As I reviewed this post from two years ago, and the prayer with which I concluded it, I realized how relevant the words remain today. Please read, reflect, and share if you will. On this Father’s Day, I realize how blessed I have been to have a loving father, and to have children to love. I have great hopes for their future, but concern for the roads they may have to travel. I pray that we, and they, may have the courage to love God and love our neighbor. Pray hard, my friends, and fix your eyes on Jesus, who has blazed the trail that we should follow.
I preached about “A Father’s Hope” this past Sunday. Drawing from Isaiah chapters 7-9, I discussed how Isaiah’s sons participated in his ministry and became part of his message. As Isaiah proclaimed his message, he noted that he and his sons were signs from the Lord to a nation where “the heart of the people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind” (Isaiah 7:2). Fear permeated his society and his peers were prone to believe conspiracy theories. As they sought to untangle these theories and find the truth, they reached out to mediums, fortune tellers, and foreign religious ideologies for answers to their questions. Isaiah asks in horror, “Should not a nation enquire of their God?” He warned earlier,
“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread, but the Lord of hosts, him…
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