Savor the Good

Andy Bast

Read: Isaiah 25:1-9 Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. (v. 9) I love a feast. We mark the holidays by gathering with friends and family to share a special meal together. The sounds of talking and laughing, of beverage bottles being opened, of the clinking of forks and knives tucking in to delicious …

An Unexpected and Delightful Gift

Andy Bast

Read: Luke 1:26-30 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (v. 28) When was the last time you were totally surprised in a wonderful way? I often travel on behalf of Western Theological Seminary, and this past winter I had the opportunity to go to Uganda to experience the enthronement of the new archbishop, Stephen Kaziimba. My wife, Katie, happened to also have a business trip then and so my parents …

Don’t Hold Back!

Andy Bast

Read: Isaiah 7:10-14 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” (v. 12) In the spring of 2009, I lost my job as a high school music teacher. My district was closing several schools, and I happened to be one of the newest people hired. I was “last in, first out.” My wife was pregnant with our second child, and we were pretty worried. I remember praying for a new job …

A Different Perspective

Andy Bast

Read: Isaiah 2:1-4 The mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains. (v. 2) The summer before our first child was born, my wife and I decided to take a vacation (some call it a “babymoon”) to the Pacific Northwest. We spent a day hiking in Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier rises 14,000 feet above sea level. We had been to Colorado and Montana earlier and had hiked some large mountains, …