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Advent – Christmas Hope     Isaiah 59:1-21

We are hardwired for hope. We don’t live by instinct. Every decision we make, every choice we make, every response you have to the situations and relationships of our lives is fuelled by and motivated by hope. Where do you run for hope? Where is your hope? 

The children of Israel had been in captivity in Babylon, they have come back to Jerusalem, and it’s widespread social breakdown. And into that darkness, there is a brilliant discussion of hope.

The Christmas story is itself a hope story. It’s about hope created, hope lost and hope restored. The doorway to hope is hopelessness.  Hope, to be reliable, to be trustworthy, to be hope, must fix what is broken. If hope can’t fix what’s broken, why would you hope in it? 

Hope is not a situation, hope is not a location, hope is not an experience. Hope is a person, and His name is Jesus. 

Isaiah 59. Verse 1, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;”  God, through the prophet, is answering a charge that God’s people are making against God. When you question God’s wisdom and goodness, His presence, you don’t then run toward Him. God says, “No, you’ve got it wrong. I’m not the problem. These difficulties are a sign that I am near.” They’re actually tools of uncomfortable grace. 

That misplaced charge is followed by a divine accusation verse 2. “. . .but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” The problem actually exists inside of you. 

The prophet uses three words: iniquity, transgression and sin. 

Iniquity means “moral uncleanness.” My motives, my purposes, my thoughts aren’t always pure. There is moral uncleanness inside of me. 

Transgression is high-handed rebellion. 
I step over the boundaries of God’s rules. I do it because I don’t care, I want something else. 

Sin is falling short of the mark again and again. It’s pulling back the arrow with the bow as far as I can and every time it falls short of the target. 

And we will never find hope if we don’t listen to God’s accusation. That accusation is followed by a confession. verse 9 “Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among those in full vigour we are like dead men. We all growl like bears; we moan and moan like doves; we hope for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.” 

When you lose your way, you are at a very significant moment of decision. You will point the finger or you’ll make the confession. Verse 12. “For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: transgressing, and denying the LORD, and turning back from following our God.” 

You’re not going to get a job that will make life worth living, own a possession that will give you the happiness that you seek, have an experience that will fulfil you. It is hopelessness that begins to open for me the doorway to hope. 

Verse 15b-16, “The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. 
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede. Then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.” The phrase in the OT “the arm of the Lord,” is one of the names of the Messiah the Lord Jesus.God is saying, “Now that you’re at this moment where you utterly have no hope, I’m going to send you hope, and It will be a person, and His name is Jesus. Hope is going to come.” 

And that promised hope would bring two things with Him: justice and grace.  Look at the verses 17-19 that follow. “He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment. So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives.” 

God is going to deal with evil. He’s going to punish wrong. Evil will be repaid. These words should make you serious and afraid and yet should comfort you at the same time. You would not want to live in a world that was ruled by someone who didn’t care about justice. You wouldn’t want to live in a world where the person ruling the world was incapable of being angry with evil. God’s anger with sin and God’s commitment to justice means He will not rest until sin is forever defeated.  But He doesn’t just come armed with justice. He comes armed with grace. 

Verse 20 ““And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the LORD.” “I’m going to send a Redeemer.” Redemption is a beautiful term. To redeem means to buy something back. Verses 16-20 are an announcement of the cross. 

You and I live also in the middle of the “already” and the “not yet.” Already Jesus has come, He has lived, died and rose again on our behalf, already the Word has been given, already the Spirit has been given but not yet has sin been completely defeated, not yet are we in that final kingdom. 

And in the messiness of life between the “already” and the “not yet,” reach out for hope in the person of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, who not only enters your difficulty in this moment but promised to you a place in eternity, we’ll live with Him in a place of absolute peace, absolute righteousness and absolute joy forever and ever.
God has put a strength in each of us, giving the ability to endure all, then move on with grace and love.

With Love From God to You


"The Life That I Live" is written as an eye opener for the present and next breed of Christians, a prayer that the life that they live will meet that of what Christ Jesus has in mind and taught. It also aims to nurture Christians, especially new born again Christians on the lifestyle they ought to live in the new family they have joined.

One basic problem with Christendom is the fact that there are so many ‘babies’. When people become born again, they need to study and understand the requirements, promises and lifestyle of the master they have decided to follow. This book is purposed to help you do one thing, “the careful living”.

Pastor Gladstone Akabuah is the Senior Pastor of a growing church in Oshiye (Bortianor), Ghana. He is also the Administrator of Sponsorship for the NGO Rescue Aid Mission. Gladstone is a dynamic young man, with incredible vision and the energy to see things to their fulfilment. In the years that I have known him he has studied hard and achieved much.

Together we are partners in building the church (Mossvale Community Sanctuary) and the Church. I see his Pastoral heart and how he goes the extra mile and thinks nothing of sacrifice for the needy around him in Ghana. As a Pastor and teacher, all knowledge and wisdom gleaned from the Word of God is not just for his personal growth, but food for the extended family of God, as well.

This book reflects Gladstone’s heart for others, and the experience of the power of the Holy Spirit within him as “a form of joy and fear gripped my bones” enlightening scripture to his mind. That we would live the right life, the pure religion, the “careful living”. Chapter by chapter he unpicks from Matthew 5 what our life should – and shouldn’t contain. So read on, learn and relearn the pitfalls of anger, loose talk, lust, adultery, divorce, retaliation, worry, judging - and embrace forgiveness, reconciliation, integrity, love, giving, prayer and fasting, and seeking God’s Kingdom. - Pastor Hugh Chalk.
Facilitated by Lynn Smillie of No Feart,
a CIC set up to help address the issue of domestic violence. 

For details email
Lynn Smillie at
or phone 07706754817
23rd Dec 2019 








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Devotional Prayer Meeting every Tuesday 9.00am
in the Group Room.

Sewing2gether All Nations
Sharing Lives
Sharing Languages

A weekly Sewing Workshop for English language learners to practice conversational English in a supportive environment.
We provide practical support for asylum seekers, refugees and new Scots.

A prayer meeting for the nation of Burkina Faso
and the work of Acacia Partnership Trust is held on the first Saturday
of each month in the Mossy Cafe at 9.30am. 

Pray for unity in 
the body of Christ
so that we will glorify God and so the world would know that God sent Jesus.

Street Connect is a Christian charity who reach out to and support disadvantaged and marginalised people, bringing them hope for a brighter and more fulfilling future. Their aim is to support and offer hope to individuals who are homeless, dealing with addictions, suffering mental health issues or experiencing social isolation, including people in prison or those with past convictions. 

They now have a drop-in café every Thursday in the Holy Trinity Church, Bishop’s Court, Paisley, PA3 2AF and would love for you to come in and see what they are doing. They are there every Thursday morning from 9.30 for prayer and then drop-in is from 10 am - 1 pm. They also run a Recovery Group from 1.30 - 3.00 pm for those who want to go further in their recovery.   

To find out more visit

Welcome to our latest regular hall users:
Care Visions Fostering. 

Their foster carers will be receiving regular support and training here at Mossvale. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer they would love to tell you more about it.
Baby Sensory Classes
Classes run in the Mossvale Hall on Tuesdays at 10am 11.30am and 1.30pm
and must be prebooked. 

Check out their website to enquire about attending.

Slimming World
in the Mossvale Hall

Thursday evenings
at 5.30pm & 7.30pm 
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your support.
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