Monday, September 24, 2018

TAKE HEED

Today’s Reading: Luke 20-21

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In the Western Wall tunnel of Jerusalem is this model of the Temple in which Jesus worshipped, turned over the money changer’s tables, engaged with the religious officials, and ministered truth and love. In the building which this represents, the former lame man danced to the amazement of all. Then Peter preached and about 5,000 became believers in Jesus, including many of the priests (Acts 4:4 & Acts 6:7).

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

Key Verse: Luke 20:25

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

 

Today’s reading concludes with, “take heed.” Here is Jesus’ conclusion to almost 100 verses of teaching, “Watch therefore and pray always.” This blog can help us do that! We learn from the happenings here that when someone argues with Jesus, they don’t win the argument. The “coin” is a case in point. The Jews were groaning under the heel of Rome. Jesus’ answer to the tax question was simple, yet profound. Today, we struggle with our responsibilities to government and to God. We use money printed or minted by government, yet, our ultimate values are not government actions, but God Himself. God will put the final period in the last history book of this age. Back in 1967 Billy Graham said, “For the first time in over 2,000 years, Jerusalem is ruled by Jews. The ‘time of the Gentiles’ is over (Luke 21:24). Soon we will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory'” (Luke 21:27).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, here I am. I’m determined to “take heed.” By Your grace, I believe that at Your return, I will “escape all these things that will come to pass.” Please help me to be prepared at any moment to welcome Your coming. Please give me the gift of diligence, consistency, and purity so that, because of Your forgiveness of my sin, I’ll be ready! Amen!

 PERSONAL WORDS:

I remember an old preacher saying, regarding those who told the story of the seven husbands who married the woman in Jesus’ story, “They thought by the inch, spoke by the yard, and should be moved by the foot!” I’ve read chapters 20 & 21 twice and some portions three times. Of course, I’ve read these words before. I’ve even taught through the entire book of Luke at a Bible Camp recently. Nevertheless, I’ve had fresh insight from the Holy Spirit today, such as from Luke 21:34… I am not weighed down with carousing and drunkenness, but I confess that I struggle with the “cares of this life.” I sometimes think that at 80, I’m too old for the plans I keep making (for when I’m released from the hospital). I believe God isn’t finished with me yet!

Yours for a more perfect understanding of God’s Word, and for His plans and purposes for my life,

David

7 thoughts on “Monday, September 24, 2018

  1. On the same vein as the key verse, today is N.B’s Election. Please join me in prayer that God’s will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen! As David said, it is the cares of life that all too often weigh us down. Blessings.

  2. “Watch and Pray, for we do not know the time and the hour of His coming!”

    Lord I do pray, keep me/us alert, and alive in Your Word. Lord, thank You, that we can lean on you and not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge You!
    Peace to all you saints this Day, the Day the Lord has made.

  3. How true Irene and Ger, About Life… I have stressed all
    summer about my Drivers License …In B.C. When you turn 80 or more they
    take you off the road and your on your own with no L icense….
    So when Iread your letters …I get my priorities strate … The Lord
    He is the one Who see all knows all and is in control of every
    thing.. I need to put my trust In Him God Bless
    you all My friends…Rosemarie…..

  4. As some of you have mentioned in the past, when we read David’s blog, it feels like he’s still here with us. Hard to believe that tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of his passing. I can only imagine what joyous time it has been for him.
    I’m thinking of his family, especially Norma Jean and I ask the Lord to comfort all of them on this anniversary.

    Rosemarie, I pray God will send you help regarding transportation, as you continue to depend on Him.

    Blessings to you all, dear fellow bloggers!

  5. If you live in British Columbia and they take away your driver’s license when you turn 80 and if you have taken Driver Refresher courses every year you should bring this to the attention of the Provincial Premier!
    Another option if a driver takes these Refresher Courses then they could be limited to drive within a 500 mile limit.
    We all need to speak up and let the Government know what is happening….
    We all need to pray about this matter.
    God bless everyone

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