No Ordinary Time. My girls and I were discussing books when both mentioned that Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most memorable they had ever read. The librarians at Raybrook added it to our collection. I read it and had to agree.
During one […]
Read Isaiah 29-32.
“Ariel” means altar hearth, so the opening lines of this portion of Isaiah tell us that we are going to observe a bloody, religious event. I see the following themes running through this portion of scripture:
Warnings from God
Against insincerity, injustice, complacency, oppression, deceitfulness Against the nations that oppose Jerusalem […]
Advent prayer: Gracious God, we do not understand your harsh words against the nations of the world. Perhaps we fail to grasp what your holiness is all about. Enable us to submit ourselves under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and faithfully invite others to do the same. We thank you that unlike the […]
Read Isaiah 17-20.
In Isaiah 17-20 we find prophecies regarding Damascus, Cush (Ethiopia), and Egypt. Almost complete annihilation is forecasted for these nations that have turned their backs on God. It is only when God's judgment is carried out that “In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to […]
Read Isaiah 13-16.
Some passages of Scripture are delightful. This is not one of them. While a glorious future for Judah has been prophesied in earlier chapters, these chapters begin the oracles against the nations starting with Babylon, Assyria, Philistia and Moab. In vivid detail their undoing is portrayed and we hear how the […]
Read Isaiah 9-12.
These chapters contain sharp contrasts of darkness and light. I love how Isaiah in chapter 9 dissolves the fearful gloom and utter darkness (from the end of chapter 8 ) completely. The wonderful promise of verse 6: “For unto us a child is born…” echoes and re-echoes the glorious choruses of […]
Read Isaiah 5-8.
(Isaiah 5-6) God sings a love song over his vineyard, his people, but the song turns to lament. God looks for fruit but finds thorns; He planted grace but His people yielded greed. He calls Isaiah to speak for Him until the land is laid waste. But a stump will remain.
Read Isaiah 1-4.
Isaiah, like many of the prophets, begins with words of judgment. He points out how Israel has not been the kind of people that God called them to be. It is easy for us to relate to Israel! Advent is a penitential season, a season in which we recognize our sin […]
Learning from Simon PeterThis summer, we'll look together at some stories from the Bible about this flawed disciple of Jesus. Chime in on the conversation! Comment below any of the posts. Let's encourage each other in our life of discipleship.