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Today we hear the word of the prophet Amos. Last week Zak reminded us that a prophet is like God’s postman. Well, that’s who Amos was. Amos is a good example of the special people of God who study what is around them; what is going on in their world, and their time, and seek to express a ‘Godly’ point of view. Sometimes this is issued as a warning that comes with a demand for things to change. A prophet is someone who interprets the circumstances of their time through the eyes of God, and who then in his or her words seeks to aid others to envision the world God seeks for God’s people.

As Amos would understand, and all of us today who live by the convictions of Christian faith would surely agree with him, the normal or