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S.O.A.P. September 29 2017

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September 29, 2017

Read Jeremiah 36:1-32
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Scripture: Jeremiah 36:23-25- After Jehudi would read three or four columns, the king would cut them off the scroll with his pocketknife and throw them in the fire… until the entire scroll had been burned up… Neither the king nor any of his officials showed the slightest twinge of conscience as they listened to the messages read. Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah tried to convince the king not to burn the scroll, but he brushed them off. 

Observation: At God's command, Jeremiah had his country's long list of sins written down on a scroll, hoping the detailed synopsis would move his people to repent and turn back to God. Instead, the king burned the scroll in defiance.

Application: Ever ignored advice from what you know to be a trustworthy source simply because it wasn't what you wanted to hear in the moment, or ran counter to what you'd already decided to do? God encourages us to take advantage of the wisdom he offers through Scripture, prayer, and the counsel of others. Are we seeking his guidance daily? Or, continuing to do what is right in our own eyes? What does love require of me? 

Prayer: Abba Father. Thank you for showing us a better way. A way that honors others while glorifying you. Help me keep my own wants & desires secondary to yours. As a grateful response to the great love you've already shown me. O Holy Spirit, speak into my heart today. Amen.

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others. 

-Proverbs 12:15

-Dan Palmer
Connect Groups Ministry

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S.O.A.P. September 28, 2017

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September 28, 2017

Read: Jeremiah 1

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Scripture- Jeremiah 1:6-8- “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Observations- Jeremiah heard God's call in his life quite clearly, but he objected on the basis that he was "too young." God wasn't interested in this excuse in the same way he was interested in so many of the excuses people gave in the Bible to avoid responding to God's promptings in their lives. God simply says, "Keep moving. I'm going with you." 

Application- We just saw that Isaiah tried to run from his calling because he had a filthy mouth. David committed adultery and had her husband murdered. Moses killed an Egyptian. Jacob lied to his own father. Noah drank too much. Rahab was a prostitute.Thomas doubted. Peter denied even knowing Jesus. Now tell me again why God couldn't possibly call you? 

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace that goes before me in all things. It's so hard sometimes to trust that You could possibly think so highly of me that You would call the likes of me and use me for Your glory. Help me learn how not to run away from Your unique calling in my one and only life. Help me be still before You and simply receive the gift that You will not lead me to a place You don't already inhabit. Amen.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),

Pastor Jamie

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