The all-important Step 4 of how God changes us – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 4

We learned so far in this week’s five-part blog series on Ezekiel 35-36 that God says that he will give us a new heart of flesh, and a new spirit.  What Spirit?  That’s the next step in the transformation process.  Learn about steps 1-3 here. Now we learn about the all-important Step Four in verseContinue reading “The all-important Step 4 of how God changes us – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 4”

Steps 1-3 of how God changes people – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 3

How does God describe the process of human transformation, so that we are becoming the kind of people he wants us to be? We find out in Ezekiel 36, verses 24-32.  Go ahead and read those verses and see if you can discern the steps of how God changes the human heart? Do you seeContinue reading “Steps 1-3 of how God changes people – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 3”

The critical first step to having a change of heart – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 2

This week on the blog we are seeking to learn if and how a cold heart can be transformed into a warm heart. In other words, can people change? If so, how? After learning about the prophecy against Edom in chapter 35, in the previous post, we now begin chapter 36, and God asks EzekielContinue reading “The critical first step to having a change of heart – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 2”

When a heart grows cold – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 1

Many years ago, my wife Michelle and I sat in the living room of a young couple listening, somewhat shocked, as only one year after having done their pre-marital counseling and wedding ceremony, one of them said to the other, “I don’t feel love for you anymore.”  The other spouse burst into tears. How isContinue reading “When a heart grows cold – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 1”

Why is it so hard to change? – Ezekiel 35-36, Preview

Have you heard the phrase, “That person will never change.”  Or how about the similar, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”  Maybe you’ve heard yourself say, “That’s just the way I am.”  Years ago, I was in a conversation with someone who was describing their most recent conflict with their boss.  The person’sContinue reading “Why is it so hard to change? – Ezekiel 35-36, Preview”

How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture? He seems afraid to take off the mask. Changing ourselves can be very difficult, even when we want to change. But it is possible. Keep reading to discover how. Today we conclude our study through Colossians 3:5-11, which we started here. In verse 10, PaulContinue reading “How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5”

How to overcome “Some people never change” – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 4

“They will never change.” Have you ever said that? Maybe you thought it? Or maybe it was declared about you. Is it true that people never change? Perhaps it has been true for some people. But for the vast majority, change is always happening in our lives, even if incrementally. As we have been studyingContinue reading “How to overcome “Some people never change” – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 4″

A poem that can help you have a better life? – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 1

Have you ever longed for a better world?  2020 is a good year to long for a better world, isn’t it?  Or maybe I should say it is an easy year to long for a better world?  But while it is easy to long for a better world, actually achieving that better world can seemContinue reading “A poem that can help you have a better life? – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 1”

When you start to change and your friends don’t like it

Have you ever gone through a life change, and that change affected your friendships? You know who your real friends are when you start changing. Perhaps you believe new things, or maybe you have shed a long-held belief, and your friends are pushing back.  It could be that you have stopped doing something that youContinue reading “When you start to change and your friends don’t like it”

Christians, has Jesus transformed your life? Here’s how you can tell.

A question for any of you who consider yourselves Christians, followers of Jesus: would you say that Jesus has transformed your life? Yesterday we saw that Jesus transformed Peter’s life. It wouldn’t surprise me if Peter has that memory in mind as he continues his teaching in 1 Peter 4:1-6.  In verse 3 he buildsContinue reading “Christians, has Jesus transformed your life? Here’s how you can tell.”