August 4, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 50:17-46

God is a God of justice. He is holy. That means He does not let unholiness reign for too long. There is a point where He asserts Himself and acts. We see this in our passage today as God is judging the nation of Babylon. 

It is in this passage we see another aspect of God’s faithfulness but in a way we might not recognize… God’s faithfulness to His character.

There are a lot of reasons why God is going to bring judgment upon the nation of Babylon but we see a big reason in Jeremiah 50:31-32… They are PROUD. Pride is a disease. At the heart of it, pride asserts us to be god over God. It is the ultimate cause of Lucifer’s downfall… it leads to almost every sin. We are to be humble, not proud. We cannot be living in sin and humble at the same time. Sin by definition is arrogant.

James 4:6 says, Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

God hates pride. Babylon was not just “struggling with it” they were living it through every facet of their being. We are called to be humble.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking right of yourself in relation to God’s holiness and your sinfulness. 

Babylon was not humble. They were proud. They were oppressing the people of God but God is faithful and just. He is coming to the aid of his people (v.33-34).  He is going to redeem them out of the hands of the Babylonians and bring judgment upon Babylon.

He was not doing this because they deserved it but because God is FAITHFUL to His character.

Where do you see pride creeping up in your life? Take a moment and confess it to God and ask Him to bring humility in your life.

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.

August 3, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 50:1-16

Don’t you love a happy ending?  You watch a movie – everything seems lost – you’ve shed a tear or two (you made sure no one saw you), and just when it’s minutes from being over everything changes and the victim becomes the victor (to borrow a Joel Osteen line) – a happy ending!  Nothing wrong with that…

All of Jeremiah has been a bad scene from a movie.  Death – destruction – hurt – loss – now … FINALLY, Jeremiah gets to give some good news.  The villain (Babylon) is going to lose in the end and be destroyed by the Lord of Hosts and Israel – God’s chosen people – are coming home to stay.  God always keeps His promises!

I don’t know where this JumpStart finds you… maybe things look glum.  Maybe you don’t know where to turn and you feel like you’re living the scene of the worst movie ever.  Don’t give up – God is still on His throne.  He hasn’t forgotten His plan for Israel or for you…

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  29:11

Call out to Him – He will hear you and answer…

‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’  33:3

Remember – God is sovereign – that means He’s in charge of everything.  Nothing can happen in your life unless it goes past His desk and He signs off on it…

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.  Romans 8:28-29

He’s faithful and you can trust in Him!

By: Tim Parsons — Lead 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.

August 1, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 49

“For who is like me, and who can challenge me?
      What ruler can oppose my will?” (19)

Amongst other things, what stands out to me about Jeremiah 49 is verse 19 above. It reminds me of what Paul says in Romans 9:

20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God?“Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? (ESV)

How often do we question or challenge the plan of God? How often do we think that we can challenge God’s wisdom when things in our life seem off or confusing? We, being temporal, finite creatures, often think that we know more than the eternal, infinite God. His wisdom is so great and surpasses so much of our own.

The reality is that suffering and sin still reign in our world. The question is not whether you will experience sin or suffering in your life, but how you will respond. Will you respond by trusting that God is who he has declared himself to be in His Word: wise, loving, good, sovereign? Or will you doubt God and turn him into something you have created him to be?

We have a choice in dealing with our sin and suffering. Will you respond by looking to God or to yourself?

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.

July 31, 2020

Today you should read: Jeremiah 48

I honestly like how the ESV Study Bible describes Moab and this chapter so I just want to share that with you all today. It reads: 

“Israel’s dealings with Moab date back even further than its relationship with Philistia. Moab’s origins in Abraham’s era began with the tawdy episode of Lot and his daughters (Gen. 19:30-38). Moab opposed Israel in Moses’ era (Numbers 22-25), served Israel in David’s era (2 Sam. 8:2), and plotted with Judah against Babylon in Zedekiah’s era (Jer. 27:3). Here Jeremiah claims God will judge Moab’s arrogance and idolatry (v. 1-10), make Moab ashamed of its god (v. 11-20), silence Moab’s boast (v. 21-44), and someday restore Moab (v. 45-47).” 

As you can see, the country of Moab has been around for a very long time. Sometimes they were friends with God’s people, other times they were enemies. During this chapter, they were friends with Israel, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t acting wickedly. They were following after another god and being boastful in their own works, and for that, God was going to punish them. Then, after some time, God said he would restore them. 

I think some of the blame could have been on Israel for this. Israel was to be a light to the nations and they failed at that because of their own wickedness. Maybe if Israel had been obedient to God throughout its history, Moab would have turned from their god and followed the one true God. 

This is why it is so important to take the Gospel to people. They need to hear about how they can be saved from their sins through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the only thing that can save them from an eternity in Hell. God has tasked us with this mission, are you going to take part in getting the Gospel to the nations?

By: Brice Stockton — Student 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.