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Rhododendron Bushes and Isaiah Chapter 61 with Chaplain Greg

Rhododendron Bushes and Isaiah Chapter 61-Today’s My Rhymes and Reasons

Today Chaplain Greg speaks about Isaiah Chapter 61. Which speaks about how God will bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes. 350 residents and friends live at Covenant Living at the Shores, where Chaplain Greg has lived for ten years. It is located in the Pacific Northwest.

The Scripture Included in Today’s Video Message:

sThe Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has tanointed me to bring good news to the poor;1 he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives, and uthe opening of the prison to those who are bound;2 vto proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

wand the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;  to grant to those who mourn in Zion—xto give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

ythe oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; zthat they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the LORD, athat he may be glorified.3  bThey shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.  cStrangers shall stand and tend your flocks;

foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;  dbut you shall be called the priests of the LORD; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;

eyou shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory you shall boast. fInstead of your shame there shall be a double portion;

instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.

 gFor I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and wrong;4 hI will faithfully give them their recompense,iand I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

 Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them,

that they are an offspring, the LORD has blessed. 10  jI will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God,

kfor he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself llike a priest with a beautiful headdress, mand as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11  For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

so the Lord GOD will cause nrighteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. –Isaiah Chapter 61

-quoted from ESV.org

Greg Asimakoupoulos is an ordained minister, freelance writer, and poet. He is the author of fourteen books and more than three hundred articles. In addition to writing a monthly “faith and values” column for three newspapers, he has written a weekly poetry blog (Rhymes and Reasons) since 2003.

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