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Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8

Today I see a great contrast between the splinder of God and the depravity of man. It speaks of a vision of God filling the entire temple in the Holy City. Imagine the greatness, al of the golden tools, the amazing decorations that line every inch of space. The most beautiful things we have seen pale to the glory of God that Isaiah envisioned.

He saw all this glory, the angels serving, the altar burning the sacrifices for worship, and suddenly he began to realize that he was not fit to be in the same area. Many of us realize that we too are not fit in ourselves to be in the same room as God. We have done many things in the past, probably today your thoughts might not have been in the right place either. When we view our life in relation to the life of the saints recognized by history, the Apostles, or Jesus we realize we are really gross dirty people. This is what Isaiah sees in an instant. All the so called good deeds he di in the past were nothing now because he saw that his culture was corupt and he has done nothing to make it better.

I look at our own culture. I see self rightious people on the side of the republicans that seem to throug out the ideas of charity and grace. They seek to save the lives of the unborn yet seem to think there is not chance of redemption for a person that has commited a crime. Then there is the other side who wish to give money freely to people in various forms of socal welfare. Corporations focus on their stockholders instead of their employees, and special intrest groups politic for increased benifits for their clients. In short we are a society focused on greed, culturally and personally. We are a corupt people.

I try not to focus on politics too much but today I just seemed to fall in that direction. Isaiah said he was a dead man in God’s presence because of his culture we are not much better. God asks who will I send? In our own power nothing. We are corupt coming from corupt people, we work fo corupt,companies, and have corupt governments we cannot change without help. The intresting thing is that in one moment God redeemed Isaiah by taking a coal from the altar of sacrifice and touching it to his lips. In an instant we to can be purified by the grace of God provided through Jesus.

Toda as you pray remember the abundant grace and love God has for you, and listen to His voice and be obedient to His calls.

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About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.

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