Contributed on May 29, 2012
It was the task of the prophets to help Israel see herself as God saw her. As one such prophet Jeremiah’s task was to help Israel understand what it meant to be a nation under God. And while Israel was, and ever will be, the only nation chosen by God, any
“A Nation Under God: An Exalted Nation” Prov. 14:34; Jer. 17:5-13 One of our sons and his family spent some time vacationing at our home. I took some days off to spend time with them – especially to play with our grandchildren. Some months later they went to California to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2012
Only when we understand who God is can we understand why He rules and why we should submit to Him.
“A Nation Under God: The God Who Rules” Jer. 10:1-16 & 18:1-10 It was so easy for Israel to say she was a nation ruled by God. But just who was this God? What was He like? Similarly it’s easy for us to debate whether or not America is a nation under God; but just who is this ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2012
If God is ruling, why is our world and our nation in the shape they are in? Just how does God rule?
“A Nation Under God: The Way God Rules” Jer. 9:23-24; Ps. 2 A little Scottish boy wouldn’t eat his prunes, so his mother sent him off to bed saying, “God is angry at you.” Soon after the boy went to his room a violent storm broke out. Amidst flashes of lightning ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2012
Just what do we look for in a godly leader?
“A Nation Under God: Godly Leadership” Jer. 22:1-5, 11-17 If the character of our government is to be good, we must put good characters in office. Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, wrote her husband a letter in which she made the following ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2012
Israel had problems living as a nation under God. Understanding her problems help us analyze America's problems.
“A Nation Under God: The Problem” Jer. 2:1-37 The late Reformed pastor and theologian Abraham Kuyper said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” As we ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2012
Perhaps it's time for us as Christians to move out of our advisory mindset and into soiling our hands in the work of transformation.
“A Nation Under God: The Solution” Jer. 3:6-4:4 As a story goes, there was once an elderly man who used to get up regularly at the prayer meeting in his church, always with the same prayer: “Use me, Lord, use me – in some advisory capacity!” Whether or not ...read more