Contributed on Jul 25, 2022
If we are to serve God well, and for the long term, we need a sense of His holiness.
Isaiah: Impressed with God’s Holiness (Isaiah 6:1-10) 1. Man, John Andrews, in waiting room, wife delivering baby. Four other men. 2. Nurse comes out. Congrats Mr. Smith. You have twins. 3. Remarkable-- I work for the Minnesota Twins baseball team. 4. Mr. Jones-- triplets; I work for 3 M. 5. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2022
Repentance is a firm theme throughout both testaments because it is crucial and essential.
The Advantage of Repentance (Isaiah 1:1-20) Isaiah is often considered the most important of the prophets, and his book is sometimes called the “Fifth Gospel” because it so frequently predicts the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Being a prophet meant being both a forth-teller and a foreteller, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 14, 2022
Isaiah has much to say about the Millennium, and many of the millennial truths have surprising implications for us today.
Kingdom Come (Isaiah 2:1-4, 4:2-6) 1. Today, my old joke was Peter Roussakis’ favorite – at least of all the jokes I told. 3 Greeks and 3 Turks are travelling by train to a conference. At the station, the 3 Turks each buy tickets and watch as the 3 Greeks buy only a single ticket. "How ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2022
God is patient, but His patience is limited. He can get to a point of disgust, disgust which is then followed by His wrath.
A Disgusted God (Isaiah 5:1-30) 1. Mary received a parrot as a gift. The parrot was fully grown with a very bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was profanity. Mary tried to change the bird's attitude by constantly saying polite words and playing soft music, anything she could ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2022
Isaiah in 700 B.C. set the stage for what we believe as Christians today, a strong evidence for the truth of the Gospel and an encouragement to our faith.
Setting the Tone for Jesus (Isaiah 7:1-17, 8:1-4, 9:1-7). 1. A middle-aged, wealthy woman has a heart attack. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. She sees the angel at the gates and asks if this is it. The angel says no, she has another 30-40 years to live. She ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2022
Utopia on earth awaits the return of Jesus, because He will be the perfect absolute Monarch.
And He Shall Reign (Isaiah 11:1-16) 1. During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the Shema prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2022
Isaiah prophetically recalls the fall of Lucifer while addressing God’s judgment upon Babylon. Lucifer, whose name would be changed to Satan (“the adversary”) is conceptually linked to the arrogance of the King of Babylon.
“Off the Chart” Egos Isaiah 14:3-20 1. Today’s joke is short, but one of my funnier jokes. I think I shared it last in 2005. Here goes. There is an old story about a pastor leaving a church. At his farewell dinner, he tried to encourage one of the pillar members, “Don’t be so sad. The next pastor ...read more
Contributed on Sep 19, 2022
God has a plan for us; but He also has an even more complex plan for history. History is heading to a conclusion and toward a purpose, His glory.
Isaiah’s Little Apocalypse (Isaiah 24:17-23, 25:6-8, 26:19-21, 27:12-13) 1. A chauffeur had driven the chemistry professor to dozens of speaking engagements. He’d heard the same canned speech scores of times. He said on the way to another engagement, "Professor, I believe I could give your ...read more