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Dead: Fail Forward (4)

. 1 min read

01-02
Apr 2017, Christ Mountain Top, Lent 5
Psalm
130 (call to worship, confession)
John
11.1-45 (kids)
Ezekiel
37.1-14 (message)
Rob
Weber, revival service
      “Mortal, can these bones live?”
      “Lord, you know”
Mostly
dead … The Princess Bride
The
“man in black,” after having his life sucked out of him by “the machine” is
taken to Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) and Valerie (Carol Kane)
Israel
destroyed as a nation-state

Community/body
of persons (Israel as a people)
Holocaust
(Germany)
Ethnic
cleansing (Yugoslavia)
Genocide
(Rwanda)
Killing
fields (Cambodia)
ISIS,
Syrian regime, other groups
Multi-generation
family business going out of business
Churches
that close
Individual
experiences of being dead, being dry bones
Me:
Anger, annual conference, deliverance
God
did something for me that no one else could do
      “Mortal, can these bones live?”
      “Lord, you know”
      “But Lord, by now he stinks”
      “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed
you would see the glory of God?”
            Maybe you’ll see the glory even if
you don’t believe!
      Karoline Lewis, fundamental characteristic
of God to give life
      Breath/Spirit (word, in both Greek and
Hebrew)
Jesus
in John 20, “breathed on them and said, receive the Holy Spirit”
Genesis
creation story, “breathed into the man and he became a living soul”
Re-creation
… breathe Spirit into
JR
Woodward, Mike the Aryan
      Creating
a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World
, p 25
Our
role in the life of others: “prophecy to these bones”

That
is, bring the Word of God to bear on their lives