Where is Joy found? It is not found in fame, fortune, or success but in the person and work of Jesus. Jesus gives us joy for the journey in our life. Sometimes the answers to life's greatest problems comes in unexpected places. God's answer to the world's darkness in Isaiah 7-9 is a baby.
The advent of Jesus as peace is not simply the absence of conflict or war. It is shalom of God i.e. the reign of God's kingdom to bring holistic well-being in health, security, salvation, and friendship. To experience the peace of God means to receive the God of peace.
Everything is magnified during Christmas time. Seasons of joy or sadness are intensified during the holidays. As we live in the biblical tension of the "now and not yet", we anticipate the full consummation of God's love when he returns.
As parents we have hopes and dreams for our children. Joseph and Mary are no exception. They made room for hope in the coming of their son. 3 John 1:4 says that there is no greater joy than to see that one's children are walking in the truth. As we kick off our Advent series, let us fix our eyes on Jesus our hope.
Are you feeling depleted and low on strength? God is leveling the field to get to you. Isaiah 40 says that God will renew your strength for those who wait on him.
"Laying Up Treasure in the Last Days" - Our consumerism culture is one that parades overconsumption and excess in our possessions. In fact, as of December 2014 there are more self-storage facilities in the United States than McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks stores combined. Have we asked ourselves, "How much is enough?" Are there consequences to selfishly hoarding possessions and self indulgent lifestyles? Let's find out from James 5:1-6.
Hearing the voice of God and seeing his hand at work can be difficult in the midst of crisis. Yet the prophetic voice of Isaiah is as relevant now in 2020 as it was over two thousand seven hundred years ago. Whether it's national turmoil, global pandemic, political division, financial downfall or personal crisis--God is sovereign and works all things for His glory.