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Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Miraculous Hope
August 12, 2018

Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Miraculous Hope

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Certain Hope in an Uncertain World

This week we come to the end of our summer of hope. We now transition back into the flow of the school year and football season. We end our series on hope with a grand vision from the prophet Ezekiel. It is this story that continues to convey hope to anyone who find themselves in the desolate valley of hopelessness. God takes Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones and asks, “Ezekiel, can these bones live?” All of us have experienced the valley of dry bones: the broken dreams; the places where we have completely given up; or people who we think they will never change. God speaks dramatic hope into the desolate places of life. In the sermon “Miraculous Hope,” this vision of Ezekiel helps us find the miracle of hope, and renews the power of God’s word for us. As you read Ezekiel 37:4, 7-14 let the Word of the Lord bring fresh new hope to your valley of dry bones! Ezekiel 37:4, 7-14 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet– a vast army. 11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD. ‘” (NIV)

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