Inside Story: Nothing But Faith – Part 2

Man Climbing Pile of Money to Graduation Cap

The next morning John went to a campus prayer service. Sister Jeremiah was leading out, and she asked for volunteers to pray for all the students. John prayed for the students who had needs, and silently he prayed for his own need. A couple hours later he met a friend on campus. How are you? … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – More Woes For The Prophet

misleading word incorrect

In Jeremiah 18:11-17, we find the Lord telling His people to stop doing the things that they are doing. Jeremiah 18:11 says: So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions (NIV). Jeremiah 18:12 basically has the Lord saying that He already knows they won’t listen to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Plans Against the Prophet

Potter and Clay 1,

Read Jeremiah 18:1-10. What important principles about prophetic interpretation do we find here? In those same verses, what crucial spiritual principles do we find as well? Despite all the evil, the Lord was still willing to give people a chance to repent. Hence, here too we see the grace of God being offered to those … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: “Cursed be the Day”

Baby in Jail Ball and Chain

Even the harshest critics of the Bible would have to concede a major point: the Bible does not gloss over human foibles and weaknesses. With the exception of the spotless and sinless Son of God, few Bible characters whose lives are presented in any detail in the Bible come away without their weaknesses and faults … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: A Fire in His Bones

Colorful Heart

Jeremiah’s harsh words to Pashur and the nation (Jer. 20:4-6) weren’t his own; they were not uttered out of his anger at having been locked in the stocks for a day. They were the Lord’s words to him for the people. What comes after, though, comes directly from Jeremiah’s own heart, written down under the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jeremiah in the Stocks

Stocks, punishment

The job of the prophets has always been to convey God’s message, not to count how many people accept or reject it. Generally, the number of those who accept what the prophets preach at the time they are preaching it is low. For example, though we don’t know how many were alive at the time … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Godless Priests and Prophets


Removed as we are by more than two thousand years chronologically from Judah, and perhaps even further removed culturally and socially, it’s hard for us to understand all that was going on in the time of Jeremiah. When reading the Bible, especially the harsh warnings and threats that God uttered against the people, many people … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: More Woes For The Prophet


Read for This Week’s Study: Jeremiah 23:14-15; Jer. 20:1-18; Acts 2:37; Job 3:1-26; Jer. 18:1-10, Jer. 18-23. Memory Text: O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me (Jeremiah 20:7). One thing anyone who has followed the Lord … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Nothing But Faith, Part 1

School in Africa

John grew up knowing that God was calling him to become a minister. When he tried to ignore or avoid the call, he found that he could not. In Zimbabwe, work for students is nearly impossible to find, so John had to rely on his mother to pay his school fees when he enrolled at … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Rebuke and Retribution

temptation tempt devil

Jeremiah struggled with a question that we all do: how do we make sense of evil? But maybe that’s the problem, trying to make sense of what’s not sensible, what could even be deemed as nonsense. In this regard, Ellen G. White wrote: It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to … [Click to read more …]