1. God's Word Accomplishes
    09 Jul, 2018
    God's Word Accomplishes
    For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11 Yesterday, I mentioned this passage before I read the Scripture for the sermon.  I said that there are times when if it
  2. All We Like Sheep
    25 Jun, 2018
    All We Like Sheep
    All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-- every one-- to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 Back in 2005, there were some shepherds eating breakfast outside the town of Gevas, Turkey. Just a regular day for them . . . until they saw one sheep jump off a nearby cliff to its death.   That sounds awful, doesn't it? But what happened next was really cray cray. Following the lead of the first sheep, nearly 1,500 sheep plunged off the cliff as
  3. Allegiance
    25 Apr, 2018
    Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.  By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return:  To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance. Isaiah 45:22-23 Let's try an experiment. I'll start a phrase, and you finish it. Ready? Here's the phrase . . . I pledge allegiance to . . . What comes next? Probably most Americans would finish that phrase with "the flag of the United
  4. The Price is Right
    02 Feb, 2018
    The Price is Right
    Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.  Isaiah 55:1-2 I'm sure you've heard of the game show The Price is Right.  This show debuted on NBC in 1956 with Bill Cullen as host.  It was picked up by ABC
  5. Justice, Oppression, the Helpless, and Jesus
    29 Jan, 2018
    Justice, Oppression, the Helpless, and Jesus
    Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.  Isaiah 1:16-17 During yesterday's sermon, I touched on the issue of how God hates the mistreatment of people . . . especially his people.   There is a lot more that can be said about abuse, injustice, and oppression.  I don't think these subjects get enough airtime in the
  6. When Red + Red = White
    03 Jan, 2018
    When Red + Red = White
    Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 So I hear there's a little snow coming our way.   Here in Sumter, snow always brings with it the shutting down of schools, businesses, and other institutions.  It also brings the inevitable run on milk and bread. But snow can bring us something else, if we're willing to think about it. God says to his