How (and why) God wants you to care for your body – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 4

I love watching videos of chiropractors giving people adjustments, hearing the loud cracks. I don’t quite know why, but something in me finds it fascinating. After watching a variety of chiropractors use similar techniques, I asked my wife if I could give her an adjustment. She said, “No way!” I was kidding, kinda. I haveContinue reading “How (and why) God wants you to care for your body – Ezekiel 40-44, Part 4”

The all-important Step 4 of how God changes us – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 4

We learned so far in this week’s five-part blog series on Ezekiel 35-36 that God says that he will give us a new heart of flesh, and a new spirit.  What Spirit?  That’s the next step in the transformation process.  Learn about steps 1-3 here. Now we learn about the all-important Step Four in verseContinue reading “The all-important Step 4 of how God changes us – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 4”

Steps 1-3 of how God changes people – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 3

How does God describe the process of human transformation, so that we are becoming the kind of people he wants us to be? We find out in Ezekiel 36, verses 24-32.  Go ahead and read those verses and see if you can discern the steps of how God changes the human heart? Do you seeContinue reading “Steps 1-3 of how God changes people – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 3”

The critical first step to having a change of heart – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 2

This week on the blog we are seeking to learn if and how a cold heart can be transformed into a warm heart. In other words, can people change? If so, how? After learning about the prophecy against Edom in chapter 35, in the previous post, we now begin chapter 36, and God asks EzekielContinue reading “The critical first step to having a change of heart – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 2”

When a heart grows cold – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 1

Many years ago, my wife Michelle and I sat in the living room of a young couple listening, somewhat shocked, as only one year after having done their pre-marital counseling and wedding ceremony, one of them said to the other, “I don’t feel love for you anymore.”  The other spouse burst into tears. How isContinue reading “When a heart grows cold – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 1”

Do you have idolatry in your heart and not know it? – Ezekiel 14, Part 1

What do you long for?  What do you desire?  A relationship?  Debts paid off?  A big enough savings account so you’re not living paycheck to paycheck?  A new car?  New house?  A different personality?  Different looks?  Good health?  Healing?  Success?  Athletic ability?  Artistic ability?  A raise?  What do you long for?  We all have desire. Continue reading “Do you have idolatry in your heart and not know it? – Ezekiel 14, Part 1”

A Purple Church is NOT colorblind – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 2

Have you heard that phrase? “We should be colorblind!” People suggest, when it comes to ethnicity, being colorblind is what is desirable. Just see the person, not their skin color, right? It sounds good, but I have three colorblind sons, each with varying degrees of colorblindness, and I can tell you that visual colorblindness meansContinue reading “A Purple Church is NOT colorblind – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 2”

How to change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh (and help others do the same) – Ezekiel 11, Part 5

Editor’s Note: Thanks to David Hundert who is our guest blogger this week, continuing our series through Ezekiel. Think about your heart. Not your actual blood pumper…but your inner being. Would you say you have a heart of stone or a heart of flesh? Do you feel somewhat cold or dead inside? Is there hopeContinue reading “How to change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh (and help others do the same) – Ezekiel 11, Part 5”

Why we need to evaluate our longings – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 2

Recently I got a notice that a person wanted to send a message to the church through our Instagram account’s messaging system.  I’m always a bit suspicious about requests from random people, but the message had me curious.  The person asked, “Can I ask a biblical question here?”  Yes.  Yes, you can!  They asked aContinue reading “Why we need to evaluate our longings – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 2”

You might be an impostor and not even know it – Jude 1-16, Part 5

All week long in this series of posts on Jude 1-16, we’ve been reading this ancient letter in which Jude reveals to the Christians that they have ungodly impostors in their church. Are you an impostor? No? Are you sure? Is it possible that there might be some small way you are living an inconsistentContinue reading “You might be an impostor and not even know it – Jude 1-16, Part 5”