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Stocks and Stripes (Jeremiah 20:1-6)

What we find in our passage today is the prelude to what might have been the lowest emotional valley that the prophet Jeremiah ever walked through. After Jeremiah had broken the bac-buc (remember that?), i.e. the flask symbolizing the coming judgment, word of his creative display of the forthcoming invasion had apparently gotten around and the religious establishment wasn’t exactly ready to commend it. In fact one man, Pashur the son of Immer, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things (vs.1) and he resolved to do something about it. Even though Jeremiah’s message was true, Pashur couldn’t stand to hear it. Who did Jeremiah think he was? What would become of the morale of the people if the incessant cries of judgment went unstopped? These were likely some of the thoughts that went through Pashur’s hard head.

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Perseverance & the Prominence of Preaching (Luke 4:31)

Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. (Lk. 4:31)

At first glance this verse may seem simply informational; however, upon considering its immediate context it’s rather astonishing. The formerly marveling hometown crowd (vs.22) turned murderous and sought to make the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry become the end by throwing him over a cliff (vs. 28-29). Despite their anger and effort, Jesus miraculously escaped their clutches, passed through the midst of them, and went His way (vs.30). The question then becomes: what did He do next?

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Getting Up When You Fall

Often times it is the most zealous of believers that struggle with getting back up after they fall. For them, falling, in whatever form it may take, feels like debilitating failure. They know the holiness of God (1 Pet 1:16); they know the price that Jesus paid for their sins (Acts 20:28); they know how serious evil is (Prov 8:13); and, in light of all that, they can’t believe they made whatever mistake they made.

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Soldier On

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Tim 2:3-4)

“Soldier on” is an expression that depicts soldiers advancing in the pursuit of their mission objective despite hardship. The two words used in that simple expression say it all. A solider is one who is sent on a mission. He is to stay the course given to him, stay free from distractions, and do the job he is sent to do despite the hindrances and difficulties. If he was given a particular post to occupy he could not leave it. If he was given a specific assignment he needed to finish it. Simply put – he was to soldier on with his duties.

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Focus in Prayer

I have found that a common experience among Christians, myself included, is fighting to stay focused in times of prayer. Have you been there? Perhaps you were there this morning. You know, the times where it seems like to-do lists of things that need to get done come to your mind and you wonder “Why am I thinking of those things right now?” Or, as you move from one sentence to another or from one request to another, it feels surprisingly difficult to keep a steady stream of thought.

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