The avalanche of dealings we have had these past weeks with sin, impending judgment and the call for the people of God to be so different from their neighbors in their values and conduct that they are a bunch of God's "weirdos" gets another installment today! Amos again leads off with his challenge to "Seek the Lord and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour (it)." Paul follows him up by reminding Timothy that he has suffered for the truth he has taught often even at the hands of those one would have expected to support him (Cf. 2 Corinthians 11:21-29).
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Perhaps what most people crave in today's world, is to love and to be loved. But it may also be true that not many people outside the church would use quite that terminology. Some people might say that they're looking for happiness, others might settle for contentment, especially the contentment of knowing that their family is happy and secure. Yet others might express their desires in different ways , such as the longing for good health or the desire for wealth, but probably at the root of all these wishes is the search for happiness.
Today, and for the next several weeks, the Revised Common Lectionary devotes attention to one of the most intriguing figures in all of the Old Testament -- the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah began his work as the bearer of God's word to the nation of Judah during the time of King Josiah's reign in 627 BC. His prophesying continued even as Judah's brightest and best were forced to leave their homeland for exile in Babylon in approximately 586 BC.