The Joshua Victor Theory
All…!

All…!

April 13, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Good Friday, about Jesus giving "all" for us. 

He Prepares a Table

He Prepares a Table

April 13, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 49:71-3, for Maundy Thursday, about the Good Shepherd's promise that we will neither "hunger nor thirst." 

One little Word can fell him

One little Word can fell him

March 30, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 49:1-6, for Lent 6 Midweek, about the "sword" in the mouth of the Servant of the Lord. How does Jesus "wield" the Word of God? 

Get Out!

Get Out!

March 23, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 48:17-22 for Lent Midweek 5 about God's call to exiles: "Get Out!" How do we get trapped in sin and death, and how do we make our escape?

Breaking Down the Gates

Breaking Down the Gates

March 11, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 45:1-8, part 4 of the Lent series "Singing with the Exiles", about how we get trapped and imprisoned behind "gates" and how God sends His servants to break us free. How was Cyrus chosen? How was he a little picture of the greater Messiah?

Marked!

Marked!

March 8, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 44:1-5, for Lent 3 Midweek, part of the series "Singing with the Exiles" by Rev. Reed Lessing. A sermon about how God has marked us as His own. 

God has a word for that!

God has a word for that!

February 18, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 41:14-16, for Ash Wednesday 2021, Singing with the Exiles series, by Rev. Reed Lessing

Utterly Unlike us; Utterly Dependable

Utterly Unlike us; Utterly Dependable

February 9, 2021

Sermon on Isaiah 40:21-31, for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany 2020 (B), about the cry of the people to God, that their way is hidden from the Lord, and their right is disregarded by God. God answers by way of four everyday observations about life that connect to how God is different from us and utterly dependable. 

The Christmas Names of Jesus

The Christmas Names of Jesus

December 28, 2020

Sermon on Isaiah 9:6, about the Christmas Name's of Jesus, for Christmas Eve Candlelight service. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Alive in Christ!

Alive in Christ!

November 13, 2018

**This funeral message was given after one of our church family took her own life. This is shared in hope that it might help others struggling with suicide or the suicide of a family member. The names have been removed for family privacy, (so there are a few gaps in the audio). We, along with many others urge those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts to reach out to someone and ask for help--a pastor, teacher, mentor, friend, counselor. There IS HOPE, though depression can often cloud us from seeing it. Do not be ashamed to ask for help. The Lord be with you!**

Key passages used in our pastoral counseling were Isaiah 42:3 and Romans 6:11. 

Waiting for the Lord’s Arm

Waiting for the Lord’s Arm

November 13, 2018

Sermon on Isaiah 51:9-16, for the 24th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about waiting on God's action, crying out for His deliverance. How has God come through in the past? How does that inform our faith (trust) facing the future? What is the reward of those who wait on Him? When does it feel as though God is asleep? Is the Lord's arm ever shortened? 

God’s Mighty Reversals

God’s Mighty Reversals

August 20, 2018

Sermon on Isaiah 29:17-24, for the 12th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr lectionary), about Isaiah's prophecy of great reversals that would happen in God's kingdom, and how this prophecy finds fulfillment in Jesus' ministry. How do we recognize injustice? What does God do about it? 

The Powerful, Watering Word

The Powerful, Watering Word

February 5, 2018

Sermon on Isaiah 55:10-13 & Luke 8:4-15, for Sexagesima "Sixty" (1 Yr Lectionary), about the power and effectiveness of God's Word to accomplish His intended purpose. What truth from nature does Isaiah use to make his point? How does God's Word work, and why does it never return empty? What kind of growth does God desire and produce in us? 

Double Comfort!

Double Comfort!

December 18, 2017

Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-8, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about the Double Comfort spoken by Isaiah the prophet--who receives it, who refuses it, and what the messenger in the wilderness is doing. What are the obstacles to God's entry? Why is God entering, and what is the significance of the doubling of comfort, punishment, or other doublings in various passages? 

The Fire of Holiness

The Fire of Holiness

June 16, 2017

Sermon on Isaiah 6:1-7, for Trinity Sunday, 1 Year Lectionary, about Isaiah's terrifying encounter with the Holiness of the Living God, and how God mercifully intervened to atone for the sins of Isaiah. What existential crisis faced Isaiah, Israel, and faces us? How does God resolve this, in light of His holiness? What does the image of fire relate to us concerning God's holiness? 

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