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  • What We Didn't Understand...servant songs pt 11

    He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the...
  • Behold My Servant...Servant Songs pt 2

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • "When You Pass through the Waters" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Isaiah 43:1-7)

    01/09/2016 9:06:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 10, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "When You Pass through the Waters" (Isaiah 43:1-7) With the recent floods of late December and early January, we certainly witnessed the destructive impact those waters can have. Highways were shut down. A stretch of I-55 was closed for days. Highway 141 at I-44 was underwater for a week. Homes were damaged. I think the most dramatic and memorable image I saw was video of a house literally floating down the Meramec River. And the people affected by the flooding went through and, in many cases, still are going through, a rough time. Maybe you yourself were not affected by...
  • Four Reasons We Need a Savior -- An Advent Meditation on a Text from Isaiah

    12/02/2015 9:12:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Reasons We Need a Savior – An Advent Meditation on a Text from Isaiah Msgr. Charles Pope • December 1, 2015 • The very first reading for Advent in the Office of Readings of the Breviary is a text from Isaiah Chapter 1. As such, it sounds a kind of keynote for the season, which is penitential in tone. In effect, the reading sets forth the need for a savior, as it vividly describes our sinful condition. We've got it bad and that ain't good. But praise the Lord, there is a doctor on the way. His name is...
  • Does the Bible Predict a Coming Polar Shift? [Isaiah 24]

    11/04/2015 8:13:59 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 42 replies
    While we now appear to be in a period of declining magnetic field strength, we cannot state for certain if or when a magnetic reversal will occur. Based on measurements of the Earth's magnetic field taken since about 1850 some paleomagnetists estimate that the dipole moment will decay in about 1,300 years. [...] Even if Earth's magnetic field is beginning a reversal, it would still take several thousand years to complete a reversal. We expect Earth would still have a magnetic field during a reversal, but it would be weaker than normal with multiple magnetic poles. Radio communication would deteriorate,...
  • "Taming the Tongue" (Sermon on James 3:1-12 and Isaiah 50:4-10)

    09/13/2015 1:38:42 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 13, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12; Isaiah 50:4-10)Maybe youve seen it in the news this past week: There are wildfires raging throughout California, burning out of control. Large stretches of forests are being destroyed; homes are being threatened. What started these fires? Who knows? In one case, it might have been a lightning strike, starting with just one or two trees catching on fire and then spreading rapidly. In another case, it may have just been a careless campfire, left unattended. Something small like that can start and spread and cause untold damage. Thats how wildfires go. But did you hear...
  • Birds of Prey Circling Over Syria [Isaiah 17]

    08/04/2015 6:29:34 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/4/2015 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    Anyone who spends some time in the hills of Galilee or the Golan Heights is familiar with the arresting sight of flocks of ravens, eagles, vultures and other birds of prey, circling the same spot in the sky for hours. Their objective is clear: down below that circle lies the body of a cow, sheep or other animal, whose movements attest to its approaching death. The birds follow the death throes carefully, flying lower and lower as the signs of life become fainter. As soon as the animal ceases to move, they pounce on their prey to begin gouging out...
  • Gods Plan will Stand A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

    12/23/2014 8:44:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-22-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted By: Msgr. Charles PopeAdvent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to fulfill his promises. We know that most of His promises from the Old Testament were fulfilled magnificently by Jesus. But as St. Paul reminds, we have received but the first fruits of his work in our soul (cf Rom 8:23). The created world and our physical bodies still await the full implications of what He has done. We still await a new Heaven and a new earth where the justice of God will reside...
  • "Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Isaiah 52-53; Psalm 22; Mark 15)

    04/03/2015 9:15:23 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 3, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani? (Isaiah 52:13 53:12; Psalm 22; Mark 15:1-47)Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? This is one of the seven words from the cross, that is, one of the seven times Jesus spoke during his crucifixion. Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? This saying of Jesus is recorded for us in two of the four gospels, in Matthew and Mark, where it is the only word from the cross that is recorded. For the other words from the cross, we have to go to Luke and John. Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? I think what is so striking about this word from...
  • He will Be Abased and Exalted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 2

