Return to Me… The Lord of Heavenly Forces

Look, the day is coming, burning like an oven. All the arrogant ones and all those doing evil will become straw. The coming day will burn them, says the Lord of heavenly forces, leaving them neither root nor branch. 2 But the sun of righteousness will rise on those revering my name; healing will be in its wings so that you will go forth andContinue reading “Return to Me… The Lord of Heavenly Forces”

Return to Me… Mercy and Grace

16 Then those revering the Lord, each and every one, spoke among themselves. The Lord paid attention and listened to them. Then a scroll of remembrance was written before the Lord about those revering the Lord, the ones meditating on his name. 17 On the day that I am preparing, says the Lord of heavenly forces, they will be my special possession. I willContinue reading “Return to Me… Mercy and Grace”

Return to Me… Finding Blessing Through Giving

Ever since the time of your ancestors, you have deviated from my laws and have not kept them. Return to me and I will return to you, says the Lord of heavenly forces. But you say, “How should we return?” 8 Should a person deceive God? Yet you deceive me. But you say, “How have we deceived you?” With your tenth-part gifts and offerings. 9 You are being cursedContinue reading “Return to Me… Finding Blessing Through Giving”

Return to Me… Refined and Pure

Look, I am sending my messenger who will clear the path before me; suddenly the Lord whom you are seeking will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you take delight is coming, says the Lord of heavenly forces. 2 Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can withstand his appearance? He is like the refiner’s fire or theContinue reading “Return to Me… Refined and Pure”

Return to Me… Worn Out

17 You have made the Lord tired with your words. You say, “How have we made him tired?”     When you say:         “Anyone doing evil is good in the Lord’s eyes,”         or “He delights in those doing evil,”         or “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17, Common English Bible). There are things and times when we all feel worn out.Continue reading “Return to Me… Worn Out”

Return to Me… Don’t Cheat

10 Isn’t there one father for all of us,         one God who created us? Why does everyone cheat each other to make the covenant of our ancestors impure? 11 Judah cheated—         a detestable thing was done in Israel and Jerusalem.     Judah made the Lord’s holy place impure, which God loved,         and married the daughter of a foreign god.Continue reading “Return to Me… Don’t Cheat”