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Once Beautiful

God tells Ezekiel to “take up a lament” for Tyre, the city that rejoiced at Jerusalem’s downfall because it would benefit from an economic perspective as a result of the destruction of Jerusalem. But Tyre would also fall and now Ezekiel is writing out and listing what was once considered beautiful about this city, because […]

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Directed Events

In Ezekiel 26, he says: For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army. Ezekiel 26:7 Tyre was a city in modern-day Lebanon that, in times past, had been […]

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Cooked

There are probably as many different ideas about God and his relationship with his people as there are people on the earth. However, there is really only one who can tell us the truth about God and that is God himself. In Ezekiel 24, God paints a terrible picture of his judgment and punishment for […]

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Two Sisters, Two Prostitutes

God speaks to Ezekiel again and compares the two kingdoms of Israel (Samaria in the story, the capital of the kingdom of Israel) and Judah (Jerusalem in the story, the capital of the kingdom of Judah) to two sisters. However, these sisters are described as young virgins who wish to have their breasts fondled and […]

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For the Sake of My Name

Through Ezekiel, God gives us some hints on how he sees his relationship with his people. He recounts and explains what he has done for his people and also discusses why. For example, in Ezekiel 20, he recounts the Exodus, the time that God moved to bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. […]

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Repent and Live

Ezekiel goes into a long explanation of how someone who commits sin will die for what they have done. In short, he is saying that the penalty of sin is death. In fact, he goes further to say that a righteous person who turns to sin will, themselves, die. So if you think that you […]

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Idols in Their Hearts

I’ve spent a fairly significant amount of time lately thinking about what Jesus said when he talked about the kingdom of God being like a man who found a treasure in a field and then sold everything he owned so that he could buy the field to be able to obtain the treasure. Or in […]

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Then You Will Know That I Am the Lord

I was reading through Ezekiel 11 and 12 today, according to the Bible reading plan that our team is using. The instructions for our time say that we should pick out the verse that speaks the most to us. But today, instead of thinking about this, I was trying to think about what God was […]

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Making a Plan for Abiding in Christ

Yesterday, I created a post on the Search Party website describing a plan that we are adopting as a team here in Catania to stay connected to the Word of God and in prayer, both individually and as a team. Our challenge has routinely been that we knew that we needed to make time as […]

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Pursue Righteousness – 1 Timothy 6

Paul has been explaining to Timothy in his letter that there are people who desire to cause division, that like to quarrel and cause strife and constant friction between people. They value the things of this world such as money and power over the things of heaven. But Paul warns Timothy that he should pursue […]