Saturday, June 25, 2016

RAISED

Today’s Reading: Matthew 26

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

 

Looking east from the south end of the Old City of Jerusalem you can see the Mount of Olives. The graves of thousands of Jewish people who await the general resurrection dot the hillside. The tower to the left is said to mark the spot from which Jesus ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11).

Key Verse: Matthew 26:32

But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.

 

It’s difficult to choose a key verse as this chapter is filled with crucial truth for all people. The death and resurrection of Christ is the focal point of all history. It is His story! Once again Jesus states the fact of His death and resurrection and once again His disciples failed to comprehend. This time they were too sleepy to take in truth. Are you wide awake? Are you ready to understand? Understand that when Jesus gives a promise, its fulfillment is absolutely sure! It is impossible for Him to lie! He knew He must die and He also knew He must rise again. This was the reason He came. He also knew the humanity of His followers. They would remember His instructions about meeting Him in Galilee after the resurrection, and they would obey Him.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, as I read Your Words, grant the grace to make those Words an integral element in my spiritual DNA. Please grant me full comphrehension and obedience. I pray this with sincerety and faith that You will do this in me for Your Glory and for the fulfillment of Your plan for my life. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have been reading your responses to 100words.ca. Thank you for letting me know that you are there with me daily. I turn 80 on August 13th, and as an old-timer I’m not always sure anyone would bother reading my blog. I don’t really understand the new social media. Come to think of it, I didn’t understand television back on June 2nd, 1962 either. I do know, however, that God gave me the grace of obedience then, and He’s doing so now. If you are blessed and encouraged, or if this blog helps you in the daily discipline of reading the entire Bible in meal-sized portions over two years, then God’s purpose is being fulfilled. Amen! and Amen!

Continuing in obedience,

David

P.S. Yesterday I mentioned my first two times preaching. Someone said to me, “I’ve heard you talk on TV, but I’ve never heard you preach.” Well, here goes! Below is a link to a message I delivered in the mid-90’s at Compass Point Church, which is located next door to the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario. My opening remarks will seem odd unless I tell you that actor Bruce Marchiano, who played the part of Jesus in The Gospel of Matthew movie, had been quoting Jesus’ words as he walked down the stairs between the pulpit and the congregation. Unfortunately Bruce tripped and fell, but recovered quickly. I was scheduled to preach immediately after Bruce’s last line. That evening we were celebrating the 5,000th 100 Huntley Street telecast. I don’t know of any other time when my preaching was videotaped. It was some years ago, and now we have have celebrated the 10,000th telecast (last fall). If you have the time to handle some preaching, click here (it’s only about 13 minutes long). If you think that this message might touch someone, bringing them to Christ, please pass it on! Thank you!!!

 

26 thoughts on “Saturday, June 25, 2016

  1. Amen, David! Powerful scripture, today. I can only imagine Peter’s feelings after denying he knew Jesus, and hearing the rooster crow! I can only imagine Peter and the rest of the disciples backing away from Jesus as He was taken by the guards to be beaten and crucified, then to witness proof of His resurrection and multiple post-resurrection visits, and proclaim Him completely and become His great apostle. Amen! I look forward to listening to your sermon, later, David. I have heard you preach, in person, and also watched a powerful sermon you gave on youtube, which I will search to post. Blessings dearest saints in the Lord.

    “We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 KJV

    Who Can Compare (Full Video) // Matt Stinton // We Will Not Be Shaken
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tOtY7OIaIU

  2. Mt. 26:56b (NLT) “…at that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled”.

    Everyone abandoned Jesus in His hour of need. The disciples were fearful, they were afraid of a number of things : 1. They were afraid that their association with Jesus might result in their own eventual persecution and/or death. 2. They were afraid that maybe Jesus had it all wrong; for if Jesus could call upon His legions of angels to reverse the situation in an instant, then why wouldn’t He? 3. They were weak, very human, very vulnerable to the opinions and condemnations of man’s authority. The disciples deserted Jesus … those very words sends shivers down my spine. Are we fearful? Are we vulnerable? Are we driven by the opinions of others? Might we too abandon Jesus? Terrifying questions. I pray that we cling to our Lord, study the word consistently to show ourselves approved, pray that we won’t too won’t weaken and most importantly seek the power, might and guidance of the Holy Spirit day by day. My friends, God loves us … let us then choose to live by faith and not by fear.

  3. I am so overwhelmed by the Scripture, comments and your sermon this morning dear Pastor David. It is absolutely powerful, God Bless everyone reading this blog today. I also looked at the video of Rhonda and look forward to seeing her and all of you one day in heaven. Sah, I am praying for Eva and thank you for your prayer for Elizabeth.
    Eleanor M.

  4. Than you Beverly and Scott for your insightful posts, and thank you everyone! I cry when I read this chapter! I am so afraid and ashamed to think I would be like Peter, that I would run away afraid of the crowd and of people’s opinion of me! I can never repay Jesus for His amazing and wonderful gift of life that He has given to me!

