Common Sense REBORN Devotion

September 18

32“I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord.  Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel.”  (Ezekiel 36:32)

Happy Saturday friends!  I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend spending time with family and comrades.  I know I have been beating American culture up a lot lately, but, again, reading the verse above, if you just replace the nation of Israel with America, it’s pretty spot on.  And I don’t have to remind you of how Americans are consumed with their wealth, social status, idols, icons, comforts, careers, self-indulgence, greed, crime, bullying, wasteful entertainment, destroying the environment, etc, all the while claiming to be a great “Christian nation,” who supports religious freedom and democracy.  I don’t have to point out our own shame and disgrace.  I think I have done that enough this year.  So I just want to remind y’all that we have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.  But I believe we can still be a force for good in this world.  I believe if we all shift our focus to serving others and being a slave to the Gospel we can propel those around us to live better lives.  I believe if we always choose to love others over everything else, we will break the hold the darkness has on this world.

I also believe the new album by Bethel Music is going to be a fresh sound as we march into fall.  Click below to sample the second single off this massive album that drops next Friday.

Reading plan:  Hebrews 6:1-12

Deeper reading plan:  Ezekiel 35, 36


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