Category Archives: Jesus

A New Day: The Gift, Part 4

Isaiah gives us four names that tell us even more about this gift: Wonderful Counselor One of my favorite scholars on Isaiah says, “Wonderful counselor is either a supernatural counselor or one who gives supernatural counsel.” I don’t see why … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Gift, Part 3

Isaiah sees that God is giving us the most precious gift of all. He is becoming one of us so that we can become one with Him. He says, to us a son is given and he goes on to … Continue reading

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Overexpecting

It seems to me that we tend to overexpect quite a bit — we have unrealistic expectations for our institutions, our relationships, or really just about any area of our lives. I first came across the word in James K.A. … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Power of “With,” Part 2

When Isaiah goes to visit Ahaz, he says things like, Do not fear and do not let your heart be faint (7:4). God knows that it is dangerous when we’re controlled by our fears, so His word to Ahaz is … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 5

But here is the beautiful part of this story from Isaiah 6: God makes it possible for Isaiah to be made clean. He makes it possible for the man of unclean lips to be purified. Because the most important question … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Lord Has a Day, Part 1

I hope you’re enjoying a Happy New Year so far. It certainly feels like a new day has dawned. After 2020, I know we’re all grateful to see a new year and the possibility of better days ahead. Isaiah was … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: Wonders of His Love

I wrote this a few weeks back as my contribution to a twelve-day devotional series that our ministry staff put together for our church family. I share it with you today as a final Christmas meditation this season. Merry Christmas! … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: His Gospel is Peace

Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace O Holy Night Our understanding of peace is often based on cultural usage. From the perspective of geopolitics, peace boils down to the … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: A Weary World Rejoices

O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining “Til He appears and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Slow Down, Part 4

I want to give the last word to Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble … Continue reading

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