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Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

It’s not often that a true prophet of God ends up having prophetic egg on his face, but just that had recently happened to Jeremiah.  In Jeremiah 28 a prophetic wannabe named Hananiah delivered what he declared was a true revelation from God.  Hananiah made wonderfully sunny promises about Israel’s being released from captivity very,…


Amos 7:7-17

It just doesn’t pay to tell a prophet to shut up.  Things tend to get worse.  Or at least that is so with a true prophet of God.  Hucksters, fakes, charlatans can be intimidated.  They will flee when threatened.  They will say nicer things for a price. But not so the true prophets of God…


2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

There’s no getting around it: this is a very curious story.  It’s also a story with some good old-fashioned suspense, a bit of intrigue, and some humor.  The writer tips off us readers right from the get-go of verse 1 to say that Elijah was departing via a whirlwind.  The way the writer just drops…


Habakkuk 3

To really understand the gravity of the prayer that Habakkuk offers in this chapter, you cannot skip over the two preceding chapters. This is easily avoided when you preach this text in a series; but if you’re highlighting chapter 3 only, you’d do well to lay the groundwork of Habakkuk’s questions to God from earlier…