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)The fourth Servant song is composed of three sections. First of all, we have this introduction in Isaiah 52:13-15. Secondly we have the great and...
  • Netanyahu Warns Syria and Lebanon Against Further Attacks [Isaiah 17]

    01/28/2015 10:47:08 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/28/2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a warning to the government of Lebanon and to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from whose territories Wednesday's attack and Tuesday's rocket fire on the Golan Heights were launched. "The government of Lebanon and the Assad regime share responsibility for the consequences of attacks originating in their territory against the state of Israel," he said.
  • "Comfort, Comfort My People" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 40:1-11)

    12/07/2014 12:16:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 7, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Comfort, Comfort My People (Isaiah 40:1-11)Comfort, comfort my people. Yes, comfort. A word so nice, they said it twice. Who did? Why, Isaiah did. Well, actually God said it, through his prophet Isaiah. You heard it at the start of todays Old Testament Reading from Isaiah 40: Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, etc. God wants his preachers to bring comfort to his people, to speak tenderly to his church. And so this is what God has sent me to do here today for you. He says, Comfort, Comfort My People. Comfort: Today I want...
  • Who Is Isaiah and Why Is His Central Message So Critical Today?

    12/03/2014 6:05:42 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 3, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    During Advent, we read a lot from the Prophet Isaiah. Therefore, for my own meditation and yours, I offer the following reflection on Isaiah, the man and his message. Each of the issues with which he dealt is still with us to today, even though we live in a far more secular world than he ever could have imagined. Let’s consider key elements of his life, struggle, and message. If you would like to read a shorter mediation and already have a firm grasp on Isaiah’s life and teachings, you can skip down to the section below labeled in red: Lessons from Isaiah.The...
  • "A Prayer to the God Who Acts" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 64:1-9)

    11/30/2014 3:57:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 30, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Prayer to the God Who Acts (Isaiah 64:1-9) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the first day of a brand new church year. And this season of Advent is a time of waiting, a time of penitential preparation, as we wait for the coming of our King. Christ is coming, our Savior and Redeemer. We prepare for the celebration of our Saviors birth at Christmas. And we wait for his coming again at the end of this age. Advent is a time for remembering Gods promises to send a Savior. It is a time to repent of our...
  • Seeing The Big Picture In Isaiah

    05/18/2014 9:11:18 AM PDT · by OneVike · 32 replies
    A FreeRepublic Exclusive Message ^ | 5/18/14 | Chuck Ness
    {This message is posted on FR in full for all to read.}As the most quoted Old Testament Book in the New Testament, Isaiah has always been to me like the book of Revelations: interesting but obscure. I would read it but not truly grasp the true meaning of the whole picture Isaiah was giving us. Oh, I knew about the famous passages that foretold the advent of Christ in Isa 9:6 and his suffering in Isa 53:1-12, but that was only because they are the most famous aspects of the life of Christ. Like many people, I was always more...
  • I Want to Make Heaven My Home: what an ancient Biblical event can teach us about life today

    09/25/2013 3:13:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In daily Mass for the past number of days we’ve been reading from the books of Nehemiah and Ezra. These books deal with the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity.Most modern-day Christians have only a passing knowledge of these aspects of ancient Jewish history and these events may seem to have little to say to us. But in fact, they speak quite powerfully of very important human struggles today. Thus, a review of these historical events seems in order, as well as an application of them to our life and struggles today.To begin, the Jewish people, as...
  • Phil Robertson's Detractors Advance His Message

