A Light Is Dawning

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A Light Is Dawning

December 1 - 24, 2014 | Advent

The prophet Isaiah speaks a great deal about the promise of God's light coming to the people of Israel. Looking back now more than 2,000 years later, Christians see the fulfillment of that promise in the birth of Jesus, the one Isaiah called "Immanuel," meaning "God-with-us." God's light is still dawning in this world, and one day we will all see the full glory of its brightness.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Video | Isaiah 1:10-11, 15-20 & 2:1-5

A Light Is Dawning (Part 1)

The story of the people of Israel is a story of waiting, and while our Redeemer has come, still the waiting continues as we wait for Isaiah's vision to be realized and for God's light to dawn on the world.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Video | Isaiah 7:10-14, & 9:2-7

A Light Is Dawning (Part 2)

While Israel was waiting on God, they were also expecting God to act by sending a redeemer, the "Messiah." We still expect God to act in our lives and in the world, but we have to be careful that our expectations do not become so firm that we miss what God is doing.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Video | Isaiah 11:1-10

A Light Is Dawning (Part 3)

Isaiah offers a vision of a "peaceable kingdom" in which the violence of the animal kingdom is brought to an end in powerful poetic representation of an end to human violence and conflict. In the midst of our waiting, we place hope in the kingdom of God, God's reign made real on earth as it is in heaven.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Video | Isaiah 56: 1-2, 6-8 & 60: 1-3

A Light Is Dawning (Part 4)

A light is dawning on a dark world, and when we glimpse that light, we face a choice: to go on living as if there is no light, or to begin living as if the light has come and there is no darkness.

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Video | John 1:1-5, 14

A Light Is Dawning (Part 5)

Christmas is the coming of God's light into the world, not to make all things "merry and bright," but to expose the world for what it is, and to expose us for who we are.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome.