Sex and death: Is God’s way best? – Ezekiel 24, Part 5

This week in Ezekiel chapter 24, we’ve learned at least two important things about God’s heart.  First, his desire for holiness, and in particular, how that relates to human sexuality.  Second, his desire for us to trust him when it seems he has allowed something terribly unfair in our lives, in particular the death ofContinue reading “Sex and death: Is God’s way best? – Ezekiel 24, Part 5”

God has a wife? – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 2

God has a wife! Am I talking about Jesus marrying Mary Magdalene, as was popularized in The Da Vinci Code? No. While that is a thrilling story, it based on fiction. What I am talking about is a different section of the Bible that tells a story about God getting married. Unfortunately for God, theContinue reading “God has a wife? – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 2”

Are You Gaslighting God? – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 4

Friends of mine have been struggling with a family member who is accusing my friends of not loving the family member. (I’m purposefully avoided gendered pronouns to preserve confidentiality.) What you need to know is that my friends’ family member committed adultery, thus damaging a relationship with another member of the family. That act ofContinue reading “Are You Gaslighting God? – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 4”

Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2

Have you ever experienced the frustration of loving someone who isn’t loving you back? It is a common human relational reality. Spouses that are scorned or betrayed. Kids neglecting their parents, and parents neglecting their kids. Friends that don’t care when you are struggling. Have you ever considered that God might feel like that? InContinue reading “Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2”

What approach to marriage roles does God desire? – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 2

As we saw in the previous post, Paul wrote that it is fitting to the Lord that Christian wives and Christian husbands, when it comes to roles in marriage, were to practice “wives submit, husbands lead.” In that First-century Greco-Roman culture it just so happened that this dictum was in line with that society’s standardsContinue reading “What approach to marriage roles does God desire? – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 2”

Husbands who won’t lead and wives who won’t follow – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 1

When my wife, Michelle, and I were dating, we found a book in the in the library titled Husbands Who Won’t Lead And Wives Who Won’t Follow.  The book had a lot of good material in it, but the title alone illustrates that marriage relationships might not work out so smoothly all the time.  ThisContinue reading “Husbands who won’t lead and wives who won’t follow – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 1”

The Crown and how to have love that endures – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 5

My wife, Michelle, and I recently watched season 4 of The Crown on Netflix, a show about the current monarchy in England.  The more I watch that show, the more I think it should be called “The Marriage.”  Most of the central story lines are deeply affected by the various marriages of the characters.  NotContinue reading “The Crown and how to have love that endures – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 5”

An antidote to despair – Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10, Part 4

If we aren’t supposed to succumb to worry about the future, is there an antidote to despair?  Again, the Teacher, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is ready with more wisdom for us.  Look at chapter 9, verses 7-9a. Dorsey’s Translation: “7 Therefore go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a joyful heart,Continue reading “An antidote to despair – Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10, Part 4”

How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5

If you are a Christian, you carry the Holy Spirit around with you everywhere you go. So what? What does that matter? How do we live out our identity as temples of the Spirit? It starts with confession and repentance for the sin in our lives.  Admit it, and turn away from it.  One ofContinue reading “How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5”

A possible key to unlock healing in your broken life – Characters: Ruth, Part 5

In Part 4 of our study through the ancient Hebrew story of Ruth, we watched as Ruth makes a most unusual proposal to Boaz. If you are just jumping into the story here at the end, I urge you to start at the beginning, as the drama has been building. This Part 5 will beContinue reading “A possible key to unlock healing in your broken life – Characters: Ruth, Part 5”