by Jeff Strite

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Wonderful Counselor (1 of 2)
Series: His Name Is Wonderful
Jeff Strite
Isaiah 8:11-9:7

OPEN: The year was 1809.
The world was in an upheaval. Napoleon was sweeping through Austria and soldiers from many countries were dying on the battlefield. The fate of entire kingdoms and nations hung in the balance and the world seemed on the very edge of collapse

It was 1809...
And in that same year several significant people were born.
In Britain, there was William Gladstone - destined to become one of England's finest statesmen. And Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the great authors of his day, was born to an obscure preacher and wife.

In the US - Oliver Wendell Holmes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Not far away in Boston, Edgar Allen Poe began his eventful, albeit tragic, life.
It was also in that same year the wife of a physician named Darwin gave birth to their child and named him Charles Robert.
And that same year produced the cries of a newborn infant in a rugged cabin in Kentucky. The baby's name? Abraham Lincoln.

If there had been a news broadcast at that back in 1809 these words would have been heard: ''The destiny of the world is being shaped on an Austrian battlefield today.''

But history was actually being shaped in the cradles of England and America.

APPLY: Every age has its dangers.
Eventually every nation faces difficulties.
Even today in the US - one of the greatest nations that has ever existed on the face of the earth - even in the US, we're concerned with financial troubles, international terrorism, and political uncertainty.

Every nation, sooner or later, will face threats and perils that will make them believe that the destiny of the world is being shaped by that day's events. And they will see their future as bleak, dark, and hopeless.

And yet, in every age, the birth of a child can make a significant impact on their destiny.

Back in the days of Isaiah, the world looked dark, and bleak, and hopeless. The n ...

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