Jeremiah was a prophet to the Israelites during the time of their exile into Babylon. He spoke the Word of the Lord but no one listened. They ignored Jeremiah's warnings. Jeremiah was treated very poorly and suffered hardships of many kinds, yet, he remained faithful. At this time there were also many false prophets. These prophets were leading people astray. The people listened to them because they liked what these prophets were saying. The lies they were sharing talked about comfort and a quick return to Israel. The word of the Lord that Jeremiah shared told them it would be a long time before they returned to Israel so settle in and make yourselves at home. The Israelites didn't like that thought so they chose to listen to the lies of the false prophets. I imagine that when the Israelites find themselves being taken into exile in a foreign land their natural questions might be, where's God in this, what's going to happen to us, are we going to be OK?
This week we continue our H.O.P.E. series. We'll be looking at Opportunities. Reading our Scripture for the week, what can you glean from it that were opportunities? What was the context in which the letter was written? What was Paul trying to do by writing this letter to the Colossians? How can that translate to our world today?
This week we begin our H.O.P. E. series. For the next four weeks we will explore the hope that we can hold onto in turbulent times and the hope that there is a new future ahead of us. I firmly believe there is a bright future ahead for the Church. The Church is God's plan for reaching others with His love and instilling hope into hurting world. I think we can all agree that we live in a hurting world. And yet, we have the hope that sets people free! We have the hope of eternal life! We have the answer the world needs. Jesus. Jesus is leading His Church, I am certain of that. As you prepare for Sunday, be in prayer asking God to open our ears, our minds, and our hearts to hear Him and follow Him where He leads. Ask God to lead the Church boldly into the future. Be in an attitude of openness, willing and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak and to move in you and through you and through His body on earth. Be in prayer for his Church at Battle Ground UMC. Jesus is Lord of the Church and King of the world. Let's humble ourselves and bow before Him in reverence and willingness to go where He leads.