Sunday, October 23, 2016

BROTHERS

Today’s Reading: John 7

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 Jewish man studies the Torah in a library situated in a tunnel along the Western Wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

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

Key Verse: John 7:5

For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

 

Today’s reading tells us that Jesus knew the feeling of family betrayal. His brothers refused to believe in Him. He knew what it was to feel completely alone. He said, speaking of the world, “It hates Me” (John 7:7). He understands when we feel alone and misunderstood. He is the Source of our comfort. The names of His brothers are recorded in Mark 6. It might be helpful to read again Mark 6:1-6. God can change families. Jesus’ brothers received the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14). Two of them, James and Jude, wrote books that are part of the New Testament, the books bearing their names. Sometimes it increases the impact of Scripture on our lives to read it out loud. This morning, in order not to awaken Norma-Jean, I’ve gone outside and read so that I not only see the Words of Jesus from this chapter, but hear them too. They are powerful, life-changing Words.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I pray that Your Holy Spirit will teach me daily as I read, highlight, write in the margins, learn, and digest Your Word inside of me. I know You are helping me to follow this blog daily, and I thank You with all my heart. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The largest private office I’ve ever visited was in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem. I had made an appointment to see the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem about renting office space in one of their buildings for the Arabic television ministry. His main goal was not to do business but to convince me that the “brothers” mentioned in Mark 6 were actually cousins. Be that as it may, we prayed together, and I thanked him for his time. Sometime I hope to share here about the other Patriarch in Yerevan. There are two of them in the Armenian church, one in Jerusalem and one in Armenia. The Armenian Patriarch then is now their Pope. When in his thirties, as the leader of the Young Communists of Armenia, he had an Apostle Paul type conversion. He sent two of his brightest priests to study with us at Crossroads. He’s now telecasting the Gospel from Mount Ararat into Turkey, the area of the infamous Armenian holocaust. He, along with Baptist and Pentecostal pastors, ended up in the same cell in a communist prison, but that’s another story.

Yours for a daily commitment to study God’s Word,

David

P.S. Sorry about yesterday. Due to an oversight, Saturday’s blog did not get published until about 8:30 last night. You may have received the email version, but you would not have been able to see the online version or post a comment. In case you missed it, you can click HERE.

P.P.S. Yesterday, the Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Ministries, led by my son Ron and his wife Ann, hosted an all-day seminar at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington. I heard that it was a tremendous day of encouraging many couples with the theme of “Your Marriage As God Intended.” Here’s the website for Heart to Heart.

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7 thoughts on “Sunday, October 23, 2016

  1. Thank you Pastor David for blessing me once again, I am glad that we received your blog today with an explanation. I actually read Chapter 6 yesterday so was able to carry on today. Looks like Ron and Ann had a good turnout yesterday, may God continue to bless their ministry as it is much needed these days.
    God Bless all who follow this blog. Eleanor M.

  2. May God continue to bless and encourage Ron and Ann Mainse in their ministry to help couples stay strong in their Marital Commitment and Covenant” Jesus I pray this in Your Mighty Holy Name, Amen!!

    Family life and The Church would be so different if we were able to be as
    Psalm 133:1-2 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like the precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard , running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

  3. Thank you Pastor David for sharing your encounter with the Armenian Patriarchs!!

    Reynold Mainse I truly appreciate the vividness of your pictures and the comments that come with them. Thank you!!

  4. I have been wondering where the Video Version went. Not that I cannot read it myself. Perhaps Ron has been to busy and pastor David does not have the strength to do it. We will continue to pray for him. I have studied the bible for years. Graduated from a bible college. Studied Greek for 2 years at bible college, but I continue to learn new things from this blog. One is never too old to learn & be blessed from following the 100 Words blog. Thank You pastor Maines.

  5. The Date is Oct 24, 2016 but the scripture is John 7 and the blog message as well as the blogger’s comments are that of Oct 23.

    I can’t get the October 24 scripture nor your comments Pastor David.

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