Thursday, November 27, 2014

CORNERSTONE

Today’s Reading: Acts 3-4

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).

 

A panorama of Jerusalem at sunset. Our El Al passenger jet will be heading in the same direction as the sun, that is in a westerly direction, at approximately 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (I've prepared this blog Wednesday, just before our flight). My son Ron is set to post this to you at 6 a.m. Thursday. Norma-Jean and I, along with our friends and fellow travellers, arrive at the Toronto International Airport just before 7 a.m. I expect to greet the sunrise as we arrive.

 

Key Verse: Acts 4:12

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

 

Believe it or not, the choice is ours! Our salvation is ONLY in Jesus Christ! Do other names come to mind? They pale into insignificance in the blazing glory of “the Light of the world.” We should note how these early believers quoted from their Bible, and we should do the same with both the Hebrew and the Greek Scriptures. What we call “the New Testament” would not be written for several years. The Apostles had not yet heard of a “new” set of Bible books. They were all Jews. The councils of the Rabbis had heard from God as to what writings qualified to be in the Bible, as did the early Church leaders for the new writings of divinely inspired Scripture. We may want to look up Deuteronomy 18:15-22 to see how Peter quoted his Bible from memory (Acts 3:22-23). God willing, the next book we’ll read together will be Deuteronomy. Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, there is so much in today’s reading that’s filling my mind and heart. Please cause that which You desire me to learn to be absorbed and assimilated into my life today, and may it also spill out through me to others. In Jesus’ Name, the only Name given among mankind by which we must be saved, I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I pray the above prayer with great fervency. I’ve preached several messages from today’s readings over the years. I ask most sincerely for the prayers of you who read this, that I’ll receive guidance from the Holy Spirit for “100words.ca.” There are volumes that could be written. For an entire year during 2004, five days each week, Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, Rev. Dale Lang, Anglican Minister from Tabor, Alberta (whose son was murdered in the corridor of his high school), and I led our 100 Huntley Street TV viewers through the book of Acts, verse by verse (260 segments on the book of Acts!). We called it “HIStory” (emphasis on “HIS”). Paul gave the historical perspective, Dale gave the application to our daily lives, and I was the moderator. Here is a link to one of these segments from 2004 which ties into today’s reading (click HERE).

Yours for an overview of the entire Bible in 730 days. Are you still with me?

David

P.S. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to our U.S. readers!  Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends as you celebrate God’s blessings.

26 thoughts on “Thursday, November 27, 2014

  1. What a wonderful history lesson from you, David, Dr. Paul Maier and Rev. Dale Lang–thank you!!! Thinking of you and the tour group arriving in Toronto at the airport. Praise God!!

    For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

  2. Yes still with you David and am enjoying the blog and the daily Bible reading each day Welcome home to Canada again and may the Lord bless you and your family during this Christmas season

    • Acts 3: 6-8
      6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
      Praise God and the Holy Trinity! Amen!

  3. What a miracle Jesus’ prophets were part of in healing the lame man!
    Praying for your continued guidance in 100 Huntley St Rev.. It was so good to hear John Hull ask his guest yesterday ‘why good people go to Hell’. There’s so obviously only one answer to that and the guest (sorry, his name eludes me at this time) answered it so eloquently. And, non-believers wouldn’t even know where anybody goes after our life here on earth.
    Welcome back to North America!
    God bless all saints on this wintry Nov. day.

  4. WOW!
    So glad that your most recent Holy Land tour was successful and safe.
    I loved the 2004 link provided and I find it hard to believe that the “Ancient Professor” can write such gripping novels (Pontius Pilate, The Flames of Rome etc.).
    I actuualy met Rev Dale Lang at a FLAME conference in the year his son was murdered. Dale chose to NOT preach on forgiveness as we all expected, but rather 3:16 (Revelation not John). Dale told us all that we all had the potential to be “mighty warriors for the Lord” rather than luke-warm Christians as mentioned in Rev 3:16.
    Shalom,
    Graham.
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.

  5. David
    Thank you so much for the blessing the word has been from Israel, the pictures have made the scriptures come alive even more
    Truly a blessing to me each day as I journey with you in the readings of the Holy Scriptures
    May His Holy Spirit give you wisdom and power each day as your team bring each of us His Hold Word
    Joyce

  6. YES!!…with you through the last 730 days….and gladly and greatfully though again…with thankfulness and daily expectation !!! P.T.L.:)

  7. Praying for your safe journey home from Israel and enjoyed seeing the series on Acts again. Thanks Ron, Ann and Reynold for your contribution to 100 words. Thanks Beverlee for your help yesterday. It seems I can only get postings through You Tube. Will be remembering your husband Ross as well Doreen. God bless you all on this snowy day!

  8. Thank you Rev. David for the link of 2004!

    I pray for your safe arrival and for the safe arrival of all those traveling with you.

    My prayer is that the Lord Jesus continue to strengthen you, not only physically but spiritually as you lead us through the Word of God, in the Wisdom and Knowledge that only comes from Him. I pray also for all your family, all who work and support you in bringing this blog to us …In the Mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

  9. Dear Rev David Mainse, Norma Jean and the whole crew
    Definitely I am sticking close to you all the way. Could not think of one day without your daily Bread.
    Heavenly Father thank you for the safe arrival of the Holy Land tour group. Praying for strength for Rev Mainse and his crew as they bring us this daily blog. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Blessings to all my fellow bloggers.
    xxxCarole

  10. Yes Pastor David I am still with you with a big AMEN!!! I am learning so much as we go along. Always looking forward to tomorrow’s study. Thank You and God Bless.

  11. Rev Mainse; I would suggest if you do this blog again, that perhaps it could be Mon-Fri with 2 days off, just to rest and take in some of the blogs,…friends in my commmunity have mentioned that it’s a bit much every day, and some skip some days, so perhaps, maybe, 5 days would be ok. …also, what is the full Name of the song that Norma-Jean is doing with the group in the tomb, I know some of the words,, but what is the title? This would be yesterdays (Nov 26) blog?

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