Get in the River!

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 47:1-12 Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. (v. 12 NIV) Ezekiel sees a future day when the temple is rebuilt and the Lord reigns actively as King over his people. With Jesus’ coming, Ezekiel’s vision has become reality. Jesus is the new temple, where God’s people meet him and worship. Jesus now reigns in heaven, and is with us on earth. At his bidding, his Spirit flows like a mighty river throughout …

Choose Life!

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 37:1-14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live. (v. 14 NIV) One of the wonders of Western Europe is the large number of magnificent churches gracing many cities. Notre Dame Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are renowned, but I am often surprised when rounding a corner in a new city to discover yet another breathtaking monument to the glory of God tucked in some unassuming back street. It raises a question. How has the …

Healed Hearts

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 36:8-28 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. (v. 26 NIV) As World War II ended, the devastation wrought on both individuals and nations was so great it seemed the wound was irreparable. Frank Buchmann, a Lutheran missionary-evangelist, believed otherwise. Forming an organization built on trust and forgiveness, he brought together German and French leaders to a place of reconciliation where before there had only been post-war hatred. In this …

God Is Not Deaf

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 35:10-15 You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it. (v. 13 NIV) History often leaves wounds that fester. Many still remember a British Empire upon which the sun never set. Great Britain ruled the seas and possessed colonies that stretched around the globe. Many blessings and benefits traveled with her ships, the rule of law and the gospel among them. However, exploitation and oppression are part of Britain’s colonial heritage as …

Needing a Shepherd

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 34:11-16 I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. (v. 11 NIV) In the villages of southern Germany, shepherds still tend their flocks. One crisp fall morning, a lamb was born as I watched from the kitchen window. It quickly stood on wobbly legs, nursing eagerly from its mother. Later that morning the shepherd was moving the sheep to another pasture. As he headed off, the sheep obediently followed, except the mother whose little …

Our Foolishness, His Wisdom

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 33:1-11 I have made you a watchman . . . hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. (v. 7 NIV) Gladys Aylward was an English parlor maid when she met Jesus. Transformed, she dreamed of going to another country to share the life she had found in him. Applying to the China Inland Mission, she failed their entrance requirements. Undeterred, she bought a train ticket and set out across Russia on the Trans-Siberian …