Sermons

A Nation in Need of Prayer

Posted on Jul 6, 2016

In the fifteenth chapter of Isaiah God offered up this warning through his prophet: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.” (IS 5:20) Some 500 years later the apostle Paul offered up a similar warning in his second letter to his protégé Timothy when he wrote: “The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead they will gather around them teachers who will say what they want to hear; they will turn away from truth.” (2 TIM. 4:3-4)

The price Israel paid for not taking heed to Isaiah’s warning was severe. Their land was virtually destroyed, multitudes of their people were killed, and the ones left alive were carried off into captivity in a foreign land. If only they had paid attention to God’s word!

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Life Giving Water

Posted on Jul 6, 2016

Water. Where would we be without water? Well, for one thing we wouldn’t have all those amusing clichés we hear all the time. You know, like: Dead in the water – like a fish out of water – come heck or high water – like a duck takes to water – there are literally dozens (100s?) of them.

But, of course, water is far more important than just a word to be used in some witty saying. Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, either in the form of oceans, lakes and rivers, or ice. It’s what makes our planet unique among all the planets in our solar system; maybe even the entire universe. Approximately 2/3 of our body is composed of water – every cell in our body contains water. Fact is, water is absolutely essential for all known forms of life to exist! It would be safe to say that water is the very essence of life itself; without it life would not be possible!

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Got Dry Bones?

Posted on Jul 6, 2016

This story calls to mind movies of the recent past, like Sinbad, the Mummy, Pirates of Caribbean, etc. (armies of skeletons…….). Or maybe one of those video games that our children and young adults are playing these days. So in order for this story to speak to us seriously and more clearly there are a couple of things we need to know.

First, it helps to know that the Ezekiel received most of his prophetic messages from God in the form of visions. For example, he saw a vision of four creatures in the middle of a storm, of a giant eagle and a vine, of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, just to name a few – all of which had corresponding messages of importance for God’s people. So this vision of a valley, filled with the dry bones of some long-lost civilization, isn’t as odd as it might seem to us at first hearing. There is no biblical claim that this literally happened; it was a vision that was given for divine purposes.

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