3-24-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 23, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Friday, Mar. 24

Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-17

Not continuing with piano lessons taught me quite a lesson. There are repercussions when a person doesn’t follow thru with something they said they were going to do.

I liked the “idea” of playing the piano. I loved listening to my mother play the piano for hours as I waited for sleep to take hold of me. She made playing the piano look so easy, or so I thought.

On the really nice weather days, I had the most difficulty with attending to my piano lessons. I’d want to be outside playing and not trying to play some really random notes that made no sense to me. Practicing piano lessons was a frustrating time for me. There were times when I just didn’t even understand where I was supposed to start. When my piano teacher was with me, she was the one who encouraged me through things. She must have known I wasn’t enjoying it.

When I was practicing my piano lessons, my teacher was not present. That’s the way it is when you learn something. At some point you have to be alone and try it by yourself. During practice, everything she taught me went out the window. The notes meant nothing to me. They were just a bunch of notes and nothing like the beautiful music my mother played.

I think piano lessons might have worked for me. I remember listening to my mother play from her music and I tried to get the tune set in my head. At times I would peek between the stair rails from upstairs and see if I could memorize what she was doing. I think I had an ear for music and maybe I just needed a teacher who would guide my ear and my fingers to connect. My frustration took hold of me. I just didn’t get it.

If I had known back then what I know today about me, I would have asked my teacher to play the notes thru like they were to be played and then I would have watched and memorized the keys and listened to the end result she was working toward. How many “play it by ear” teachers are there?

11:1 The Message that came to Jeremiah from GOD: 2 “Preach to the people of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem.  3 Tell them this: ‘This is GOD’S Message, the Message of Israel’s God to you. Anyone who does not keep the terms of this covenant is cursed.  4 The terms are clear. I made them plain to your ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt, out of the iron furnace of suffering. “‘Obey what I tell you. Do exactly what I command you. Your obedience will close the deal. You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours.  5 This will provide the conditions in which I will be able to do what I promised your ancestors: to give them a fertile and lush land. And, as you know, that’s what I did.’”

“Yes, GOD,” I replied. “That’s true.”

6   GOD continued: “Preach all this in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. Say, ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and carry them out!  7 I warned your ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt and I’ve kept up the warnings. I haven’t quit warning them for a moment. I warned them from morning to night: “Obey me or else!”  8 But they didn’t obey. They paid no attention to me. They did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it, until finally I stepped in and ordered the punishments set out in the covenant, which, despite all my warnings, they had ignored.’”

14 “And as for you, Jeremiah, I don’t want you praying for this people. Nothing! Not a word of petition. Indeed, I’m not going to listen to a single syllable of their crisis-prayers.”

15 “What business do the ones I love have figuring out how to get off the hook? And right in the house of worship! Do you think making promises and devising pious programs will save you from doom? Do you think you can get out of this by becoming more religious? 16 A mighty oak tree, majestic and glorious— that’s how I once described you. But it will only take a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning to leave you a shattered wreck.

17   “I, GOD of-the-Angel-Armies, who planted you—yes, I have pronounced doom on you. Why? Because of the disastrous life you’ve lived, Israel and Judah alike, goading me to anger with your continuous worship and offerings to that sorry god Baal.”

Time after time, God’s people had been reminded to simply obey God. That was their part of the covenant. It was so very simple, but the people ignored God’s warning. And they were tired of Jeremiah and his message of doom and gloom. God defended Jeremiah and told him to not even lift up Israel in his prayers. It would do no good.

Have you ever said you were going to do something and then not do it? Did you have any regrets for not doing whatever it was you said you would do? Have you ever told God that you were going to do something and then you didn’t follow thru? Do you believe God ever gives up on us? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you about some things they have promised to do

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: O God, we begin this day in you. We begin with our resolve to walk in your ways and be guided by you. Help us to give each other a little slack like we would want when we don’t quite follow thru with something we said we would do. Help us in following thru with our commitments. Amen

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3-23-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 22, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Thursday, Mar. 23

Jeremiah 10:11-24

I had a dream, in my younger years, and that dream has stuck with me all these years. In the dream, I was sent upstairs to get ready for some event. I don’t recall what the event was because that piece just didn’t stick with me. I’m guessing it was more like a dance or something of that nature. I was sent upstairs to get ready for the event and I remember being in a hurry like it was a real last minute deal or something. I felt unsure of how I looked so I went into the bathroom to look in the mirror. There was no mirror. I figured someone in the house removed it so I went dashing around the house to see where it had been placed. Everywhere I looked, there was no mirror. When I ran up to family members to ask where the mirror had been moved, they asked me what I meant when I used the word “mirror.” Talk about a weird dream.

