A Melancholy Man

The character for this week's lesson is Jeremiah. Create a word picture of him for your notebook. 
Jeremiah was a melancholy man whom God used to prophesy.
What qualifications did Jeremiah have to be a prophet? What qualifications did Jeremiah think he had? 
Did Jeremiah think he was capable of doing what God wanted him to do? Describe how God can use a person who thinks he is small. Do you know of anyone like this?
Jeremiah was known as “the weeping prophet.” How can a sorrowful person like that be used by God?

2018-07-27T09:00:20+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Jeremiah: A God-Called Man

Focus Text: Jeremiah 1:4-19
Central Truth: The faithful Christian can be confident of God's deliverance.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain our confidence in God's deliverance even when suffering for Him.
Lesson Outline: 
I. The Call (Jer. 1:4-10)
II. The Confirmation (Jer. 1:11, 12)
II. The Consequences (Jer. 1:13-16)

2018-07-23T09:00:21+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Compassion for the Lost

Read Jeremiah 9:1-8
“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” (v. 1).
Kansas City is sometimes called the “City of Fountains.” Only Rome has more public fountains than Kansas City. Take a trip with me to the wooden bench next to one of those fountains. We have arrived just after sunrise. The water is already running. As the city wakes up, a continual stream of water shoots out of a stone figure and splashes into the pool below. By lunchtime, the restaurant on the corner is crammed with patrons, yet the stream of water has not lessened nor the pool overflowed. We do not leave our bench until well after sunset, yet still we have not witnessed the end of the fountain’s supply or a change in the pool’s water level.
Of course, we understand the reasons for this, but have you ever felt your sorrow or compassion worked much the same way? Every tear you wept fell uselessly into a pool that neither eased your suffering nor helped the one who had caused it. Yet that realization does not stop the flow of tears.
Jeremiah’s ministry often revolved around tears. They were not magical tears — no healing or saving power was in them. Yet those tears, when mixed with a prayerful and obedient ministry to the very ones who caused his weeping, were exactly what God required. (Michelle Avery)

Have you ever wept over a soul?

This devotional is the Monday, October 5, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.

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