King Josiah reformed the Old Testament church, cleansing the temple and restoring its worship (see 2 Chronicles 34-35 to review). The temple was always there when someone wanted to participate.
American Christianity appears that way. We have beautiful churches where worship is always available, in-person or online, whenever we want to participate.
As long as the temple was there, people thought they were safe to let their daily life drift farther and farther from God's will. Is that true of our American Christianity as well? As long as the churches are there, we are safe? Safe as a nation? Safe as individuals?
Some of Jeremiah's comments in our Old Testament lesson (read Jeremiah 11-13 here) lead me to ask those questions about myself:
- "You are always on their lips, but far from their hearts." Lord, do you see me paying lip service to you but allowing sin to rule in my heart?
- “Can… a leopard [change] its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” Lord, where is a sinful pattern developing in my life that will be “impossible” to change?
- "Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.'" Lord, will you need to send some disaster into my life to call me to repentance?
Jeremiah's call to repentance was largely ignored. Ultimately, the beautiful temple was destroyed. As we read Jeremiah, may we apply his powerful words to our own hearts, not only for our own personal spiritual welfare, but also so that God's Church can continue to bless our community and our nation.
These difficult questions that Jeremiah raises find an answer in the “better sacrifice” that Hebrews 9:16-10:10 (read it here) announces to us. The endlessly repeated sacrifices of the Old Testament were only a reminder of sin. Only the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is sufficient to pay for our sins. In Him are we holy in God’s sight.
Come, let us worship the Savior and treasure this cleansing from sin!
- Traditional Service
- Traditional Service starting at Pastor Kuehl's message
- The Bridge Service
- The Bridge Service starting at Pastor Strobel's message
Responding to Abuse Seminar Links
Both morning and afternoon sessions are now available.
Follow-up Seminar: Empowering Survivors of Abuse (Facilitator Training)
The date for our second more in-depth training is Saturday November 7th. The session will be held in the Grace Room from 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. and will equip individuals with the skills needed for support group facilitation. If you are interested in joining us for this training or would simply like more information, please contact Pastor Bonack at
- Following the Promise with Pastor Nate on Tuesdays at 7 pm
- Bible Study with Pastor Pete on Thursdays at 7 pm
Request more information about these studies by reply email.
- Awake and Alive large group presentation by Amber Albee Swenson on Sunday, October 25 at 6:30 pm. Click here for more information.