Jeremiah 28-30; 1 John 3

Singing in a Foreign Land

Here I sing in a foreign land;
I sing a dirge of desperation,
Remembering the beauty of the Promised Land.
For we are exiles from paradise,
Having traded truth for lies,
Severing the covenant ties.

Here I sing in a foreign land;
I sing a chant of resignation,
Making an oasis of the Promised Land.
For we are resident aliens,
Living as holy citizens,
Trusting only in God again.

Here I sing in a foreign land;
I sing a hymn of anticipation.
Looking for the glory of Promised Land
For we are pilgrims on the way,
Just ahead milk and honey lay.
God’s kingdom will reign this day.

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Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1 John 2

Prophetic Produce

Do you ever feel like a Grade A basket case?
Does it seem like you’ve been plucked from your rightful place?
Have you gotten yourself into a pickle or a jam?
Are you not sure if God cares a fig who you am?
Then relax and let the Lord keep and preserve you.
You are the fruit of his love—pureed, now new.
Otherwise, if you want to stay sour, rejecting God’s produce,
Then you will wine because you will be juiced.

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Jeremiah 48-49; Psalm 67; 1 John 1

Every Discovery

Every precept has a so
Every if has a then
Every thus has a that
Every commandment an end
Every lesson has a point
Every plan has a win
Every word from God has strength
To save everyone from sin

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Jeremiah 45-47; Psalm 105; John 21

Fisherman, Me?

I’m not much of a fisherman,
Fumbling with poles, lures, and nets.
I never know where to drop the line
To ensnare gullible fish in their depths.
It’s all about the environment:
Location, look, food, and sounds.
I read magazines for expert hints
And buy baits by the pounds.
Then Jesus comes to the shore of the lake
To tell me I’m after the wrong catch.
I don’t need to offer fish the best fake;
They want grace with no strings attached.

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Jeremiah 26, 35-36; John 20

Unavoidable

I couldn’t take it any more
So I canceled the paper and turned off the TV.
I had to get away
So I shut down the internet and avoided people.
I was overwhelmed
So I threatened the prophets and burned my Bible.
I tried to escape
So I blinded my eyes and deafened my ears.
I wanted to die
So I shook my fist at God and dove into the abyss.
I found nothingness,
So the truth filled the void and I had to face the bad news.
I had a choice to make.
So there is hope and salvation yet.

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Jeremiah 23, 25; John 19

Conspiracy Theory

Hebrew, Latin, and Greek
Religion, government, and commerce
Priests, soldiers, and merchants
Being good, doing good, and getting goods
Powers, alliances, and trade-offs
Presumption, pretense, and pride
Tradition, popularity, and fashion
Meaninglessness, fear, and desire
Hope, security, and happiness
Feeding each other, feeding on each other, and feeding off each other
Right hand, left hand, and feet
Robe, crown, and dice
It is exposed, it is finished, and it is empty

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2 Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalm 112; John 18

He Is I Am

I Am the bread of life
I Am the light of the world
I Am the door
I Am the good shepherd
I Am the resurrection and the life
I Am the way, the truth, and the life
I Am the true vine

He is I Am and I am his.

I Am who I am
I Am before Abraham
I Am God’s Son
I Am from above
I Am in the world
I Am lifted up
I Am a King

He is I Am and I am his.

I Am Jesus
I Am the Lord
I Am in you
I Am sending you
I Am preparing a place
I Am forever
Who do you say I Am?

He is I Am and I am his.

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