Contributed on Mar 2, 2009
God’s work is primarily about God, secondarily about us.
You Feel Inadequate Because You Are (Jeremiah 1:1-10) 1. Thu Feb 26, AP DENVER – A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket. Family members said 58-year-old ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2009
When we lose our Awe of God, our backsliding shows up in many ways.
No Awe of God (Jeremiah 1:11-2:32) 1. We have it good in our day. Consider this list of nurse duties in a hospital in 1887. In addition to caring for your 50 patients, each nurse will follow these regulations: 1. Daily sweep & mop the floors of your ward, dust patient’s furniture & ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2009
Jeremiah condemned the pretentious worship of God and exalted the sincere worship of God. The contrast is great, especially when we examine the two attitudes separately.
Pretense or Sincerity? (Jeremiah, Selected Verses) 1. Three ministers were talking about prayer in general and the appropriate and effective positions for prayer. As they were talking, a telephone repairman was working on the phone system in the background. One minister shared that he felt the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2009
God is patient and long-suffering, but His patience has boundaries. Sometimes we humans can move to the point of no return.
The Point of No Return (Jeremiah 7:16-24, 30-31, 15:1-6) 1. We home-schooled our kids, and that meant we had to face a number of challenges. As they got older, how would we teach them Driver’s Ed? 2. Fortunately, others blazed the trail before us;they make videos about everything, including ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2009
Your own worst enemy is your inner person, the invisible center of your being, what we often call the heart.
The Enemy Resides Within (Jeremiah 17:5-18) 1. As my husband, the county highway commissioner, was driving to the hospital for treatment of his painful leg, he decided to use the valet parking service so he wouldn’t have to walk far. Staring at his official-looking vehicle, one of the valets ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2009
Jesus Christ is not only the Messiah King of Israel, He is the Savior of the all who believe and the source of the believer’s righteousness before God.
The Wise Messiah-King (Jeremiah 23:5-6) 1. This past year was quite a year for Kokomo. Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama visited our town. Crowds gathered to see them. Some were supporters, others were undecided, and others wanted to see such famous people. 2. Although these visits brought ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2009
The fact that God is correlated to the potter and we are correlated to the clay has profound implications.
The Potter’s Prerogative (Jeremiah 18:1-12) 1. Some people are pretty shrewd. 2. When a friend received a traffic ticket, he promptly sent the policeman an orchid. Asked why, he explained: "I figure that when he gets the orchid, he will give it to his wife or his girl, who will make him take ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2009
Life’s dark times can pull us in all directions and produce all sorts of feelings; we must cling God during those bleak experiences.
Surviving Life’s Dark Times (Jeremiah 20:1-18) 1. After Jeremiah’s trip to the pottery shop, he had been commanded to assemble the elders and leaders of the city and smash a completed piece of pottery to pieces before them. Then he preached a message that God was going to do just that with ...read more
Contributed on May 4, 2009
We may be pilgrims in this world, but we are to set down deep roots while growing toward heaven.
Making the Most of Babylon (Jeremiah 29:1-14) 1.This past week, Marylu and I were enjoying a lean pork tenderloin roast -- it was delicious. I thought to myself, "I am so glad I am a gentile." 2. According to WebMD, "It appears that the use of the term "swine flu" has had quite an ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2009
Regenerate believers since the time of Jesus – including most of us -- have begun to experience the New Covenant, the nation of Israel will experience the New Covenant in the future, and these realities need to be clarified and applied.
The New Deal (Jeremiah 31:31-37) 1. Our country and our churches are not in the best of shape. It is easy to become negative or cynical, but we need to remember that things could be worse, much worse. 2. When God’s people are not taking Him seriously, it can be confusing. But the truth is ...read more
Contributed on May 28, 2009
Because nothing is too hard for God, He will easily accomplish His purposes.
Nothing is Too Hard for Yahweh (Jeremiah 32-36 passim) 1. We are very complex beings. Even simple creatures are complex. 2. According to Creation Magazine, "When geneticists found that there were only 20,000 to 30,000 genes in the human ge’nome, [gee’ nome] on par with a ’simple worm,’ they ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2009
Serving is about what is, not what should be. It involves giving and receiving, blooming where you are planted, and seeing both the individual trees and the forest. Ministry is a stretch!
Ministry is A Stretch! (Jeremiah 37-45) 1. Life has a way of socking us between the eyes. I remember my teen and young adult years and the feelings of broken relationships, disappointment, uncertainty about future direction, and all the stresses of that stage of life. 2. As I aged, I found ...read more