Advent, Week 1, Tuesday – Making Things New

Tuesday, Week 1
Making Things New

Scripture Reading
Isaiah 64:1-9

1(Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
 that the mountains might quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
   and the fire causes water to boil—
 to make your name known to your adversaries,
   and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
   you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From of old no one has heard
   or perceived by the ear,
 no eye has seen a God besides you,
   who acts for those who wait for him.
5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
   those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
   in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?[b]
6 We have all become like one who is unclean,
   and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
 We all fade like a leaf,
   and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no one who calls upon your name,
   who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
   and have made us melt in[c] the hand of our iniquities.
 8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
9 Be not so terribly angry, O LORD,
    and remember not iniquity forever.
   Behold, please look, we are all your people.

Sometimes it’s overwhelming to see all of the darkness in our world. It seems like there is no way out but God has given us hope thru His son, Jesus.  Because of Jesus we can overcome the evils of this world.  No matter who we are, what we've done or where we came from He loves each of us. His mercy and forgiveness is never ending. Just as He loves us we must love others.  God has a special purpose for each of us in His Kingdom. We must remember that everything we have belongs to Him.  Our lives are to be used for His purpose and not our own. 

As followers of Christ we are to bring change in our world. We are called to be light and live out the Good News of God’s loving Kingdom. As we continue to build His kingdom here and now, we can look forward to the promise that there will be a day when we will see Jesus and the problems in our world will be no more.  We look forward to a new heaven and earth.

Scott & Jamie Boren

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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