"Building and Planting"
January 13, 2013
Text: Jeremiah 29:1-14; AE 617:12; AC 2272, 2273 (selections)
“Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: ‘Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters – that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you shall have peace.’” (Jeremiah 29:4,5.)
Have you ever received advice that truly surprised you? Has anyone ever recommended that you do something that made no sense to you at the time? Did you question the advice you were given? If so, you are not alone.
We frequently doubt the wisdom of many things that we are told, especially if the advice contradicts our own experience or runs counter to what we want. Now imagine for a moment that you are an Israelite who was recently forced to leave his or her home in the sacred city of Jerusalem. You were compelled to pack up what you could carry and together with your family march hundreds of miles to a new and strange land, Babylon.
The people in this new land don’t speak the same language. They have completely different customs.
They look and dress differently than you. And unlike you they are citizens here. They live here. You are a captive, forced to leave your own homeland, now living in exile. You are a stranger here, living among
The LORD JESUS CHRIST calls Himself the Bright and Morning Star. He brings light to our minds and direction to our lives. We worship Him because we believe He is God, the one and only God of heaven and earth. Our faith is a simple one. We worship Him. We do not worship three People, because we believe that there is only One. Jesus Christ is our Lord. The Father is His Divine soul, not some other person (John 14:9).
The Holy Spirit is His influence, His reaching out to inspire us (John 20:22). Jesus Christ is our God, and we adore Him.
Jesus told His disciples that one day He would come in the clouds of heaven (Matt. 24:30), the clouds of the mind. He told them He had many things to tell them, but they could not yet bear them (John 16:12). We believe that He has, as He promised He would, revealed wonderful new insights, helping us understand far more fully the depth of meaning of the Old and New Testaments. We believe He has taught us wonderful things about the life that waits us after death. Most of all, He helps us understand ever more deeply the love and compassion He feels for each and every one of us.
Some, mostly out of ignorance, have dismissed abruptly what is said in the theological books of Emanuel Swedenborg. However, Swedenborg was a worshiper of Jesus Christ, and he states that he was the servant of Jesus Christ. Many who read what he wrote realize that what is written is a revelation, a clear, simple and wonderful vision of Jesus Christ as the one and only God.
We invite you to join us in our worship of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that this small church will be His Church. Our mission is that we may become true disciples in the way we live our lives. Our faith and our trust is in Him alone.