Editor’s note: This week, we’re taking a look at some of the “Best of RELEVANTMagazine.com” from 2010. This article was so widely read when it was first posted that it took us by surprise.

And the comments stayed pretty insightful. Some of you took issue with the description of Jeremiah 29:11 as the “most” misused verse—and provided your own opinions as to what verse that actually is! Others said that Chris missed the larger point of the Bible, which is that God does bless and grant favor to those who follow Him.

So revisit this article, and chime in to the conversation below. 

What about those prosperity preachers, you know….name it, cliam it, give money, and it will be returned 10-fold………?

“Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most misused promises in the whole Bible!” a teacher of mine once proclaimed.

I nodded in agreement when I first heard my teacher say that, but to be honest I couldn’t tell you what he meant.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV). What’s wrong with applying that to our lives? 


This week, a worship song followed by creation wonders.  Do you believe in the “big bang”, evolution, or creation as depicted in Genesis, or some combination of things?

 Hillsong (Brooke Fraser) – I Will Exalt You