Burn Brightly

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the Word of life.  Philippians 2:15-16 I have to admit in the carrot and stick scenario of motivation I tend to be more of a “stick” motivated person.  My fear of punishment or failure outweighs any reward I might be offered.  It’sContinue reading “Burn Brightly”

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”

The True Story of God With Us

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 At the time that Isaiah spoke this prophecy the nation of Judah was under a large threat from Assyria.  Alliances were being pressured and formed.  King Ahaz of Judah refused to align himself withContinue reading “The True Story of God With Us”

He Prepares The Way

This is what the Lord says to his anointed,to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations  before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut throughContinue reading “He Prepares The Way”

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”

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”