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October 20, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 40 (ESV)

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
    that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord‘s hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
    and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
    and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
    and all flesh shall see it together,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
    behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
    11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
    he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

  2. I sent this note to Pastor Peter by email a few days back. He asked me to post it here. Just a thought …

    I’m studying Ann Spangler’s book on Praying the Attributes of God and the day I wrote this the topic was the unlimited power and ability of God.  I was meditating on one of those verses …

    Is 40:12-14
    12
    Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
        or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
    Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
        or weighed the mountains on the scales
        and the hills in a balance?
    13 
    Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,
        or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
    14 
    Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
        and who taught him the right way?
    Who was it that taught him knowledge,
        or showed him the path of understanding?

    I was praising God, who with just a palm full of water measured the waters of the world … and the engineer part of me got to thinking: what did he measure?  Well he measured all that could be measured – the mass of water, the thermal characteristics of water, the ph of water, the salinity of water, the oxygen content of water (he engineered this world, he created it, let your mind flow like you were designing something that never existed before), he took every measurement!  And then (I believe this was the Holy Spirit teaching me, you judge for yourself) I recalled one day a Roman soldier stretched that hand out and nailed it to a cross and at that moment Jesus once again measured something in that palm – he measured my sin.  

    Oh how great is my God? How awesome is he!!!

    And then I recalled Is 49:16a “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”. 

    He not only measured the waters in that palm, measured my sin in that palm, but even this very second, right now, not some day in the future but NOW he has those scars as a constant reminder of me and those scars mark my sins’ debt pain in full.

    It’s been said, “One word from God can change your life” … today’s word is MEASURED!

  3. What an awesome picture of our great God! So many references to how big He is, and powerful and sovereign and in control of everything. Things that are big to us are small to Him. Things that confound us are easy for Him to understand. Yes, no one is His equal and nothing can be compared to Him. And yet how often do we? How often do we resort to our own means and thoughts and provisions and understanding rather than believing and following Him and His ways? How often do we fashion idols that we than depend on rather than God? And yet God calls us to Him. He desires to speak comfort and be our caring shepherd that takes us in His arms. He desires to share His strength so that we then become strong, so we can walk and run and fly!

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