The Book of Ezekiel: Ezekiel 2

Last week the full glory of God was on display in the first chapter of Ezekiel. God met the man that He would rise up as a prophet where he was, down by the river. When he saw God’s glory, Ezekiel prostrated himself and worshiped the Lord. In this week’s chapter, God sends Ezekiel on his mission to bring the Israelites back to Him. It is a short chapter, but I believe there is still something we can get out of these 10 verses. Continue reading “The Book of Ezekiel: Ezekiel 2”

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Serving Others and Worshiping God

Apparently I need some more discipline in my life as I’ve missed a couple of these posts!

The last couple of posts I did regarding, spiritual disciplines, were all about giving something up. First, it was about living a simple life of modesty so you could live in such a way that you could be a blessing to others. Then, it became about fasting and teaching your body and mind to live in a way that was focused on God. This post is not about giving something up. Spiritual disciplines are about training, and that doesn’t mean to cut everything away. Ask any athlete what training is like, and it will sound like a lot of adding onto what they are already doing. Continue reading “Serving Others and Worshiping God”

The Book of Ezekiel: Ezekiel 1

As I said last week, we are now starting a study over the book of Ezekiel. Most of the books of the major prophets (Isaiah-Daniel) begin with a call from God for their ministry. These first few chapters deal with that very call upon Ezekiel. God shows up in all his glory by a river to inform Ezekiel, he is meant for a greater purpose. Ezekiel’s life changes forever next to that river. I guess that’s what happens when you answer the call. Continue reading “The Book of Ezekiel: Ezekiel 1”

Intro to the Book of Ezekiel

Since the Heart Man Blog started back up, we have now finished our first study. Since our first study was on the Gospel of John, I thought it would be great to go to a book of the Bible that is in the Old Testament. Beginning this week we will begin to study the book of Ezekiel. This will be slightly different from the Gospel of John, as the genre of this writing is different. Ezekiel is a piece of prophetic literature, which means that we will see passages containing cosmic visions and other things that we will need God’s help to truly understand. Continue reading “Intro to the Book of Ezekiel”

Confessions

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Just like this month, this book review is short and sweet. I am a firm believer that ready old books (especially theology) lends us to a better understanding of our world today. This month’s book is Confessions by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hyppo translated by Henry Chadwick. Deep within the Donatist controversy, which fought for a “pure” Church, Augustine writes this prayer. He walks through his entire life, stopping on particular sins that have grieved his spirit. He reminisces on his thoughts at the time, and how terrible these sins are to him now. In my opinion, this book does two things very well: gives us an autobiography of one of the most influential Church leaders and shows us that no one is perfect, not even the clergy.

This book has been on my list for quite some time, but it was not until a class I recently took that I read it. I regret that I have not read it sooner. Please do not make the same mistake I did, and give this book a good read with a pen!

Oops! I Messed Up

All throughout Scripture there are messages where we are compelled to give God our best. As a worship leader, I am often pulled towards Psalm 33:3. Here the psalmist is saying that he wants to play skillfully to God. Giving God a well crafted piece of praise, that has been well rehearsed. But this isn’t realistic for every week. What do we do, when no matter what, we utterly mess up a song during worship? How can we make mistakes and still be able to give it to God as praise? Continue reading “Oops! I Messed Up”

The Gospel of John: John 21

This week, we will finish this study with a look at the third and final time John records the resurrected Jesus appearing to his disciples.

This is it. The final week of our study of John. We have come quite a long way from Jesus being with God before time began. He was born and spent time among humanity He was crucified because the Jewish authorities did not understand who Jesus actually was. Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples. This week, we will finish this study with a look at the third and final time John records the resurrected Jesus appearing to his disciples. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 21”

Getting Closer by Giving Something Up

Last week we talked about what it meant to intentionally live a life of simplicity and modesty, so you can do more in service to God. The spiritual discipline of frugality is all about training your desires to see that you do not need as much as you think you do and to be responsible with the resources God has chosen to bless you with. This week’s discipline seems to follow nicely because now we will be giving up something we actually do need, in order to train our focus to rely completely on God. Continue reading “Getting Closer by Giving Something Up”

The Gospel of John: John 20

Last week Jesus was faced with questions and was ultimate paraded through town to a hill where he would be nailed to a cross and die. The disciples were scared. But the story does not end there. As a professor of mine has said, the Resurrection is the biggest “but” in all of history. This week everything changes.

Last week Jesus was faced with questions and was ultimate paraded through town to a hill where he would be nailed to a cross and die. The disciples were scared. But the story does not end there. As a professor of mine has said, the Resurrection is the biggest “but” in all of history. This week everything changes. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 20”

Can You Give That Up?

It’s still a new year and I love taking a look at these disciplines to try and be closer to God. I find that every year I say that I am going to be closer to God but don’t really feel like I make progress in that direction. Last week we took a look at prayer and meditation. I felt like that was an easy place to start, as many Christians equate those practices with getting closer to God. This week, we are going to take a look at something that might be counter intuitive. This week we will look at the spiritual discipline of frugality. Continue reading “Can You Give That Up?”