Look Towards ‘Poor Little Jesus’
by Katie Greenwood
December 3, 2019
Isaiah 8:11-17; 9:1-7
“The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary, but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that … Read the rest
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
by Rob Yongue
Dec. 1, 2019
Read Isaiah 11
Isaiah 7:14 — “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.”
The text for “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” comes from a seven verse Latin poem that dates back to the 8th century. … Read the rest
by Amanda Martin
Isaiah 42:24-43:7 (an incredibly reduced synopsis from The Message:
But now, Gods Message, The God who made you in the first place.. The One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you, When you’re in rough waters, … Read the rest
by Shannon Mayfield
Isaiah 58: 3-10:
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
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by Benjamin Whetstone
Isaiah 44:9-20 (click here to read full verse): All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit … He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!” … He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or … Read the rest
The American idea of “hope” is a concept that people use like a sweet jam, spread ever so lightly, over the bitter bread of injustice. We use sentimental language about the hope of the future as a way to ignore the injustice and oppression of the present.
If we want to be honest about Scripture, we will not participate in … Read the rest
The book of Isaiah is the story of how the Jews dealt with the collective trauma of their exile. Isaiah consistently reassures his people that they will be restored by God, and promises that there would be a servant who one day would restore creation.
The Spirit of the Lord never leaves us alone and is always searching the land … Read the rest
We all have the ability to love. But the difference between our love and God’s love is that our love comes and goes, while God’s love is constant.
When we recognize that our ability to love comes from God, then we will be able to practice constant love with humanity. God wants us to love every member of our family, … Read the rest
People who “pray in the runs” tend to get desperate when they pray, and sometimes it may feel like God doesn’t answer our prayers. We may feel that God is not with us.
There are a lot of times in Scripture where God’s presence is obvious to the reader, but the attention of the people is elsewhere. When Jesus was … Read the rest
by Sally Curtis AsKew
Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. The austerity of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Esther 4:1-3;Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3).
The 58th chapter of Isaiah (CEB) … Read the rest