The New Creation

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Isaiah 65:17-24 If life has you down right now, here’s a suggestion: read ahead in God’s book to the end of the story and see how it all turns out for those who love him. I have a confession to make. I love to read popular fiction — spy novels, techno-military thrillers, murder mysteries, that sort of thing. I realize that these books are to literature what junk food is to fine cuisine, but I really can’t help …

True Worship

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Isaiah 58:3-9 A lot of people are interested in “spirituality.” Many today are designing their own religion, made up of the things that interest them. Isaiah 58 is all about the kind of religion that interests God. One morning as I sat in his chair getting a haircut, my barber asked me, “So what’s with this Ramadan thing, anyway?” I explained to him a little bit about the five pillars of Islam, the major religious acts that every …

Where Does God Dwell?

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Isaiah 57:14-21 The Bible promises us that those who belong to God will some day live with him in heaven. Better yet, it promises that God will some day live with us on earth. In fact, if you’re willing, he will live with you right now. One spring day in 1909, my grandmother stood on a pier in the city of Rotterdam, waiting to board a steamship that would carry her to America, and away from her homeland …

The Power of the Word

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Isaiah 55:10-13 The Word of God has power, power to accomplish the purpose for which God sends it forth. It’s like the rain and snow that water the earth and make it productive. The Word creates life. The 20th century Swiss theologian Emil Brunner once suggested a wonderful illustration for the way Christians read and listen to the Bible. He described the original logo of the RCA Victor Corporation. Perhaps you’ve seen it. It’s a picture of an …

Seek the Lord

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Isaiah 55:1-3 Isaiah 55:5-9 Plenty of people are hungry and thirsty today for something that seems to be missing in their lives, but they don’t know exactly what it is they are looking for. Isaiah can help answer that need. Invitations can be fun to receive, but a lot of it depends upon two factors. First, who they’re from, and second, what they’re for. Our excitement level will vary greatly from one invitation to another. A couple of …

Pitch a Bigger Tent

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Isaiah 54:1-7 One of the great missionary texts in the Bible comes not from the gospels or epistles, but from the 54th chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah. One of the most important and influential Christian leaders of all time is a man you may never have heard of. His name was William Carey. William Carey was born in England in 1761. He grew up in a poor family, was apprenticed to a shoemaker as a boy, then …