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Weekly Devotional

“But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them” Jeremiah 1:17. All looked bleak but God was in control of all. That’s what Jeremiah knew. He did not yet know how much he would suffer by faithfully doing the work that God set before him. He did not yet know just how strongly God’s chosen people who were no longer living for Him would seek to dismay him or fight against him. He only had God’s promises to uphold him. But he was not just to sit (shrink) back while all these things just happened to him by his own brothers and sisters. No, he had to dressarise, and say! God’s chosen people today have much to learn from this. Much is taught about putting on the full armor of God to face whatever challenges that we may encounter, but we strive to avoid unpleasant encounters with the world by hiding within the walls of our church buildings and interacting only with those who agree with us. We must arise—or get out into the world around us—with words of life coming from our lips that will surely fall upon all four types of soil that includes the good, not just poorer soils that Jeremiah would find.


“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation” Psalm 62:1. A Christian is like a lonely lighthouse, shining the light of the gospel that illuminates the dangers for others to avoid, while the storms of the world ravage us. And, we’re like the lonely lighthouse keeper, often isolated from the family and friends who love him, who can only trust in God to protect him. We recognize that “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress” and conclude “I shall not be greatly shaken.” We, after all, are “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,” and so we must “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). But how to do that while the wind and waves buffet us, sometimes unmercilessly? The tendency is to withdraw to a safer place, perhaps behind the thick walls and strong roof where our loved ones gather, and let the storm rage outside while we tend to a cozy fire. But, that leaves the lighthouse empty. As hard as it is to allow the soul to wait in silence, trusting in Him alone, this is what we must do. The ships full of precious souls are approaching and may soon break apart on the rocks. Our message to them is that God is our only refuge.

Weekly Devotional

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20. So many today are starving for a sense of community and will rally around many negative, even sinful, behaviors to belong with certain groups. The world has an external sense of belonging and will even redefine biblical concepts such as family, marriage, or love in an effort to replicate ‘citizenship’ as God meant it. Sadly, many who should understand the beauty, soundness, and depth of what God intended in the citizenship found only in His Son don’t grasp the belonging and community that could be theirs, even after they’ve obeyed the gospel. Though Christ has died for their sins and risen for their redemption to open up the possibility of them making it their own, they haven’t pressed on to make citizenship their own. So, those who should be living for Christ will seek belonging in worldly communities rather than in the church. This is the basis of culturalism that deceives us into believing that we can have one foot in the world and one in the church, but being lukewarm, Jesus says He will spit us out! Rather, let’s return to our primary citizenship and hold out that hope to others.


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I ap-pointed you a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5. God is always in control. From the WWII-level crisis of God saving a remnant of His people by decimating Sennacherib’s army in 701 BC and Hezekiah enacting many spiritual reforms in the later years of his life, the nation would face Mannaseh and Amon’s evil 55 and 2 year reigns to get to the fourth generation and good king Josiah, who restored much, too little too late to save God’s people it seems, in his 31 years on the throne. If generations rise and decline in 80 to 90 year cycles, Jeremiah was called by God to prophesy to the nations in the thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign (626 BC) or 75 years since the angel of the LORD killed 185,000 of the Assyrian army and preserved Judah. His job for the next 41 years or so was to manage the decline of God’s people until after the destruction of Solomon’s temple in 586 BC. He would be rejected by all and absolutely no one would listen to him … but still he was called to be faithful in his preaching. As God’s people would be carried off into captivity, all looked bleak, but God was in control of all.


“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.  Go into any store or any website that has Christian merchan-dise and you will see pictures, mugs, t-shirts, or devotional books with this verse on them.  We often use this scripture out-of-context to mean that God has plans for us for our good and our future.  But does it not?  As with any good Bible study, we should see what it means in context first as a passage can never mean what it never meant.  Jeremiah was writing to the exiles about a time when the time for captivity in Babylon were com-pleted and they would be allowed to rebuild Jerusalem once again.  It is they that God would prosper if they would seek Him with their whole hearts.  Does that mean that God won’t work for a Christian’s good (Romans 8:28)?  Of course not, but notice that even in that verse which is often misquoted and misapplied there is an element of seeking and living out of God’s will that is implied.  And, God is not a vending machine to owe you prosperity if you live for Him, but it is out of a loving relationship that He chooses to do so.  Are you in Christ? 

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Attention:  36th Street Members

Our website contains much useful information for you as a member of the 36th street congregation.  We are updating and improving www.36thstreetchurch.com on an ongoing basis.

In order for you to take advantage of the full (members-only) benefits of the site, you need to set up a personal account on the site.  It's easy to do - just go to the homepage of the website and click on the 'MEMBERS' tab and select 'REGISTER' from the drop-down menu.  You will need to complete the form there and set up a username and password.  Your request will be forwarded to a web administrator, who will review the form and set you up in the system.

We encourage you to access the website and see how it can benefit you.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

“I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.”(Daily Reading, ESV)