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Mourning the Destruction of a Great City, Part 1 of 4...01/27/15
When the judgment of God falls, things we hold dear are often laid waste. The city of Jerusalem with its temple was sacked and looted by invading armies whose actions came in the plan and will of God.
When God Judges a Nation, Part 4 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
What might it be like when God judges America for its personal and national sins? All we need do is see what God did to Judah in the days of Jeremiah, when both the righteous and the wicked suffered.
When God Judges a Nation, Part 3 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
When Jeremiah proclaimed the coming judgment of God, his fellow Israelites paid him no heed. Life went on with no thought of a day of accounting. The lessons they ultimately learned are lessons we in America must learn, because where Israel went, so...
When God Judges a Nation, Part 2 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
When God's judgment comes, it's not pretty. Jeremiah's warnings to Judah were disregarded, and the people and their king paid a great price. In this message, we'll see more of what happened to a sinning nation, and how judgment might look as our...
When God Judges a Nation, Part 1 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
When the cup of iniquity is full, God pours out His wrath. Judah felt that wrath as invading armies looted Jerusalem and took the people into captivity. America may soon feel that same wrath.
Israel, Clay in the Potter's Hand, Part 3 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
God's call to ancient Judah was "Repent of your sins and return to the God of your fathers." The clay on the potter's wheel cannot control its destiny. Yet we think we can tell the Potter what to do.
Israel, Clay in the Potter's Hand, Part 2 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
A lump of clay has no clue what its potter intends to make out of it. Jeremiah 18 tells how God views Israel, as clay on His wheel. Life begins to make sense when we have a right view of ourselves and a right view of God.
Israel, Clay in the Potter's Hand, Part 1 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Many people think they are masters of their own destiny. But God sees His people as clay on a potter's wheel, and since He's the potter, He controls their destiny. We need to see ourselves as vessels God can make and remake as He chooses.
Recognizing False Prophets, Part 4 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
It's a paradox. When people refuse sound teaching, God sends false prophets to give them lies to believe. Jeremiah teaches that false prophets in themselves are a judgment from God. In this message we'll see the takeaway lessons from our look at false...
Recognizing False Prophets, Part 3 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
True prophets of God get their message from God himself. False prophets draw their false messages from a variety of sources. In this message we'll learn how to spot those sources and determine whether what you're hearing is from God or from somewhere...
Recognizing False Prophets, Part 2 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
False prophets were a scourge in ancient Israel, and are a scourge in our day. They tell us we're basically good, and if we try hard, God will grade us on the curve. Jeremiah says otherwise, pointing to the deceit within each of us.
Recognizing False Prophets, Part 1 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
In ancient Israel, false prophets put lies about God into the minds of God's people. The same is true in our day. They diminish His holiness, exaggerate their goodness, and hide their real motives. In this message we'll talk about how to recognize...
When Darkness is Light and Light is Darkness, Part 4 of 4 (The Church...
In a time of coming judgment, Jeremiah wept over the fate of his people. Do we in America weep for the many sins of our nation?
When Darkness is Light and Light is Darkness, Part 3 of 4 (The Church...
Great deception took hold in ancient Israel, leading to idolatry and judgment. The same deceptions infect the thinking of today. The news is filled with the same destructive mindset that caused God to haul Israel into Babylon.
When Darkness is Light and Light is Darkness, Part 2 of 4 (The Church...
We hear the cries, "Our government is out of control." "What was once wrong is now okay, and what was right is now wrong." In order to reach this point, people have had to believe some awful lies. In this message we'll look at four of these lies, and...
When Darkness is Light and Light is Darkness, Part 1 of 4 (The Church...
God had Babylon take Israel captive after Israel deceived itself into idolatry. He will not tolerate endless disobedience from His people. He did not then, and He will not today. The story is in the early chapters of Jeremiah.
Babylon, Idolatry, and You, Part 3 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Jeremiah 2:13 says that Israel forsook God, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out broken cisterns for themselves which can hold no water. For this, God's judgment fell. Have we in the modern church hewed out broken cisterns?
Babylon, Idolatry, and You, Part 2 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
In the divided kingdom, Israel in the north had been carried into captivity by the Assyrians. In the south, the prophet Jeremiah told Judah of God's coming judgment. Despite a clear warning, the people clung to their idols and did not repent. Does...
Babylon, Idolatry, and You, Part 1 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
After long national disobedience, God judged Israel by having Babylon cart them off into captivity. They became a minority in a pagan land, just as Christians are fast becoming a minority in America. The parallels are crucial to understand.
Just Let God Lead, Part 3 of 3 (Year-End Message)
Another year ends at the stroke of midnight. What does not end is God's plan for us in the new year. Finding His will is a lifelong quest, and in seeking Him, the details of life come into focus. When they do, we will know that we have found the right...
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