A watchman must first hear from God – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 2

Have you heard of the Whispering Gallery in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London? Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral includes a gallery 30 meters above the floor, under the large dome. Even when the gallery is crowded, when a person places their cheek again the wall and whispers, if there is another person leaningContinue reading “A watchman must first hear from God – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 2”

“I got your back,” Watchmen, and distraction – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 1

Two of my nephews are ages 10 and 11, and they ride the bus together.  This past spring, a neighborhood boy who also rides their bus, started making fun of the 10 year old, so the 11 year came to his defense, punched the kid. Right there on the bus.  Makes you think about theContinue reading ““I got your back,” Watchmen, and distraction – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 1″

Why I think you need an accountability partner – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Preview

In my sophomore year of Bible college, my dorm section Resident Assistant (older student in charge of the dorm section, which included about 20 guys) asked me if he and I could become accountability partners.  I had heard of such a thing, but didn’t really know much about it.  The Resident Assistant, Chris, was aContinue reading “Why I think you need an accountability partner – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Preview”

Find out if you’re a prophet (and what to do if you’re not)- Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 5

Ezekiel has just been told by God that he will be a prophet. Imagine what you would feel like if God told you that you will be a prophet. Would you be happy? Ezekiel is really upset.  He doesn’t tell us why.  Look at Ezekiel 3:14 and the phrase, “the hand of the Lord wasContinue reading “Find out if you’re a prophet (and what to do if you’re not)- Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 5”

When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4

What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Is it just an intellectual concept that has little bearing on our real day-to-day lives? How do flesh and blood people have a meaningful relationship with invisible spirit? As a result, does God feel distant? Does it feel like God is something we read aboutContinue reading “When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4”

God will strengthen you for the task he gives you – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 3

Have you ever felt that God has given you a task that is too difficult? I think Ezekiel felt like that. As we have been learning in our study of the life of the prophet Ezekiel, God shows up in a shocking way with even more shocking news for Ezekiel. It was news that EzekielContinue reading “God will strengthen you for the task he gives you – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 3”

When God gives you a difficult job – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 2

Have you ever felt like God is asking you to do something, but it is too hard? With Ezekiel on his feet, God talks to him, giving him a new job. What kind of job? Will it be fun? Or will it be difficult? Read Ezekiel 2, verses 3-8. God calls Ezekiel to be aContinue reading “When God gives you a difficult job – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 2”

Are there prophets among us? – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 1

What comes to mind when you think of a prophet?  I think of guys like Elijah and John the Baptist, and they are wearing clothing made out of animal skins, holding staffs of wood, and their hair is out of control.  They have a personality to match.  Bold. Courageous.  They make loud and authoritative proclamations. Continue reading “Are there prophets among us? – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 1”

The precarious business of telling the truth – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Preview

Do you tell the truth? Of course you do…or do you? Are there times when you might fudge a bit on the truth? I suspect that all of us struggle with lying here and there, but for the most part we are committed to telling the truth. I ask the question, though, because there areContinue reading “The precarious business of telling the truth – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Preview”

How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5

We started this five-part series on Ezekiel 1 asking, “How long has it been since you encountered the presence of God?” Has it been a long time? Maybe you can’t say that you’ve ever experienced the manifest presence of God? We’ve been following the vision of Ezekiel 1, and so far Ezekiel has encountered fourContinue reading “How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5”