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   In Times of Uncertainty
   Isaiah 6:1-8
Sunday Morning Service,  August 28, 2016
 
How do you handle times of uncertainty or transition? As Christians, we must see God as He is, see ourselves as we are, and act accordingly.

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   Grieving the Holy Spirit – Part 3
   Isaiah 54:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  June 12, 2016
 
In the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the wife and God as the loving husband (Isaiah 54:5). Captivated by idolatry, God's people strayed from God like a harlot, forsaking Him. There are Christians today who do the same thing, straying from God and becoming unfaithful to Him. Of course, this grieves the Holy Spirit of God, but the main concern is how God responds to our unfaithfulness.

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   Is Your God Big Enough?
   Isaiah 40:12-28
Sunday Morning Service,  May 15, 2016
 
God always gets the last word, even if He has to stop the mouths of the foolish. We, like foolish children, use the word but when we don't want to follow God's instruction and will.  Many times we limit what God can do in and through us by not letting Him be BIG enough in our thinking.

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   The Royal Titles of Christ – Part 4
   Isaiah 9:6
Sunday Morning Service,  December 27, 2015
 
Centuries before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied that a Child would be given to Israel who would reign as King. In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet proclaims the royal titles of this Child, titles which convey his character and the nature of his reign. When we understand the significance of these royal titles, they call us to worship our great Savior as we stand in awe of his majesty as well as his love and grace toward us.

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   Hope in the Midst of Darkness
   Isaiah 9:2, John 1, 1 John 1
Sunday School,  December 27, 2015
 
Isaiah 9:2 speaks of a time when the people in Judah walked in darkness due to threats and attacks from Syria, Samaria and Assyria. In the midst of this darkness, God gave a message to Isaiah to give to King Ahaz that spoke of great hope as the result of a light that would shine upon them. Jesus Christ was that light and He walked and ministered in the area of Galilee, the place where it was the darkest in the eighth century. The prophecy related to the light that would continue to shine giving hope to all who would follow that light. Darkness is all over the world today and still Jesus Christ remains that light that can never be put out. That is what we celebrated on Christmas day. We also were at one time in darkness, but now are light in the LORD. As such, it is our responsibility to walk as children of the light (Eph. 5:18).

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   The Royal Titles of Christ – Part 3
   Isaiah 9:6
Sunday Morning Service,  December 20, 2015
 
Centuries before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied that a Child would be given to Israel who would reign as King. In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet proclaims the royal titles of this Child, titles which convey his character and the nature of his reign. When we understand the significance of these royal titles, they call us to worship our great Savior as we stand in awe of his majesty as well as his love and grace toward us.

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   The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ
   Isaiah 7:1-14; 9:1-2; Matthew 1:18-25; 4:15-16
Sunday School,  December 20, 2015
 
The true meaning of Christmas centers in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God with us. Christ came to this earth at a time when the children of Israel walked in darkness. God's promise was that these same people would experience a great light (Isaiah 9:2). The historical context leading to the prophecy of the virgin birth is most important. The land of Judah was under the constant threat of attack from Samaria, Syria and Assyria and many thousands had already been killed. The promise from God was that a great light would be witnessed by these same people. Jesus was the answer to that prophecy Who said, I am the light of the world: He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

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   The Royal Titles of Christ – Part 2
   Isaiah 9:6
Sunday Morning Service,  December 13, 2015
 
Centuries before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied that a Child would be given to Israel who would reign as King. In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet proclaims the royal titles of this Child, titles which convey his character and the nature of his reign. When we understand the significance of these royal titles, they call us to worship our great Savior as we stand in awe of his majesty as well as his love and grace toward us.

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   The Royal Titles of Christ – Part 1
   Isaiah 9:6
Sunday Morning Service,  December 6, 2015
 
Centuries before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied that a Child would be given to Israel who would reign as King. In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet proclaims the royal titles of this Child, titles which convey his character and the nature of his reign. When we understand the significance of these royal titles, they call us to worship our great Savior as we stand in awe of his majesty as well as his love and grace toward us.

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   Coming Hope
   Isaiah 2:1-5
Sunday Morning Service,  December 29, 2013
 
You don’t have to turn on the news or visit a news web site very long to get very depressed. We live in a day of despair, threat of war, violence, murder, poverty, sickness, abortion, waning morality, injustice, and racial tensions. Even from the perspective of the unbelieving world, things look pretty bleak. Israel during the time of Isaiah’s prophecy resembled in many ways the condition in which we find ourselves today. But, there is still hope. There is a day coming that will bring hope to God’s rebellious and condemned people.

