Isaiah 11 New International Version (NIV) The Branch From Jesse 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 11 New International Version (NIV) The Branch From Jesse 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
What a great day of worship and celebration we had at City Life this past Sunday! It was our 13th birthday, and we had a wonderful time together. There was a slide show going back to City Life's early days. There was a POWERFUL dance by the dance team to Toby Mac's song, "I Need You." (I've never been much of a church dance kind of person, but I think our dance team is in my top 10 favorite things about City Life!) We were all moved by an interview with our friend Don Figueroa. Now in his 70s, Don has spent most of his adult life in prison for three bank robberies. (He first came to City Life and helped us start it 13 years ago, between his 2nd and 3rd prison sentence.) On Sunday he gave testimony to the transformation that Jesus has done in his life. He ended his testimony by saying why he was willing to talk in front of the whole church. He said, "If I could have courage to rob three banks, surely I can have courage to stand here and tell you what God has done in my life!" SO GREAT! The worship team led us in a wonderful time of directing our focus on God. Singing "You Deserve It" was probably one of my favorite moments. And then what a privilege it was to have Rev. Wayne and Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon with us. Dr. Lyon preached the message, "All Over the World This Gospel Is Growing and Bearing Fruit." Dr. Lyon has a gift of encouragement that helps open up imaginations and helps people dream big dreams for God. They also presented us with a beautiful wooden bowl and cup set. And then we just had a lot of fun with our silly Chili Cook-off, and we had a couple of new winners this year. It was good to sit together, talk together, see many returning guests from our fall outreach a couple weeks ago, and simply have conversations with people. This church family is a good one, and I'm thankful to be part of it. If you are in the GR area and are looking for a spiritual home, ask me about City Life & come check us out. There are beautiful things breaking out all over the place.
What a great day of worship and celebration we had at City Life this past Sunday! It was our 13th birthday, and we had a wonderful time together. There was a slide show going back to City Life's early days. There was a POWERFUL dance by the dance team to Toby Mac's song, "I Need You." (I've never been much of a church dance kind of person, but I think our dance team is in my top 10 favorite things about City Life!) We were all moved by an interview with our friend Don Figueroa. Now in his 70s, Don has spent most of his adult life in prison for three bank robberies. (He first came to City Life and helped us start it 13 years ago, between his 2nd and 3rd prison sentence.) On Sunday he gave testimony to the transformation that Jesus has done in his life. He ended his testimony by saying why he was willing to talk in front of the whole church. He said, "If I could have courage to rob three banks, surely I can have courage to stand here and tell you what God has done in my life!" SO GREAT! The worship team led us in a wonderful time of directing our focus on God. Singing "You Deserve It" was probably one of my favorite moments. And then what a privilege it was to have Rev. Wayne and Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon with us. Dr. Lyon preached the message, "All Over the World This Gospel Is Growing and Bearing Fruit." Dr. Lyon has a gift of encouragement that helps open up imaginations and helps people dream big dreams for God. They also presented us with a beautiful wooden bowl and cup set. And then we just had a lot of fun with our silly Chili Cook-off, and we had a couple of new winners this year. It was good to sit together, talk together, see many returning guests from our fall outreach a couple weeks ago, and simply have conversations with people. This church family is a good one, and I'm thankful to be part of it. If you are in the GR area and are looking for a spiritual home, ask me about City Life & come check us out. There are beautiful things breaking out all over the place.