Not Forsaken

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 51-52 & 2 Peter 3

Old Testament: Jeremiah 51 – Not Forsaken

img_2489Jeremiah 51:5
“For Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, by his God, the Lord of hosts, though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.”

As Jeremiah writes this, Jerusalem is smoldering in the rubble of its own destruction. Babylonian forces have taken the people captive, burned the city to the ground, and set up their own government to rule over Israel. … Read More

Jeremiah 52 – Get Out of Jail

Jeremiah 52:31
“Now it came to pass in the thirty- seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, that Evil-Merodach, King of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin, King of Judah and…Read More

New Testament: 2 Peter – Longsuffering

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Peter writes, as the day of the Lord approaches there will be…Read More

 

Excuses Excuses

TODAY’S DAILY READING – Jeremiah 49-50 & 2 Peter 2
Old Testament: Jeremiah 49 – Excuses Excuses

Jeremiah 49:4
“Why do you boast in the valleys, Your flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? Who trusted in her treasures, saying, ‘Who will come against me?’”

Some things never change. The sun will always rise in the East and set in the West, water will always be wet, and a person in a backslidden state will always deceive themselves, about their…Read More.

Jeremiah 50Pardon the Preserved

Jeremiah 50:20
“‘In those days and in that time,’ says the Lord, The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; For I will pardon those whom I preserve.’”

One of the greatest benefits of being in a relationship with God is the forgiveness of sin. God explains that although we have….Read More

New Testament: 2 Peter 2 – In the Pig Pen

2 Peter 2:22
“But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’”

A few years ago, I was in northern Ghana with a group of people from our church. Our purpose was to bring the Gospel to remote villages that had yet to be reached for Christ. Just as Paul developed a custom of going … Read More

Clean Me

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 47-48 & 2 Peter 1
Old Testament: Jeremiah 48 – Clean Me

Jeremiah 48:11
“Moab has been at ease from his youth; He has settled on his dregs, And has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, And his scent has not changed.”

Jeremiah is describing Read More

New Testament: 2 Peter 1 – Add to Your Faith

2 Peter 1:5-7
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”

Building a healthy relationship with…Read More

Learn From History

Jeremiah 47:1
“The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before Pharaoh attacked Gaza.”

images.pngAll the way back to the time of Abraham we have been reading about the Philistines. They were a people who came from Phoenicia and occupied the southern coastal region of the land of Israel. Because of the unwillingness of the people of God to deal with them in the early years of the occupation of the Promised Land, the Philistines were a constant problem for Israel. At times Israel would push them back and at times the Philistines would conquer portions of Israel enslaving its people. Over the years they had repeated opportunities to turn from idolatry and become followers of God. Those opportunities are now coming to the end as their nation is on the brink of destruction.

Today the Philistines are nothing more than a history lesson as their destruction was complete. I think it was Winston Churchill who said “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” There is an essential lesson we need to learn from the fall of the Philistines. The mercy of God will hold back His judgment providing us with many opportunities to turn away from sin and follow Him. But time will ultimately run out for everyone and we will face the judgment of God.

If you were able to make your way to Israel you can walk upon the remains of the ancient philistine cities of Gaza and Ashkelon. These remains almost scream to us that walking according to our own ways will ultimately end in ruin. Don’t wait until it is too late! The Bible promises that today is the day of salvation. If you will turn to God He will forgive your sin and restore your relationship with Him.

Pastor Jim

Self-Promotion

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 45-46 & 1 Peter 5
Old Testament: Jeremiah 45- Self-Promotion

Jeremiah 45:4-5
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up… And do you seek great things for yourself?’”

As the nation teeters on the brink of collapse, Jeremiah is given a prophetic message for one man, Baruch. Baruch was an assistant to Jeremiah. One of his main roles was that of a scribe. He was responsible for writing down… Read More

Jeremiah 46- Armed And Dangerous

Jeremiah 46:3-4
“Order the buckler and shield,
And draw near to battle!
Harness the horses,
And mount up, you horsemen!
Stand forth with your helmets,
Polish the spears,
Put on the armor!”
As the forces of Egypt… Read More 

New Testament: 1 Peter 5- Throw It All Away

1 Peter 5:7 “. . .casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Cares, concerns, worries, and anxiety are all relatively synonymous terms. They speak of the things in life that fill us with fear, rob us of peace, overwhelm us, and stress us out. There are numerous things… Read More

Self-Willed

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 43-44 & 1 Peter 4
Old Testament: Jeremiah 43- Self-Willed 

Jeremiah 43:4
“So Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces, and all the people would not obey the voice of the Lord, to remain in the land of Judah.”

After the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar’s forces, the inhabitants of Judah began to look to Egypt as a place… Read More

Jeremiah 44- Self-Inflicted

Jeremiah 44:7
“Now therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel:‘Why do you commit this great evil against yourselves…”

God warned the people not to flee to Egypt for help. He knew the Babylonians would soon defeat Egypt and any who were In allegiance… Read More

New Testament: 1 Peter 4- The End Is Near

1 Peter 4:7-10
“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another.”
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Game Over

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 41-42 & 1 Peter 3
Old Testament: Jeremiah 41- Game Over

Jeremiah 41:15
“But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the Ammonites.”

After conquering Judah and Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah governor over the people. He allowed many of the Jews to remain in the land, and gave them certain freedoms… Read More 
Jeremiah 42- Ready, Willing and…

Jeremiah 42:6
“Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God…”

A few years back I attended a men’s conference where this verse was shared during a worship session. Like most, I was encouraged by the sentiment… Read More 

New Testament: 1 Peter 3- Answers 

1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”

Shortly after coming to Christ, I was driving down PCH in Southern California and found myself stuck at one of the many red lights, waiting… Read More