The Names of God

  It is worthwhile to spend some time reflecting upon the various names of God, particularly those names given in the Old Testament.  In thinking on these names, it is important to reject at the outset of this discussion the theological error of attributing the many names of God to a variety of cultic traditions which […]

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Liberation!: Isaiah 61:1f

“and to the ones imprisoned—liberation!” (Isaiah 61:1f)               This final clause in Isaiah 61:1 naturally follows the previous statement.  With the coming of the Messiah, the chains of bondage to sin are released, they are broken, and the prison cells of death have been opened wide.  Indeed, our Lord proclaimed just that message: “Truly, […]

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Father Fred

                                                  FATHER FRED                           Father Fred went on a religious crusade                         To sunny California; to save the freaks he prayed.                         He took the bus, then train, then air,                         And then he hitch-hiked half the way there.                         He looked for a hotel to stay the night,                         But “no-vacancy” signs […]

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Release to the Captives: Isaiah 61:1e

“To preach release to the captives…” Isaiah 61:1e               In the context of Isaiah’s ministry, this statement would have had a very specific promise, recognizing that at this point in history, the northern Kingdom of Israel has fallen and the people had been taken and scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire.  In addition, the southern […]

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Good Tidings: Isaiah 61:1c

“to herald good tidings to the meek” Isaiah 61:1c               These words should immediately bring to mind the language of the angels in proclaiming the good news before the shepherds (Luke 2:10).  Indeed it was the role of the angels to proclaim the birth of the one who would bring such good news and […]

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