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Reading Ezekiel July 18, 2010

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This summer I’m reading Ezekiel.  Won’t you join me?  I  want to encourage you to read the Bible yourself, and  read it to your children or grandchildren. 

 Drop everything and read…..

 ”In the Scripture, God’s severe correction of his sons has even come during times when there lived saints with outstanding measures of grace. Yet he did not use their gifts to revive. As Habakkuk spoke of his dread of Babylon’s crushing blows to Judah, still to come, he was speaking of times in which not only he, but also Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel lived. Yet their prayers and their faithful ministries were not employed in quickly accomplishing a revival that prevented severe chastisement.” (Habbakkuk by Walter Chantry, p. 42). 

It is important to keep this idea in mind during these days of moral decline in America.  God could send us revival—or He may not.  But, we have Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel to read.  Join me.  I’ll explain the history.  And also give you some examples of ways you can apply this to your life and heart today.

A  LITTLE HISTORY

Ezekial was trained as a Priest.  Around 598 BC , he was hauled off by the Babylonians to live in today’s Iraq.  There he had several visions revealing future events, some aspect of God’s character, or parables or sermons he was to preach to God’s people.  He made several prophecies which have come true —showing us the truthfulness of the Bible.  Since the Bible is essentially one book centered around one theme—man’s need of an atoning sacrifice for his sins, look for this theme as you read.   

 Since I use the Reformed Christian faith as my lens thru which I see all of scripture, I always consider the Hebrews as a historical example of the church.  When it is reasonable to do so, I equate the two–especially as I apply it to my life, both in everyday situations  and spiritually. For instance, in Ezekiel 34, the prophet rebukes the elders of Israel for their lies and harsh leadership.  I am reminded of the many pastors and church leaders today who rule with cult-like techniques or fail to warn of sin and the wrath to come.  And are such poor leaders as to omit the hope found in the atonement of Christ Jesus.

“For thus says the Lord  God, Behold, I, I myself will search fo my sheep and will seek them out” (Ezekiel 34:11). 

A lITTLE APPLICATION

 This reminds me of  the parable Jesus told of the lost sheep (Luke 15), and I picture myself upon His shoulders, sought out, saved, cared for.  I should love Him more and seek to let others know of Him and think highly of Him. What better way to do this than to seek to be gentle, show mercy, love the truth……

As Pastor Chantry says, perhaps we’ll have a revival in America; maybe we won’t.  But, we can keep on reading, changing, and watching for the Holy Spirit to work in our own life.

 

 

“We’re a team; we work together” July 8, 2010

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Benjamin, age 4, has caught on.  It warmed my heart tonight when he blurted out, “We’re a team; we work together in this family.” Working together as a family binds everyone together— if balanced with having fun together.  It’s the together part that makes everyone feel so good.  Family is God’s first institution, of course.  Children listen to you a lot more when they feel this togetherness.  Then, you can know they are hearing the gospel. Oh, one more thing.  The family that prays together is more likely to hold on to this “together” feeling.  How else can they forgive and put up with each other’s weaknesses and differences?   Here are some pictures of our summer fun so far:

best of friends

looking at fish with Poppy

 

Independence Day Memory July 2, 2010

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Remember our national anthem..”O Say, can  you see?”   I sang that every morning after our Bible reading and prayer in my Florida public school classroom until I graduated from high school.  Francis Scott Key wrote it during the war of 1812.  He also wrote this beautiful hymn:

“Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, For the bliss Thy love bestows,

For the pard’ning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows;

Help, O God, my weak endeavor; This dull soul to rapture raise;

Thou must light the flame, or never…  Can my love be warm’d to praise.

Praise, my soul the God that sought thee,  Wretched wand’rer far astray,

Found thee lost,  and kindly brought thee   From the paths of death away:

Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling,  Him who saw thy guilt-born fear.

And, the light of hope revealing, Bade the blood-stain’d cross appear.”

Oh my, Key was a Christian.  He could write about doctrinal matters, and love for God in the same poem.    I’m very thankful we had the freedom in our schools to know about him as I grew up.  Then, I heard this song when I was in my forties….Scroll categories to “Introductions” for names of others who could blend reformed Christian teachings with matters of the heart and life experiences. God Bless America.