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The God Who Defends

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Do you ever feel like everything is falling down around you? In those moments, does it feel like there is no one that could save you? Nothing that could possibly fix the situation, redeem what has been lost, or heal the hurt you have felt? I think all of those things are inevitable situations...

No Man is an Island

Posted by Donna Pruet on

Ezekiel 18:23-32 There is an old saying that no man is an island. That is very true. We are all shaped and influenced by significant people and circumstances in our lives, both good and bad. But people are not perfect. Some of us are still dealing with the scars of abuse from either a parent or...

Ezekiel 4

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I don't know about you but I'm pretty glad that I don't live as an Old Testament prophet. God expected some pretty difficult things from those people! Ezekiel 4 is a good example. God sends his message to his people by making the prophet Ezekiel into a living parable.God plans to send famine on...

Truth or Love

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During the days of Ezekiel the prophet, God had a message for the Jews and it was not a warm and fuzzy greeting. The Lord was angry with the Jews for turning away from Him, worshipping other Gods and hardening their hearts. God had a message of warning, judgment and punishment that needed to be...

Speak My Words

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Ezekiel begins his ministry with sobering words from God: the people to which Ezekiel is being sent are a people who are utterly and completely lost. They had rebelled against God and were continuing to do so; they were going to say and do things that could and would make most men afraid. These...

Reflections of the Soul

Posted by Janet Wingard on

The book of Lamentations contains five poems that describe Jeremiah’s eyewitness account of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army. Although Jeremiah predicted the total annihilation of God’s temple and the beautiful city of Jerusalem, Judah failed to repent and turn...

The Beautiful Rescue

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Jeremiah 29:1-14 The Jewish people found themselves “in the world” and dropped into exile into Babylon, a place that was not their home.  A place that they had been for a while and it might had been tempting to set themselves apart from all the Babylonians.  After all...

Boldness and Trust

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Jeremiah 26 The Lord tells Jeremiah to speak to the people of Judah and tell them that their ways of idolatry will not be tolerated any longer. God is giving them the opportunity to change their ways, to turn back to Him before He makes this city "...like Shiloh or an object of cursing among the...

Clay in the Potter's Hands

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So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Jeremiah 18:3-4 God sends Jeremiah to the potter's house to observe...

Shunning God

Posted by Nancy Barrow on

'I remember your devotion when you were young; how, as a bride, you loved me; how you followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.'    Jeremiah 2:1.  God was feeling the pain, rejection and sorrow when his beloved bride Judah shunned him for other gods and...