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Tell Us Nice Things

May 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Isaiah 30:10 (New Living Translation) They tell the seers, “Stop seeing visions!” They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. The people didn’t want to hear the message that God was sending them via the prophets. Their own disobedience had eroded them. “Please,” the pleaded. “Tell […]

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What God Values

August 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 58:6-7 (New Living Translation) 6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. 7 Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. […]

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We are Hard on Ourselves(?)

August 6th, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 58:3 (New Living Translation) ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ In this verse, the people are crying to Jehovah for justification (we are good, don’t punish us). They cry that they have been very hard on […]

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Inclusion

July 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 56:3-5 (New Living Translation) 3 “Don’t let foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will never let me be part of his people.’ And don’t let the eunuchs say, ‘I’m a dried-up tree with no children and no future.’ 4 For this is what the Lord says: I will bless those eunuchs […]

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In the Light

July 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 2:5 (New Living Translation) Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord! Light. Sure seems to be a better place than dark. I suppose that in our post(post(post))modern world, we don’t appreciate the idea of light and dark. We are always in the light physically. It is rare and […]

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The Cloud of Gloom

February 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Isaiah 25:6-8 (New Living Translation) 6 In Jerusalem, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. 7 There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the […]

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Swords into Plowshares

December 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Micah 4:3 (New Living Translation) The Lord will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore. At first, I thought this was the famous phrase that […]

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Take Control of the Mind

May 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Isaiah 37:7 (New English Translation) Look, I will take control of his mind; he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down with a sword in his own land. In this verse, the LORD is speaking about the king of an invading army. The LORD will convince the […]

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What is Good for Us

May 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Isaiah 48:17 (New Living Translation) This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. Jehovah God, the creator and Holy One of Israel, isn’t hard to follow. Jehovah […]

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Watchmen Who Pray (?)

December 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 62:6 (New Living Translation) O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. The LORD YHWH appointed watchmen for Jerusalem. Everyone knows the job of a watchman—to watch. Right? The LORD seems a bit confused here as […]

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