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   The Problem of Evil
   1 Peter 3:15; Habakkuk 1:1-3; Isaiah 55:8-9
Sunday School,  November 11, 2012
 
“If God really exists, then why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?” This is a common objection to a biblical worldview. People will point to horrifying wickedness, universal suffering, deadly disease, and natural disasters as sufficient evidence that either God does not exist, or if he exists he does not care. What is the believer’s response to such a challenge (1 Peter 3:15)?

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   Christ's Authority over Death
   Mark 5:21-24; 35-43; Isaiah 64:4
Sunday Morning Service,  August 26, 2012
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus demonstrates His authority and power over the destiny of mankind.   In the fifth chapter Mark takes this a step further than the previous chapters by zeroing in on three hopeless causes – the demon possessed man of the Gadarenes, the woman with an incurable issue of blood, and the death of the daughter of Jairus.

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   Jonathan Edwards in Stockbridge, His Late Great Works, and the Glory of God
   Isaiah 48:11-12
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 22, 2012
Why did God create the world? This lesson answers that question while looking at Jonathan Edwards's late great works.

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   Living for the Glory of God
   John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Isaiah 43:7; Romans 1:18-21
Sunday School,  July 22, 2012
The Westminster Shorter Confession states that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. This is stated because it is what God’s Word commands us to do. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

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   Biblical Revival
   Psalm 85:6; Acts 3:19; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Isaiah 57:15; Romans 13:10-14; Habbakuk 3:2
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 11, 2012
There is much confusion and mixed feelings regarding the word revival. Few Christians really know what it is and the many more believers have never truly experienced it. The term revival is used by many churches for an evangelistic emphasis instead of genuine revival. Revival is not something that a church can decide to have. It cannot come without a sensitivity to sin and God's people dying to self so that Jesus might truly be Lord in their lives.

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   Observing Philemon
   Philemon, Isaiah 1:18, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Corinthians 3; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Sunday School,  November 27, 2011
In this study, we will look closely at the person of Philemon. What kind of Christian was he? Is it important that we know his characteristics? Should we as Christians today imitate him. The Apostle Paul made it clear that we could imitate him, as he was a follower of Christ (I Corinthians 11:1). We can learn much as to how we should follow Christ by studying the lives of His servants (Ephesians 5:1).

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   The Great Tribulation
   Isaiah 24-27; Jeremiah 30; Daniel 9, 12; Matthew 24-25; Revelation 4-20
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 29, 2011
From time to time we witness amazing catastrophes upon the earth, from wild fires, to floods, violent tornadoes, hurricanes, earth quakes, tsunamis, pandemics, wars, and many other disasters. But these events are mere tremors compared to the Great Tribulation prophesied in Scripture. The Bible speaks of a time of unprecedented angst and destruction that will shake the foundations of the planet and kill literally billions of people. What is the significance of this time of great trouble? Do these Scriptures foretell real events or figurative? In this study we will read through several passages which foretell the Great Tribulation, look at various views on how to interpret the Tribulation, and finally answer the question, “What shall we do?” in light of the Bible’s teaching.

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   The Kingdom - Part 2
   Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelation 20:1-10
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 22, 2011
This second part of two lessons discussing the Kingdom of God (or the Millennium) discusses the Biblical theology of Kingdom. We believe that the Kingdom is a future earthly reign of Jesus Christ over his people.

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   Sensationalism Versus Substance - Part 3
   Daniel 9:24-27; Acts 1:6-8; Isaiah 2:1-4; 11-12; 2 Kings 21, 23; Psalm 74; Lamentations 3; Revelation 20:1-4
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 1, 2011
Putting together a timeline of end time events is sometimes like doing a jigsaw puzzle. People’s puzzles that they construct sometimes differ from one another, sometimes because a person doesn’t have all of the right pieces, or because he is using different pieces, or because there is disagreement about what the picture should look like in the end. In this session we will finish our introduction to Eschatology by considering the issue of ‘biblical hermeneutics,’ or the science of putting together the biblical pieces to make the correct picture. Ultimately we must answer the question, are the biblical pieces present, and may they be arranged in an order sufficient to support a dispensational eschatology, i.e. a view of the end times in which God finishes His plan with the nation of Israel?

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   The Gospel of Peace
   Isaiah 52:7
Wednesday Evening Service,  December 15, 2010
 
In Isaiah’s day, the nation of Judah had little to cling to that would make them feel secure. Politically they were a weak player on the world’s stage. Militarily they were at the mercy of larger empires, especially Assyria who had already devastated and took into exile the northern tribes of Israel. And spiritually they were warned by the LORD that He would judge them for their sin. Nevertheless, Isaiah offers the nation hope through God’s promise that He will not abandon His people but ultimately deliver and establish them. In this text, the celebration of God’s promised deliverance begins as a messenger comes running with good news from the battle. His message for the city of Jerusalem is the same that we rejoice in today

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   The Unknowable Mind of the Lord
   Isaiah 55:6-1
Sunday Afternoon Service,  January 31, 2010
 
As believers in Christ, we serve and worship God whose knowledge and wisdom utterly transcends our own. This means that often we are puzzled by complicated questions to which God alone knows the answer. How are we to live our lives despite our inability to reason like God? This text suggests three ways.