I remember the dream being very frustrating because the others in the house were acting like a mirror was something I made up in my head. They said that we found out what we looked like by asking another person if they thought we looked okay. In the dream, I remembered that I had used a mirror in the past, but they were responding to me like I made the whole thing up. I wondered, in the dream, how I would ever know when someone was just saying I looked nice when in reality I didn’t have my act together.

In the dream I refused to go to the event because I wouldn’t believe what my family members were saying about how I looked to them. I was glad to wake up and find out that it had all been a dream and that we really did have mirrors.

10:11 “Tell them this: ‘The stick gods who made nothing, neither sky nor earth, will come to nothing on the earth and under the sky.’” 12 But it is God whose power made the earth, whose wisdom gave shape to the world, who crafted the cosmos. 13 He thunders, and rain pours down. He sends the clouds soaring. He embellishes the storm with lightnings, launches wind from his warehouse. 14 Stick-god worshipers looking mighty foolish, god-makers embarrassed by their handmade gods! Their gods are frauds—dead sticks, 15 deadwood gods, tasteless jokes. When the fires of judgment come, they’ll be ashes.

16 But the Portion-of-Jacob is the real thing. He put the whole universe together and pays special attention to Israel. His name? GOD of-the-Angel-Armies!

17 Grab your bags, all you who are under attack. 18 GOD has given notice: “Attention! I’m evicting everyone who lives here, and right now—yes, right now! I’m going to press them to the limit, squeeze the life right out of them.”

19 But it’s a black day for me! Hopelessly wounded, I said, “Why, oh why did I think I could bear it?” 20 My house is ruined—the roof caved in. Our children are gone— we’ll never see them again. No one left to help in rebuilding, no one to make a new start!

21 It’s because our leaders are stupid. They never asked GOD for counsel, and so nothing worked right. The people are scattered all over.

22 But listen! Something’s coming! A big commotion from the northern borders! Judah’s towns about to be smashed, left to all the stray dogs and cats!

23 I know, GOD, that mere mortals can’t run their own lives, that men and women don’t have what it takes to take charge of life. 24 So correct us, GOD, as you see best. Don’t lose your temper. That would be the end of us.

Jeremiah talked to the people and reminded them that they belonged to the true God, the living God, the everlasting King, and the Creator of everything. The people still feared the idols of the nations and sought their help. The idols had no breath, so they were dead. The idols they believed had no strength.

What are some idols of the current time? In what ways do you see people worshiping money? How do you see youthfulness worshiped? How do see people worshiping their own cars? Can you think of any modern businesses that depend upon our homage? To what images must we bow in order to participate in the social and economic system around us? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to describe what their parents look like

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. Thank you for creating us and calling us into a particular piece of your ministry. Help us to trust in you and your ways. Keep our focus on what is important to you. Amen

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3-22-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 21, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Wednesday, Mar. 22

Jeremiah 8:4-9:6

It was always fascinating to me to listen to the stories the ER doctors and nurses would share. Every day their eyes would be opened to the things that can happen by accident. Even in their re-telling the story of some of the accident victims they had treated, I could feel how some accidents were so freak and random. They’d say, “that’s why we call them accidents.”

Then there were the other “accidents” that occurred and ultimately brought folks to the ER. In my opinion, some of those things seemed pretty preventable. I realize it’s super easier for one to say that kind of thing after the fact and not in the moment. There were always children who got hold of something that was dangerous and they came rushing into the ER.

Because there is no way we can supervise or control the lives of others absolutely every single minute of every day, we know that accidents will and do happen. Children have great potential to be in accidents due to their curiosity. Little children can get into things in the blink of an eye. They can run into a flat wall and have a need for stitching.

