A Second Chance

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 33:1-13   Mirth-Gladness-Bridegrooms-Brides-Singing. Where is this? There was a time when things had been this way, says Jeremiah. “I will rebuild them as they were at first,” says the Lord. Everybody knows that they messed up the first time. They are in exile as a result. But the prophet says, “You are going to get a second …

Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 32:36-44   When Adolf Hitler’s armies were at the English Channel planning the invasion of Britain, the English people sang the song: “There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow, just you wait and see.” The song expressed the same kind of assurance as our Scripture passage for today. As He has done before, God …

The God of Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 31:15-26   On this Mother’s Day we return to the 31st chapter of Jeremiah to find words spoken to a mother in Israel. Accustomed as we are to hearing of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob it comes as a surprise to discover that it is not Jacob who is distressed over the fate of his …

Lord, This Is Crazy!

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 32:16-35   Just because Jeremiah obeyed the Lord and laid out his hard-earned money to buy a field did not mean that he didn’t have some doubts. After an eloquent, flowery introduction that seems to go on forever the prophet gets to the point, “Lord, why did you tell me to buy that field?” The positive part …

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 32:1-15   While many cities of our nation were burning in the 60s, my wife and I received a call to leave the “safe” suburbs and lead an inner-city congregation whose neighborhood was experiencing racial change. Our friends and family had trouble believing that we would accept the call. As things turned out, serving that congregation was …