Support and Resources For Pastors and
Christian Ministry Professionals
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A., Editor
After Pentecost (Alternate)
I. In creating new life
A. Physical--v10, Gen 1:11-12, 20-22; 24-25
B. Spiritual--Mark 4:8 & 20; Luke 8:15; Gal 5:22; Col 1:10; Acts 13:46-49; 1 Peter 1:23
II. In confronting sin--as in David’s case. 2 Sam 12
III. In saving the sinner--also as with David, 1 Kings 3:11-14; 1 Peter 1:18ff
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THE MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN
(Isa 55:10) As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth...
Objects: items from a grocery bag, especially one with corn or corn syrup in it; also a Bible
It’s been a little dry around here, but the corn is still "knee high by the 4th of July." I’ve seen a lot of July 4ths, and I don’t remember many where the corn wasn’t that high by the 4th of July.
In today’s Bible reading, God says that it is He who makes rain and snow fall so that our crops get enough moisture to grow. So (show foods) these come from God, right?
That isn’t all that He said, though; He said that His Word does what He sent it to do. So when you hear or read God’s Word, it will tell you when you have sinned. It will point you to the cross of Jesus, where all of your sins were paid for. God’s Word will comfort you when you are sick; it will dry your tears when you have lost a Christian loved one; it will point you in the way you should go when you’re not sure about that.
So when you eat some of these, don’t fail to notice how they are connected with this (Bible) and how God’s promises help you your whole life and to take you to eternal life.
But the winds of change blew from the east. Cyrus led a vast Persian army on a westward conquest. Babylon was next. There was hope in the air. For the Jews, the idea of return could be thinkable!
Second Isaiah tried to capitalize on this hope. Yes, the people would return because it was God's command. As certain as the rain cycle, God's word had an effect. He was a God that worked in the lives of people!
When we are down, even at the point of despair, we should remember who our God is. He will give us hope even in the most dire times. Why? Because he is a God who works in our lives! (Larry Broding)
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