It’s Time!

Sermon text: Isaiah 2:1-5

Summary: With prophetic foresight Isaiah describes the peace the Lord will send through the Messiah. This peace will extend to all nations through the gospel and will find its ultimate consummation at the return of Christ.

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Devotional Thought

You Are Special – Consider the Birds

His grandpa’s antics often puzzled Curt, especially the spring he planted sunflower seeds in his neighbor’s flower garden.

Months later, the elderly gentleman’s sunflowers dwarfed all the dainty little flowers the neighbor had so carefully arranged eight feet below.

The neighbor lady never found out who planted the sunflowers. Curt’s grandma was too embarrassed to tell her; his grandpa was too thrilled with the harvest.

Every day Curt’s grandpa would take his harvest of sunflower seeds and put some on the lawn outside his apartment window. For hours the two grandparents would sit and watch as the squirrels and sparrows enjoyed their feast.

Today, there’s a birdfeeder hanging by Curt’s kitchen window. He fills it with seed from the store. Every day the birds stop by for food. Meanwhile, he and his wife enjoy their lunch and watch the birds as they discuss what’s happening in their lives.

The birds are Curt’s little reminder.

Jesus once said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” (Matthew 6:25,26).

Jesus wants us to consider the birds as God’s daily reminder of how special his people are. They are special because the Creator loves them and cares for them.

Those birds and their carefree songs put the stresses and worries of life into perspective. The same heavenly Father who sees to it that birds have food provides for his children.

In fact, the apostle Paul reasons, “If God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32)?

Through Christ Jesus, God forgives all sins and provides a home in heaven for all who trust in his Son.

Make worship your Sunday morning habit to find out more about nature, and especially about God’s love. 



Be Thankful for the Thorns!

Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Summary: Paul was blessed with revelations and insights beyond those of his peers. To keep him humble, the Lord allowed him to suffer from some ailment, which Paul called his “thorn in the flesh.” The Lord was saying to him, “Trust my grace; operate in my strength.” That same direction comes to us at times through difficulties the Lord allows to touch our lives.

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