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Healing Waters (Ezekiel 47)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          I honestly believe God chooses us before all else. Why would He go and create such a beautiful world in which we manage affairs alongside Him, and then create us to share all of it with? Unfortunately, we rebelled against Him in the garden of Eden, and it is why Adam and Eve were expelled for not trusting in their Lord and God who made them. Yet, miraculously, we're told by Paul, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:3-6, New King James). 

Marriage That Works (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Even though, as a married man, I can and will benefit from Chip Ingram's newest book Marriage That Works, it's also for those who are single and waiting for their spouse. When I say this it's because of the fact of how do we maintain God's vision of holiness in our lives. Are we to maintain God's standards and yet fail to live as a holy and pleasing people to Him?

Order of Worship (Ezekiel 46)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          We can best understand what worship is when we look at the gospel record of John, where Jesus has encountered the woman at the well. We read, "So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph...Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water...The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship" (John 4:5, 10, 19, New King James).