How to live in a covenant of peace with God and others – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 5

In this week’s five-part blog series on Ezekiel 37:15-28, we have been observing God’s desires for his people. So far, he expressed his desire for his people to be unified, to be cleansed, and to live under the rule and reign of King Jesus. God has one more desire for them.  Look at Ezekiel 37,Continue reading “How to live in a covenant of peace with God and others – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 5”

What God’s cleansing means and why we should all want it – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 4

During the ongoing Covid pandemic, the topic of cleansing has probably been on your mind from time to time. Do you remember early in the pandemic when it was recommended that we cleanse our groceries after we got them home? People would buy cleanser and wipe down their cereal boxes and soup cans, trying toContinue reading “What God’s cleansing means and why we should all want it – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 4”

The uncomfortable necessity of unity – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 3

Have you ever had the unsettling experience of being in a conversation and having very little idea of what the other person is talking about? You think to yourself, “I am embarrassed that I don’t know about this. It seems like I should have known about this.” I’ve had that feeling in my local ministerium.Continue reading “The uncomfortable necessity of unity – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 3”

How to grow your relationship with the Holy Spirit – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 5

How can we be filled with the Spirit like the Christians in the early church, which we studied in the previous post. In those days, what was happening was precisely what the Apostle Paul described in 1 Corinthians chapters 3 and 6, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the HolyContinue reading “How to grow your relationship with the Holy Spirit – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 5”

The filling of the Spirit – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 4

Nearly 600 years after the time of Ezekiel, Jesus taught his disciples about the soon-coming Spirit of God.  In John 14, after telling his disciples that he was going to leave them, he promised that God would send another counselor to be with them, the Spirit of truth.  Jesus said in John 14:17 that thoughContinue reading “The filling of the Spirit – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 4”

The meaning of the vision of the valley of dry bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 3

What does Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones mean?  God explains it to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37, verses 11-14. How about that?  The entire vision is symbolic.  Ezekiel wasn’t at the scene of battle from years earlier.  The vision of the valley of dry bones, God says, symbolizes the people of Israel, whoContinue reading “The meaning of the vision of the valley of dry bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 3”

The power of God’s breath – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 2

“Can these bones live?”  That’s the question God posed to Ezekiel. God had just taken Ezekiel, through a prophetic vision journey, to a valley filled to the brim with human bones. The obvious answer to the question is, “No!”  Dead things do not come back to life.  When you’re dead, your dead.  It could beContinue reading “The power of God’s breath – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 2”

Why we need to look at human bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 1

This past Sunday a woman in my congregation told us her story about struggling with health and feeling dead inside, disconnected from God.  Have you ever experienced something like that?  This is exactly what Israel was feeling.  Turn to Ezekiel 37, and you’ll see what I mean, as we study verses 1-14 in a five-partContinue reading “Why we need to look at human bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 1”

My nephews and the skeleton – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Preview

A couple years ago my extended family went on vacation together to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. My immediate family arrived a day after the rest. After getting settled in, I was playing wiffleball with my nephews in the yard when a foul ball meandered its way through an opening under a porch. WeContinue reading “My nephews and the skeleton – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Preview”