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Promised

When there are dark days around you, it is important that you have confidence in God. We are often submitted to circumstances that we cannot change; we are caught in an undertow that draws us away from the safety of the shore. What is important for you to know in the depths of our heart at that time?
Jeremiah is present during the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. The strategy of a siege was to surround the city, cut it off from entrance or exit by anyone. Then to sit and wait as food and water dwindle within it. The people would experience famine and disease and their souls would become discouraged. There was no hope, no help and no solution but surrender.
In that moment, when it was as dark as it could get, God gave to Jeremiah a positive message; a picture of the future which was unbelievably good. He said, "I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back…

Faith

Today Egypt is erupting. The Muslim extremists and the neutral Egyptian army are battling for the heart of the people. There are demonstrations and destruction in many cities and the future of the country is uncertain. If God told you to go buy a plot of land in Cairo, how would you respond to that request?
Jeremiah in the last year of Zedekiah's reign was asked to do such a thing. The Babylonians were living on the land around Jerusalem as they sieged against it. But God told Jeremiah that his uncle's son, Hanameel, was going to come to him and ask him to buy land in the captured territory of Benjamin. (Jeremiah 32:7)
This happened and Jeremiah paid the amount necessary to complete the transaction. Many who witnessed it would have laughed behind Jeremiah's back because the purchased land was now covered with Babylonian soldiers, Jeremiah was in prison in Jerusalem so he could not visit his purchase and the future of Israel's existence was doubtful.
What was this all…

Being Different

Remember your teenage years? This was a time when you were blossoming into a young adult. They call it puberty but this state of physical development was massive for both boys and girls. No one wanted to be unique or different, to stand out in any way, we wanted to look like, talk like and act like everyone else.
This desire brought up issues in our family life. Our parents tried to encourage our uniqueness but we didn't want to hear it; we just wanted to blend in.
The nation of Israel experienced a similar desire. Ezekiel said, "you say, 'We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.'" (Ezekiel 20:32)Israel wanted to be like the pagan nations in their worship and in their leadership. They duplicated their idols, brought them into their land and worshipped them, even when these idols required them to sacrifice their children. They also wanted a king like all other nations.
But God was their father and in the following v…

Fairness

I'm sure each one of us has been on both sides of the "fairness" issue. When you saw a teacher give special privileges or an undeserved grade to one student and not to you and others, you said, "that's not fair!" But when you were the one that received the special treatment you felt differently; you felt you deserved it. When the blessing falls even though we are not doing what's right, we tend to accept it but when the judgment falls for our actions we tend to cry, "unfair."
As a father, being "fair" with all your children is not an easy task for each one sees your actions through the grid of their own desires. It's common to hear, "that's not fair!" often in family settings.
Fairness is best revealed by God's actions with a righteous person who "turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it." But, "if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what …