement every day even had the gall to build altars and worshiped their man-made religious superstars. Their blasphemy angered God so much He used Hosea’s marriage to mirror the people’s broken promise with God. (We understand pain but pain only becomes a reality when it happens to us.) So when Hosea preached about his broken heart, he spoke from experience.

Back to my Sunday school huddle: As we discussed the passage, one of the women (Bethany) explained that Hosea’s example is also a reminder of our present-day shortcomings with God. Our idols may not be in the form of altars and statues but they are just as detestable. Money, power, greed, etc. — these are the poisons that have replaced our worship of God. And our sins hurt our heavenly father just as Gomer, the prostitute, hurt her loyal husband.

This reminded me of Jesus’ unfathomable love for us. Despite how unworthy and disloyal we are, God became man — a speck of dust compared to the vast universe He created. His son Jesus Christ volunteered to degrade Himself for our sake in order to mirror the Father’s love for us.

This Little Light

Put yourself in Jesus’ sandals. All around, you see filthy, dirty, Covid-infected reprobates reaching out to touch you. But instead of cringing at their very smell, you extend your arms to give them a hug. You cure many of them. Jesus showed us how to love. He lit a candle and that flame started to spread.

Today many still hold a fire that started from that first candle. The better of us reach out and share the light. The timid ones hold the candle too close that they smother it and they never glow bright. Worse, others do not protect their flame and the winds of lies and trials blow the flame out of commission.

You know what I’m saying. I don’t need to elaborate. But I do have two questions to ask you: Did you reach out and receive the light? What are you doing with that light? Hmmm.

TGIF people!

Raoul

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” — Hosea Chapter 1, verse 2.

Joke of the Week

Thanks to John of Connecticut

Art by Raoul Pascual

Video of the Week

Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines shares some crazy Japanese pranks
which would never pass here in America.

Parting Shots

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA.

Thanks to Lee of Bakersfield, CA

I found these

My good friend (and jokester) Terry and I came up with these.

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6 Comments

  1. Lee

    January 30, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Sounds like a great SS class. Some good stuff in Hosea. I love that book. Thank also for reference to me on the stretching the sheets on the bed!

    Blessings to you and I hope your decision for a move (or not) is more clear to you now.

    Lee

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  2. Heather

    January 30, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Reaching for the light as I walk through life.

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  3. Tom

    January 30, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Thanks Raoul. Hosea was quite a Great Person in History and his lesson is well taken. There is so much Wisdom expressed in Scripture and in the Psalms. They never attended Harvard or Yale but write the most meaningful words ever expressed.
    Those videos and cartoons were superb. Tom of Pasadena

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  4. Chuck

    January 30, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Hi Brother Raoul,

    Thank you for all the work you put into this list. Very interesting. You left out one important movie producer. The man that Charlie Chaplin called the greatest living Comedian of the time; the Mexican Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes., known to the world as Cantinflas. Cantinflas was also a bullfighter. His movies are still aired on TV – it helps if you speak Spanish – but you listed several French producers. In your comments about Idols taking the place of God; you could add entertainers; actors, actresses and sports superstars and musicians. Picasso is reported to have said, “All art is a lie, that points to the truth.” A good laugh or cry can sometimes open up our hearts to Gods reality. Ernest Hemingway said that “A mans best friend is a book.” I would say, “ The Bible is a person’s best friend.” Of course that is if they open, read and study it.

    Mario Moreno known as Cantinflas, Mexican comedian, actor and filmmaker. A younger contemporary of Charlie Chaplin He had a role in the American movie, Around the World In Eighty Days. 1956 – included some 80 different actors. Look it up on Google. I watched it years ago, and am ready to see it again. A type of Mad, Mad, Mad World movie assembly. Another one of my favorites. Do you remember Jonathan Winters line as the truck driver when they said if they found the hidden treasure, they could take it and not pay taxes on it! Jonathan said, “Well everybody pays taxes; even businessmen pay taxes..” One of my favorite lines!

    Blessings,

    C. J. “Chuck

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  5. Noel

    January 30, 2023 at 9:03 am

    hahahaha..iba talaga Japanese pranks (LOved the Japanese pranks).

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  6. Drexel

    January 30, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Raoul… been thinkin’ about the theme of Friday’s message “Go, marry a promiscuous woman”…..there may be more to this than a message of being judgmental….It may include the thought about how special it might be being with someone who’s experiences go beyond yours bringing new and exciting methods of wonder & joy based on their life experiences….well, another thought to ponder….have a good week.

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