Contributed on Jul 27, 2015
We should humbly appreciate that we were snatched out of the fire and put in the spiritual limelight by God’s grace. Let us appreciate and glory in being part of God’s church!
God’s Seeming Detour (Isaiah 65:1-16) 1. Suppose you loved covered bridges & planned a vacation around them. 2. God had your interest at heart; the main road was blocked by a detour sign. After grumbling, you find yourself on an enchanting county road — and there it is — the most amazing ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2015
Isaiah ends abruptly with a challenge: we must stay the course and not surrender our Biblical beliefs — even if those beliefs are not unpopular.
Isaiah’s Challenge (Isaiah 66:7-24) 1. A rich millionaire decides to throw a massive party for his 50th birthday, so during this party he grabs the microphone and he announces to his guests that down in the garden of his mansion he has a swimming pool with two great white sharks in it. 'I will ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2015
God often works in layers, fulfilling His promises sometimes figuratively, then more literally, and then fully.
Drawn to the Light (Isaiah 60) 1. Israel My Glory magazine documents how two journalists were treated in Paris and London when they walked around with a skull cap and prayer shawl. 2. Within 60- seconds, they were spit upon, cursed, threatened, people threw things at them, and they were told ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2015
We often need hurry because our time is so limited, but God is in no hurry. That means we have to adjust to God’s ways and imitate His ways.
Where Jesus Stopped: The Nature of His Two Comings (Isaiah 61) 1. Some people can be too patient. One blogger complained. She writes: “Today, my new roommate took a shower. This would be a good thing, except for the fact that it's apparently taken her two months just to take this one. I ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2015
God does not grudgingly exalt His people, nor does he do so mechanically. God is extremely delighted to exalt His people — at the right time. [in spite of all the negative baggage we associate with Israel’s past]
When God Delights in His People (Isaiah 62) 1. A Swiss guy, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting. "Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asks. The two Americans just stare at him. "Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tries. The two ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2015
Differing situations highlight different characteristics of God; we need all. God is not the kind of God many people think He is. Seeing Him in action proves the point.
God in Action: Past, Present, Future (Isaiah 63) 1. A lot of things look good or bad on paper, but are different when you experience. 2. Chicago White Sox team in 1973. Pizza in Nebraska. 3. You can look at an athlete’s statistics, but nothing like seeing him play; You can hear ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2015
One of the hardest struggles we as believers face is the illusion that God is silent and passive, even though it seems like this is the case so very often. But he works on what we might call “Yahweh Time.”
Yahweh Time (Isaiah 64:1-12) 1. Can you be on those perennial late persons and still succeed in life? 2. A British man named Steve Cleary was in his early 50's, retired from the Royal Navy, and had started a second career. However, he just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2015
God is looking backward from the future eternal state and taking us on a journey through time to demonstrate how He will achieve His goal.
The God Who Gets There (Isaiah 65:17-66:6) 1. For some reason, people who work at planners in corporations have developed a bad reputation. 2. An Engineer, a physicist, an economist and a Planner were being interviewed for a position as chief executive officer of a large Local Authority. The ...read more