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Apocalypse Now

Written by Kurtis Parks | December 14, 2010 | Isaiah 65 - 66

These last two chapters of Isaiah are pretty downright scary… but they’re also hopeful. The prophet paints a picture of the coming judgement, both for those who listen to the ways of the Lord, and those who reject His ways. Isaiah speaks of the New Jerusalem, when heaven and earth collide in glory, which is the hopeful portion of this passage. Then there’s the judgement portion. It doesn’t take a …

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Isaiah 51-53

Written by Reagan Chaney | December 12, 2010 |

Lately I have had this overwhelming need to define my life by success, but I have also had this overwhelming feeling to live and work to serve others and do what is best for the greater good. So needless to say there is on going internal battle. Here’s my question, why can’t I do both?

Isaiah chapters 51-53 has some important information and awesome things happen, but as I …

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Fumbling around in the Dark (Isaiah 48-50)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | December 11, 2010 | Isaiah 48 - 50

When I was thirteen I entered my home after babysitting. It was late and the lights were off. I opened the door, took one step into the house and before I could get to the light switch I got to my brother’s extensive-yet-quite-annoying matchbox car city all in the walkway of our house. I lost my balance and tumbled to the ground. I remember coming close to cursing my brother …

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Treasures In Darkness- Isaiah 44-47

Written by Andy Pisciotti | December 10, 2010 | Isaiah 44 - 47

Today it seems as if the burdens of the NCC staff are palpable.  We’ve exchanged our usual Friday hilarity for what a co-worker described as “a somber day”.  From my desk in the front office, I’ve witnessed sorrowful tears, hopeful prayers, and embraces of encouragement.
 
Have you ever had a day where you can say the same? 
I want you to read the words …

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Hezekiah’s Prayer (Isaiah 36-38)

Written by Heather Zempel | December 8, 2010 | Isaiah 36 - 39

This passage of Scripture describes the invasion of Jerusalem by Sennacherib and the Assyrian Army. It was such a critical moment in the history of Judah that it is recorded here, in 2 Kings 18, and 2 Chronicles 32. It is also believed that Psalm 46 may have been written by King Hezekiah about this incident. Shortly after that, Hezekiah was told to get his estate in order because death …

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Lean In

Written by Maegan Stout | December 7, 2010 | Isaiah 32 - 35

Today’s reading is smack in the middle of where Isaiah gets confusing to read. The life application gets hazy, my motivation to read drops (well, except for when they talk about complacent women), and skimming seems to just “happen”.


So… instead of check out I decided to nerd out. Some of these less understandable parts of scripture are actually fascinating. The gospel is splashed all over them.  …

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The Gospel of Pain

Written by Will Johnston | December 6, 2010 | Isaiah 28 - 31

This morning as I was reading Isaiah 28, I got real excited about one of the prophecies.  Isaiah says his people “have made a covenant with death” but that God placed a cornerstone that would annul the covenant.

A lot of prophecy can be difficult to interpret, but this one is clearly about Jesus.  Time and again, New Testament writers call Jesus the cornerstone.  And Isaiah …

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Praise for Judgment and Salvation…

Written by Heather Corsi | December 5, 2010 |

To be honest, when I found out the chapters I was assigned to blog on started with, “Look!  The Lord is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland,” I was all but excited.  I thought that surely the rest of the chapter would be more positive, you know, something more cheerful that I could share my thoughts about, but alas…it did not.  Instead the rest of …

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Give away pride

Written by Joel Schmidgall | December 4, 2010 | Isaiah 21 - 23

The prophecy about the destruction of Tyre (Isaiah 23) was given 120 years before it happened. At the time, Tyre was in great prosperity, while the Babylonians were ruled by the Assyrians. So this prophecy seemed unlikely, dare I say, impossible.  But how quickly we realize earthly treasures can disappear. And Tyre would become an example to all nations of the destruction that pride can bring.

I’ve found parenting is …

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Waking Up…

Written by Andy Pisciotti | December 3, 2010 | Isaiah 17 - 20

Last night I asked God to wake me up, “if it was His will” for me to read part of a book that I knew I was supposed to read for my own spiritual benefit…Yah, I know. Lame and weak prayer!  Well, He answered it at 5 am! My old Razor phone had apparently been “turned on” by my 4 year old daughter as she recently rummaged through my night …

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