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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Isaiah's Carol

By Scott Harrup
Dec. 18, 2011

Reading Isaiah 9:6 — particularly in the King James Version, which formed the scriptural bedrock of my childhood — I hear, with a little effort, Handel’s glorious choral arrangement of those words ringing through my mind. (My mind is notoriously tone-deaf, so a visit to YouTube refines my memory thanks to clips of various choirs singing “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” from Messiah.)

Isaiah penned his prophecy some 700 years before the birth of Christ, which he was describing. George Frideric Handel premiered his Messiah oratorio on April 13, 1742. T. Ray Rachels again captures the joy of Isaiah 9:6,7 in this week’s cover feature. As in all of God’s Word, timeless truths communicate through the millennia to find contemporary expression and cogent application.

A wealth of uplifting promise resides in Isaiah’s few dozen words. This Christmas season, we can again thrill to the message of our God coming as a child to live among us. How amazing to think of creation’s “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” parking His eternal existence in the manger where He began His earthly life’s mission to offer salvation to a lost world.

Isaiah’s message continues to ring out in the redeemed lives of Christ’s followers today. You can catch other parts of salvation’s grand story in Christina Powell’s Church Planting Journal entry this week, as well as in two articles on prayer by Curtis Dean and Larry Hatfield. Powell writes of her home church, Calvary Christian Church (AG) in Lynnfield, Mass., where the pastoral staff and congregation are communicating the love of the Savior through practical ministry, church planting and compassion. Dean and Hatfield remind us of God’s presence and power accessed through simple expressions of faith.

Perhaps this Christmas season finds you in difficult circumstances, or asking tough questions about life and God. Look again at the promise in Isaiah 9:6. God is not distant. He sent His Son as a baby to give the most tangible expression to the very personal love He has for you.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor


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