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ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR CHURCH?

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2 Thess. 1:1-5, 11-12 & Mt. 23:13-22

We hear people brag about how well their children are doing at school, how much they enjoy driving their sports car, how beautiful is their garden and how wonderful are their holidays. There is nothing wrong in taking pride in these things. They play an important part in our lives.

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IF YOU LEAVE OUT CHRIST ...

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Jn. 6:60-69

A group of people came to a fork in the road in today's Gospel reading - and headed in different directions. That fork in the road was Christ and only some of them decided to go with Him.

Christ is that kind of figure. His very presence in the world demands a decision. We must go through life either with Him or without Him. If a person decides to live without Christ, will that decision make any difference in the success or failure of their life? My answer would be 'Yes!'

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GOD WOULD RESTORE ISRAEL TO THEIR HOMELAND AND TEMPLE

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Ez. 43:l-7 & Mt. 23:1-1 2

The Jews were living in exile. They felt that they were a people very near extinction. But Ezekiel promised that God would restore them to their homeland and their temple. He used the image of flowing water as the sign of God's gift of life. They were to look to God and His gift as the source of their continued existence.

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DO WE THINK OF GOD AS A FRIEND?

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Ez. 37:1-14 & MT. 22:34-40

The remarkable vision of the dry bones recorded by Ezekiel took place in Babylon where the conquered Israelites were in exile. The people felt that their nation was as good as dead, like the bones of corpses fallen in battle and allowed to rot and dry in the sun. They thought that their situation was hopeless. Is there anything more dead than dry bones?

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BE SURE YOU ARE NOT REJECTED FROM THE WEDDING FEAST

Liturgical Colour: 

Ez. 36:23-38 & Mt. 22:1-14

The people of Israel went into exile because they defiled the Promised Land by their sinful deed - they broke the covenant with Yahweh and worshipped idols. God decided to take the initiative, promising to restore His name among the nations by making His people holy, bringing them back to the Promised Land and giving them a new heart and a new spirit.

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LESSONS FOR ANYONE IN AUTHORITY

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Ez. 34:1-11 & Mt. 20:1-16

Ezekiel heavily criticizes the leaders of Israel. He compares them to bad shepherds who are cruel to their sheep. They abuse their authority, by only taking care of themselves, ignoring the plea of those who suffer, governing in a harsh and dictatorial fashion, and paying no attention to the overall welfare of those in their charge.

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HOW FOOLISH IT IS TO PLAY GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

Ez. 28:1-10 & Mt. 19:23-30

The greatest sin is to try to make yourself God. This is what the ruler of Tyre did. He did not worship the Creator of Heaven and Earth - but himself! Having amassed piles of gold and silver he felt completely independent and did not need God. Ezekiel courageously condemned this powerful but foolish man in unmitigated terms.

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A QUALITY OF LIFE THAT LASTS

Liturgical Colour: 

Jn. 6:51-58

Some people have dreamed about finding the secret of living forever. When we are at our best, with minds at their sharpest and our hopes highest, we might long for immortality. In those hours, there are certain qualities within our lives, certain relationships we have forged, certain dreams that we would like to see last forever.

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WHAT GOD'S CONDITIONAL PROMISES MEAN FOR US

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Ez. 18:1-10, 13, 30-32 & Mt. 19:13-15

God's love is unconditional. He loves us without any strings attached. But God's promises are another matter. He promises us that we will live, but only if we repent and try to avoid all sin. God cannot give us the blessings He wants for us if we do not keep our side of the bargain.

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GOD LAVISHES HIS LOVE ON HIS PEOPLE

Liturgical Colour: 

Ez. 16:1-15, 60, 63 & Mt. 19:3-12

Ezekiel recounts, in a tender and graphic style, the immense love and mercy that God had shown His people. He had found them in pitiable and desperate plight, unloved and without hope; He could have left them to their fate but instead He commanded life for them and adopted them as His own.

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