June 1, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 6:10-30

Jeremiah is my hero!  He’s a bold prophet that delivers the word of the Lord – and I’m sure it’s NOT fun.  The children of Israel have been in a pattern of rebellion for… well let’s see… just about as long as they’ve existed!

To whom can I give warning?  Who will listen when I speak?

Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear.  They scorn the word of the Lord.  They don’t want to listen at all. (v.10)

Sometimes they say they are listening – and that they want to obey – but their actions fall way short of their words.  

From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed.  From prophets to priests, they are all frauds.  They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound.  They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.  Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions?  Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush!  (v. 13-15)

Because of their actions, God is not interested in the false worship and sacrifices…

I will not accept your burnt offerings.  Your sacrifices have no pleasing aroma for me. (v.20)

God has promised to allow judgment to fall on His chosen people – the people He loves….

Their homes will be turned over to their enemies, as will their fields and their wives.  For I will raise my powerful fist against the people of this land, says the Lord. (v.12)

So what about us?  How are you and I like this?  How do we rebel against the hand of a gracious God?   What are the ways we know what we’re doing is wrong and do it anyway?  How do put idols ahead of God?  How do we continue in our sin?

Has God changed?  Is He less just?  Does He love us more?

What does God want you to confess and repent of?  Get accountability to avoid?  Change in your life?

My prayer today is that God will change us from the inside out and make us clean and holy vessels – ready for His use.

Listen to this song today and spend some time making commitments to your heavenly Father…

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


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May 30, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 6:1-9

Today we have a solemn passage in the book of Jeremiah. God has shown through Jeremiah how unfaithful that Israel has been. He talked about Israel’s need to repent but their unwillingness. Now Jeremiah is starting, in chapter 6, to talk about how God is bringing judgment on Israel for their hard hearts and refusal to repent.

Our lives are not going to be perfect but we should heed what God says in Hebrews 3:15,

 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

We need to run to Him in repentance like 1 John 1:9 says,

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God wants us to feel sorrow over our sin, yes, but He wants us to feel sorrow while in His arms not while hardening our hearts in rebellion.

Jeremiah tells them that there is a disaster coming and that they should flee (v.1). Yet God is still urging His people to repent (v.8). God is all about restoration. He wants to forgive. He wants to restore. But He wants us to come to Him in repentance and turn from our sin. 

Today, where are you living in sin? Look at your life over the last 3-4 months…  Are there any sin patterns popping up in your life?

Remember! We are NEW CREATIONS in Jesus. He has made us new. 2 Corinthians 5:17,

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and behold, the new has come.

As followers of Jesus, we should live in grace. This grace should motivate holiness in our lives. Cling to this truth today found in Romans 6:1-2,

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

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 29, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 5

Jeremiah 5 reads like the bizarro version of Job where Satan “challenges” God concerning Job’s integrity and where in Jeremiah 5 we see God “challenges” Jeremiah to find a single honest man on the streets of Jerusalem in which Jeremiah couldn’t find one where it could spare incoming judgment on the city.

It’s ironic that Jeremiah initially believes the reason why he couldn’t find anyone because they were of a lower class but then he goes off to examine the more privileged and sophisticated to see that they had the same lack of values and integrity (v.4-5).

When comparing it to our current culture, Don Carson asks this when meditating on this chapter in his book “For the Love of God, Volume 2”

“How many of these elements are playing out today?”

It’s a good question, and one that perhaps we don’t consider enough as preachers and Christians. Doesn’t it seem that the implicit assumption toward the wealthy is that they’re spiritually and morally ‘okay’ while the poor are obviously the ones with the spiritual problems. Sometimes we might even think the poor are poor because they’re spiritually bankrupt. We diagnose ‘white collar’ and ‘blue collar’ crime, as though they weren’t both examples of coveting, thievery, and “spiritual rot” as Carson calls it.

This’ll preach:

 “Intelligent sinners use their intelligence to sin; sophisticated sinners concoct sophisticated reasons for thinking sin is not sin; upper-crust sinners indulge in upper-crust sin.”

And doesn’t the Bible tell us it’s the rich that exploit and oppress us? Why our love affair with wealth, and our willing complicity with their sin? 

The rich man in his comforts takes an air-conditioned ride toward hell. And the poor man in his misery suffers on his way to the same flames.

We need preaching and pastoral practice that isn’t deceived by riches, but speaks the truth to power so that all–rich and poor–might be saved.

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.

May 28, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 4:19-31

Our text today is a continuation of the coming judgment of the Lord. Jeremiah is in great physical anguish. Verse 19 could be literally translated “my entrails, my entrails.” (A nice metaphor to start out with I know). Verse 22 shows us the state of the people are being judged and it is not pretty:

“My people are foolish
    and do not know me,” says the Lord.
“They are stupid children
    who have no understanding.
They are clever enough at doing wrong,
    but they have no idea how to do right!”

This language was intended to shock people into repentance. We go on to see that there will be consequences for the lack of repentance of the people of Israel.

How is the gospel seen in this passage?

Whenever we are faced with our own sin, we have two options: either continue in our brokenness or repent and believe in the gospel. This is true both for the man or woman who has never accepted Christ’s forgiveness and needs to come to Him for the first time and for the faithful Christian who has been walking with God for many years. We must still repent and believe in the gospel, remembering that what Jesus purchased for us on the cross is far greater than any sin we could ever commit.

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate


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.