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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Story of Dry Bones the Truck


“Dry Bones” 
The Truck: 
1978 F350 Custom 
FE 360 CI Big Block Ford V8 
HEI Electronic Distributor
4 speed Manual Transmission with
Granny Gear, PTO, and 4:56 Rear Differential

The custom truck bed was made from reclaimed wood, metal roofing, and other recycled building materials. The gas tank is from an old dump truck. The paint job was done by God and the elements.

The Story:
This truck lived a hard life slaving away down old logging roads as a dump truck. Hauling heavy loads down muddy roads and neglect left the truck worn down and rusted up before she was
redeemed and reborn as the rat rod shop truck you see today. Dry Bones now serves as an ambassador for all who are worn down and beat up by life’s struggles. People look on with fascination as Dry Bones  rumbles
down the highway to the local hardware store, running errands, or helping a neighbor move furniture. Dry Bones is still a work in progress, as are we all, but God has plans and an important purpose for this ole’ truck.

Your Connection:
We all have scars and none of us is perfect. We’re much more like this rusty old truck than
a shiny show car. Even though we try to hide our dings and dents, we know they are there. The Good News is, God can redeem anyone and give new life and new purpose. Scrapes, scars, rust, and wear become a
thing of beauty in the hands of our redeeming Creator. If God can make Dry Bones live again, God can redeem you and give you a new life and new purpose.  He can even turn your wounds and scars into the very things
that 
make you stand out as His beautiful creation.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of
the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out.  Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”
“O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”