Jeremiah 7 - A Nation Judged - Part 2

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March 20, 2022

Jeremiah 7
King Josiah and Hilkiah the High Priest have found the book of the Law in the Temple. The Law has been read to the people, but as we see, their reform wasn't true. God always looks at the hearts of people, not necessarily their actions.
Jeremiah continues to warn Judah of impending judgement, even while they are "enjoying" the Temple.

We continue to pray that you will invite Jesus into your life and make Him Lord of your life, if you haven't already.  
And if you need to take care of this please call Pastor Harvey at 323-316-7131 and he will be glad to pray with you.

Here is a reminder of our church building Sunday schedule..

9 am - Highland Park Christian Church adult and children's Sunday School
10 am - Highland Park Christian Church main worship service
12 noon - Iglesia Evangélica Génesis main worship service
2:30 pm -  Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal M.I. main worship service

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We will continue to prepare these online worship pages for you. 

We will continue to keep uploading the sermon and providing the YouTube versions of the songs that we sang during worship. Even if you cannot join us, we'd still like to pray for you.

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This weekend we have prepared a worship page for you that includes...

Great YouTube versions of the Christian Hymns and contemporary songs that we sang today...

Pastor Harvey continued our sermon series Portraits of Bible Characters with a message about Jeremiah- A Nation Judged part 2 from Jeremiah 7.

We hope this continues to bless YOU and draws you closer to God.

Remember, Denise and Harvey are a phone call away if you want to pray together or just chat.  
(Also remember that God is NOT far away, He has promised that He would never leave us - can I get an "Amen"!)

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Thanks for all of your support!
For Him and His Kingdom,
Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastor Denise is still meeting LIVE with the children - come join her in Sunday school every Sunday at 9:00 am.  Sing, Pray and learn about God.

Also we are meeting LIVE for Adult Sunday School every Sunday at 9:00 am
right now we are studying the writings of John.  Please join us!

          And Now It's Time to Worship Christ

Prayer Requests from Sunday, March 20, 2022

Al - Pray for Sandra and Dave as they deal with her cancer continues to take a toll on Sandra's health.

Pray for Mr. Craggs and those that could not be in church this Sunday.

Marlene - Pray for Pam, Debbie and Tammy for health issues.

Harvey/Denise - Pray for Harvey's sister Dawn, who is having a lung biopsy tomorrow. 
Pray for Harvey's parents, Harvey Sr. and Barbara and their caretaker, Ron.
Pray for his friends Jason and Jim who have cancer.
Continue to pray for his friend Eric, who was in the hospital with COVID, but is now home recovering.
Pray for their friend, Patty, who had to reschedule her shoulder surgery.
Pray for Marcos and Noah, Burt , Michelle and Wembley.
Pray for John and Marilyn of the Highland Park Baptist Church, they have bad colds.
Pray for Nicki and her children.

Pray for Sylvia, the older sister of Winna, a college friend of Denise, has been sent home from the hospital for hospice.  She has sepsis, kidney failure, pneumonia and a mass on her liver.

Albert  - Pray for an unspoken request.

Pray for his friend DeeDee who has follow up procedures from her last surgery, this week.

Ray - Pray for his mother.
Pray for his family.
Pray for his uncle, Manny.
Pray for  friend of Ray's, Jonathan.  His family laid his brother, Marco to rest recently.  Marco was developmentally disabled since birth in the 50's.  His mother took care of him all his life.  She is obviously grieving for her son.

Dorothy - Pray for a special unspoken request
Pray for her brother, Chuck, she doesn't know where he is or his housing situation.
Prayer for Francisca and her family.

Mark - Pray for the children and families in Ukraine.

Kelly - Pray for an unspoken request.

Erika- Pray that she continues to do well in her new job promotion.
Pray for an unspoken request.

Bryan - Pray for his father.
Pray for an unspoken request.

Margarito - Pray for his step mother, that she will find housing.
Pray that the team of doctors that will be deciding his cancer treatment will make the correct decisions, and have compassion as they recommend his treatment. 

Dino - Prayer of praise hat he had help during this weeks demolition!

          And Now It's Time to Worship Christ

Are You Washed in the Blood?
artist: Joey & Rory

Down at the Cross
Artist: Bart Millard

After singing a few songs, then as a congregation we read together aloud the following scripture...

Luke 13:1-5, 22-35

Luke 13:1-5
1 Now on that very occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus responded and said to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans just because they have suffered this fate?

3 No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

4 Or do you think that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse offenders than all the other people who live in Jerusalem?

5 No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 13:22-35
22 And He was passing through one city and village after another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem.

23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them,

24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin standing outside and knocking on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ and He then will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’

26 Then you will begin saying, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets!’

27 And yet He will say, ‘I do not know where you are from; leave Me, all you evildoers.’

28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.

29 And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God.

30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

31 At that very time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away and leave this place, because Herod wants to kill You.”

32 And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I reach My goal.’

33 Nevertheless I must go on My journey today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside Jerusalem.

34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her young under her wings, and you were unwilling!

35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

Jesus Paid it All
Artist: Kim Walker Smith

Jeremiah - A Nation Judged part 2
Jeremiah 7
Harvey Simpson

O, The Blood
Artist: Selah

Here is the text from the sermon. 

Jeremiah 7

[1] The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

[2] "Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house and proclaim there this word and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the LORD!'"

[3] Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place.

[4] Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.'

[5] For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor,

[6] if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin,

[7] then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.

[8] "Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail.

[9] Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known,

[10] then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered!'-that you may do all these abominations?

[11] Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it," declares the LORD.

[12] "But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.

[13] And now, because you have done all these things," declares the LORD, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you but you did not answer,

[14] therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I did to Shiloh.

[15] I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of Ephraim.

[16] "As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.

[17] Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

[18] The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.

[19] Do they spite Me?" declares the LORD. "Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?"

[20] Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched."

[21] Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat flesh.

[22] For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.

[23] But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.'

[24] Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

[25] Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them.

[26] Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck; they did more evil than their fathers.

[27] "You shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will not answer you.

[28] You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.

[29] 'Cut off your hair and cast it away, And take up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the LORD has rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'

[30] For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the LORD, "they have set their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.

[31] They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into My mind.

[32] "Therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place.

[33] The dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away.

[34] Then I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the land will become a ruin.

Martin Luther


“Here I stand! I cannot do otherwise. God help me! Amen.” God plus one is always a majority so “in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord."

Again, Denise and I are available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey


March 2022

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