There are accidents I like to call “the Nile” accidents; those accidents due to denial. There were spouses or parents or friends who climbed up on a ladder or carried one object too many only because they thought they had enough stability to get thru that one little task. They found out that they did not.

Serving as an overnight chaplain at the hospital, it was often that I would meet with the families or friends of those who were brought into the ER. They would say how they told their friend or family member many times not to do whatever it was they had done because they were going to get hurt. They would ask me, what else could I have done?

8:4 “Tell them this, GOD’S Message: “‘Do people fall down and not get up? Or take the wrong road and then just keep going?

5 So why does this people go backwards, and just keep on going—backwards! They stubbornly hold on to their illusions, refuse to change direction. 6 I listened carefully but heard not so much as a whisper. No one expressed one word of regret. Not a single “I’m sorry” did I hear. They just kept at it, blindly and stupidly banging their heads against a brick wall. 7 Cranes know when it’s time to move south for winter. And robins, warblers, and bluebirds know when it’s time to come back again. But my people? My people know nothing, not the first thing of GOD and his rule.

18 I drown in grief. I’m heartsick. 19 Oh, listen! Please listen! It’s the cry of my dear people reverberating through the country. Is GOD no longer in Zion? Has the King gone away? Can you tell me why they flaunt their plaything-gods, their silly, imported no-gods before me? 20 The crops are in, the summer is over, but for us nothing’s changed. We’re still waiting to be rescued. 21 For my dear broken people, I’m heartbroken. I weep, seized by grief. 22 Are there no healing ointments in Gilead? Isn’t there a doctor in the house? So why can’t something be done to heal and save my dear, dear people?

9:1 I wish my head were a well of water and my eyes fountains of tears so I could weep day and night for casualties among my dear, dear people. 2 At times I wish I had a wilderness hut, a backwoods cabin, Where I could get away from my people and never see them again. They’re a faithless, feckless bunch, a congregation of degenerates.

3 “Their tongues shoot out lies like a bow shoots arrows— A mighty army of liars, the sworn enemies of truth. They advance from one evil to the next, ignorant of me.” GOD’S Decree.

4 “Be wary of even longtime neighbors. Don’t even trust your grandmother! Brother schemes against brother, like old cheating Jacob. Friend against friend spreads malicious gossip. 5 Neighbors gyp neighbors, never telling the truth. They’ve trained their tongues to tell lies, and now they can’t tell the truth. 6 They pile wrong upon wrong, stack lie upon lie, and refuse to know me.” GOD’S Decree.

Jeremiah, who was in the midst of a people abandoned to everything vile, wept day and night at the thought of the frightful , impending retribution. He moved among the people, begging, pleading, persuading, threatening, entreating, imploring that they turn from their wickedness.

When have you tried the hardest to try to convince a person that what they were thinking about doing was not the best plan? What was the impending danger? Was the person open to what you were saying? What was the outcome of the situation? Has anyone ever tried to talk you out of doing something? How receptive were you to what they were saying? Have a day!

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: We thank you, O God, for being with us as we begin this day. Thank you for the ways you surround us with protection. Help us to keep our hearts focused on you. Be in and around all of the conversations we have today. Amen

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Lucia

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3-21-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 20, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Tuesday, Mar. 21

Jeremiah 7:21-34

Natural disasters.

I guess it’s been about 6 years since the tsunami in Japan. Before that it was Hurricane Katrina. Before that, well, the list goes on and on. Those things remind us of how very quick devastation can come upon this world.

As media people are sent out, we look at the images on the news and we’re shocked by the things we see. After the Tsunami we saw whole houses floating about in places they didn’t belong. We might wonder why the people didn’t move for higher ground if they were alerted of the tsunami in advance. It’s much easier for us to think those thoughts from thousands of miles away in our cozy comfortable homes. When we look closer at the situation, we might note the line of cars and the people trying to exit a place and then, some of our answer is right in front of us.

In the raw footage captured by regular people like you and I, it is clear to see how a city can be wiped out in a very short amount of time. If you’ve been in an area that has been hit by a tornado, a flood, or a hurricane, you probably can relate to some of the destruction that happens so quickly. The rubble afterwards leaves people wondering what to do next; where to go, how to eat, and where to sleep. Some may have tried to get away, but ended up being swept away.

