How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5

We started this five-part series on Ezekiel 1 asking, “How long has it been since you encountered the presence of God?” Has it been a long time? Maybe you can’t say that you’ve ever experienced the manifest presence of God? We’ve been following the vision of Ezekiel 1, and so far Ezekiel has encountered fourContinue reading “How to encounter the presence of God – Ezekiel 1, Part 5”

Ezekiel and the flying table? – Ezekiel 1, Part 4

In the previous post about the vision of Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel watches shocked as four living creatures powered by the Spirit of God fly out of a thunderstorm into close proximity to him. Now read verses 15-21 where Ezekiel describes these astounding beings further. Near the feet of each creature, Ezekiel sees some unique wheels,Continue reading “Ezekiel and the flying table? – Ezekiel 1, Part 4”

Are you experiencing the dark night of the soul? – Ezekiel 1, Preview

Does God seem distant to you? Ethereal? Maybe even a mirage or a fiction? Many people feel that way and wonder if something is wrong with them. Many feel guilt or shame when they have doubts about God. They wish they had a closer relationship with God. They wish their experience of God was moreContinue reading “Are you experiencing the dark night of the soul? – Ezekiel 1, Preview”

How to hear from God (aka Practicing Watchful Prayer) – Colossians 4:2-6, Part 2

I once had a friend who talked a lot. I don’t know if it was because the person looked at me as a pastor, and thus assumed, wrongly, that it was my job to just listen to them express their struggles all the time. We would meet, sometimes for an hour or an hour andContinue reading “How to hear from God (aka Practicing Watchful Prayer) – Colossians 4:2-6, Part 2”

How to be a good friend to God- Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 10

In the previous post, I mentioned that I had to confess and repent, “Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit in me, I am sorry I haven’t been a good friend, I’m sorry I haven’t given much effort to get to know you.”  Of course, that is not totally true, as we can get to know God inContinue reading “How to be a good friend to God- Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 10”

The ancient mystery is revealed! – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 8

All week long we have been learning about a mystery, starting here! In Colossians 1, verse 27, Paul tells us that the mystery has glorious riches.  Glory refers to the concept of splendor, of remarkable appearance.  The second word, riches, refers to abundant riches.  In fact, the particular word Paul uses for “riches” often hasContinue reading “The ancient mystery is revealed! – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 8”

Jesus was God or was filled by God? (and other humans can be filled by God too?) – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 4

Through the ages, one hotly debated topic in theology is how much of God is in Jesus, and how much of Jesus is in God? Paul talks about this. As we continue studying Colossians 1:15-20, Paul shifts the focus to the church, using body imagery.  Jesus is the head of the church.  We are hisContinue reading “Jesus was God or was filled by God? (and other humans can be filled by God too?) – Colossians 1:15-20, Part 4”

How to measure if God’s power is at work in your life – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 4

If you are a Christian, have you ever wondered if the Holy Spirit was working in your life? I wish I could pull out the church’s Holy Spirit power meter, strap it to your head, and measure how much of the Spirit’s power is at work in you. But I can’t. Such a thing doesn’tContinue reading “How to measure if God’s power is at work in your life – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 4”

What “the fear of God” means – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 3

After graduating college, I worked at our County’s youth detention center for three years as Michelle and I started our family and began the process of becoming missionaries in Jamaica. Then called Barnes Hall, and located in a building that has since been torn down, I was employed as a youth care worker.  My roleContinue reading “What “the fear of God” means – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 3″

Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5

We recently had a snowstorm that blanketed our area with 8 inches of snow. Nothing massive, but given that we only got 5 inches total the entire previous winter, 8 inches felt like a lot. About 20 minutes away at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, the storm dropped 12 inches. As you traveled further northContinue reading “Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5”