Thursday, November 30, 2017

CONTENTIOUS

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 21

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

 

This stone bridge is located in eastern Turkey at the entrance to Tarsus, home of the Apostle Paul, on the Ankara – Adana Road. This bridge, with three arches, was restored in 1978 and continued to handle all of the traffic until very recently. Because goods to be sold were taxed when crossing this bridge, it was given the name “Bac” (tax) bridge. With Christmas shopping underway, our governments will take in huge amounts in taxes on the goods we purchase. It’s great to give of our own free will to meet human need and, in our country, receive a charitable receipt which can help lower the amount of taxes we pay.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Proverbs 21:13

Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.

 

Today’s reading contains instruction for the proper use of wealth. God does not condemn the possession of riches as long as they are procured in a legitimate manner and used in a God-honouring way. Our key verse makes it clear that one of the proper uses of wealth is to help people in need. Failure to do this is so serious a matter that the person who does not help when it is in their power to do so will cry someday and not be heard in their day of trouble. This same thought is presented to us by the Apostle John in 1 John 3:16-18. If we are blessed with this world’s goods and fail to share them, we do not know the love of God!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear God, I pray for a greater measure of Your love so that I may love others as Jesus loves me! John wrote that You loved us so much that YOU GAVE Your only begotten Son for my salvation! THANK YOU!!! I ask for the grace of giving sacrificially. In the Name of the One who gave His all, Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I am deeply moved by the recent refugee crisis. Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees from the violence of King Herod. They travelled into Egypt where the gifts from the wise men probably cared for their needs. Now there are refugees coming into Canada. As our key verse says, respond to “the cry of the poor.” Norma-Jean and I have looked for ways to help the refugees arriving from Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.  May the Lord protect from any terrorists who may try to spread their evil by posing as refugees.

Yours for opening our hearts to the needs of others,

David

 

8 thoughts on “Thursday, November 30, 2017

  1. Amen to today’s prayer! Hard to believe the end of November has come. Wishing all saints peace in heart for greater is this day because of our Lord!

    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Col 3:15 ESV

    I Am No Victim (Lyric Video) // Kristene DiMarco // Where His Light Was
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjxwryxSrIY

  2. Good advice from the Proverbs. Lord, give us warm hearts for the poor and discernment in giving help. thinking of the homeless as the rain is falling.

  3. Agreeing with David’s prayer…yes, Lord give discernment and compassion for those in need! Thank You Jesus, You gave Your all!!

  4. Well said David I have been following a bible reading plan from Jan 2017 to the present and have found a manestation of some art of the scriptures each and every day this year, which I feel is evidence of his increased out pouring of blessings and wisdoms for care taking of his gifts of healing and peacefull endeavours . Amen and strength and good cheer to all and good night !!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *