How false worship and social injustice grieve God – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 3

As we continue studying Ezekiel 21-23, God asks Ezekiel to perform another skit to dramatize the invasion of Israel by foreign armies.  Look at Ezekiel 21, verses 18-23.  Ezekiel is to make what was probably marks in the dirt in front of his house, illustrating two roads.  Much like children would do with their toysContinue reading “How false worship and social injustice grieve God – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 3”

How to have the right kind of worship service – Ezekiel 6, Part 5

I’ve heard a variety of opinions about Faith Church’s worship service over the years. Maybe you’ve heard similar sentiments about your church’s worship.  “We should be more liturgical.”  “We should be more traditional.”  “We should be more contemporary.”  “We should be more professional…” including the suggestion that we hire instrumentalists.  Lot of opinions. Often theyContinue reading “How to have the right kind of worship service – Ezekiel 6, Part 5”

How Christian worship can become idolatry – Ezekiel 6, Part 4

“That’s not worship!” The person saying this to me was sitting across the table from me, while we were having a worship meeting in our church conference room. The person was a long-time member of the church, and they were upset. We had been experimenting with worship, and they declared that one of the experimentsContinue reading “How Christian worship can become idolatry – Ezekiel 6, Part 4”

Is God trying to get your attention? – Ezekiel 6, Part 3

If God were trying to get your attention, how do you think he would do so? Often when we go through a difficult time, we wonder if God is trying to get our attention. But think about what you know of God’s heart. Does it sound like him to zap you with hardship, when heContinue reading “Is God trying to get your attention? – Ezekiel 6, Part 3”

Why we wander from God – Ezekiel 6, Part 2

Have you ever wandered from God? I have. It wouldn’t surprise me if we all have in some way big or small. Maybe you have wandered from him many times. Maybe you feel distant from him right now. In today’s post, as we continue studying Ezekiel 6, we’re going to hear about people that wanderedContinue reading “Why we wander from God – Ezekiel 6, Part 2”

Idolatry in the church? – Ezekiel 6, Preview

Earlier this year in one of the Current Events sermons, I talked about Ravi Zacharias and his moral failure, which came to light over the last few years. (You can read the sermon blog posts starting here.)  He was deeply abusive to many women, and there was a leadership culture in his organization that didContinue reading “Idolatry in the church? – Ezekiel 6, Preview”

Do You Worship These American Idols? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 5

What do you think are some American idols?  Sex and money are probably the first that come to mind, and for good reason.  Next in line and perhaps more tempting for some people are two potential idols related to money, and that is materialism and consumerism.  Love of money, Paul writes, is the root ofContinue reading “Do You Worship These American Idols? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 5”

What is idolatry? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 4

Those statues above are ancient Canaanite idols. When I look at them, I can have a hard time imagining how people would worship them, believing they might have power. But as we have seen in our study of the life and ministry of the prophet Ezekiel, even the Jews who had a long history experiencingContinue reading “What is idolatry? – Ezekiel 4 & 5, Part 4”

Worship services are not enough – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 5

I recently saw a conversation between two people on social media. One is often outspoken about their Christian beliefs.  That person began the conversation by writing a post angrily condemning people who are of a different political persuasion.  Many people responded with supportive comments, but one person disagreed, confronting the Christian writer. I don’t knowContinue reading “Worship services are not enough – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 5”

Is Jesus creator or created? – Colossians 1:15-20

Paul says that Jesus is the firstborn over all creation. What does Paul mean? It is a bit of a strange statement. Firstborn over all creation? Turn to Colossians 1:15-20, which we have been studying in a five-part series this week, starting here. If the statement “firstborn over creation” isn’t already strange enough, based onContinue reading “Is Jesus creator or created? – Colossians 1:15-20”