If the Lord does not return, and He allows me to see this new year come to an end, I would like to be able to do so with a sense of accomplishment – to the glory of God! I would like to be able to say that this year was profitable. But, how often are goals and resolutions just “the talk of the lips” that are quickly forgotten? Talk is cheap and only leads to penury, or extreme poverty.
I will admit…I struggled with this passage of Scripture. At first, it was a battle to accept the Sovereignty of God. Here was Ezekiel doing his best to obey God in a time when very few were doing so. Ezekiel was doing his best to get God’s Word to a wayward Israel so that they might repent.
For some while there has been discussion about the irrelevancy of the church. Some think the church has outlived its usefulness. Sad to say, often this observation is true. In reaction to this attitude, others have relegated the church to the position of a mere social agency. They have fashioned the church to meet social needs.
The possibilities and necessity of prayer, its power and results are manifested in arresting and changing the purposes of God and in relieving the stroke of his power. Abimelech was smitten by God:
Over the years I have met a generic person. I know this sounds a bit strange and the term “generic” may be a bit confusing, so let me explain. A generic person is not one person, but a kind of composite of people who share characteristics or traits. So this person is a composite of certain traits in people. These people are not all the same. They are different in many ways but they do share commonalities.
A pastor in Portland, Oregon recently said he was kicked out of his Church’s network because of his support for same-sex marriage.