God’s description of heaven? – Ezekiel 34, Part 4

Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? I asked a bunch of questions about heaven in this post, when I previewed this five-part series on Ezekiel chapter 34. Now we get to an answer. In Ezekiel 34 verses 23-31, God shares a new vision of hope for the people. While God says that heContinue reading “God’s description of heaven? – Ezekiel 34, Part 4”

God’s heart to stop injustice – Ezekiel 34, Part 3

Does God care about the downtrodden, the poor, the hungry, the slave? Does he care about people who are going through pain? We can wonder about this when we are the downtrodden ones, when we are poor, hungry and enslaved. As we continue studying Ezekiel 34, we learn about God’s heart. Ezekiel’s prophecy in chapterContinue reading “God’s heart to stop injustice – Ezekiel 34, Part 3”

Who is Israel’s true king? – Ezekiel 34, Part 2

In the previous post, we learned that in Ezekiel 34, God gave Ezekiel a prophetic word condemning the shepherds of Israel, because they selfishly cared for themselves while allowing the sheep to be hurt and preyed upon. But God wasn’t talking about shepherd and sheep. He was using them as a metaphor to depict whatContinue reading “Who is Israel’s true king? – Ezekiel 34, Part 2”

Will God keep his promises? – Ezekiel 34, Part 1

Will God keep his promises?  In the previous five-part series on the blog, we learned that God had made very clear promises to his people Israel. In Ezekiel chapter 33 we learned that Babylon invaded and destroyed Jerusalem. As the people of Israel looked around the smoking rubble of their city, they wondered if thoseContinue reading “Will God keep his promises? – Ezekiel 34, Part 1”

Do you long for heaven? – Ezekiel 34, Preview

When you think of heaven, what images come to mind?  Maybe a long line of people waiting to get in?  Or do you think of pearly gates connecting jewel-encrusted walls, a castle, golden streets, and angels?  Maybe bright light filling the sky over green rolling hills?  Sometimes we think of mansions.  Maybe meetings with JesusContinue reading “Do you long for heaven? – Ezekiel 34, Preview”

How to move beyond worship as infotainment – Ezekiel 33:21-22, Part 5

I recently attended a worship service at a church where the pastor regularly walked up on stage while the praise band was leading songs, and he pumped his fist, hyped up the crowd, and patted the shoulders of the various band members. How do you feel about that? Maybe I’m in the minority viewpoint onContinue reading “How to move beyond worship as infotainment – Ezekiel 33:21-22, Part 5”

Worthless religion focuses on information – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 4

We Christians have a significant focus on information.  Worship services are heavy on information. This sermon is all information.  We are studying the words of a biblical text.  Then we might attend classes or small groups in which we receive yet more information.  The information is usually very good.  It is designed to help usContinue reading “Worthless religion focuses on information – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 4”

What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3

Can you ever sin too much? Can you ever rebel against God too far? As we continue our study of Ezekiel 33, we learned in the previous post that God opened Ezekiel’s mouth, after seven years of silence, and now Ezekiel can speak freely. In verse 23, just as soon as Ezekiel can say whateverContinue reading “What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3”

What happened when a woman interrupted my sermon…at a funeral! – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 2

Recently I was officiating a funeral here in our church sanctuary, and a woman arrived very late, long after the funeral service began, walked in and took a seat in the back. During my sermon, she raised her hand. The way she raised her hand was was like a student would raise their hand inContinue reading “What happened when a woman interrupted my sermon…at a funeral! – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 2”

When information does not lead to formation – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 1

“You had one job.” Do you know how many of these videos and memes are online?  I spent too much time this week trying to find one to show you.  There are so many videos and pictures of times that people had a job and didn’t do it right.  Here’s a fun one. It’s theContinue reading “When information does not lead to formation – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 1”