Friday, February 21, 2014

FERVENT LOVE

Suggested Reading: 1 Peter 3-5

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A visit to Rome is a feast for the eyes. In the centre is the Trajan's Column with a church on either side. The larger church in the photo is the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum. At the very end of today's reading, "Babylon" is mentioned. In Roman times the persecuted Christians called the source of their persecution, Rome, by the name of the capitol city of the ancient persecutors of the Jewish people, "Babylon" (Revelation 17:1-6).

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Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:7

…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

There are three points of emphasis here, all three mentioned more than once!

(1) PRAYER – 1 Peter 3:7 informs us that if we, as husbands, don’t honour our wives properly, our prayers may be hindered. Let’s not forget that elsewhere it says, “Let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:33b). This is serious! Do we want God’s ears to be open to our prayers? Then pay attention to 1 Peter 3:9-12. Amen!!!

(2) A message from Jesus to those “spirits in prison” (3:19 & 20) and “those who are dead!” (4:6). This seems strange. Yet we understand that all who had died in faith prior to the Cross and the Resurrection were somehow incarcerated in a place where they could not enter Heaven above, because their sins were not removed until Jesus had paid the full price for their redemption by His blood sacrifice. It would be amazing to hear a replay of Jesus’ message to these people someday.

(3) “Love!” “Love!” and “Love!” (3:8 & 4:8). And this is to be “FERVENT LOVE!” We may think we know something about the meanings of the word “love.” But what about the word “fervent.” The dictionary says, “Displaying a passionate intensity – burning – glowing – boiling hot!”

O yes! let’s read several times 1 Peter 5:5-9. “Be humble!” “Cast your cares on Him!” “Be sober!” “Be vigilant!” The result? The Devil may roar, but he can’t harm us!!! Let us be “steadfast in the faith.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for all You have for me. I now am wide open to receive Your provisions. Thank You! Praise Your holy Name! I worship You with a fervent heart full of love for You, and for others. Through the world’s greatest lover, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve just read all of First Peter again. As I read Chapter 1 verse 3, the word “begotten” stood out for me. The same thing happened as I read 1:23 which says, “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever.” Recently someone sent me a picture of Billy Graham and Chuck Templeton (below). I remember when Billy and Chuck worked together as Evangelists in the Youth For Christ Movement. Billy was steadfast in his faith and commitment to the Gospel, but Chuck went to a very liberal theological seminary, and it seems he lost his faith in Christ. He returned to Toronto, wrote books, and became a broadcaster of note. On one occasion I was interviewed by Chuck on national CBC television. Chuck said, “David, you talk a lot about being born again. The Bible only refers to this one time.” I responded in a way that I later apologized for. I said, “Chuck, you’ve not been reading your Bible lately! Jesus said those words twice in John 3, and there are other places where the ‘born again’ experience is found. For example, Peter wrote those words, ‘born again.'” Then I referenced other synonymous expressions of this truth. e.g. “a new creation” and “born of the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 5:17 & John 3:8b). After the live show was over (I would only go on live shows because they had in the past edited me to make me say what I did not!), I prayed about it, and that still small voice said to me, “David, you do not love Chuck.” I repented, and the next time when we were together (off camera), I asked his forgiveness for my lack of love, and he graciously forgave me. In the late 80’s, when the TV Evangelists scandals broke, Chuck was everywhere on Canadian TV, radio, and in the press defending me as an evangelist of integrity. Shortly before his death, he said to an interviewer, “I love Jesus very much, and I’ve missed Him for a long while.” I believe I’ll meet Chuck in Heaven!

Yours because, as the Scriptures say over and over, “His mercy endures forever!”

David

P.S. Perhaps one blog reader missed yesterday’s 100 Huntley Street telecast. In keeping with the prayer emphasis in today’s reading, I’m asking Ron to put here a portion of that show. Dr. John Hull speaks on “prayer” and Ron emphasizes the Prayer Exchange wall on the internet. Then Jerry Johnston interviews a man closely connected with the founder of the AA movement, who wrote the 12-step Plan which has helped millions of alcoholics overcome their addiction. Share this with someone who may be struggling with alcohol or drug-related challenges. If time is available click here!

Young Evangelists, Chuck Templeton of Toronto and Billy Graham of Chicago at the time.

9 thoughts on “Friday, February 21, 2014

  1. Thank you for writing this. As a young adult my heart was broken to hear Mr. Templeton and how he had gone astray. I can’t remember who was interviewing him but it really disturbed me. I’ve prayed for him periodically over the years and wondered if he had ‘missed’ Jesus.

  2. His love endures forever! I am so happy to hear Chuck Templeton missed Jesus. I too wondered what happened in his life.

    AS I cast my cares on Jesus I know I am secure in His everlasting love.

    We are studying 1Peter at our church and this blog now reaffirms what we are learning. Blessings fellow saints.

  3. It is easy to lose our way if we lose faith in God’s love for us. Perhaps this song will help remind someone out there that God is for them, not against them. I hope this link goes through.

    wwwyoutube.com/watch?v=MvGono8mqFg

  4. Dear Rev. David M. and all my fellow bloggers,
    Thes past two days have been quite challenging so finally today , I was able to catch up yesterday and todays blog .
    Heavenly Father,
    The WORD of GOD is so powerful for me as a new born christian and like a new born baby who desires pure milk , I desire His Word that I may grow thereby.
    I pray for that fervent love which can display a passionate intensity, burning, glowing and boiling hot fire , in the name of the One and Only Jesus Christ. Amen.

    xxxx Carole.

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