Return to Me: 40 Prophetic Teachings about Unfaithfulness, Punishment, and Hope from the Minor Prophets (ebook)

Return to Me: 40 Prophetic Teachings about Unfaithfulness, Punishment, and Hope from the Minor Prophets (ebook)

Gut-wrenching despair and steadfast devotion to receive godly deliverance.

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If you’ve ever found the minor prophets confusing or irrelevant, then this devotional Bible study is for you.

The minor prophets may not seem like they have much to offer our modern world. But as you reflect on their themes of hope, faithfulness, and forgiveness, you’ll discover they point us to a message of turning from old ways and moving forward in faith and obedience.

In Return to Me, you’ll study all of the minor prophets, including Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You’ll uncover how God’s purpose reveals his plan over history and points us toward the One who gives us eternal hope: Jesus Christ.

In Return to Me, you’ll receive:

  • 40 days of devotionals covering all twelve prophets
  • Inspiring biblical lessons to wake up your faith
  • Hope and inspiration to discover how the prophets’ words apply to you today

Enjoy a flexible format that won’t overwhelm. Perfect for individuals or groups.

Return to Me is an ideal forty-day devotional Bible resource for women, men, and couples. Written by seasoned Bible teacher and author, Peter DeHaan, each day’s message is a short, yet thought-provoking reading perfect for your quiet time. It includes a challenging application question and additional Bible passages to enhance your study.

Immerse yourself in the discovery of key themes from the minor prophets, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. God’s invitation to return to him is for you.

Get Return to Me today and be refreshed by its relevant themes of forgiveness, faith, and hope.

[This book was first published as Dear Theophilus, Minor Prophets.]

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Who Are the Minor Prophets?

A large portion of the Old Testament contains books of prophecy. Bible scholars divide these prophetic books into two categories. They call one group the Major Prophets, which includes the writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah (who also wrote Lamentations), Ezekiel, and Daniel.
The other category is the Minor Prophets, which we’ll cover in this book. They are:

1. Hosea
2. Joel
3. Amos
4. Obadiah
5. Jonah
6. Micah
7. Nahum
8. Habakkuk
9. Zephaniah
10. Haggai
11. Zechariah
12. Malachi

This makes a total of twelve so-called Minor Prophets. The label minor is unfortunate because it leads many people to believe that their works and messages aren’t as important as the Major Prophets. This isn’t true.

They’re called minor because the books they wrote are shorter.

I, for one, like shorter books. It might be that you do too. The writings of these twelve prophets are quick to read and easier to digest.

We’ll cover all twelve in Return to Me. However, we won’t address them in the order they appear in the Bible. Instead, we’ll place them in chronological order (the best we can). This will give us some needed context and help us with continuity.

For many of these twelve prophets, the Bible lets us know the period of their ministries by mentioning the kings who ruled at that time, along with other useful hints. For other prophets, the Bible gives us no indication of when they prophesied. For these we place them in order based on Bible scholars’ interpretations of nonbiblical historical documents. Several of the prophets in the following list have overlapping timelines, being contemporaries of one another and prophesying in the same era.

Here are the twelve Minor Prophets placed in rough chronological order. Key events and other notable biblical figures appear in parentheses to help us round out the timeline...

Meet Author Peter DeHaan

Peter DeHaan, PhD, often makes religious people squirm, but spiritual seekers cheer. He’s not trying to be provocative, but he seeks truth, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. He yearns for Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

Peter earned his doctorate, awarded with high distinction, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife in beautiful Southwest Michigan and wrangles crossword puzzles in his spare time.

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