7:21 “The Message from GOD of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God: ‘Go ahead! Put your burnt offerings with all your other sacrificial offerings and make a good meal for yourselves. I sure don’t want them!  22 When I delivered your ancestors out of Egypt, I never said anything to them about wanting burnt offerings and sacrifices as such.  23 But I did say this, commanded this: “Obey me. Do what I say and I will be your God and you will be my people. Live the way I tell you. Do what I command so that your lives will go well.”

24   “‘But do you think they listened? Not a word of it. They did just what they wanted to do, indulged any and every evil whim and got worse day by day.  25 From the time your ancestors left the land of Egypt until now, I’ve supplied a steady stream of my servants the prophets,  26 but do you think the people listened? Not once. Stubborn as mules and worse than their ancestors!’

27 “Tell them all this, but don’t expect them to listen. Call out to them, but don’t expect an answer.  28 Tell them, ‘You are the nation that wouldn’t obey GOD, that refused all discipline. Truth has disappeared. There’s not a trace of it left in your mouths.

29 “‘So shave your heads. Go bald to the hills and lament, for GOD has rejected and left this generation that has made him so angry.’

30   “The people of Judah have lived evil lives while I’ve stood by and watched.” GOD’S Decree. “In deliberate insult to me, they’ve set up their obscene god-images in the very Temple that was built to honor me.  31 They’ve constructed Topheth altars for burning babies in prominent places all through the valley of Ben-hinnom, altars for burning their sons and daughters alive in the fire—a shocking perversion of all that I am and all I command.

32   “But soon, very soon”—GOD’S Decree!—“the names Topheth and Ben-hinnom will no longer be used. They’ll call the place what it is: Murder Meadow. Corpses will be stacked up in Topheth because there’s no room left to bury them! C 33 orpses abandoned in the open air, fed on by crows and coyotes, who have the run of the place.  34 And I’ll empty both smiles and laughter from the villages of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. No wedding songs, no holiday sounds. Dead silence.

Jeremiah continued in his plea for the people to repent and just obey God. The place of Ben-hinnom is located on the south side of Jerusalem. It was used as a trash dump and also as the place where children were burnt as sacrifices to the god Molech.

When have you been in a place where there has been great devastation? What were some of the ways people on the outside helped? What do you think is the hardest thing to face when folks have had everything they owned and known wash away before them? If you survived the tsunami and you had only your cell phone with a limited amount of battery left on it, who would you try to call? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what they want to take with them wherever they go

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: O God, we thank you for all of your creation. We thank you for the ways we care for others and the ways we try to protect the gift of nature. Help us to reach out to others who are in need. Amen

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Lucia

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3-20-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 19, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Monday, Mar. 20

Jeremiah 7:1-15

Lent has often been a time for me to take an inventory of my stuff. By that I mean that I’m looking at the magnitude of stuff I have and it becomes clear that I really don’t need all of those things. And for some strange reason, I keep packing that stuff along with me without using it. Sorting and sifting is in full swing and bags of stuff go out my door at a good rate.

During all of this process, an odd thought occurred to me. Could it be that I am having more fun moving the stuff on to a new owner? I gained such a freeing feeling like I don’t have to worry where I put something because that something is long gone. I now have thoughts about how another person might be using that particular thing in their house. It makes me very happy.

Lent has been a great time to gain, or regain, focus and get my spiritual house in order. It has helped to see things in a new light. Let’s hear it for less things to pack and store and move next time. Woohoo!!!

7:1 The Message from GOD to Jeremiah:  2 “Stand in the gate of GOD’S Temple and preach this Message. “Say, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship GOD.  3 GOD of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, has this to say to you: “‘Clean up your act—the way you live, the things you do—so I can make my home with you in this place.  4 Don’t for a minute believe the lies being spoken here—“This is GOD’S Temple, GOD’S Temple, GOD’S Temple!”  5 Total nonsense! Only if you clean up your act (the way you live, the things you do), only if you do a total spring cleaning on the way you live and treat your neighbors,  6 only if you quit exploiting the street people and orphans and widows, no longer taking advantage of innocent people on this very site and no longer destroying your souls by using this Temple as a front for other gods—  7 only then will I move into your neighborhood. Only then will this country I gave your ancestors be my permanent home, my Temple.