    12/22/2013 9:31:45 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12-22-13 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    For days now, the nation has been subjected to hearing gay activists, atheists, hypersensitive liberals, and First Amendment rights-defenders engaging in biblical eisegesis. The histrionics began when Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson was quoted in a GQ interview where, in defense of his biblically based anti-homosexual-lifestyle views, he loosely cited 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right. Unabashed in his enthusiasm about the saving power of Jesus Christ...
  • Holy Week: Isaiah and Christ

    03/25/2013 3:55:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Wordonfire ^ | March 25, 2013 | Fr. Robert Barron
    Today, the Monday of Holy Week, Father Steve Grunow shares his sermon about Isaiah, Christ, and the many complexities to a story that ultimately serve to simplify, redeem and illuminate. Our first reading for today is an excerpt from the Old Testament Book of the Prophet Isaiah. In this text, the prophet reveals a mysterious figure, which he names as the servant of the Lord. The servant of the Lord has been chosen by the God of Israel for a particular mission. The mission of this servant is the restoration of Israel. The prophet Isaiah speaks the word of...
  • Vanity: Has Isaiah 17 Been Fulfilled? (Prophecy/Syria)

    03/25/2013 9:18:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 50 replies
    With all that's going on in Syria I thought I would ask the question.. How many of you out there believe Isaiah 17 has already been fulfilled and how many of you believe it is ABOUT to be fulfilled? Why or Why not? Count me in the camp that says it's about to happen. Once Al-Queda takes over Syria, they and other nations, now being led by Al-Queda thanks to Obama.. will attempt to invade Israel.
  • "Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response" (Sermon)

    01/19/2013 7:12:59 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11)The readings for today--the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel--these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. They use the language and imagery of marriage and the family--and in the Gospels case, even the occasion of a wedding--to describe Gods love for humanity. The blessings of marriage and children are gifts that God gives to all people, and they are also pictures of the relationship that God has with his own people, the church. Look at how that...
  • "The Gentile Christmas" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6)

    01/05/2013 4:45:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Gentile Christmas (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6)It is often called the Gentile Christmas. Im talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church year, one of the biggies. Its a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on a certain date, regardless of the day of the week--like Christmas is always on December 25. Epiphany is always January 6, right after the twelve days of Christmas. So if January 6 happened to be on a Friday or a Tuesday, for example, wed be having service....
  • The Old Testament Foretold that Mary Would Give Birth Without Pain (Catholic Caucus)

    12/23/2012 3:24:52 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Cantaur ^ | December 22, 2012 | DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL
    Painting: Michaelangelo's Prophet Isaiah Dear friends, We are all familiar with Isaiah's well known prophecy of Christmas: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) However, Isaiah made another (lesser known) prophecy of Christmas: "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Manchild" (Isa 66:7) This verse is the basis for the Catholic teaching that Mary experienced no pain when she delivered Christ at Bethlehem. The Roman Catechism teaches that Christ passed through her...
  • Report: Israel Special Forces Tracking Chemical Weapons In Syria

    12/09/2012 6:43:54 AM PST · by Fennie · 36 replies
    INN ^ | December 9, 2012
    IDF Special Forces are operating inside Syria to track chemical weapons, the London Sunday Times reported. The Israeli government has not commented on the report. The report from London comes hours after Syrian opposition forces released a video showing that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in the commercial center of Aleppo. The newspaper stated that the IDF operations across the border are part of new secret operations to locate non-conventional weapons and to sabotage them to prevent their use.
  • SERMON IN JERUSALEM: THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL, EGYPT & THE U.S. IN THE LIGHT OF BIBLE PROPHECY

    07/13/2012 7:07:30 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 7/9/2012 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    On Sunday evening, July 8th, I had the honor of preaching at King of Kings Assembly, a wonderful church in Jerusalem. I spoke on the future of Israel, Egypt, and the U.S. in the light of Bible prophecy. The specific title of the message was, Isaiah 31: Do Not Trust In Egypt. Here are my notes: ISAIAH 31: DO NOT TRUST IN EGYPT Mohammed Morsi. Until recently, most people had never heard the name. Now this senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood is the newly elected President of Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the original Radical Islamic organizations...
  • The Harbinger - A Message for America

