November 14, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 41

Ezekiel 41 focuses on the design of the Inner Temple. The details of how it is to be built should remind us of the Tabernacle and the Temple. When the people heard Ezekiel’s words, it had to provide them with hope. They had disobeyed and rebelled against God, but this chapter provides hope to when God will be with His people again. 

I think the climax of this chapter lies in verse 4. Ezekiel is being shown the Inner Temple when he sees The Most Holy Place. This is huge! This is one of those moments where Ezekiel had to pinch himself. Only the High Priest got to enter into the Most Holy Place, and he only got to do it once a year. The Most Holy Place was where God would dwell in the Temple. It was sacred. 

But Ezekiel got to experience where the presence of the Lord would be dwelling very soon! Must have been amazing. 

What has God done in your life lately where you got to truly experience Him? Was it a moment where you had to stop and pinch yourself? Was it a person who kindly encouraged you? Was it something that stood out to you in God’s Word? 

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Assoicate


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November 13, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 40

My wife and I had the opportunity to go on a cruise several years ago. Months before our venture to Tampa to board the ship, we learned about everything we could about the boat. We looked at pictures, we read stats, we were looking forward to several of the amenities and having a nice relaxing vacation. 

As we approached the port, I remember looking at a building that was several stories high, like a hotel or condo. Above and behind that building was a smoke-stack of the cruise ship we would soon be boarding. My jaw dropped. Eventually, we turned a corner and got a good look at the ship. My jaw dropped further. It was the biggest ship I had ever seen until that point and I was about to go into the belly of this floating city.

If you have a very good imagination, Ezekiel 40 is an exciting chapter. However, for most of us, it’s like looking at pictures and reading statistics about a cruise ship that we hope to one day see. We get excited, in a detached sort of way, because have a vague sense that it will be a good time. It’s hard for us to imagine the awesome, jaw-dropping splendor of the temple constructed after the return of Christ. We can confidently say, however, that a cruise ship will pale in comparison. 

Since pictures are worth 1,508 words (Yes, that’s how many words are in Ezekiel 40), check out this 3D rendering.

There is no significant exegetical insight that I have that I can throw your way regarding our passage. However, it gets much more exciting as we consider the timeframe with which we’re working. This passage was not literally fulfilled when the exiles returned and Zerubbabel rebuilt the Temple-bable. We could interpret this passage figuratively, but that seems silly since Ezekiel’s bronze tour guide was walking around with a measuring stick. Plus, considering the events leading up to this passage, it seems best to conclude that Ezekiel 40 describes the reconstruction of the Temple in the Millennial kingdom after Christ’s return (Revelation 20:1–6).  

The Millennial kingdom does not represent our eternal hope, that’s the New Creation—the New Heavens and New Earth (Revelation 21). However, it refers to the time when Christ returns, crushes the enemies of God (Revelation 19, Psalm 2), and reigns over the Earth for 1,000 years. This is the ultimate fulfillment of Deuteronomy 30, and the fact that people from all nations will experience salvation through Christ, it’s part of the blessing that was promised to Abraham back in Genesis 12. 

Today’s passage is a picture beginning the final restoration—the last act before Creation enters eternity. Don’t get hung up on the cubits. Get excited that God’s Word is consistent and that God fulfills His promises.  

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.

November 12, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 39

The nations will then know why Israel was sent away to exile—it was punishment for sin, for they were unfaithful to their God. Therefore, I turned away from them and let their enemies destroy them. I turned my face away and punished them because of their defilement and their sins. (v. 23-24)

Does God punish us for our sins?  Are there punitive charges for what we do wrong?  I’m asked this question in one form or another very often.  Obviously, you can see here that was clearly the case for the Israelite people. God was punishing them (after many many warnings) for their sin of idolatry.

What about us?  If you’ve come into a relationship with God through Jesus, then Jesus took all your punishment for you on the cross.  He was our “substitutionary atonement”.  HE paid for OUR sins.  So no – you don’t have punishment for your sins – it was already paid by Jesus if you have invited Him into your life.

However… sin still has consequences and God still reserves the right to discipline you to help you learn to avoid dangerous things.  Even though we’re completely and totally forgiven by the cross, there are still consequences for our actions.  If you commit a crime – the law has certain punishments for each and every act.  If you have an affair – you will damage your family.  If you lie, or act unkindly to others – they will not see you in the same light.  Sin always has consequences – and they’re always greater than we like.

Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.

God also will discipline His children out of love for us.  

For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.  Proverbs 3:12

FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” Hebrews 12:6

God uses discipline as corrective action to get our attention and turn our affection back to Him.  He always know the perfect amount – He’s never too lenient or too severe.  It’s always for our good and growth. 

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

Thank you Lord for being the perfect parent!

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 11, 2020

Today you should read: Ezekiel 38

Today’s passage is one of the most confusing passages in the prophecy of Ezekiel. Some scholars believe that it has already happened… some believe it is yet to come in the end times. But regardless, we see here that God fights for His people, showing His holiness and greatness.

All throughout the Scriptures we see God fight for His people. We see this in Exodus when He set them free from Egypt. Also, we see this in Joshua when God defeated Jericho.

Here is no different. Just like God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, God is going to bring out Gog (v. 16)… for one purpose – to vindicate His holiness. To show the world who is really God (v.16).

God Himself will bring victory over Gog. There will be none other to look at other than Him. Look at what God says… “So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

God, in the end, will always have the final say. He is God and there is none other. One day every knee will bow, every tongue will confess who God is (Philippians 2:10-11). We have to make sure we are living for the right kingdom.

Would your last 7 days reflect that God really is God? What kingdom are you living for?

 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.