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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor

Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV)

Now is not the time to quit.

We are just getting started on the Jeremiah Journey and we have an entire year ahead of us.

We can find ourselves stuck when we do not have the necessary support to go the distance. We get weary and leary and we want to quit. We are ready surrender under the weight of the responsibility of carrying on and going any further. But as Norman Vincent Peale said: “It is always to early to quit.”

Accept this as our connecting and collaborating on the Jeremiah Journey together. As I have openly and honestly shared in the past posts, I have come this way before. I have been on this journey in my past, and I lost my way and caved in to the urge to surrender.

Not this time.

We are on this journey together. Whether you want to learn more about one of the major prophets or you simply seek an extensive study that covers the entire year, the Jeremiah Journey fits the bill. It covers the entire year. It covers a major prophet in Jeremiah. However, life will still happen. Illness will still attack your body. Stress will remain a factor. Tests and trials will still pop up throughout our days. I offer you support to help you go and grow.

Join us for our Bible discussion on Jeremiah Chapter 1 via YouTube today at 9:30 AM PST

Dive Deep into the Text via Discussion

Our Live @ Lunch Bible Study is a weekly livestream that incorporates a discussion on the biblical text and a relevant topic to today’s Christian. This is not designed for theology majors and seminary students. This is for the everyday Christian believer and those who are interested in learning more about the Christian faith. Let this discussion help you gain more perspective on the Bible and its contents. Use the chat and comments on YouTube or Twitch to pose questions and your own ideas to help you along the Jeremiah Journey.

Dig Deeper into the Text with Bible Study Resources

We developed the Bible Study Resource List to serve as a help to those who might get stuck and feel like they need to stop. Tap into the resource list and its contents to push you to dig into the text at a deeper level. Use this resource list to expand and enhance your study of the Bible as you continue on the Jeremiah Journey.

Additional support can be found via other blogs such as The Simple Preacher and the Devotional Guy. They offer straightforward reflections on the Word of God that you might find of interest. Also, other blogs offer insights into the Book of Jeremiah, too. You find out what the Book of Jeremiah teaches us or gain a political perspective on the Book of Jeremiah with the Christian Mind.

Whatever you do, don’t quit. We’re just getting started. And we’re on this journey together.

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The word of the Lord came to me, saying,  “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the Lord. . .  – Jeremiah 2:1-2 (ESV)

Recap of Week #1: God’s calling of Jeremiah was met with some resistance on Jeremiah’s part.  However, God used object lessons to grab Jeremiah’s attention and to show him the coming fate of Israel.

Reflection on Week#1:  Jeremiah was young and not chief among the priests or prophets of his times.  His message was a direct order from God, but it was definitely not going to be received well by his fellow brothers in the ministry or his countrymen.

What we find to be the call to action by God in our lives is usually something that calls us to take a step outside of our comfort zone.  With such a task at hand, Jeremiah should have been comforted by God’s assurance that He would supply and support Jeremiah all along the way, no matter who or what he faced while on assignment.  Jeremiah reveals the human infallibility buried deep within us all to still want more than what God offers, clinging to what we know rather than what we could possibly experience and have with God’s blessing.

If God calls you to it, God will see you through it.

Go and Proclaim

Once you have accepted God’s calling on your life, marching orders are bound to follow.  Just from the opening lines of chapter 2, you can see that God wants Jeremiah to get to work immediately.

There is no extensive training program.  No mentor prophet lends his wisdom and sage advice to Jeremiah.  It’s just God’s calling and an immediate assignment of “Go and proclaim…”

Thus Says the Lord

You can only imagine the gravity of Jeremiah’s message.  He was called as God’s messenger to deliver an unpopular message to God’s people.  Also, he was to go and proclaim what the Lord had to say to Israel.

As you read this week, check out God’s intense message to Israel.  Hear the words of the Lord delivered to Israel through Jeremiah in this initial message.  Get a feel for what weighed heavily in the heart of the Lord when it came to His beloved Israel.

Make sure you review the Week #2 Bible Study Guide.

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“The dream starts us on the success journey.” – John C. Maxwell

The success journey, as Maxwell calls it, is a daily thing to do.  Place it on your daily agenda.  Jot it down in your daily journal.  Put it your weekly planner.  Write it on your whiteboard in your office or cubicle.  Add success steps to your to-do list.  Scribble it out on a post-it that you place on your dashboard.  Make each and every single day count by seeking out success, endeavoring to make dreams turn into reality.

“Know where you are going.” – Norman Vincent Peale

If you are starting out on the journey, you need to have some idea of where you are heading on it.  Unless you have been endowed with a divine conversation like Father Abraham while he was still Abram of Ur, you cannot just simply take a walk of faith without any direction or destination.  You need to know where you are going and remain certain of that continually along the way.

“An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.” – Warren Buffet


The road to success is paved with execution of a well-designed plan.  Whether it is losing weight or dropping the burden and baggage of addiction for recovery, you need to have a plan.  Success requires a plan.

“Ministry is a marathon.” – Rick Warren

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To become successful, you need to develop your plan and stick to your plan.  What I want you to truly understand is that all of your planning will require some adaptation along the way, but you will need to remain dedicated to your destination.  Your success will depend on your stamina and stability for staying the course. If you cannot endure the hardship and heartaches that come along with making moves to make your life better or the lives of others better, then you will not have enough fuel to finish the race to the end.

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We cannot finish the journey and reach success unless we get started.  We get started by thinking through the opportunities and the obstacles, weighing out the pros and the cons.

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From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.- John 6:66 (NIV)

37Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.- Acts 15:37-38 (NIV)

 

The Gospel of John gives us a rare account of many of Jesus’ disciples parting ways with the Master.  Imagine that! Some people who had heard His message and had seen His miracles decided that enough was enough, and then walked with the Lord no longer.  Wow! Now consider this.  If people did that to the Lord, the Messiah, the Master, the Christ, what do you think they’ll do when you try to lead them further and farther?

It happens in ministry.  There are other biblical examples, too.  John Mark started out with Paul and Barnabas on their missionary journey as told in Acts 12:25, but he was also at the center of a disagreement between both missionaries in Acts 15:36-41 due to his premature departure on the previous journey.  It happens and we seem lost about what to do about it.  We tend to take it personal when someone walks out on us, but it’s not about us.

The message we are called to carry throughout the world isn’t about resistance or revolt.  The message that we are to carry forth is truly about redemption and restoration. John Mark, also called Mark, found forgiveness and favor as evidenced in the Word.  Yes, you have to read the whole story.  It resembles our rebellion and return to God as He offers us reconciliation, redemption and restoration.  Look what it says about Mark by both Paul and Peter:

  • Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:11 (NIV)
  • She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.- 1 Peter 5:13 (NIV)

When others walk out on you, get busy praying on your knees.  Pray that the Lord continues to supply and sustain you and your ministry in their absence.  Pray for God to reveal whether you need to replace the person or not.  Pray that God strengthens the one who walks away so that he or she may become more useful to God in the near future.  Pray that your heart remains open for reconciliation and restoration with that brother or sister.

14“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.– Matthew 6:14-15 (NASB)

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