    07/06/2012 4:23:30 PM PDT · by jda · 15 replies
    All America needs to see this!
  • MY Servant Shall Justify Many...Servant Songs pt 13

    04/16/2012 9:06:00 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    04-12-12 | Bill Randles
    Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto...
  • He Was Numbered With The Sinners...(Servant Songs 12)

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.(Isaiah...
  • What We Didn't Understand...Servant Songs pt 11

    He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the...
  • The Testing Of Discipleship...Servant Songs pt 9

    The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced;...
  • The Lord's Disciple...(servant Songs 8)

    Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mothers divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there...
  • Hubble Telescope Confirms Existence of God with Incomprehensible Power, Author Says

    04/10/2012 2:26:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | March 28, 2012 | Paul Hutchins
    ORLANDO,Fla., March 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Dead Sea Scrolls have long been considered words from God recorded by men under inspiration. Since their discovery they have been a source of great wonder and revelation for the faithful, and now an author is arguing in his new book that the Hubble telescope validates a passage from the scroll of Isaiah confirming God to be the energy source behind the Universe. The book retraces the history of the telescope, and is based on Hubble's discoveries made over the past two decades. It chronicles how Hubble has photographed the greatest cinematic...
  • God's Servant tempted to Despair...(Servant Songs pt 7)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • Who Has Believed Our Message?...Servant Songs pt 11

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)The fourth Servant Song opens with a paradox, for we are...
  • The Embodiment Of Israel...(Servant Songs 6)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • The Preparation of the LORD's Servant...(Servant Songs pt 5)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • To Open Blinded Eyes...Servant Songs pt 4

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • The Servant's Task...(Isaiah Servant Songs pt 3)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Behold My Servant...(Servant Songs pt 2)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • The Isaiah 9:10 Prophecy: Is U.S. Under God's Judgment?

    12/14/2011 4:23:11 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 62 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 13, 2011 | Unattributed
    A messianic rabbi from New Jersey is stunning audiences nationwide by revealing the striking parallels between the fall of ancient Israel and what he suggests are God's early judgments of America. Jonathan Cahn of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says an otherwise obscure passage in the Book of Isaiah is since Sept. 11, 2001, being uncannily re-enacted in the U.S. just the way it originally played out in the time of the great prophet of Israel leading to the nation's captivity and dispersions. snip "Before its destruction as a nation, ancient Israel received nine harbingers, prophetic omens...
  • "The Messiah's Job Description" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

    12/10/2011 8:23:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 11, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Messiahs Job Description (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)As we just heard in the Gospel reading and sang in the hymn, St. John the Baptist came, proclaiming the arrival of the Savior and preparing the way before him. In doing this, John fulfilled the job description set forth for him in the prophet Isaiah, chapter 40, as John himself says, I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said. John came to proclaim the coming of the one coming after him. But what about that one coming after...
  • "A Trip out to the Wilderness" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Mark 1 and Isaiah 40)

    12/03/2011 7:26:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 4, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Trip out to the Wilderness (Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-11)Today and throughout the season of Advent, the church takes A Trip out to the Wilderness. We go out there and we meet John the Baptist, our wilderness guide. What John is doing out there is leading Gods people in two things, penitential preparation and hopeful expectation, as we await the coming of the Lord. Penitential preparation, hopeful expectation--these are the distinctive accents of Advent that we will hear in our trip out to the wilderness today. God does some of his best work out in the wilderness. In that desolate...
  • "Advent Is Worth the Wait" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 64, 1 Cor. 1, Mark 11)

