How to be ready for Jesus’ return – Ezekiel 12, Part 5

Football season is upon us, and the idea of being ready at all times, got me thinking of Charlie Brown, the Peanuts cartoon character.    Charlie Brown’s friend, Lucy, kneels down and sets up the football for Charlie Brown, saying, “I promise you I will let you kick it this time…” But we know Lucy. SheContinue reading “How to be ready for Jesus’ return – Ezekiel 12, Part 5”

When it seems like God isn’t keeping his promises – Ezekiel 12, Part 4

In the previous post, we talked about how frustrating it can feel waiting on God. Maybe you know the feeling. You want to be faithful to God, but you are waiting and waiting, and it doesn’t seem like God is keeping his promises. God has been telling the people in Ezekiel’s day that destruction isContinue reading “When it seems like God isn’t keeping his promises – Ezekiel 12, Part 4”

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 get tired of hearing about the end of the world? – Ezekiel 12, Preview

Did you watch the scenes from Afghanistan this past week?  Awful, right?  People hanging on US Air Force jets as the jets took flight, and the people fell to the ground.  How about the destruction in Haiti because of the earthquake?  More than 2000 dead.  How is it that Haiti has one horrible disaster afterContinue reading “Do you get tired of hearing about the end of the world? – Ezekiel 12, Preview”

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”

Are we living in the end times? – Ezekiel 7, Preview

The end is near!!! Encouraging start to this post, huh?  But have you wondered if the end actually is near?  Have you looked at our world situation, our national situation and wondered if we can last much longer?  If you have, you’re not alone.  I’ve heard people speculate about it a lot lately, especially givenContinue reading “Are we living in the end times? – Ezekiel 7, Preview”

Keep yourself in God’s love – Jude 17-25, Part 4

“Keep yourself in God’s love.” That really sounds like a religious or spiritual thing to say, right? What comes to your mind when you read that line? In this series of posts, we have been studying some phrases that Jude writes in an ancient letter to his Christian friends. It seems that Jude is writingContinue reading “Keep yourself in God’s love – Jude 17-25, Part 4”

How to pray in the Spirit – Jude 17-25, Part 3

What is prayer like for you? Do you spend much time praying? And when you pray, what do you actually do? How much do you talk? How much do you listen? As we continue our series through Jude 17-25, we’re learning how to be ready for Jesus to return, and the next practice Jude teachesContinue reading “How to pray in the Spirit – Jude 17-25, Part 3”

How to build others up in the faith – Jude 17-25, Part 2

Are you building others up? What does it mean to build others up? In th previous post I mentioned that there are Christian phrases that we use but maybe don’t fully understand. Today we’re looking at the phrase “build each other up.” Are you building others up in the faith? Yesterday we began our seriesContinue reading “How to build others up in the faith – Jude 17-25, Part 2”

Are we living in the “last times”? – Jude 17-25, Part 1

Have you ever been in a gathering or meeting where someone is talking, and you think to yourself, “I don’t know what this guy is talking about”?  You’re hearing his words, but you’re not understanding him.  Maybe he’s using jargon you’re not really familiar with.  But here’s the thing, no one in the group listeningContinue reading “Are we living in the “last times”? – Jude 17-25, Part 1″