#isaiah9

2012-12-27

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Hi from the WordSpace! We trust you’re having a good break and enjoying time with family and friends. One reader sent in this question during the #Isaiah9 series: ‘I am already a Christian but I really want to follow Jesus more closely. How can I do this?’

Well, in 60 words here’s what I’d suggest: 1) find a community of people who also want to do that – go deep into God together 2) get into the Bible – and ask the Holy Spirit to bring the words alive for you. Start in books like John and Ephesians 3) just invite Jesus to be present in your life – take time to be quiet, pay attention to any sense of Jesus’ presence in the things you do. And keep reading the WordSpace! We’d love to help you grow closer to God 🙂

#andrewv

2012-12-20

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If God’s in control why is this world still so messed up?

‘Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness forever’ (Isaiah 9v7)

No, this world doesn’t all look the way God wants it. But Isaiah’s promise and our hope is that Jesus reigns – and is coming to finally set everything right (hint: it looks very good! See Revelation 21v1-6). Christmas is about celebrating what God has done and is doing, but also about longing for our King to come again. ‘How long Lord?’
#waitingforJesus #Isaiah9

#andrewv

2012-12-19

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What does your name mean? My first name means ‘manly’ 🙂 Unfortunately my last name means ‘small’ In Bible times what you were called said a lot about your character:

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9v6)

What is that baby in the manger really like? Life-guide, God, Father, peace-master. Does that fit your idea of who Jesus is? If not maybe ask Jesus to make those names – his true character – real for you this Christmas
#waitingforJesus #Isaiah9

#andrewv

2012-12-18

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Isaiah 9 is a promise about Jesus – and about peace for broken relationships:

‘Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning,will be fuel for the fire’ (Isaiah 9v5)

If you think the God of the Old Testament is only angry and violent think again… God’s promise in Jesus is to bring healing and peace wherever there is conflict.

Which relationships need healing in your life? In Jesus God offers us the chance to restore the broken relationships in our lives and in the world around us. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. What would it take to unwrap (or give) the gift of peace this Christmas?
#waitingforJesus #Isaiah9

#andrewv