Today we are reading Jeremiah 25. In this chapter we read about the consistently ignored God’s warnings through His prophets. “”For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, to this day, the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened. You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the Lord persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets, saying, ‘Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever. Do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, or provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.’ Yet you have not listened to me, declares the Lord, that you might provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.” Jeremiah‬ ‭25:3-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ As I get older I am noticing that my hearing is not what it used to be! Occasionally, my wife and I have a serious misunderstanding be we do hear each other. For the people of God in Jeremiah’s time their ability to hear God was challenged by their pursuit of false gods. Through time, their rebellion made their hearts so calloused that the ignored and abused God’s prophets. What gets in the way of you hearing from God? How does this harm you spiritually? How can you block out all the noise of this sinful world and hear God? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 24. In this chapter we read about God’s favor toward the exiles in Babylon.“”Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭24:5-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Why has God determined to bless the exiles in Babylon? The disposition of the heart is key to God. If our hearts are hard toward Him (we reject His word and His ways) then He will punish us and allow us to suffer. But, if we return to Him with our whole heart, He will bless us in every way.  May God strengthen your faith to trust in Him with all your heart. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 23. In this chapter we read about the messianic prophecy of Jeremiah about the coming of Jesus. “”Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭23:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This prophecy about Jesus was made 600 years before His birth. The time was one of national devastation and yet they could look forward to the messianic age when God would save them. How does your faith bring you comfort when you encounter trouble? May God give you peace as you wait patiently for His deliverance. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 22. In this chapter we read about God confronting the king of Judah regarding the nation’s sin. “I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not listen.’ This has been your way from your youth, that you have not obeyed my voice.” Jeremiah‬ ‭22:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Prosperity can lead us away from God as we pursue material gain. How has your prosperity impacted your spiritual life? This year we have been particularly blessed! We are so thankful! What is the purpose behind our prosperity? What is God’s plan for the resources He has placed in your hands? What awesome things has He planned for you in this new year? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 21. In this chapter we read about the king of Judah desperately trying to call on God to deliver him from the Babylonians/Chaldeans. “”Inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.””
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭21:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The problem is that it is too late. God tells them that because of their wickedness He has brought the Babylonians to punish them. Those who resist will be killed. Those who surrender will be slaves. Have you ever been faced with such a choice? Many times our own sin brings us to a desperate place. God gives us only one path forward—to confess our sins and return to Him. May God bless you with a broken and contrite heart toward Him.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 20. In this chapter we read about how Jeremiah is persecuted by a priest of the Temple of the Lord. “Now Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭20:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever been persecuted? How did you respond? For me, if I can understand clearly why I am persecuted and what is at stake, I am willing to suffer. One time I was persecuted for making an unpopular staffing change. The pain was terrible but in so doing I protected children who were being harmed. Knowing I was protecting children gave me the courage to take the beating. May God give you the boldness to always do the right thing. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 19. In this chapter we read about the prophet Jeremiah making a vivid illustration of God’s destruction of Israel/Judah by breaking a pottery flask. “Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the Lord ‘s house and said to all the people: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their neck, refusing to hear my words.”” Jeremiah‬ ‭19:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Jeremiah is God’s prophet warning the people to stop rebelling against God. He is like a stop sign warning drivers of potential danger ahead. If we ignore the sign we risk injury and damage to our vehicle. If we ignore God’s warning we risk much more. May you soften your heart toward God and His Word. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 18. In this chapter we read about how God compares Israel/Judah to a pot formed by a potter. “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭18:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ It is amazing to consider that God can do with a nation whatever He desires. How has God blessed and used our nation? Do you think we are obeying God and pleasing Him as a nation? If we were to look at how God treated His people in the Old Testament times, how can we expect Him to treat us? May you pray diligently for our nation! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 17. In this chapter we read about God’s command to obey Him and keep the Sabbath. However, God is most concerned with our hearts being right with Him.

“”Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”” Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8, 10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How do these bring you comfort? How do these words make you afraid? May God bless you to feel joy that He knows your heart and sees what is done in secret. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 16. In this chapter we read about the experience of God’s people in exile—in captivity where they have been taken as slaves. Why do they suffer? “”And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me. Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭16:10-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “Every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me.” That kind of sounds like the guy I see in the mirror. Why are we so stubborn? Why do we insist on our own way? When we rebel against God how does our life go? God is gracious and merciful. He eagerly desires our repentance! May God melt our stubbornness with His great love! Pastor Tim