8 “‘Get smart! Your leaders are handing you a pack of lies, and you’re swallowing them!  9 Use your heads! Do you think you can rob and murder, have sex with the neighborhood wives, tell lies nonstop, worship the local gods, and buy every novel religious commodity on the market 10 —and then march into this Temple, set apart for my worship, and say, “We’re safe!” thinking that the place itself gives you a license to go on with all this outrageous sacrilege?  11 A cave full of criminals! Do you think you can turn this Temple, set apart for my worship, into something like that? Well, think again. I’ve got eyes in my head. I can see what’s going on.’” GOD’S Decree!

12 “‘Take a trip down to the place that was once in Shiloh, where I met my people in the early days. Take a look at those ruins, what I did to it because of the evil ways of my people Israel.

13 “‘So now, because of the way you have lived and failed to listen, even though time and again I took you aside and talked seriously with you, and because you refused to change when I called you to repent,  14 I’m going to do to this Temple, set aside for my worship, this place you think is going to keep you safe no matter what, this place I gave as a gift to your ancestors and you, the same as I did to Shiloh.  15 And as for you, I’m going to get rid of you, the same as I got rid of those old relatives of yours around Shiloh, your fellow Israelites in that former kingdom to the north.’

This is one of Jeremiah’s heartrending appeals for repentance, based on God’s amazing promise that if only the people would listen to their God. The people were a bit superstitious about the temple and its services. The people seemed to think that God would not let Jerusalem be destroyed because God’s temple was there and God would never destroy it.

What are some of the ways you convince yourself that something you want is really something that you need or somehow deserve? How much money is too much money when it comes to buying things you don’t really need? When have you been most frugal in life? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you the difference between the need and want

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: Thank you for this new day and this brand new start before us, O God. Thank you for the ways we learn to be better stewards of the gifts you place before us. May our hearts see the real need in the world and attend to it. Amen

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Lucia

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3-19-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 18, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Sunday, Mar. 19

Jeremiah 6:9-15

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We cannot control another person’s life. We might want to help a person, but, in the end, it will take the investment and commitment of the other person to want to change and then do the changing. If someone else wants us to change, we have to want that change and then do the changing. Very simple.

Over the years people have asked me what they can do to get another person’s life in order. They want to know what they can say or what the strategy might be that they could use. I know what they mean to say is that they can see that the other person is, in their estimation, making a choice that they don’t approve of and they want to help get the other person squared away and back on track. This is obviously from the eyes of the one who is looking at the other and judging that the other person’s life is indeed messed up and they’re making poor choices.

To turn from our ways and turn to God’s ways means that we have to admit that our ways are not God’s ways. We may even have to admit that we are not God and that we still want to have control over our lives. We reason that if our ways make us happy then it’s the right way and the good way.

Rather than think about how we can get someone else to make a turn away from something harmful and move toward a better choice, maybe we should look in the mirror and Worry About Yourself.

6:9          More orders from GOD of-the-Angel-Armies: “Time’s up! Harvest the grapes for judgment. Salvage what’s left of Israel. Go back over the vines. Pick them clean, every last grape.

10 “I’ve got something to say. Is anybody listening? I’ve a warning to post. Will anyone notice? It’s hopeless! Their ears are stuffed with wax— deaf as a post, blind as a bat. It’s hopeless! They’ve tuned out GOD. They don’t want to hear from me. 11 But I’m bursting with the wrath of GOD. I can’t hold it in much longer. “So dump it on the children in the streets. Let it loose on the gangs of youth. For no one’s exempt: Husbands and wives will be taken, the old and those ready to die; 12 Their homes will be given away— all they own, even their loved ones— When I give the signal against all who live in this country.” GOD’S Decree.

13 “Everyone’s after the dishonest dollar, little people and big people alike. Prophets and priests and everyone in between twist words and doctor truth. 14 My people are broken—shattered!— and they put on band-aids, saying, ‘It’s not so bad. You’ll be just fine.’ But things are not ‘just fine’! 15 Do you suppose they are embarrassed over this outrage? No, they have no shame. They don’t even know how to blush. There’s no hope for them. They’ve hit bottom and there’s no getting up. As far as I’m concerned, they’re finished.” GOD has spoken.

