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.
On the way to the cross, Jesus passed many who were shedding tears. But he would not let them cry. There are events to come that are more pressing for them to be concerned about.
The trial of Jesus is over. Pilate found Him innocent of all charges. End of story? Nope not yet, Jesus was still sentenced to death. What happened next? Why was an innocent man crucified?
What did the Roman trial of Jesus really do? Why did He need to suffer so horribly? These are questions that many people have when it comes to the treatment of Jesus.
Have you ever felt that you were unfairly treated, maybe accused of something that you didn’t do? Maybe your words have been twisted or misrepresented? If so, you’re not alone. Christ was tried in a court facing charges that were just not true.
First Jesus was betrayed by Judas, and then denied by Peter. What could cause them to do such a horrible thing? To learn about the situation surrounding the Peters denial, tune in this week to Every Last Word.
Has anyone ever betrayed you? Has anyone treated you differently than you thought that they should? Jesus understands what you have been through, because he too, was betrayed by one of the people closest to Him.
The prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane has been widely discussed and read. There are many important aspects about this time that Christ spent in the garden.
There are many dangers in this world. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of them all. But at other times we are aware of the trouble around us. How do we get out of the trouble that we are in, and how do we stay out of the trouble that we’re unaware of?
“I’m better than you are!” “No you're not!” Kids are always arguing over who is better. And if you’re honest with yourself so are adults. Jesus’ disciples often argued about who was the greatest. But Jesus reminded them that true greatness came from being a servant.