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The Child of Prophecy Part 7

Eternal Father:

We tend to cringe at the word “government,” picturing an administrative labyrinth. But our Messiah’s kingdom is not like that. He requires no bureaucracy; He shoulders His government by Himself. He can do it because He is the eternal Father, or as the phrase in Isaiah 9:6 is literally translated, “the Father of Eternity.” Christ is Creator of heaven and earth. According to God the Father’s own testimony, the Son—Jesus—was the Person of the Godhead who created time out of eternity and fashioned the universe from nothing (Hebrews 1:10-12). Nothing is too difficult for the Creator and Sustainer of everything. Infinity and all its intricacies are nothing to Him who is the Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the Beginning and the End—the Father of Eternity. He declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He is in complete and sovereign control, He sees the end of everything, and He guarantees that all things will work together for the ultimate good of all His kingdom’s subjects (Romans 8:28).

The Child of Prophecy Part 6

Mighty God:

The King is the Mighty God and His kingdom is free from all chaos. “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33), which means chaos is antithetical to who He is. Christ the King loves to step into a life of chaos and not only provide wonderful counsel, but also display His divine power by bringing order. He not only tells His subjects what to do as a wonderful Counselor, but He can energize them to do it—because He is the Mighty God. In Jesus we have a sovereign Master who can forgive sin, defeat Satan, liberate us from the power of evil, redeem us, answer our prayers, restore our broken souls, and reign over rebuilt lives, bringing order to chaos.

The Child of Prophecy Part 5

Wonderful Counselor:

Messiah’s kingdom has the answer to the world’s confusion. During His incarnation, Christ demonstrated His wisdom as a counselor. When people came to Him, He always knew what to say, when to reach out to a seeking heart, and when to rebuke an impetuous soul. The testimony of those who heard Him was, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks” (John 7:46). Christ is the source of all truth (John 14:6), and it is to Him that we must turn to make sense of life’s confusion. Jesus is the Counselor who knows everything. He knows all about you; He knows the needs of your heart; He knows how to answer those needs. And He always gives wise counsel to those who will hear and obey Him.

The Child of Prophecy Part 4

King of Kings

“The government will rest on His shoulders” looks beyond that first Christmas to a time still in the prophetic future when Christ shall reign over a literal, earthly, geopolitical kingdom that encompasses all the kingdoms and governments of the world (Zechariah 14:9; Daniel 2:44). In that day, the government of the whole world will rest on His shoulders, and He will reign as sovereign over a worldwide kingdom of righteousness and peace. In the meantime, His government operates in secret. His kingdom and sovereign rule are manifest within those who trust Him as their Lord (Luke 17:20-21).

The Child of Prophecy Part 3

Son of God

“A son will be given to us” speaks of the Savior’s preexistent deity. By saying “given,” not “born,” Isaiah suggests that Jesus existed before His birth. He was already God, the second Person of the Trinity, before He was given to us to be our Savior (Philippians 2:6-7). He came as the Son of God—God in a human body—to conquer sin and death forever. He is the perfect Son of God, the promise of the ages, the Holy One of Israel, the desire of nations, the light in darkness, the only hope for our lost world.

The Child of Prophecy Part 2

Son of Man:

“A child will be born to us” is a statement about His humanity. He began life like any other human—as an infant. Isaiah doesn’t say more about this here, but we know from the New Testament that Christ experienced every temptation common to humanity, but He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). As a man, He felt everything we feel, hurt like we hurt, wept like we weep, and in His death He even felt the weight of sin as He took ours upon Himself.

The Child of Prophecy Part 1

The next week of blog entries will consist of sections from an article that John MacArthur posted for Christmas concerning the names referring to Christ in Isaiah 9:6. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

“The Christmas story in the Bible begins several hundred years before that night in Bethlehem. One Old Testament prophecy after another promised a coming Savior—the Messiah, the Anointed One—who would redeem the people of God. The centerpiece of all the Christmas prophecies, Isaiah 9:6, was written nearly six hundred years before Jesus’ birth. Isaiah promised it would be a miraculous event, unlike any the world had ever known, and the details Isaiah gave were fulfilled precisely by Jesus.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 is the most familiar of all the Old Testament prophecies about the birth of Christ. Handel included it as one of the great choruses of his Messiah oratorio. Chances are you either sing it or hear it several times every Christmas season.

Consider the rich truths in this one short verse and the attributes given to this extraordinary child. To the Jewish nation, Isaiah’s prophecy was news of a coming King. To the unsuspecting world, the prophecy promised a Savior, God incarnate, whose coming would dramatically and forever alter human history…”

Come back for Part 2 tomorrow!

God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines

Her face showed grief, but not despair
Her head though bowed had faith to spare.
And even now she could suppose
His thorns would somehow yield a rose.
Her life with Him was full of signs
That God writes straight with crooked lines.
Dark clouds can hide the rising sun
And all seem lost when all be won.

—Jeremiah Denton

Well, hello there!

Welcome to my site and thanks for visiting! As you can tell, music has played a profound and integral part of my life. I am extremely blessed to have parents who had enough foresight to support me in my musical endeavors from a young age. Although I never quite enjoyed performing and even wanted to quit multiple times, they saw past the discouragement of a young girl and continued to encourage me to use music as a means of broadening life’s horizons.

Music first ministered to me when I was entering my teen years. Although I was not very experienced in composition, I enjoyed writing down ideas and lyrics that came to my mind based on the circumstances I faced in life. Soon, composing became a natural outpouring of my soul, inspired by the Word of God. Whenever I felt like I had to work through something, I did it seated at my piano. Since writing my first composition, God has graciously given me multiple melodies and accompanying lyrics which have both comforted and revived my soul – and I pray that they may do the same for you.

I do not consider myself a performer; in fact, I’m most comfortable seated behind the piano, sharing these songs in an intimate setting. I see myself as a musician whose heart is to reach people just like me, desiring to share the hope-filled message of the Gospel. The Psalms and other Biblical passages have inspired many of the songs I’ve written. My heart is that these songs would touch the lives of anyone who hears them and encourages them to seek the heart of God in His word.

It was an incredible experience to travel down to Nashville and work with the talented musicians who brought my songs to life. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and thank the Lord for His faithfulness and blessing during the entire process. Thanks again for stopping by. Be blessed!

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“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” -Johann Sebastian Bach