November 24, 2020

Today you should read: Zephaniah 1

Today we start the book of Zephaniah, a prophetic word and judgment on the remnant of Judah after the rest of Israel was in exile. As Josiah was trying to reform Jerusalem to start practicing former laws and sacrifices in their worship to the One, True God there’s great judgment and warning for God’s remaining people for ignoring His Word. One phrase that sticks out in this book in comparison to other books of the Bible, is the repeated used of “For the day of the Lord” first seen in v. 7 but again repeated throughout the book. This phrase is used to show how God was soon going to punish or bless and that His people need to respond hastily. Of course, we know that God shows Himself as good in both the wrath and the grace that follows with the day of the Lord and it’s a reminder for urgent responses from us when God is speaking, convicting, and sending us.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

November 23, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 48

As we enter into the last day in the book of Ezekiel (and the last week of our 2nd cycle of going through the Bible), we should pause and remember what the whole book of Ezekiel has been about:

The actualization of God’s presence among his people. (ESV Study Bible)

The last verse of Ezekiel is fitting in light of that statement: “And the name of the city from that time on shall be, ‘The LORD Is There.'” (35, ESV) In spite of their rebellion, God still dwells with his people. This is a sweet reminder that God’s work in your life has nothing to do with your merit; it has everything to do with God’s faithfulness.

Because of Christ, God now dwells within you through the Holy Spirit, if you have repented of your sin and come into a relationship with God through Jesus. The promise talked about in Ezekiel is ultimately fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What did God teach you through the book of Ezekiel?

By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

November 21, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 47

Ezekiel 47 is a cool picture to imagine. A river starts in the Temple and as it flows into the world, it continuously gets deeper and deeper. Not only is the river big, but life around and in the river is abundant. Trees align the river, animals are all around, and there is a great number of fish. All of this shows that the river gives life. And the amazing picture of life that we can envision, all starts with where the river begins to flow (the Temple of God). 

There is a comparison in the New Testament with Ezekiel 47. The comparison: The river that flows through the center of Heaven that John describes in Revelation 22. Take a second and read Revelation 22:1-5. The similarities are amazing. 

Ezekiel 47 is pointing to a day when God’s blessing will be seen and realized. The abundance of life will flow from God Himself, as described in this passage and in Revelation 22. 

As followers of Jesus, we can be assured that we will get to experience the river of life. It is going to be a part of eternity, and we will get to enjoy that!

Take time today and thank God for eternal security and the beauty of what is to come. 

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

November 20, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 46

1st Samuel 8 recounts Samuel’s warning to Israel regarding the king the so desperately wanted. As you read, note the repetition of the word “take.”

10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” (1 Samuel 8:10–18, ESV)

Our passage in Ezekiel 46 continues the description of the reconstruction of the Temple in the Millennial Kingdom. However, as we have learned more about the prince from Ezekiel’s visions, we understand that this prince is completely unlike the king about which Samuel warned. In fact, as we read in verse 18, it says explicitly that the prince “shall not take…”

Samuel’s warning came true under the kings of Israel starting with Saul. It is, as the 19th century historian, Lord Acton, said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” However, Psalm 2 and elsewhere show that no power on earth can compare to that of Christ when He returns in glory. When He establishes His millennial reign, we will witness the only uncorruptable power. He defeated corruption caused by sin on the cross, and everyday we draw nearer to His return. 

By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.