Posts Tagged ‘Isaiah’

You Had One Job

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Message by Pastor Brian Lee

Text: Isaiah 59:20-60:3

Today as we look into the passage of Isaiah, we realize that in our own walk in faith, we also only have one job that God has called us to do. And we often don’t even do that one job really well. But what does that mean and how does that affect our lives as Christians today?

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The Four Prophetic Babies

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Message by Pastor Sam Wong, Cantonese Congregation Minister

Text: Isaiah 7-9

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Like Rain and Snow

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Message by Dr. George Guthrie

Isaiah 55 is an invitation from God to invite people back into intimacy with Him. It tells us how we can come back to that close relationship with God.

Text: Isaiah 55:8-13

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Faceless Fears

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

“But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’” — Isaiah 43:1

The fear of trouble can often be more crushing than the trouble itself. People seldom work themselves into a nervous breakdown. They worry themselves into it. Mark Twain once wrote: “Over the years, I have worried about many things, most of which never happened.” The truth is that we often create and bring on many of our troubles. This is true in my life and experience. The educator William James once pointed out that 85 percent of all suffering is self-induced.

There is an interesting line in The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne and eight other Jewish people had been hiding out from the Nazis for many months, when suddenly the pressure of confinement and living so closely together caused a serious argument. Long-repressed resentments burst into the open in a very bitter exchange. Then Anne’s father says, “If we continue the way we are going, the Nazis will not need to destroy us. We will have destroyed ourselves.”

That’s a timely warning for all of us, isn’t it? It’s a warning we need to take seriously. The real issues of life, more often than not, are decided within us—not “out there” somewhere, but deep down in our hearts and souls. It is not the external pressures that do us in. We often handle them amazingly well. It’s the trouble within us that crushes us.

This is where faith comes in. Nothing enables us to overcome fear as much as our awareness deep within that God is with us, that God loves us, that God will never desert us or forsake us; that God will see us through. This what the Psalmist meant when he said, “I fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4). This is what the Apostle Paul was emphasizing when he said, “I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Can you say that and mean it? Can you say, “I will not allow fear to win. I’m not afraid. I’m ready for anything, through Christ, who strengthens me?” When life is supported by that kind of faith, that kind of strong sense of God’s presence and watchful care, then we are released from faceless fears and are better able to face the challenges of life creatively.

God’s Incredible Love For Us

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” — Isaiah 54:10

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” — Ephesians 3:17-19

George Matheson was told by his doctor that he was going blind. Not to be denied, he pursued his studies, graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1861 at the age of nineteen. By the time he finished graduate seminary studies, he’d lost his sight. To make matters worse, his fiancée returned the engagement ring with a note, “I cannot go through life bound by the chains of marriage to a blind man.” Matheson never married, and never fully recovered from his broken heart. He became a powerful and poetic pastor, led a full and inspiring life, yet occasionally the pain of loneliness flared up, as it did later at his sister’s wedding. The ceremony brought back memories of the love he had lost. In response, he turned to the incredible love of God for comfort and penned these words on June 6, 1882: 0 love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depth its flow may richer, fuller be.

God’s love, as Paul says in the above passage from the book of Ephesians, “surpasses knowledge.” God loves you with an incredible love. You can’t win it by being good or clever or “righteous”, or lose it by being a loser. But you can be blind and resist it. Don’t! One of the things that the church does is to remind each person that they are the object of God’s unconditional love and to also to remind them and help them “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Do you know this love? Are we, as a church, as recipients of that love, grasping it, experiencing it, and helping others to know it’s life changing power?