'Ezekial' Tagged Posts

'Ezekial' Tagged Posts

IT’S ADVENT! EAT UP!

Advent is a season of preparation as we remember Christ’s first coming in lowliness and look forward to His second coming in glory.  The preparation may take the form of reading a chapter or two in the Bible each day, perhaps the opening chapters of each of the four Gospels. But in the hurry and pressure of the season, we might see it as one more time-bandit on our to-do list.    It can all become something we are doing…

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

WHAT’S WITH ALL THIS “40” STUFF?

Did you ever notice how the number “40” shows up in the Bible history lessons we learned when we were young? 40 days and 40 nights of rain ushered in the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai receiving the law.  He spent an additional 40 days and 40 nights praying for the rebellious children of Israel after they had thrown God over for a golden calf. Israel wandered for 40 years…

“GLORY!”

In Genesis 15, Abraham sees a vision of a smoking fire pot and a blazing torch moving between the sacrificial animal pieces – a vision of “the glory of the Lord.”    This combination of fire and smoke appears in various forms throughout the Old Testament – in the burning bush, in the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness, in the thunder, fire and smoke on Mt. Sinai when God gives the Ten Commandments,  in the bright cloud…

“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST…”

In the 24th chapter of Exodus, at the foot of Mt. Sinai, Moses splashes ”the blood of the covenant” on the people of Israel.  He thus foreshadows both  the finished work of Christ for us and also the fellowship of Christ with us. Then, in a scene unlike anything else in the Old Testament, except for the visions of Ezekiel, Moses and Aaron, and Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, along with the seventy elders of Israel, ascend the mountain.  …

EAT UP!

Forget, for a moment, any lectures on poor church attendance.   If you are reading this before the service, then you are here!  Why preach to the choir? But even we who do come to God’s house may find ourselves doing it out of a dogged sense of duty, or at least a family habit.  Maybe we read a chapter or two in the Bible each day as one more time-bandit on our to-do list. It can all become something we…

TAKE IT TO HEART!

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury wrote a book back in the 50’s called Fahrenheit 451.  The movie by the same name came out in the 60’s. The title presumably has to do with the temperature at which books burn.  Youngsters, tired of school, may make sour jokes about burning books.  But Fahrenheit 451 is no joke.  Evil men such as Hitler did burn books. These people in Bradbury’s novel face a society on the edge of nuclear destruction.  It is…

CROSS BRANDED

So Hershey teamed up with Starbucks a few years ago and they helped each other sell chocolate and coffee. Napa Auto Parts promotes Nascar on their advertising and vice versa. Coca Cola became the official brand of the Olympics and both benefited. The NBA figured to make $100 million by adding advertising patches to its uniforms. This sort of thing is called cross marketing or cross branding.  Each product is branded by the other’s label. They are identified with each…