November 19, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 45

The Lord’s Part…

And when you divide by lot the land for inheritance, you shall offer an allotment to the Lord, a holy portion of the land… v. 1

Everything we have or will ever have belongs to God and our use of it, is a gift from Him.  Psalm 24:1 tells us…The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains… 

This includes our time, our talent, and our treasure.  In the case of today’s reading – it includes a portion of the land allotment given to the Children of Israel by the Lord.  God expects us to give to Him freely.  To honor him by giving to Him faithfully.

Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce;  So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.  Proverbs 3:9-10

How do we do this?  

Financially

In the Old Testament days of law, God commanded His people to give Him a tithe – 10% of everything He provides for us.

‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.  Leviticus 27:30

God expects us to give Him His part of our income.  Giving to the Lord allows God to fully bless us.

Will a man rob God?  Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until overflows.  Malachi 3:8-10

The New Testament principle is to give to God as He has prospered us.

On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper… 1 Corinthians 16:2a

Through Serving

Not only our money belongs to the Lord – our time does too.  We honor the Lord when we give Him our time to spend in His Word, share Him with others, and serve Him by serving others.

It’s very easy for us to focus on the here and now – what we have and what we want.  God reminds us to keep an eternal perspective.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

…and to give our time, our talent, and treasure to Him freely from a grateful heart.

Now, this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.   2 Corinthians 9:6-7

By: Tim Parsons — Lead 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 18, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 44

God is continuing to lay out His plans for the new temple. Today, as we read, I am blown away with the holiness of God. I know we talk about the holiness of God a lot. We think we understand it. We think we have grasped it. We know it’s a big deal, but I don’t think we know how big of a deal it really is. It defines WHO GOD IS. It is the one word that can encapsulate Him: Holy.

As I studied this text this is what kept coming to my mind: We can not come close to comprehending the holiness of God. It is so far above. It is more than “good” and “right”. His holiness is not falling in line; it is defining the very meaning of the word itself.

We see two aspects of God’s holiness today when it comes to the temple…

1) Shut The Gate (v. 1-3)

We are not even worthy of walking through the same gate as God has. He is transcendent. He is far above. He commanded Ezekiel to shut the gate that he walked through BECAUSE God had entered through it (v.2-3). God was trying to send a message. He was saying He  wasn’t just “kind of” God, “kind of” holy… but He was Yahweh.

2) High Standards For Leaders (v.15-31)

God had HIGH STANDARDS for His priests: those who would represent Him to the people. When we read this list, it can seem like too much; like it is impossible. But we have to remember… this was never about PROVING our goodness but SHOWING God’s holiness. God cannot compromise on standards or He would not be holy. God also has HIGH standards for us.

Looking at God’s holiness is where I am thankful for Jesus. Hebrews 4:14-16 says…

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God made a way, in His holiness and love, in Jesus. Where we used to not be able to follow Him through the same gate… Now we can approach His throne. Jesus fulfilled the standards for us… not so we can do whatever we want but so that we can fully serve and love Him.

God’s holiness has not changed… but He has provided a way. He did this so that in Christ we can have the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

How are you thankful for the love & grace of God today in your life? Make a list of 5 ways you are thankful.

By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College


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 17, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 43

After all of the detailed, important and necessary steps to build the temple, we see in ch. 43 where God’s glory finally fills the temple. As God’s glory and presence fills the temple again, God communicates His standards for His people and regulations for sacrifices and procedures within the temple. A big part of these regulations were to purify the altar and elements before using them as an offering before the Lord. Just like Jesus prepared offering Himself on the cross and was pure and sinless in His sacrifice, we see how the altar in the temple was a foreshadowing of the Gospel. 

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 16, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 42

Ezekiel 42 is a continuation of the vision that Ezekiel receives of the new temple in Jerusalem. In this vision, Ezekiel is shown the splendor and majesty of God. The description specifically in chapter 42 is of the chambers that exist in the temple. The chapter closes with this:

He measured it on the four sides. It had a wall around it, 500 cubits long and 500 cubits broad, to make a separation between the holy and the common. (v. 20, ESV)

I can’t help but think about that last phrase: the separation between what is holy and what is common. The temple existed for the glory of God. Our sin separates us from God—it is an abomination to him. Because of our sin, we are separated from the holiness of God. An amazing, gospel-rich book for kids that we have been reading our daughter called The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, describes it this way: because of our sin, we can’t come in. But one of the amazing things of the gospel is that because of Jesus, we can come in. We can enter the presence of God because our sin has been forgiven. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain that separated the common from the holy was literally torn in two (see Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45). 

When you read Old Testament accounts of the temple, don’t miss the connection to Jesus. Allow it to be a reminder to rely on the power of the gospel and to look to Jesus as the fulifllment of our great need.

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.