so, marti has us going through a book (us being “youth sponsors”)…
Book Three — Essential Tools for Leading Studands Barry St. Clair
…and i’m not a fan, so far.
every other sentence is some glib “christian saying” — stuff we’ve all heard all of our lives.
at one point he said jeremiah 29:11 was aimed right at me – meaning at all of us.
but it cannot be, as it promises success and happy times.
i’ve seen too many people lose kids to say that:
“i will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering.”
…that verse is absolutely, simply, true, for everyone.
what about judas?
was it true for him?
i can see some making an argument such as ’it only applies if (you love god | you fully obey god | whatever)’
but, then, how is it a promise to me?
no — i think that was a promise from god to a specific group of people, at that time, in a specific context.
but the entire leader book study is based on the premise that god promises me success — future success — in that verse.