Have you ever felt like you were put on trial by your friends or family members because of your faith? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
If God offered you a cup of wine, would you drink from it? What if it were the cup of His wrath?
In Jeremiah chapter 24, the prophet sees a strange vision: Two Baskets of Figs. One was full of the best figs in the land, and the other wasn’t even fit for dogs to eat.
We hear people claiming to speak the will of God all the time. But do you know how to identify a false prophet?
We have heard of Jesus as Lord, and even as the Good Shepherd. But what does it mean that He is the Righteous Branch?
Ever wondered what an ancient book like Jeremiah could teach you about marriage? Believe it or not, it can actually teach you the importance of having a Second Honeymoon.
Do you know anyone who plans in waiting until later in life to think about God and spiritual things? Are you like that?
Have you ever done what God told you to do, but then doubted Him because what you thought would happen… didn’t? If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
No one can fully understand the ways of God. But does that mean we have the right to question His decisions about whom He saves and whom He destroys?
Have you ever questioned God for shaping your life the way He has? If He is the potter and we are the clay, then we have the right to do so, don’t we?
Do you sometimes think you have to work seven days a week in order to get ahead? Surely God will understand, right? Not according to the prophet Jeremiah.
Do you think that people are basically good, they just need a little help to bring them closer to God? Jeremiah found out the hard way whether this statement was true, or not.
Have you ever felt like your faith made you a social outcast? Well, imagine how Jeremiah felt. He wasn’t even allowed to go to dinner parties.
Have you ever prayed for something and then become frustrated because God didn’t answer you? You’re not alone; even the Old Testament prophets experienced this.
Our sin should make us weep before the Lord, but have you ever looked at the sins of others and found yourself arguing with God because of them? Jeremiah did.
Corruptio Optima Pessima: The corruption of the best is the worst. That’s especially true when the people of God turn from him to follow idols.
We often think of Jeremiah as the lamenting prophet, but what happens when it is God who does the lamenting?
Has the daily grind ever worn you out so much that you felt like you didn’t have any strength left to serve God?
Have you ever broken a contract with someone? The penalties can be quite severe. But imagine what happens when we break a contract…with God!
Did you ever ask God why He hasn’t given you all that you deserve in life? Actually, in Christ, we don’t get what we deserve in life, and for that we should be eternally grateful. Confused?
It is easy to identify an idol if it is made out of stone or wood. But how do you identify idols of the heart? Listen next time, as Dr. Philip Graham Ryken continues his study in Jeremiah by looking at what it teaches us about idolatry.
Do you think boasting is wrong? Well, that depends what you are boasting about. Listen next time, as Dr. Philip Graham Ryken discusses something to boast about from the book of Jeremiah.
Have you ever felt beaten down by sin and sorrow and thought there was no cure for your pain? Have you ever cried out in agony for a balm to heal your wounds? The prophet Jeremiah did, and he received a surprising answer.
In the book of Jeremiah, the people of God acted like bird-brains! In fact, if you compared them to birds regarding their ability to obey their creator’s instructions, they came out way behind.
Have you ever heard an “R-Rated” sermon? Imagine what happened when the people of Judah engaged in child sacrifice! To find out, listen next time, as Dr. Philip Graham Ryken discusses a disturbing section in the book of Jeremiah
All families worship together, whether they know it or not. The question is, what are they worshiping? Listen next time, as Dr. Philip Graham Ryken discusses the book of Jeremiah, and find out about the Family at Worship
What happens when God’s people are convicted of their sins and turn back to him and walk in a new obedience? Reformation.
Have you ever been at a crossroads in your life and not known which path to take? How do you decide which way to walk?
The prophet Jeremiah lived in the same sort of society that we live in. There are blind fools, fat cats, and lying prophets all around us. The situation is a bad one- in fact it’s incurable. So what will we do in the end?
God told the prophet Jeremiah that he’d hold back his wrath if Jeremiah could find even one righteous person in the City of Jerusalem. So he looked and looked, but couldn’t find a single righteous individual. But if we are perfectly honest with ourselves, we know why.
Divine judgment- the worst possible nightmare. There will come a day for some people when this terrible nightmare will become a reality. But you do not have to be numbered among them.
Have you ever felt disappointed with God? Well try looking at things from His perspective. If God wanted to write a book about us, He could call it “Disappointed with People!” Don’t think that’s true?
Do you struggle with giving God your whole heart? We all do. Yet the Christian’s relationship to God is a love relationship. And true love requires an undivided heart.
We sometimes get the idea that being faithful to God’s covenant is simply a matter of obeying God’s Law. But there is actually more to it than that. God wants our hearts as well as our wills.
How can we, as Christian believers, stand up against the enemies of God in a wicked world? Where does that kind of courage come from? Next time we’ll find out how the promises of God can help us stand against the enemies of God in a wicked, fallen world.
Have you ever wondered who you are and why you are here? Next time we'll begin a study in the book of Jeremiah. We'll learn that an integral part of knowing who you are is knowing whose you are.
Has grace become an empty concept for you, no longer a living reality that helps you live in godliness by the Holy Spirit? Perhaps you have forgotten the costliness and the romance of your redemption in Christ.
Many people can identify with a sense of nervousness before a big date, but imagine how Ruth felt before her first date with Boaz. For her, this was literally a matter of life and death.
Are you a person of standing? Do you treat others the way God has treated you? Boaz did, especially in the case of Ruth.
Have you ever felt so needy and abandoned that your only option was to wallow in self pity? Well, you’re not alone. Naomi reached that point, but then she took her cares to the Lord.
We don’t think much about the Holy Spirit, or his role in our life. But we should! The Holy Spirit enables us to do important spiritual work. It’s one of two very important gifts that Jesus gave to us before He ascended into heaven.
Can you tell a good sermon apart from a bad one? And no, a good sermon is not entertaining, and it doesn’t necessarily have lots of stories. A good sermon talks about the bible, about conviction of sin and repentance. And it should tell us who Jesus is.
Have you ever been so happy about something that you could not believe that it just happened? It’s an incredible moment of overwhelming joy. After Jesus’ resurrection the disciples felt the same way.
Many have been jealous of the disciples who were able to be a part of the Last Supper. And able to witness the resurrection body of Jesus. But God has also given us ways by which we may have communion with Jesus, even though we were not there to personally see the amazing events of His earthly ministry.
Have you ever been in a situation where you missed something obvious? Have you been a part of a confusing conversation that you just couldn’t figure a way out of? Some of Jesus’ disciples found themselves in a similar situation.
Have you ever done something completely on the wrong premise. You know what happens. Every thing gets blown out of the water when you discover the truth. Well that’s what happened to the women who went to anoint Jesus’ body as he lay in the tomb. They found He wasn’t there!
There were things to be done. Preparations had to be made. Jesus had died. A secret Christian courageously makes his faith known and takes Jesus body to be buried. And the women who loved Jesus, go to anoint Jesus body with oil and spices.
The sky would go dark. A curtain would be torn from top to bottom. Nothing could stop the inevitable. Jesus was dying. God had turned His back on His only Son. But the end is in sight! A light can be seen!
Who would you consider to be the luckiest person in the world? Someone with a lot of money, or maybe a football player with a couple of SuperBowl rings? How about someone who came to trust Jesus at the last possible moment of their life?
Have you ever done something really, really bad to someone? And then amazingly they forgave you? What if it was the worst sin possible? Would you still expect to be forgiven? You know what? Jesus forgave those who crucified Him.