The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shined.
You have multiplied the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before You like the joy in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil .
For the yoke of burden, and the staff or rod for their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, You have broken as in the day of Midian.
For every warrior's war boots and all his armor in the battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father , Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The Lord has sent a word against Jacob , and it has lighted upon Israel .
And all the people shall know it--even Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria --who said in pride and stoutness of heart,
The bricks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.
Therefore the Lord has stirred up the adversaries of Rezin against , and He will stir up their enemies and arm and join them together,
The Syrians before and the Philistines behind ; and they will devour Israel with open mouth. For all this, anger is not turned away, but His hand is still stretched out .
Yet the people turn not to Him Who smote them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail -- palm branch and rush in one day;
The elderly and honored man, he is the head; and the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
For they who lead this people cause them to err, and they who are led by them are swallowed up (destroyed).
Therefore the Lord will not rejoice over their young men, neither will He have compassion on their fatherless and widows, for everyone is profane and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this, anger is not turned away, but His hand is still stretched out .
For wickedness burns like a fire; it devours the briers and thorns, and it kindles in the thickets of the forest; they roll upward in a column of smoke.
Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is darkened and burned up, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no man spares his brother.
They snatch in discord on the right hand, but are still hungry ; and they devour and destroy on the left hand, but are not satisfied. Each devours and destroys his own flesh or his neighbor's.
Manasseh Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh; but together they are against Judah. For all this, anger is not turned away, but His hand is still stretched out .
Summary: Darkness is associated with a number of unpleasant things. When we are in the dark, we tend to move slowly or wander aimlessly. We tend to be scared in the dark, mainly because we can’t see the dangers that would be apparent if it were light.
Summary: It’s poor etiquette to attend a party and don’t bring the host/honoree a gift. We should feel privileged to receive an invitation to attend. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we bring the right gifts to the honoree.
Summary: What would Christmas be like if it was REALLY a celebration of Jesus birth, if He was the focus of all we said and did from rising in the morning until we went to bed? What would it be like? What impact would it have on our family and friends?
Summary: 2,000 years ago everyone was watching the Roman empire, but the most important event happened in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem. A baby was born and the birth was so important the birth announcement was sent 700 years earlier.
Summary: God does not lower his hand saying that he will try to be more understanding. He lowers his hand against us because he raises it against his Son Jesus Christ, who gladly receives it for our redemption.
Summary: As we gather here tonight I want to invite each of you who are believers in Christ and have place your faith in Him to save you…I want to invite you to His table for communion. This message was preached a our annual Christmas Eve service.
Summary: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6-7
Summary: I preached this sermon last Sunday, December 13th, 2015, at our Christmas Carol Service. It is shown here as it was presented. The sermon talks about the Light of Jesus that brings hope for more than a season.