Once again, God is God

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Isaiah 48

1  “Hear this, O house of Jacob,

Who are called by the name of Israel,

And have come forth from the wellsprings of Judah;

Who swear by the name of the LORD,

And make mention of the God of Israel,

But not in truth or in righteousness;

2      For they call themselves after the holy city,

And lean on the God of Israel;

The LORD of hosts is His name:

3      “I have declared the former things from the beginning;

They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it.

Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

4      Because I knew that you were obstinate,

And your neck was an iron sinew,

And your brow bronze,

5      Even from the beginning I have declared it to you;

Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you,

Lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them,

And my carved image and my molded image

Have commanded them.’

6      “You have heard;

See all this.

And will you not declare it?

I have made you hear new things from this time,

Even hidden things, and you did not know them.

7      They are created now and not from the beginning;

And before this day you have not heard them,

Lest you should say, ‘Of course I knew them.’

8      Surely you did not hear,

Surely you did not know;

Surely from long ago your ear was not opened.

For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,

And were called a transgressor from the womb.

9      “For My name’s sake I will defer My anger,

And for My praise I will restrain it from you,

So that I do not cut you off.

10      Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;

I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

11      For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;

For how should My name be profaned?

And I will not give My glory to another.

I met with a very intelligent and well-thought friend who denies that there is one God and who follows the writings of those who have near death experiences and come back.  I brought this friend to the writings of Isaiah who clearly states that there is only One God and that He alone is before and behind all things.  Isaiah’s writings are relevant for today.  We need to know what God said through Isaiah as He defended over and over that He alone is God and then tells us why He alone is God.

Nancy’s surgery yesterday was not successful.  The doctors were not able to get a stint put in. They have another procedure that they attempt after this procedure fails.  What she needs is a new liver.  Pray as the doctors meet today to discuss Nancy’s position on the list for a donor liver. 

Tomorrow morning there is a goal to finish all VBS decorations, yes, a week early.  If you can help please come to the church at 9:00 or thereafter.  I am serving breakfast at 8:00.  There is also a church work day that Bob is heading up.  There are specific things to do as well as the church needing to be cleaned.  Since there is much to do please come and give a couple hours of time. Thanks.

I will be bringing a message Sunday from 2 Corinthians 7 on the Actions of Repentance.  We know how to say that we are sorry, but do we follow the biblical guidelines for repentance? 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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