This summer I had an opportunity to share the message at my church a couple times. I always enjoy the chance. We did a series called “Greatest Hits” that was all about popular Bible verses. It was a lot of fun, and neat to see how people’s perspectives changed as they heard a new take on verses they’ve recited their entire life.
One of the weeks, I took on Jeremiah 29:11, the “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord” verse that you see on posters and t-shirts and every other imaginable trinket at a Christian bookstore. The context of that verse is simply amazing, and profoundly impacts how we must read that verse alone. Actually, I had a mini-rant about taking verses out of context. I advocated dashing babies on rocks… you really should just listen to it, which you can do here: