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Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.

Ezekiel 37:13 (NIV)

As I was reading through Ezekiel today I read about the dry bones and I felt something move in my spirit. I had a sense that there was something the Lord was bringing to my attention but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. I continued and finished my reading for the day but I kept thinking about those dry bones. My brothers and sisters, we who have been saved by our faith in Jesus Christ were once like those bones. We were animated and walked about as spirits without the breath of God and one day, He breathed life into us and we were born again. We were new creations with stellar futures ahead of us in the Lord. However, as we’ve walked with Him some of us have become weary. We look at the world around us and though we hate to admit it, it doesn’t look like how we thought it would look.

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Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

3 John 1:11 (NIV)

Sometimes I read a verse in the Bible and I have a paradigm shift. This verse from 3 John is such a verse. What stands out to me in this verse is that it doesn’t say that those who do what is evil are evil. They are people who haven’t seen God. I think that’s a very important distinction to make. Evil is something that people do but it’s not what they are. I know that some people might say that those who aren’t the Children of God are the Children of the Devil but is that true and if so, does it mean that they are evil?

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Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.

John 3:14 (NIV)

One of the most amazing things to me when I read my Bible is that God will sometimes bring other issues to mind. This is, of course, the work of the Holy Spirit. For years I have thought about the relationship of the Cross in the life of the Christian. I have heard songs about the Cross; its power to heal, deliver and set free. I have heard people say things such as, “Take it to the Cross” and I have wondered. Has the Cross become something of an idol to people?

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In the last book of Jeremiah, we get an epilogue, if you will, of the events that occurred after Jeremiah’s last words in Jeremiah 51. There were a few verses that stuck out to me today so I’m going to share my thoughts on these with you.

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