A Promised Return

The desert and the parched land will be glad;the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2Continue reading “A Promised Return”

Faithful Healing

I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners. Isaiah 57:18 In our lives we all have had instances of brokenness, despair and desolation. Those times when we feel we are on our last leg, at the end of the rope about to loseContinue reading “Faithful Healing”

Hanging By A Thread

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16 I just was having a bad day.  Nothing really seemed to fallContinue reading “Hanging By A Thread”

The Sword of the Spirit

For I am the Lord your God,    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—    the Lord Almighty is his name.16 I have put my words in your mouth    and covered you with the shadow of my hand—I who set the heavens in place,    who laid the foundations of the earth,    and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” Isaiah 51:15-16 When we pictureContinue reading “The Sword of the Spirit”

Strength Through His Promises

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:4 Peace Through Strength A simple three-word statement can mean so many different things to so many different people. I was in high school and then collegeContinue reading “Strength Through His Promises”

He Will Provide

Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me;hear, that your soul may live;and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, Isaiah 55:2-3 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believesContinue reading “He Will Provide”

Anchored In Joy

And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him,to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Isaiah 56:6-7 These months of Coronavirus lockdownsContinue reading “Anchored In Joy”

A Rescue From Fear

Do Not Fear Easier said than done, right? If you have never been fear stricken with a perilous drive through a blizzard or holding a sick child with a fever of 104 or coming to the end of a bad week at work convinced that it will surely end with your firing, then you haveContinue reading “A Rescue From Fear”

The Addition of Peace

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears     from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace     from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 As I write this, we are only a few weeks away from Christmas.  Around this time, we frequently see the phrase, “Peace on Earth!”  But like so many popularized snippets in the Bible theContinue reading “The Addition of Peace”

Promised Hope In The Grind

Hope — what is hope really? It’s usually paired with “dreams” as in- — “Hopes and Dreams.” But, that combination phrase lessens and cheapens the real power and impact of hope defined in the Bible and promised by God. A dream is whimsical, theatrical and imaginary. Hope, from a Christian perspective, is rooted in a foundationalContinue reading “Promised Hope In The Grind”