Why we need a new heart and a new spirit, and how to get them – Ezekiel 18, Part 5

Editor’s Note: I’m thankful to guest blogger Brandon Hershey for this week’s study of Ezekiel 18! In God’s words to the Jews in Ezekiel 18 (which we started studying here), God does not want to see us suffer the consequences of our sin. Instead, he wants to see us repent and live. Unlike the exilesContinue reading “Why we need a new heart and a new spirit, and how to get them – Ezekiel 18, Part 5”

Are you feeling frustrated waiting on God? – Ezekiel 12, Part 3

Does it seem like God is not keeping his promises? Maybe you wonder, for example, if Jesus is going to return, like he said he would. Or maybe you wonder when Jesus is going to return. Why is he taking so long? There are many teachings or promises in the Bible that we can wonderContinue reading “Are you feeling frustrated waiting on God? – Ezekiel 12, Part 3”

Do you know these historical quotes? – Ezekiel 11, Part 1

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome David Hundert as guest blogger! Thanks David! Can you finish the following sentences? Let’s start with one that might be familiar: “Those who fail to learn from history,___________________________” Did you get it right? “Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Do you know whoContinue reading “Do you know these historical quotes? – Ezekiel 11, Part 1”

Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2

Have you ever experienced the frustration of loving someone who isn’t loving you back? It is a common human relational reality. Spouses that are scorned or betrayed. Kids neglecting their parents, and parents neglecting their kids. Friends that don’t care when you are struggling. Have you ever considered that God might feel like that? InContinue reading “Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2”

American Idols – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Preview

Do you worship idols? Of course not, right? Or do you? When I was in seminary for my Master’s degree I took a course called “American Idols.”  It wasn’t about the famous singing competition!  Instead it was about the various ideas or objects that we Americans idolize.  There are a number of really good possibilitiesContinue reading “American Idols – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Preview”

School…Work…Retirement…Does God care about the places we spend so much time? – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 1

School.  Work.  And retirement.  Three phases of life. Which are you in?  Maybe a mixture of more than one.  Which are you looking forward to?  Think about how much time we spend in these three phases of life.  At least 13 years in school, maybe more if you go to college and grad school.  ThenContinue reading “School…Work…Retirement…Does God care about the places we spend so much time? – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 1”

Important biblical teaching for students, workers and retirees – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Preview

How do you work at your job in a way that is honoring to God? How about school? What does it look like to be a student that is honoring to God? Or think about retirement? Did you ever think that it matters to God how you retire? Two weeks ago, in our study throughContinue reading “Important biblical teaching for students, workers and retirees – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Preview”

Why the ultimate Christian approach to marriage roles is “submit to one another” – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 3

Yesterday I mentioned that have a surprise for you.  This week we have been looking at how to live the Colossians 3:17 principle of “whatever you do, do it all in the name of Jesus,” as it pertains to family relationships. Paul teaches that wives should submit to their husbands and husbands should love theirContinue reading “Why the ultimate Christian approach to marriage roles is “submit to one another” – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 3″

Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5

So is the resurrection truly true? If you want a scientific answer, with insurmountable proof, I’m sorry but I’m not able to give that.  I hope you heard in the previous post some strong evidence for the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. People who had very good reason to kill the Christian movement only had toContinue reading “Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5”

How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5

Have you ever been in a workplace or school or volunteer group that has a rule in place, and a newcomer asks, “Why do you have that rule?” and you honestly can’t remember?  You’ve been following the rule for so long that you’ve forgotten why it was imposed in the first place!  It was wiseContinue reading “How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5”