#waitingforjesus

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

2012-12-17

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Do you struggle with hating yourself or feeling lonely or hopeless? Here’s more good news from Isaiah 9:

‘For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor’ (Is 9v4)

God hates it when we carry things that weigh us down. What does God do about it? He sends Jesus who is the chief burden-breaker: ‘Are you weary and weighed down by something? Come to me and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11v28-30). Let the Jesus-songs you sing this Christmas be freedom-songs: give Jesus the heavy things you carry
#waitingforJesus #Isaiah9