When God’s presence is gone – Ezekiel 1, Part 1

Think about the last time you encountered the presence of God.  When was it?  How did it happen?  In a worship service singing a song?  In Bible study?  In nature?  Maybe at a youth retreat around a campfire?  Now think about how long has it been since you encountered the presence of God?  Maybe aContinue reading “When God’s presence is gone – Ezekiel 1, Part 1”

Why prophets (and the rest of us) need to practice humility – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 2

Yesterday we met the prophet Ezekiel, whose ministry occurred during some of Israel’s years of exile in the land of Babylon. Who was Ezekiel? Ezekiel was the son of a priest, and before the exile, he likely grew up in Jerusalem, where it would have been expected that he, like his father, would become aContinue reading “Why prophets (and the rest of us) need to practice humility – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 2”

What is a song of ascent? (the next U2 album?)

For years the rock band U2 has been hinting that they are going to release an album called Songs of Ascent. What might “Songs of Ascent” refer to?  Why would U2 think of that title? As the years went by, U2 changed directions a bit, first releasing an album called Songs of Innocence, and justContinue reading “What is a song of ascent? (the next U2 album?)”

What if America was invaded? A thought project to teach us how to be restored

Imagine that some nation invaded the USA, defeated us, and started carrying us away back to their land where we worked for them as slaves!  How would that feel?  Horrible, right?  And life in that foreign land would not be like life here.  It would be very, very hard.  And we would cry out inContinue reading “What if America was invaded? A thought project to teach us how to be restored”