Contributed on Oct 23, 2007
This is a preview sermon to help prepare the congregation for the upcoming sermon series on Isaiah. It contains some historical and socio-political information to put Isaiah into context.
PREPARE TO MEET…ISAIAH If I say that “the Lord spoke to me” one might understand that I heard an audible voice. For some that might be the case but for me it means that God puts thoughts in my head when I pray. When I was praying this week the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Plow deeply.” A ...read more
Contributed on Nov 6, 2007
God is just like any parent; his heart breaks when his children rebel. These are the images of his hurt and what he planned to do about it.
REFLECTING IMAGES OF REBELLION Someone has defined rebellion this way: “Reserving for myself the right to make the final decision.” Are you a rebel? How many of us think that it’s okay to go 110 km/h on the highway? As the pirates like to say, “It’s not a rule per se; it’s more like a ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2007
This sermon explores the vision of Mount Zion as it contrasted the Mount Sinai experience. Isaiah saw our experience with the presence of the LORD.
ISAIAH’S VISION OF MOUNT ZION There is nothing in all creation that is as majestic and mighty as a mountain. Sharon and I had the privilege of seeing Greece in all its mountainous glory. We had no idea that this nation was so full of mountains. Often we would see the clouds scraping the peaks ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2007
In the vision Isaiah received of the Lord upon his throne there is a model of how we can approach God and what the results could be.
TAKING UP THE ISAIAH PARADIGM Towering like a majestic peak above the other great moments in Isaiah is this passage in Isaiah 6:1-13. It was this event that formalized Isaiah’s understanding of God and his mission. If this passage were missing from the book the impact of its message would be ...read more
Contributed on Dec 12, 2007
Ahaz changed history by the decision to trust in himself instead of God; his decision ended in disaster for his nation. What would happen if we decided to put our full trust in God?
IN WHOM DO YOU TRUST? “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21). There is a very ...read more
Contributed on Jan 9, 2008
Hezekiah was outnumbered by the enemy, the Assyrian army. What do you do when you are overwhelmed by the enemy? Pray!
THE ENEMY AT THE GATES There is a story told of an American on a walking trip through Central Europe. In a blinding rainstorm he seeks shelter in an old castle. It is inhabited by a brotherhood of monks who hesitate but eventually take him in. That night the American discovers a cell with a ...read more
Contributed on Jan 23, 2008
King Hezekiah is told he is going to die and he had better get ready. What does it mean for Christians to face death? What is our understanding of death in light of what Christ has done for us?
THE LAST ENEMY Many of you know that I love movies. As a true movie aficionado I enjoy watching some of the really old movies. One of the most interesting movies from 1934 was called “Death Takes A Holiday.” In “Death Takes A Holiday,” Death takes on human form as “Prince Sirki” to discover ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2008
After Judah had been told of future disaster and exile, Isaiah now tells them of the LORD’s comfort. When faced with trials of life how do we find the strength to go on? Listen to what Isaiah had to say...
WORDS OF COMFORT FOR SHATTERED HEARTS “Comfort my people.” What brings you comfort? We speak of food as “comfort food”; food that reminds you of the growing up years when Mom filled the house with the fragrance of baking. For others comfort food is roast beef with potatoes smothered in ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2008
The Servant of the LORD had a special mission to perform: To bring the revelation of God in his glory to human beings.
FINDING THE LIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT I’ve told you about my telescope before. My Visa card has these reward points with which you can redeem for various items. I traded mine in for a refracting telescope. It has always been my desire to gaze at the moon and the stars and just observe their ...read more
Contributed on Feb 19, 2008
The LORD does not like to share his position as God with other wannabes. So he declares his uniqueness as the only God to his people and warns them not to imagine him in any other way.
HAVE WE MADE GOD IN OUR IMAGE? Few things in life make a father prouder than when his son resembles him. There is a feeling of connection and ownership when others see your expressions and physical features in your son’s face. Sometimes the son isn’t so excited to resemble “Dad” but I think ol’ ...read more
Contributed on Feb 26, 2008
Living under the blessing of grace we need to be reminded that a life of righteousness follows our salvation. A righteous life is difficult to live in an unrighteous society.
THE TROUBLE WITH BEING RIGHTEOUS “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6). The subject of righteousness is very disturbing for a number of reasons. First of all, “righteousness” is not a word we use very much in our ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2008
Become who you were meant to be: try on the slipper and proclaim the transformation Christ has made in you.
EMBRACING THE “CINDERELLA” WITHIN The Cinderella story resonates strongly with most young girls. My daughter loves that genre or story type and enjoys the variations of it like Ella Enchanted or Ever After. For many young girls the fantasy builds to include their wedding day and visions of what ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2008
Seek the Lord while he may be found. This is not just for those who need to be saved, it is also for those who daily seek the LORD. How do we find God?
FINDING GOD A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind. Or is it a disturbed mind? A twisted mind? I am a strong believer in messy desks. It is not so much clutter to me as leaving things where they are so that I can find them again and continue working on them. A messy desk tells me that ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2008
Easter Sunday! Like the Prophet Isaiah, like Jesus who was prophecied, we are to be proclaimers of this Good News! Jesus has risen from the dead!
PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS The top news headlines for March 19, 2008, were as follows: Brenda Martin continues to languish in Mexican jail awaiting charges for fraud. A junior cabinet minister from the Canadian government visited her in the Guadalajara jail but held out little hope that the ...read more