September 4, 2014 – Jeremiah 10:17-25

We Are Leaders – It’s What We Do

**  Oh, good.  We’re back to prophesying about Israel’s destruction.  I’ve missed that…

v19-20 – …Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”  My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped.  My sons are gone from me and are no more…
**  My sickness – my transgressions against God – impact my entire family.  And although the verse doesn’t specifically mention it, my actions impact my friends, my coworkers, my church, my community…  We are leaders – it’s what we do.  We may not think of ourselves as a leader, but any path we walk down someone will follow.  Some may stand up and go their own way, but people will follow us regardless of where we are heading.  Our poor actions have the power to lead people to or away from God.

v23…it is not for man to direct his steps.
**  If people are going to follow us, we had better make sure we are leading them in the right direction.  I’m not smart enough to figure out what that direction is, and even though I like you because you’re reading my rambling thoughts, you’re not smart enough either.  We must submit to God’s direction in our lives or we WILL lead people astray.

v24Correct me, LORD, but only with justice – not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.
**  We must also accept God’s discipline (but please, God, don’t punish me when you’re angry!).  This really is important, and it does fit the theme, but mainly I had to add it because I thought it was a little funny.  Maybe I’m just twisted like that.

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Week In Review – Personal Bible Study

Personal Bible Study

Notes

It is important to review what you’ve studied frequently, otherwise we move on to new lessons and do not retain what we’ve already learned.  Here is a quick overview of the personal devotions I’ve had int he last week.  Just a couple of notes first, though.  I have been more consistent in having my personal quiet time bible studies than I have at posting them.  I post these to share what I’m learning, but also as a form of accountability.  There have already been times I’ve wanted to turn the alarm off and sleep just 30 more minutes, but knowing I have to post my journal notes motivates me to get out of bed.  Also, because these are daily updates, I don’t spend as much time organizing them or making them flow like a traditional blog post.  These are just my journal notes, and not meant to be anything fancy.  I would like to hear some feedback, though, if they seem TOO dry to make it through.  I can try to do a better job on them.  Finally, on Aug 29 (my second day of documenting these) I stole a tactic from one of my pastors (Jeremy Henderson) by declaring a ‘Big Idea’ on each devotion.  I am not ashamed to be a thief.  It gives me an anchor I can meditate on throughout the day that is easily communicated and recalled to my mind as I try to reflect on what I studied.

What I’ve Learned

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Spiritual Growth – Blazing the Trail

Spiritual Growth - Finding a good lineWatch Out!

If you’ve ever done any serious mountain biking, you know that choosing a good line (path) is one of the most critical skills to surviving a difficult trail.  Nothing will familiarize you with the blended flavors of mud and blood quite like hitting a  protruding tree root the wrong way because you were too focused on that waterlogged boulder you just successfully  navigated.  Failure to choose a good line or to anticipate hazards is a formula for certain destruction.  Not only when navigating a bike trail, but when leading your family through spiritual growth as well. (more…)

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