Friday, September 12, 2014

FOLLOWING JESUS

Today’s Reading: Luke 5

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

Early morning view over the Sea of Galilee. No doubt when Jesus arose early every morning for His private time of prayer, He often viewed such a sunrise. Enjoy!!!

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Luke 5:11

So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

 

It’s exciting to follow Jesus! In this chapter, Jesus filled two boats with fish, cleansed a leper, healed a paralyzed man, called another one of His disciples, attended a party, taught about fasting, and gave a parable about clothing and wine skins. We need to keep watching Jesus and listening carefully to His teaching. To follow Jesus, Peter and Andrew left their business behind, and Levi (Matthew) resigned his government job. If we want to follow Jesus as our vocation, we too must be sure of His call, leave all behind, and learn from Him 24/7. Do we cling to something that should be left behind? As in Jesus’ parable, the new cannot just be added to the old life. It’s a new beginning. Now let’s invite Jesus, as Matthew did, to a party with our friends and introduce Jesus to everyone we know.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I am determined to follow You. This means that there is a cross for me to bear, as well as the joy of Your Presence. Grant me Your strength, Your willingness to sacrifice, and the grace of obedience. I’m Yours Lord, now and forever! In Your Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m committed to rising early every morning, spending time reading God’s Word and meditating on it. I give myself to prayer and then open my lap-top computer to produce this blog. In case a first timer has joined, let me remind everyone that if you start today, with daily persistence, you will complete the entire Bible in two years. At the present time in my life, this is what it means for me to follow Jesus. At other times, I’ve been a school teacher, a Bible College student, a Pastor and an Evangelist. To support my family, I’ve owned a little printing press and made business cards for all the businesses in the village, took a job in construction, knocked on every door in town to find children for Sunday School, and, yes I hosted TV programs for 50 years.  At each “crossroads” in my life, I decided to follow Jesus. Never, for one minute, have I been sorry that I left other things behind in order to follow Him.

Yours for following Jesus,

David

P.S. Yesterday, as I reflected on September 11th, 2001, I recalled how my cohost, Lorna Dueck, and I were live on the 100 Huntley Street telecast when the news broke that a commercial airliner had hit the World Trade Centre. About five minutes into the start of the program, our producer, George McEachern, interrupted to tell us the breaking news. We cut to the live CNN newsfeed and went to prayer. HERE is a video clip of 100 Huntley Street that day.

 

9 thoughts on “Friday, September 12, 2014

  1. Father God
    I am willing give me the strength to follow in your foot prints every day
    In Jesus name
    Amen
    Yesterday I didn’t get to comment on that September 11 I was not well
    ,and had to be in my apartment . When I saw the news cast I was in shock
    as everyone else was. I did not want to watch it so I turned to every station
    and on 100 Huntley street was on yours David it was he only one I could.
    I never watched it before so I prayed along with you and I have not stopped
    watching it ever since. God bless you and your family as well as
    all our blog buddies

  2. 911: A tremendously painful and shocking experience we shared together. Lord, help us to stand strong against Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorism, and most importantly, let Christ rule in our hearts and minds; not hatred.

  3. WOW!
    What a powerful message today and the video clip.from September 11th 2001 just reinforces that message I feel.
    The picture of the sunrise on the Sea of Galilee brings back many wonderful memorories of our Holy Land Tour with you and others in 2012.
    Shalom,
    Graham.

  4. Watched the clip, now; thanks for posting it, David. I chose not to watch any television yesterday. At the crossroads of life and following Jesus is the best medicine! I called the 100 Huntley Street prayer lines, yesterday, and was blessed to speak with John, who gave me three scripture verses. Thank you, John! God bless you, fine sir!
    Jeremiah 32:27: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?
    Ephesians 3:20: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.
    Isaiah 31: But those who wait on the Lord (30:15; 49:23) shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

    Blessings dear saints!

  5. Yes, what a powerful message and prayer. Will keep the saying in my heart, “The world is won by the people who show up.” Blessings everyone,

  6. Thank you for posting the 9/11 video. I pray radical terrorists never get a chance to do anything like that again. Talk about needing a spanking!
    Blessings fellow bloggers.

  7. Heavenly Father , your word says in Psalm 23 that “You guide me in the paths of righteousness for Your Name’s Sake” thank you Jesus in Your Name I pray that my footsteps will not slip off that path: Jesus, my desire is to follow you in all my ways. Amen!!

  8. please pray for many people in low paying jobs! I spoke to a gal at the pool! She is so disheartened, she is a believer, a single parent, receives no child support as father has found a way to avoid paying, claims he is a small business, she can’t see the goodness in people! I understand completely. I pray that people will keep an open eye and if anyone sees someone who would be a good candidate for a kindness of money or something…please do so without anyone knowing…..God bless this ministry, this blog, and all who read it. In Jesus Name I Pray AMEN

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