Seek the Lord

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 55:1-3 Isaiah 55:5-9 Plenty of people are hungry and thirsty today for something that seems to be missing in their lives, but they don’t know exactly what it is they are looking for. Isaiah can help answer that need. Invitations can be fun to receive, but a lot of it depends upon two factors. First, who they’re from, and second, what they’re for. Our excitement level will vary greatly from one invitation to another. A couple of …

Pitch a Bigger Tent

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 54:1-7 One of the great missionary texts in the Bible comes not from the gospels or epistles, but from the 54th chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah. One of the most important and influential Christian leaders of all time is a man you may never have heard of. His name was William Carey. William Carey was born in England in 1761. He grew up in a poor family, was apprenticed to a shoemaker as a boy, then …

The Gospel According to Isaiah

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 53:1-6 Isaiah 53:10-11 Of all the pictures the Bible gives us of Jesus Christ, none is more powerful or moving than that of Isaiah 53, where we can read the gospel according to Isaiah. So we sing, in the lovely words of the old German hymn, “Beautiful Savior.” It is a much-loved theme of Christian song: the beauty and the attractiveness of our “Fairest Lord Jesus.” We don’t mean this in a physical sense, of course. Interestingly, …

The Suffering Servant

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 50:1-11 The great figure described in Isaiah wasn’t just the Servant of the Lord; he was a suffering Servant, a Savior who delivers by means of his suffering. In 1885 former president Ulysses S. Grant was engaged in a race with death. He was dying of cancer and he was trying to finish writing his personal Memoirs. Grant was struggling to complete this task, not only so that his story could be told, but also because he …

A Light to the Nations

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 49:1-6 Missions isn’t just one of many jobs the church does. It’s the reason the church is still in the world. I love church mission conferences and mission emphasis Sundays, and I speak at quite a few of them. But they do have a drawback, in my opinion. They can make it seem like missions is just one more interest among many for the church. By designating a once-a-year special time to talk about the church’s missionary …

The Lord's Anointed

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 44:24-26 Isaiah 45:1, 4-7 God’s Word changes things. The Israelites did not survive their exile through their own strength or cleverness. They survived because God delivered them. Few experiences can be more painful for human beings than the experience of exile. To leave your native land and go off to a strange place is to lose all that is familiar and beloved: home and belongings, family and friends, language and culture, all the sights and sounds and …