Pulse Youth Updates:

Message from the Youth Leader:

I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved. (Ezekiel 1:4-9)

I had the students try to draw this otherworldly chariot as I was reading this passage, and let’s just say the results were as varied as the description is strange. As the book carries on we see God’s presence, riding atop His chariot, command Ezekiel to do some very strange things in his prophesies against Jerusalem. God gives Ezekiel a message filled with wrath and judgement for Israel, it’s neighbors, and Jerusalem itself.

Ezekiel’s visions pivot as he brings a message of hope for future redemption. Lauren Daigle’s song “Come Alive” draws upon Ezekiel 37 with “…as we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive,” wherein God breathes upon a valley of bones and those that were once dead are returned to life. God shows Ezekiel his ultimate power to defeat evil as he prophesies against Gog, a representation of human evil; and God provides his redemption in the building of a new temple, provision of a new King, and the creation of a new Eden in the resurrection of the Dead Sea. Almost six-hundred years before Jesus’s birth, we are given a foreshadowing of the Book of Revelations. Even in the midst of terror and utter destruction, as in Ezekiel’s case with the fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile, God does not abandon his people. We need only look at our own lives with the same form of future hindsight to see God’s work to provide for us, his people.

Upcoming Lessons:

  • Sunday 5/20: Luke 9:51-56: “Do you want us to call down fire to destroy them?”

  • Wednesday 5/23: Daniel: I am so excited! A book I knew before this study!

Event Updates:

  • May 30th: Youth Cooks Wednesday Night Dinner!

  • June 2nd: Vision Conference hosted by Church of Cypress

Prayer Requests:

  • Summer Camp: God has revealed to me a weekend that isn’t tied up in meetings or trips when we can do a carwash! Please pray for us as we work to pay for summer camp.

  • Youth Ministry Team: We will be studying a leadership development book together for the purposes of preparing our youth ministry for growth. Please pray God will lead us to what he wants for us to learn, and challenges us with how we must change.