    11/26/2011 9:24:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 27, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Advent Is Worth the Wait (Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 11:1-10)We dont like to wait, do we? I mean, we Americans. And especially when it comes to Christmas. Wait till the night of December 24 to start celebrating Christmas? No way! So the Christmas catalogues started coming--when, the day after Labor Day? Then came the Christmas movies: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas came out November 4. The Christmas radio stations: Santa Baby was Rockin around the Christmas Tree already a couple of weeks ago. And the TV specials: Christmas in Rockefeller Center is this Tuesday. Apparently, Rockefeller...
  • A Prayer for Herman Cain

    11/17/2011 9:53:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/17/2011 | Debbie Lein
    America is in a battle for the soul of the nation. Dark forces have gathered to threaten the very foundation upon which America was built. It is a war against good and evil, a battle not against flesh and blood, but invisible rulers of darkness. Isaiah describes a sinful nation in Isaiah 59:3-8 (NLT): Your hands are the hands of murderers, your fingers are filthy with sin. Your mouth is full of lies, and your lips are tainted with corruption. No one cares about being fair and honest. Lawsuits are based on lies. They spend their time plotting evil deeds...
  • No One but the Jewish People Can Save the Jewish People

    06/10/2011 4:39:42 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 9 replies
    When Jewish Blood Spills; We all Must Bleed By Norma Zager There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength. Pat Riley When the history of the Jewish people is recorded, it will point to present times as the last stop at the end of a once-great religion. Why is this moment in time so pivotal? Jews have survived pogroms, holocausts, inquisitions, crusades and all other manners of murder and intolerance. Why now should anyone worry or assume they cannot endure one more difficult challenge? The answer...
  • Ahead of meeting with Obama, Netanyahu says 'there are things that can't be swept under the carpet'

    05/20/2011 11:30:36 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies
    Obama does not understand the reality of Israel's situation, senior Israeli official says on Friday.Asked why he gave a strong rebuttal to U.S. President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Friday on board his plane to Washington: "There are things that can't be swept under the carpet." As Netanyahu arrived in the U.S. ahead of his meeting with the American president later in the day, a senior Israeli official said that Obama does not understand the reality of Israel's situation. In a high-profile Middle East policy speech on Thursday, Obama supported continued...
  • "I Will Set Egyptians Against Egyptians"

    02/01/2011 8:00:07 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 28 replies
    ProphecyNewstand ^ | January 28, 2011 | Bill Salus
    These are the days when the Bible is its own best commentary. Imagine Isaiah the prophet standing on the streets of Cairo today speaking in front of a mainstream news camera declaring: The burden against Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, And will come into Egypt; The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst. I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom. The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;...
  • Egypt's Fate...Isaiah 19

    01/29/2011 9:55:00 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.( Isaiah 19:1-2)Egypt is being rocked by popular protests against the brutal 30 year rule of Hosni Mubarak. The demonstrations in Egypt are part of a larger wave of revolts...
  • "The Era of Big Government Is Just Beginning" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Isaiah 9:2-7)

    12/24/2010 10:14:10 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Era of Big Government Is Just Beginning (Isaiah 9:2-7)The era of big government is over. So declared President Bill Clinton in his State of the Union address in January of 1996. Of course, in the fifteen years since then, our big government has gotten even bigger. The size and scope of the federal government, its power, its spending, its intrusion into our lives--way beyond the limits set for it by the Constitution--big government is bigger than ever. The era of big government is over? Really? I must have missed it. As you may have guessed, and as anybody who...
  • "O Root of Jesse, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/04/2010 9:01:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 5, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Root of Jesse, Come (Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 1:1-17)Today we continue with the third of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, these prayers addressing the coming Christ. This one begins, O Root of Jesse. You see it there on the page facing Hymn 357, as well as in your bulletin. Let us now pray this antiphon together: O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute, to whom the nations will do homage: Come quickly to deliver us. O Root of Jesse, Come. The Scripture on which this antiphon is...
  • Prayer Pups Comic: Isaiah

    12/01/2010 2:58:12 PM PST · by jcsmonogram · 3 replies
    Prayer Pups Christian Comics ^ | Dec 1, 2010 | Jeffrey Smith