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Big God

It seems that we think very little of God when we see failure and sinfulness all around us. Does He really exist? How can we explain Who He is? Isaiah concludes the first section of his book which proclaimed the judgment of God on nations and opens His second section, chapter 40, with this statement, "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:1) God has completed His judgment and is moving forward with reward. To insure that comfort, Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, shares with us clear pictures of how great is the God of Israel. He says God is so great that: He can measure the seas and oceans in His hand.He can mark off the heavens with the palm of His hand.He holds the dust of the earth in a basket.He weighs the mountains and hills on scales.The nations are like one single drop of water in a bucket.The nations are dust on the scales, measuring only infinitesimally.The great continents of the earth are just fine dust, hardly …

The Mountain

Growing up with the Colorado Rocky Mountains rising just to the west of our home, I learned much about them. Several of these mountains rise to over 14,000 feet. I have hiked them and slept out under their crystal clear skies several times. Pikes Peak stands close to the city of Colorado Springs and is one of these famous mountains. At that time in my life, it had a road race up to the top every year and lots of tourist traffic. It was a mountain of some importance. Israel's Mt. Zion is nowhere near as tall but has very powerful significance to the world. Upon this mountain Abraham began to sacrifice his son, Isaac, before God stopped his hand. David purchased its top area to worship God and later it became the site of the Jewish Temple. Isaiah, the prophet, lived during the reigns of four kings of Judah, approximately 739-681 B.C., and during the time when the Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity. In his book he speaks out against Judah and Jerusalem, as well as aga…

Discipline and Love

Parenting is a difficult task. We love our children unconditionally and yet there come times when we have to discipline them. Some philosophies of child rearing discourage discipline, most all exalt love, so the question is raised as to whether a child's rearing is most effectively accomplished if it is not based on both love and discipline. Back in the late 1960's a study was done of parent-teen relationships. They sought to discover why some children did not follow the religious convictions of their parents. In the process of this study, they discovered that there were four basic types of parents and these types influenced the development of their children. They created a resulting chart which identified the four types. Love was the vertical axis. From O at the bottom to 100 at the top. Discipline was the horizontal axis. From 0 at the bottom to 100 at the top. They intersected at the 50s from both horizontal and vertical and produced four quadrants. In the top right quadrant…