Every person among the remnant of Israel would know God’s judgement. Because the people would no longer listen to God, the citizens of Jerusalem were incapable of keeping the covenant. Their rebellion had become so ingrained that the word of God had become a disgrace to them. Jeremiah is clearly saying to them that repentance is the people’s last possible chance to escape ruin.

How easy is it for you to see yourself thru objective eyes? When do you remember someone telling you something about yourself that you believed was totally incorrect? When have you been able to listen to another person who was pointing out something about your character that was hurting others? Was your first response one of defending yourself? How have you been successful in turning away from a bad habit? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you about some of the things their parents have taught them

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for surrounding us with your love. We thank you for loving us even when you know that we are not being honest with you or with ourselves. Give us reflective eyes to turn from those things that get in the way of our relationship with you. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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3-18-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted March 17, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Saturday, Mar. 18

Jeremiah 5:20-31

This story is about Jon. Jon was a student in junior high who knew the Principal very well. That’s only because Jon was always getting in trouble and was sent to the Principal’s office. Jon’s dad was a doctor and well respected in the community and I’m sure Jon’s antics didn’t set well with either of his parents. I’m relatively sure that Jon’s parents weren’t exhibiting such behavior at home.

If Jon was walking down the street and saw a bicycle in some yard, it would be nothing for him to get on the bike and ride it for a block and then dump it on another lawn down a few blocks.

In the classroom, Jon would bellow out some crazy noise and then deny that he did it. Jon punched the Gym teacher and that got him an immediate suspension from school.

It is no surprise that Jon had a band of friends who were willing to defy any rules. Jon was one of those kids who scared me. I knew I didn’t want to get anywhere near being in his way. Some of Jon’s friends would do cruel things to animals and I’m pretty sure that they beat up other kids in their spare time. I find myself wondering if those guys made it along in life without going to prison or something. I wonder if they ever learned a difference between right and wrong.

I believe that Jon’s life turned around in a very good way and he’s off doing productive things in life.

5:20 “Tell the house of Jacob this, put out this bulletin in Judah: 21 Listen to this, you scatterbrains, airheads, with eyes that see but don’t really look, and ears that hear but don’t really listen. 22 Why don’t you honor me? Why aren’t you in awe before me? Yes, me, who made the shorelines to contain the ocean waters. I drew a line in the sand that cannot be crossed. Waves roll in but cannot get through; breakers crash but that’s the end of them. 23 But this people—what a people! Uncontrollable, untameable runaways. 24 It never occurs to them to say, ‘How can we honor our GOD with our lives, The God who gives rain in both spring and autumn and maintains the rhythm of the seasons, who sets aside time each year for harvest and keeps everything running smoothly for us?’ 25 Of course you don’t! Your bad behavior blinds you to all this. Your sins keep my blessings at a distance.

26 “My people are infiltrated by wicked men, unscrupulous men on the hunt. They set traps for the unsuspecting. Their victims are innocent men and women. 27 Their houses are stuffed with ill-gotten gain, like a hunter’s bag full of birds. Pretentious and powerful and rich, 28 hugely obese, oily with rolls of fat. Worse, they have no conscience. Right and wrong mean nothing to them. They stand for nothing, stand up for no one, throw orphans to the wolves, exploit the poor. 29 Do you think I’ll stand by and do nothing about this?” GOD’S Decree. “Don’t you think I’ll take serious measures against a people like this?

30 “Unspeakable! Sickening! What’s happened in this country? 31 Prophets preach lies and priests hire on as their assistants. And my people love it. They eat it up! But what will you do when it’s time to pick up the pieces?

The people were pretty much leading lives of deceit, oppression, and robbery. Their eyes had become so used to doing what was wrong, they couldn’t see the wrongness in what they were doing. They were not receiving Jeremiah’s message.

Who are some people you know who have exhibited actions that were outright defiant of laws or rules? Where do you think people learn such habits? Have you met a person who did terrible things when they were young, but their life turned around for the better? What was the reason they gave for their life turning around?  Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you about a time they got in trouble

Remember in Prayer: The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela

Prayer: O God, we begin this day with you. As we move about in the world, help us see what we can do to add to this world and not take away. Keep our spirits honest and trustworthy. May our words and actions be pleasing to you. Amen

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