  5. Thank you so much for your faithfulness, you are an inspiration to me and so many people around us. I have always wanted to read the entire bible and study it and never succeeded but I am hopeful with your study I will succeed. Thank you again for fulfilling my dream. We will continue for pray for your health to be completely,restored..

  6. David, wanted to let you know that the Lord used me again as his vessel to bring another soul into the Kingdom, yesterday.

    Your teaching is so wonderful, thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Your friend in Christ, Carole

  7. Good morning David, I am so blessed by your posts daily ! It is because of you I am disciplined to spend time with the Lord on a regular basis ! I thank God for you and everyone at Crossroads, I have learned so much from you and been so blessed by your ministry since 1979. I praise God that you are a faithful servant. Blessings today !

    • I totally agree with you, could not have said this better myself. I too have been with you since 1979. God bless you, David and your family. I enjoyed your sermon and wanted to see more when it ended.

  8. Be assured I am reading your blog. I will be 40 this year and have watched 100 Huntley Street since I was young. You have always been a source of peace and wisdom in a crazy world. God bless you. Keep writing as The Lord leads you.

  9. Your sermon made my tears flow again once again David especially as you quoted the verse,” His mercy endureth forever” as I have lost one of my best friends on earth. Also to read again the sorrow and suffering the Lord went through at His death is very real today and He did it all for us. I have been watching 100 Huntley St. since 1979 as well and it has been a stay in my Christian life. Thank you so much David, Norma Jean, family, staff and all associated with it. Is a beautiful day here. God bless you everyone!

  10. David the video on the Man who gave His life on death row poured down the waterfall’s in My eye’s, “WOW” what a powerful sermon, May God continue to bless You, for ever Your friend, Jerry
    ps remember We met in Lloydminster/and Wainwright AB.

  11. We listened to your sermon and it was really inspiring. What beautiful preaching of the word of God . So sorry we never had a chance to hear you in person . May God continue to bless you and your family . We will meet some day in glory ,God willing.

  12. Keep up the good work David ,This blog helps
    me read through the Bible….thank you for all
    your hard work…Keep well God Bless you…..R….

  13. God Bless you and keep you well. This is my third time through the Bible with you, I feel like Iam growing more in the understanding of God’s word. Thank yo Betty

  14. Thank you, David, for your continued faithfulness. It will soon be two years since I last saw you at the Crossroads Centre during the healing services over the summer. I posted the short sermon from this morning’s blog. Praying that God continues to strengthen you and that your healing is complete. Your brother in Christ, Don Carmont.

  15. Yes, I am with you. praying that you will be well physically. Such a sad chapter. Betrayed by a friend and then Peter’s denial. I’m glad that there is more to the story to follow.

  16. Your 100 Words post is invaluable. Please remember that for every person who didn’t write to tell you so, there are at least 10 others who would have done so if they had more time !
    And 80 years old is wonderful, now you do really have the wisdom age grants those who walk with the Lord ! PTL 🙂
    Appreciate the fabulous photos accompanying your blog, too.
    Thanks for including the short 13 minute message.
    I do save many of your daily comments to share with others.
    I re-title the heading so I can find the specific subject of the 100 Words post.
    Bless you from the bottom of my heart.
    Your life is a beautiful inspiration to so many! !.

  17. Lord God You know that I have done exactly what Peter did! I am not proud of those times, I am SO thankful that I can come to You dear Lord and say that I am so sorry for the way I behaved! I ask for Your forgiveness and I thank you that You have forgiven me!
    There were many times in my life that guilt would be so powerful and no one could understand what was happening to me! I was beating myself up inside, over and over, and this led to many suicide attempts in my earlier years! No one told me that You really do forgive us our sins! Yes I went to church and Sunday School, BUT I didn’t really understand! I didn’t see any Christian living! I loved my parents but dad drank, fought with mom, used horrible language on me….so……..I really did think I was going to hell…I had a fabulous Pastor teaching Confirmation, I REALLY enjoyed the classes and I really enjoyed this Pastor. He was kind, funny, loved God and his family, he had a son Eric and we had a grand time in Confirmation. It went for 4 years, every Saturday, and little did I realize that God would keep that memory of those learning times very clear in my mind and now I do understand that what God says in the Bible is TRUE! He does not lie! When He said YOU ARE MINE! I BOUGHT YOU WITH MY BLOOD! My Father put Me on the Cross so that YOU have freedom form any and all sin in this world! My Father put Me on the Cross so that YOU have my DNA inside you, you are MY CHILD! Nothing will ever change that fact!
    Yep! That is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! HE HAS THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS!
    AMAZING GRACE! Simply AMAZING! Thank you Lord for this day and all of its blessings, thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit that calls, gathers and enlightens all in the One TRUE Word! amen

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