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11 Discovery Lessons Based on the Book of Isaiah

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How often do you use the words “always” and “never”?  They are words that make a big impact when you hear them and often we use them for emphasis and clarity, but rarely can we be sure that they represent the truth.  We promise ourselves that we will “never do that again” and we are very sincere.  Parents explain to their children that they should “always be on their best behavior” even though they know that that is an impossibility.  Some politicians tell the voters that they will “always have the voters’ best interest in mind” while their hand is reaching into someone else’s pocket.  The illustrations are endless and so are the broken promises.

It is for God alone to use those two words with integrity and complete sincerity, isn’t it?  The Bible is filled with His promises from cover to cover and every one of them is as true today as it was when the Scriptures were written.  Sometimes it is hard for us to grasp that idea, to believe that what God says He means, and that we can count on Him to fulfill every one of the commitments that He has made to us – always.

The Book of Isaiah is known as a prophetic book but interspersed between all of the prophecies of judgment and doom, there are wonderful promises which were given not only to encourage the nation of Israel, but to strengthen faithful believers throughout the centuries.  It is quite amazing to think that Isaiah could warn the people of the fall of the nation of Judah decades before it really happened, but even more startling is that he told them of God’s promise to send them a Savior, Jesus, 700 years before He came.  Still today we wait for the promise of His second coming, when He will come to reign over a new heaven and a new earth and all nations will stand before His throne with songs of praise and adoration. This is your invitation to join us in a study of “God’s PromisesThen and Now”, a twelve-week opportunity to look at some of the chapters in the book of Isaiah in order to discover wonderful promises that are as true today as they were so long ago.  You will be both challenged and encouraged in your walk with Jesus as you reflect on His promises. 


Our new fall study will be “God’s Promises – Then and Now”. You’re invited to join us as we discover the promises that God gave to the Israelites and to us through His prophet, Isaiah. They are amazing! Study guides will be available mid- August at Study will begin September 20.Continue Reading


Have you ever had a time in your life when you seriously questioned the goodness and mercy of the Lord?  Perhaps it was an illness, some disappointment, financial loss, confusion, relational issues, or a sense of depression or discouragement that caused your hope in God to decrease.  It is in these times of crisis and…Continue Reading

SECURE IN HOPE – Intro to Lesson 4 – July 12 – 19

What makes you feel safe and secure?  We have bank accounts, IRA’s, insurance policies, and retirement plans in the hopes that there will be enough money for our retirement years.   We have medical tests, pills, and regular checkups with doctors and dentists so that we can avoid at least some health problems and take care…Continue Reading

BLESSED BY HOPE – Intro to Lesson 3 – July 5 – 12

Remember what Eeyore said to Winnie-the-Pooh when it was snowing outside?  First, he observed in his gloomy voice, “And it’s freezing.”  And then he just couldn’t help himself and added, “However, we haven’t had an earthquake lately”.  Why is it that some people choose to see problems where others see possibilities, criticize where others express…Continue Reading


Would you agree that the word “hope” has an enormous range of meanings?  It can suggest anything from wishful thinking to an expectation that has a great degree of certainty.  For example, one might say, “I hope that my friend in India will be able to come and visit me some day”.  There is no…Continue Reading