Scripture tells us, “Fear not.” Isaiah and the Israelites had many reasons to fear internal turmoil and external threats. How were they, and how are we, to move forward? Reading from Isaiah 41:8-20.
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7. On this third Sunday of Advent, we look at the situation of the shepherds and the wise men in the story of Christ’s birth.
2nd Sunday of Advent; Isaiah 40:9-11. When we think of the Incarnation, perhaps the best way to put it is, “When Love came down.”
We begin the Advent season with a reminder to hope in what we know, even if we can’t see it.
The angels come to the shepherds and announce news of a birth that causes joy. Consider with us the reasons for that joy.
Today we trace “The Progress of Hope” from the time of Isaiah to the first advent of Christ, to us in the church, and into the future to Christ’s second advent. This isn’t a hope we keep in our back pocket and pull out when times are glum–it’s a hope we live by daily!
“There Is Hope.” This word of God that came through the prophets is for every nation of people throughout history. Those who follow God can depend upon him to keep his promises. Join us as we look at the “already, but not yet” in Isaiah 11: the promised restoration to the exiled of Israel, the promises fulfilled in the coming of Christ, and the promises to be fulfilled when Christ returns and establishes his eternal kingdom.
The theme of redemption is not only central to the life of God’s people in the Old Testament, it continues like a scarlet thread of truth throughout the New Testament. The final and continuous theme of the Bible is that the ultimate redemption is accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ. When the theme of redemption is understood and accepted it is inevitably expressed in rejoicing.