May 25, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 2:14-37

The book of Jeremiah is all about Israel’s sin of disobedience – and God’s call to repentance.  Jeremiah is a powerful prophet – who calls God’s people back to Him.

As we learned yesterday, the Lord presents His case against His people.

I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.  In those days Israel was holy to the Lord, the first of his children. (2:2-3)

Therefore, I will bring my case against you,” says the Lord… (2:9)

It sounds a lot like the church of Ephesus…

But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first.  Revelation 2:2-5

They did two deadly things…

For my people have done two evil things:

1)  They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water.

2)  And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns

that can hold no water at all! [tried to find fulfillment elsewhere] (v.13)

Today’s reading tells us the results of Israel’s sin.  Sin always has consequences.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.  Galatians 6:7

  • Israel became slaves (v.14)
  • The wealth was plundered (v.14)
  • The land and towns were destroyed (v.15)
  • Their enemies marched in against them (.16)

Their sin brought all of this on them…

And you have brought this upon yourselves by rebelling against the Lord your God, even though he was leading you on the way!  Your wickedness will bring its own punishment.  Your turning from me will shame you.  You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God and not to fear him. (v. 17, 19)

God said they have forgotten Him (v.21b) and acted like an unfaithful wife.  James talks about this in chapter 4…

You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

How have you abandoned and forgotten God?  How have you committed spiritual adultery – not honoring your commitment to Him alone?  Repent – the words of Jeremiah still ring true today.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


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May 23, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 2:1-13

The flow of this conversation feels almost like a breakup would. First, God tells them how he remembers how they once loved Him. He then asks what he did he that made them not love him anymore. Then God tells them about how they wronged him. So although it sounds like a breakup, it doesn’t end that way because God wants to fight for his people’s love.

God calls the people out multiple times during this talk. He says how they “went after worthlessness, and became worthless” (v. 5) and how they destroyed His land (v. 7). He then points out how crazy it is for a nation to change gods while also pointing out that those other gods are not real (v. 11). Verse 13 ends by saying how they chose to abandon the living water for cisterns that cannot hold water.

Sometimes I think we are no different than the Israelites. We may have started off with a burning passion for God and would do anything for Him, but now have tapered off and do just what we need to do in order to rest our conscience.

 I feel like a lot of us can relate to verse 13. I know I try to take things into my own hands. I abandon God’s plan and try and write my own future, but quickly God changes those plans. I try and fill my life with things that I think will be enough, but they ultimately fall short. Why do we abandon the living water? Why do we abandon God who has never failed to fulfill? Why do we turn to the god of sports, the god of pop culture, the god of money, the god of lust, or anything else to fulfill when only God can? Seems crazy, right?

By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Students & Worship


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

May 22, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 1

Welcome to Jumpstart as we start another book… The book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a major prophet – which simply means his book is long… not that he is greater than the others!

Before you go any further, watch this amazing video that helps us make sense of a book that can be confusing!

God is sending Jeremiah to speak to the people. God set him apart for this purpose in the womb (v.5). God was going to use Jeremiah to confront His people about their sin

 Jeremiah had a big purpose but often like us, he got scared. He did not feel qualified. But God reminded him… “I am WITH you!” (v.8). This is a GREAT PROMISE of God. God is with us too. He has promised this to us all over Scripture. God is with us as we follow Him in obedience. This was not a “man’s job” this was a “God job”. God does not call the equipped. God equips the called. 

But God in verse 10 reminded him of just how great his purpose is. These words are not just going to tear down but they are going to BUILD UP! This is what the truth of God does in our lives. It does not just tear us down. It builds us up through PRUNING (John 15). 

However, Jeremiah still knew there would be pushback. People often push back on leaders, even if it’s for their best. People simultaneously want to be led and don’t want to be led. But God reminded him again… I am with you (v.19).

As we go out into the world and proclaim the good news of Jesus in word and action… there will be push back. But God has given us a high calling. Not just to tear down lies… but to build up with truth. And we can hold on to this. He is with us.

By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

May 21, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 30

If you couldn’t tell by now, the Passover was a pretty big deal as described in 2 Chronicles 30. This was the opportunity for all of Israel and Judah, separated by distance and other issues, can unite together to worship the Lord as one at the temple. They get together to remember and commemorate the story of the Exodus where God miraculously freed his people from slavery in Egypt. And from that point forward they were to get together for that same purpose and remembrance.

Jesus knew what He was doing, getting his disciples together for the Passover, explaining more in-depth what was about to happen with his loving sacrifice on the Cross. He knew that just like God’s people got together to remember God freeing His people from physical slavery, Jesus would commission us to get together with the Lord’s Supper to remember Him freeing us from spiritual slavery. And through this great ordinance or sacrament, we are reminded of our unity again. Like Israel and Judah’s experiences in this chapter.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.