img_1384 December 05

God’s Clearcutting Project

The prophet Isaiah portrays the judgment and mercy of God throughout his evangelistic sixty-six chapter scroll.  Similar to the entire Bible with its 66 books, he speaks and writes the LORD’s message to a desperately needy earth. At the end of chapter 10, Isaiah describe God’s metaphorical ‘clearcutting project.’ Beginning with the branches and ultimately […]

img_3842 December 03

Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming

Originally in the 15th Century this carol was translated into English in 1894 (verses 1-2), 1875 (verses 3-4), 1914 (verse 5). I don’t understand why the first translator didn’t finish the project.  Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, […]

img_1373 December 01

What A Birth Announcement!

I’ve received birth announcements by phone, by tweet, by Facebook, by Instagram, even by fortune cookie! Yes, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law won the creative prize for that one – carefully extracting the original message and reinserting the announcement of their child at a  special extended family gathering! Isaiah 9 captures a birth announcement declared over […]

img_1371 November 29

Immanuel – GOD with us

‘Which king of Judah failed the test by refusing to put the LORD to the test?’ I’ve participated in lots of Bible knowledge quizzes over the years, but I can’t recall ever hearing or seeing that question. The book of Isaiah with its 66 chapters is packed full of predictions of the birth, life, death […]

img_1364 November 24

The Duty of Nations (including America)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American family and friends!  I’m blessed to reproduce this statement by George Washington, at the request of Congress on October 3, 1789. A lot has changed, understandably, since 1789 but does it not remain the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God? To obey His will? […]

img_3771 November 23

Jesus – The True Prophet

As the children of Israel finished their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Moses gathered them on the plans of Moab and preached lengthy sermons as a means of review and preview.  He reviewed with the nation the history of their experience of God’s leadership and previewed for them what awaited the next generation […]

img_1356 November 21

A Star, A Scepter & A Strange Prophet

The narratives of the wandering of the people of Israel include some remarkable encounters with other people groups. Last night in our Discipling group, we discussed King Saul’s partial obedience of God’s command in 1 Samuel 15. The Amalekites had attacked the people of God during their wilderness wanderings and now years later they were […]