Is COVID-19 our modern day “exile” situation?

Calling a slight audible for this Friday….

The assignment is to read chapters 12-16….but honestly, as I read through the first chapter this week, I think there’s already a lot to unpack in that chapter alone.  So, my recommendation is to read that chapter, at a minimum.  We’ll talk about what does it mean to be in “exile”?  Are we just supposed to “suck it up”, or can we make changes to meet our own needs?  How can we learn from Jeremiah, his letter to the Israelites, and translate that to today’s situations.  For me personally, I think this global pandemic has forced many of us to go into “exile” of sorts.  Our normal way of living has been altered; how we interact with one another, with co-workers, that’s all changed too!

And I find myself, at times, complaining about the current cards we’ve been dealt.

The scripture reading for this week is Jeremiah 29:1-14.  Contained in that passage is one we’ve all heard before, Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Ask yourself….”do I really believe that” or does that not matter anymore…given COVID, working from home, and home-schooling…”

We’ll chat specifically about Chapter 12….and Jeremiah’s letter to the Israelites spoken from God.  And we’ll talk about how to wrap up the rest of the chapters next week, in the next couple weeks, or whatever.

Lastly, thanks to Luke Nelson for throwing together a handful of book suggestions for our next study.  Take a look at these so we can start to map that out for our future lessons as well.

The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

By: Erwin Raphael McManus

Battle Plan for Prayer (Bible Study Book)

By: Alex Kendrick

 Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood Video Series Workbook

By: Dennis Rainey

 Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

By: Paul David Tripp

 Simply Jesus and You

By: Joseph M. Stowell

Zoom info is out via calendar invite.  Hit me up if you don’t have that!  7:30 am ET for checking in.  I’ll introduce our lesson at 7:45 am EWT.

Feel free to invite a friend this week.  I think chapter 12 is so very relevant to today’s situations!


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