January 29th in the Year of Our Lord 2021

To whom it may concern,

This morning I read Isaiah 18-22. This year I have decided to read a different genre everyday of the week. On Friday I am reading from the prophets; therefore, the reading on Friday is the longest of the week. When I was working on my masters degree, I took a class called, “Evangelism and Discipleship.” In one assignment, we were to read an assortment of gospel tracts from varying ministries and evaluate them. The best tract by far came from the Billy Graham school of missions, evangelism and ministry, at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

This tract used the word GRACE as an acronym:
  • G stands for God
  • R stands for rebellion
  • A stands for atonement
  • C stands for conversion
  • E stands for eternal life
It is a really thorough tract covering the entire biblical text. However, they are a little expensive to give away. They can be obtained through the SBTS book store. I have some of these tracts, but I would only give one to someone whom I have had a discussion thorough discussion.

Reading Isaiah reminds me of this tract because Isaiah follows a cyclic pattern of creation, fall, judgment, redemption and restoration. What I find interesting in Isaiah, is not that God redeems and restores Israel, but that in the restoration, Israel’s enemies are included with the people of God. 

In Christ alone,
Michael Peek
The Nurse Theologian