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Judgment of Mount Seir (Ezekiel 35)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          As I start off in figuring out how to approach Ezekiel 35 I came across this today and it shows me I'm on the right track: "Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to dayDeclare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples" (Psalm 96:1-3, bold for emphasis). I often take breaks from teaching from Ezekiel as there is a great deal we are told, both by God to him, as well as from Ezekiel himself. 

Works of Deceivers


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I'm sitting here this early afternoon and I'm puzzled why so many people claim that God cannot possibly exist. I mean I just saw this post from someone just a bit ago and it left me scratching my head: "Why don't you try actually asking an atheist your questions instead of making up lies about them? We don't hate God. We don't believe your God exists, the same way we don't believe unicorns exist or leprechauns or any other mythical creatures. Your God is just as likely to exist as Zeus or Poseidon or Krishna. To me this likelihood is not at all."

Behavior Matching God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know I have gone over this verse a few times before on this website, but I feel it bears going over it again. I admit I also have a problem with my behavior. While I know I belong to Christ Jesus, there are times I question my behavior. How do I live better within Him? To show His love His grace and mercy? and also, how am I to show His glory and honor to those who so desperately need Him?

Always in God's Hands (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

           When we think of Jonathan Edwards we don't naturally think, "Oh, a devotional with a man who loved and worshiped the Creator!" No. What we think when we hear Jonathan Edwards's name is his fiery and passionate sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Owen Strachan with this book Always in God's Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards gives us a man who didn't just love God or pen the mightiest sermon ever.

In Too Deep (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Lynn Blackburn's latest book, In Too Deep, has plenty of twists and turns as best as I can tell. To be completely frank here I absolutely loved it. What I love about this book, is even though I have read countless fictional crime novels, this one takes it to a different level. With characters as well-developed and with amazing dialogue i couldn't put this book down. In fact, I was re-reading it to see if I missed anything.

The True Shepherd (Ezekiel 34)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          It's an interesting thing to see how scripture lines up with other scripture to me. I always find that fascinating. In today's article I'm addressing how Jesus is the true Shepherd. Here in Ezekiel 34 we read, "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?...Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them" (Ezekiel 34:1-10).

Redseigned


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I've been doing my best to figure out how to make this site more appealing so as to attract and to keep my current readership. I believe I've figured out the best way to do that. So, when you go through this site, take a look at certain things, and certain features.

What the Watchman Does (Ezekiel 33)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know I've been over this probably a few times before, yet I believe it bears repeating seen as Ezekiel reports on this as well. James writes in his letter to the church, "My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger...But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves...Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:19-27, Holman Christian Standard, italics for emphasis).

When God Calls Out


By Benjamin H. Liles

          My wife, Tanya, and I were having a good discussion about being self-sacrificing. To me it's an interesting topic. Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, "Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9, Berean Study). So, you may be wondering (I'm guesssing), "What do you mean by 'when God calls out' when you speak about being self-sacrificing?

Four Reasons to God's Loving-kindness (Ezekiel 32)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          While in the last chapter of Ezekiel I was sating that God rather exalts people, He truly doesn't like the pride of those who stand against Him. Pride, in His eyes, is clearly a sin as it removes him off the throne of mankind's heart. He wants us humble, and seeking Him as He wants His name, His glory known.

Once We Were Strangers (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Defeated. Humbled. I sit here tonight having finished this book from Shawn Smucker and I can't help but feel a sense of regret. One of the last books I reviewed, not fully recently, was a book of his, The Edge of Over There. At this point I feel not only as though I gave him injustice, but as Shawn says in this latest book (but in my view based on past experience), I was "unfair" (Once We Were Strangers, pgs. 165-166).

Sign of the Times


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Tonight, I just want to speak about what's on my heart. Lately, while being sick I've been wondering about the state of things: the state of my State, the state of my Country, and the state of this world. It reminds me of what Jesus Christ said to the disciples when He was asked, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3, New King James).

Allowing God to Exalt (Ezekiel 31)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I'm going through Ezekiel 31 quickly and a sense of pride seems to be mentioned quite a bit as it concerns Egypt. I count eight times overall that God mentions Egypt being "at its height," that it is like a tree "exalted," and it goes on and on.

Forgive Our Sins


By Benjamin H. Liles

          What I'm sharing with you tonight is something so very extraordinary. It's liberating, thought-provoking and so very out there you may end up scratching your head. I'm sharing a video a guy made out of Windsor, Colorado.

The End Times Survival Guide (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I believe Mark Hitchcock provides definitive and clear help showing how we can survive the end times, when we get there. He helps us understand what those times look like, but at the same time lets us know, as scripture tells us, "Do not lose heart" (2 Corinthians 4:16, Berean Study).

Living Honestly


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I recall years ago how my dad would often tell me, "Benny, an honest man never has to remember anything he's said." I have more than often than not thought on his words. While my dad is still in my life, i still, at times, think on things he's tried to teach me.