A powerful lesson about success from the SNL Prophet – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 5

Remember how I told you that Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry is not going to be what we typically think of prophetic ministry?  Instead of preaching to crowds of adoring people, Ezekiel will often perform dramas or sign acts, like skits.  He is the Saturday Night Live of prophets.  In our final post in this five-part seriesContinue reading “A powerful lesson about success from the SNL Prophet – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 5”

God’s Spirit is alive and well – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 4

God’s Spirit is alive and well! God’s Spirit is at work in the world and in our lives. Do you agree? Do you wish God’s Spirit was more…well…real? Do you ever wonder or doubt? If so, you’re not alone. In this post, I hope you find some encouragement in the Spirit’s activity in the lifeContinue reading “God’s Spirit is alive and well – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 4”

A watchman must speak God’s words – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 3

How do you feel about confrontation? Most people I talk with don’t like it. I personally don’t like it, and I can work very hard to avoid it. That includes confronting others, and being confronted myself. Maybe you know what I mean. Confrontation is both difficult to give and receive, and few people do eitherContinue reading “A watchman must speak God’s words – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 3”

A watchman must first hear from God – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 2

Have you heard of the Whispering Gallery in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London? Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral includes a gallery 30 meters above the floor, under the large dome. Even when the gallery is crowded, when a person places their cheek again the wall and whispers, if there is another person leaningContinue reading “A watchman must first hear from God – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 2”

“I got your back,” Watchmen, and distraction – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 1

Two of my nephews are ages 10 and 11, and they ride the bus together.  This past spring, a neighborhood boy who also rides their bus, started making fun of the 10 year old, so the 11 year came to his defense, punched the kid. Right there on the bus.  Makes you think about theContinue reading ““I got your back,” Watchmen, and distraction – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 1″

Why I think you need an accountability partner – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Preview

In my sophomore year of Bible college, my dorm section Resident Assistant (older student in charge of the dorm section, which included about 20 guys) asked me if he and I could become accountability partners.  I had heard of such a thing, but didn’t really know much about it.  The Resident Assistant, Chris, was aContinue reading “Why I think you need an accountability partner – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Preview”

Find out if you’re a prophet (and what to do if you’re not)- Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 5

Ezekiel has just been told by God that he will be a prophet. Imagine what you would feel like if God told you that you will be a prophet. Would you be happy? Ezekiel is really upset.  He doesn’t tell us why.  Look at Ezekiel 3:14 and the phrase, “the hand of the Lord wasContinue reading “Find out if you’re a prophet (and what to do if you’re not)- Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 5”

When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4

What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Is it just an intellectual concept that has little bearing on our real day-to-day lives? How do flesh and blood people have a meaningful relationship with invisible spirit? As a result, does God feel distant? Does it feel like God is something we read aboutContinue reading “When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4”

God will strengthen you for the task he gives you – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 3

Have you ever felt that God has given you a task that is too difficult? I think Ezekiel felt like that. As we have been learning in our study of the life of the prophet Ezekiel, God shows up in a shocking way with even more shocking news for Ezekiel. It was news that EzekielContinue reading “God will strengthen you for the task he gives you – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 3”

The precarious business of telling the truth – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Preview

Do you tell the truth? Of course you do…or do you? Are there times when you might fudge a bit on the truth? I suspect that all of us struggle with lying here and there, but for the most part we are committed to telling the truth. I ask the question, though, because there areContinue reading “The precarious business of telling the truth – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Preview”