Guard Your Heart

23 Guard your heart above all else,     for it determines the course of your life. 24 Avoid all perverse talk;     stay away from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead,     and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;     stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get sidetracked;     keep your feet from…

The Generosity of Grace

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. (Matthew 23:23) I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;     I…

Isaiah: Our Mission, Our Call

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy…

Isaiah: The Joyous Song of Salvation

Isaiah 12 1 In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord.     Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away     and you have comforted me. 2 Surely God is my salvation;     I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];     he has become my salvation.” 3 With joy you will draw water     from…

Christ In Isaiah

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) 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…