Jeremiah 17

Trust the Lord in your decisions.

Why should I do that? What does that look like in our society? What is the result? What do I need to do?

These are all valid and important questions. These questions are addressed in Jeremiah 17 as the prophet speaks to the people of God reminding them of an obvious truth: His plan is greater than our plan and life is beautiful when we trust in that plan. Check out the link below to hear this broken down and expounded upon during our Sunday morning gathering.

Jeremiah 20

Jeremiah wrestles with opposition in his life. We, too, are often assailed by the enemy. So what is the proper response?

Jeremiah displays both a shortsighted vision as well as a confirmed confidence in God’s promises. Learn from both of these and make the decision to stand on the promises God has given to the believer.

Jeremiah 21-22

Love. True Love. That is what brings us together today.

But do we truly know what love means? Is love more than just a fuzzy feeling or a Hallmark-created holiday on Feb. 14th?

With God, yes. The thing is that His love includes mercy, grace, and justice. And that’s what makes Him God; He can do and be all of these things at the same time.

Love. True love. Only brought together in God.

Jeremiah 23

Good shepherds, bad shepherds and the Good Shepherd Himself.

It’s a horror tale of the people of God; the shepherd “spiritual leaders” would not lead and the sheep wandered off. Jeremiah firmly speaks God’s words to these people.

Yet Jeremiah speaks hope. The Righteous Branch from the family tree of David will be the One to bring God’s true righteousness, hope and change to the people of God.

Will anyone listen?

Jeremiah 24

Sweet and useful or rotten garbage.

Those are the two images Jeremiah paints for the people of God; those who listen to God and obey are sweet, useful figs presented as an offering to God, yet those who do not listen nor obey are good only for the landfill.

Stay connected to the Vine and be a useful offering to God. Attached is this week’s sermon from Jeremiah 24.

Jeremiah 25

AUGUST 13, 2015

World Cup

The US women’s team did us proud when they made it to the finals and defeated Japan for the World Cup.  2600 years ago, Jeremiah also talked (and even preached) about a world cup, but The Lord’s cup isn’t about the beautiful game.  God’s world cup that Jeremiah revealed is what made Jesus sweat like drops of blood in his final prayers, the night before his crucifixion.  Give Jeremiah 25 a read and listen to The Bible Talk on this great word from God.

Jeremiah 26

Killing the messenger is a lot easier than killing the message, especially if the message is true.  And when it comes to messages, we seldom get riled up until we know who said it.  We are much more focused on the person than the message, we play the man, not the ball as they say in rugby.  Obviously, the messenger has nothing to worry about when the message is good, but what do we do when the message criticizes us?  Usually, we make it about the messenger, not the message.  And God forbid we have any real power when a critical word is herd…that’s when the messenger’s life is on the line!  Jeremiah knows more than anyone how deadly being God’s messenger is in Jeremiah 26, as a flash mob gathers to kill the messenger.

Jeremiah 27-28

Beware of prophets seeking profit.  Everyone knows someone who doesn’t “go to church” because they are convinced it’s just a racket for taking our money.  So, our friend doesn’t show up (at church) feeling like the canary who avoided the cat. Unfortunately, Christianity has never been able to avoid prophets seeking profits, who tickle the ear and tell you only what you want to hear.  But what do we do when the prophet seeks no profit?  Jeremiah (and the Biblical) profits never got the mansion on “Easy Street” off the unfortunate backs of hard working people.  Jesus and his apostles didn’t launch a revolution or a pyramid scheme.  Just the words of God taught to those who had ears to hear.  The real word of God begs only one question, “Who do you follow?

Jeremiah 29

In Jeremiah 29, we find that both prophet and false prophet take to the pen to explain God’s Word. Jeremiah the prophet in Jerusalem is sending God’s Word in letters to the exiled people in Babylon, and Shemaiah the false prophet with the exiled people in Babylon insists that the real word from god includes putting Jeremiah to death for treason.  Which letter is sealed with a kiss from God and which letter simply needs to be returned to sender?

Jeremiah 30

“The most important thing is Jesus died for our sins,”  Dr Maria King told me two weeks before she entered into the Glory of God.  As Dr King knew what it meant to face an incurable disease, we too face an incurable disease, but do we know it?  Dr King knew it, that’s why she told me what she did two weeks ago.  What she had discovered, Jeremiah desperately wanted people to know.  Our incurable disease is sin.  On earth there is no cure, but God is working his purposes…

Jeremiah 31

Unforgettable.  Nat King Cole reminds us of how we feel about someone we truly love.  What a lovely song, what a lovely idea.  It is a nice thought.  On the other side of the coin of unforgettable is the ones that have sinned against us.  The fact is, you are far more likely to forget someone who was lovely to you than someone who was cruel.  I understand why Nat did not include these moments in his song, but we all know, that these are the real moments we will not forget.  Forgive and forget is simply not a reality for us.  Forgive, yes.  Forget, nope, can’t happen.  And how often have we considered the unforgettable sins we have committed against God?  If we can’t forget sin, how could God?  He does have a better memory than we do, right?  Leave it to God to do what they say can’t be done.  In Jeremiah 31, God declares that there is something new coming, sins forgotten.

Jeremiah 32-33

Is there anything too hard for God?  For the Christian the answer is, “Of course not!”  As lovers of God, we intuitively come to his defense, but then we get caught in some atheistic baited trap when someone inevitably says, “Can God make a rock so big that it would be too hard for him to lift.”  Either way, the Christian’s proverbial pants are supposedly pulled down.  In this section, Jeremiah gets another word from God, Who playfully leads Jeremiah into this paradoxical question, and we may be surprised by what God says at the end.

Jeremiah 35

If I were a younger man, I would have named one of my sons Jaazaniah after reading this passage just so I could say, “Get Jaaz in the house!”  God tells Jeremiah to get Jaaz, the Rechabite, in the house of the Lord, the temple, and God has a humorous object lesson to present to Judah…

Have a listen to The Bible Talk below to see what God has up his proverbial sleeve:

Jeremiah 36

Words are God’s idea from the beginning.  We have words because God has words, but God’s words have some qualities that our words don’t have.  God’s word creates upon speaking, our words have to direct hands to create.  Our words can be discarded with no consequence or care, but God’s words can not be discarded, even with fire.  God is the Lord of Word, His Word, and He oversees the keeping of His Word with His faithful people.

Jeremiah 37-38

Christians are often called sticks in the mud.  Supposedly, we are backward and uninitiated to the wisdom of the worlds ideas.  Jeremiah is literally stuck in the mud, and left for dead for being daft and a killjoy.  After being rescued by a gentile black man, Jeremiah has an unfortunate prophecy for King Zedekiah, “You will be mocked by women for being stuck in the mud!”

Jeremiah 40-43

Just when you think the people of God, the poor remnant of Judah (so poor the Babylonians wouldn’t even deport them), would finally be at a point that they would listen to the word of God (Jeremiah), nope.  In these four chapters, what was already weird gets even weirder.  Downtrodden, you would think when Jeremiah tells them the good news that God wants them to stay in the land, they would cheer.  Nope, they jeer and head off to Egypt.  Incorrigible.

Jeremiah 44-45

NOVEMBER 17, 2015 
Jeremiah makes one last plea with the people of God (the women) who have fled to Egypt. The word of the Lord has assured them that the Pharaoh is going down, and doom is imminent, but Jeremiah is told to talk to the hand (by the women). God’s last word is simple, “we’ll see whose word will stand.” Superstition rules these people and God’s word is once again mocked. Or is it?