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   The Arm of the Lord Triumphant through Suffering
   Isaiah 53:10-12
Sunday Morning Service,  August 2, 2009
 
Up to verse 9 of Isaiah 53, we have seen the Arm of the Lord suffering an undeserved death that somehow is in the place of sinners. However, many questions about the work of God's Servant remain unanswered. Why did He have to die like this? Was He successful in His mission? What happens to Him now? Isaiah 53:10-12 comes along and answers those questions. In an abrupt change of tone from sadness to joy, we learn that the Arm of the Lord is triumphant because of His sufferings.

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   The Shalom Shalom of God
   Isaiah 26:3
Sunday Morning Service,  April 26, 2009
 
“You will keep him in shalom shalom,” is a line in the song Isaiah says Judah will sing “in that day.” The expression shalom shalom indicates a peace or wholeness in God which we can know even in the midst of a restless culture. In this text there are two activities of the person who is kept in God’s perfect peace.

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   The Righteous Suffering of the Arm of the Lord
   Isaiah 53:7-9
Sunday Morning Service,  April 5, 2009
 
This stanza of Isaiah 53 focuses our attention on the death and burial of Christ. Each verse describes Christ being treated as an evildoer, but each verse also ends with a testimony to Christ's righteousness. Without His righteous suffering, we have no hope of salvation.

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   The Unexpected Work of the Arm of the Lord
   Isaiah 53:1-6
Sunday Morning Service,  February 1, 2009
 
God promised to sinful Israel that He would show His mighty arm to bring them and the whole world salvation. As we look into Isaiah 53, we come to realize that God's mighty saving arm is a Person. It is none other than God's Servant, the Messiah. However, the way in which He brings salvation is completely unexpected. He saves the world by humiliation, rejection, and death.

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   God's Servant Exalted through Suffering
   Isaiah 52:13-15
Sunday Morning Service,  November 2, 2008
 
We have heard the term messiah thrown around a lot recently with regard to the presidential race. The term messiah brings to mind the picture of a charismatic leader who triumphs in all he does and who leads people to new heights of deliverance and success. Interestingly, when Isaiah speaks of God's Messiah (called "My Servant") He does predict that this one will be highly exalted. However, contrary to all normal expectations of such a person, God's Messiah is exalted through excruciating and humiliating suffering.

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   Christ, the Exalted Servant – Part 2
   Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Sunday Morning Service,  March 24, 2008
 
This wonderful passage from Isaiah contains five songs about the Servant who will come from God for His people. As these magnificent songs unfold for us, we rejoice in the redemptive work of Christ “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:25).

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   Christ, the Exalted Servant
   Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Sunday Morning Service,  March 16, 2008
 
This wonderful passage from Isaiah contains five songs about the Servant who will come from God for His people. As these magnificent songs unfold for us, we rejoice in the redemptive work of Christ “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:25).

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   Lessons from a Vineyard
   Isaiah 5:1-7
Sunday Morning Service,  December 30, 2007
 
Isaiah sings a beautiful harvest song about a vineyard. Yet this song is designed to move the hearers to conviction and repentance, for it speaks to them of their rebellious hearts. This same song can also be a challenge for New Testament believers as we reflect upon the parallels between Isaiah’s vineyard and the church.

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   Serving God by Serving Others
   Isaiah 58
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 3, 2007
 
What kind of service does God bless? Throughout the 58th chapter of Isaiah, the Lord reminds us that self-centered service that is motivated by utilitarian interests will result in the oppression of others and will ultimately fail to secure God's blessing. It is only when we forget ourselves and labor for the benefit of others that God will bless us. If our service is self-centered, then God will not bless us; but if our service is others-centered, then God will certainly and abundantly bless us.

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   Seeing God, the Holy One
   Isaiah 6:1-5
Sunday Evening Service,  April 22, 2007
 
A. W. Tozer, in The Knowledge of the Holy states, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." Isaiah recounts in these verses the vision he has of God, and his response. In all likelihood we won't get a vision of God in the manner Isaiah did. How then will it come, and what will it inspire in us?

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   Waiting on the Lord
   Isaiah 40:31
Sunday Evening Service,  February 25, 2007
 


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   Judgment Day
   Isaiah 10:3
Sunday Morning Service,  February 25, 2007
 


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