Thursday, November 29, 2018

QUARRY

Today’s Reading: Acts 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).

 

The bus terminal at the foot of the hill many believe to be Golgotha, The Place of the Skull, where Jesus was crucified. The Romans always crucified people beside the roadway for maximum impact, not on the top of a hill.

 

Key Verse: Acts 7:59-60

And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

The bus terminal pictured above is in an ancient quarry which is part of Mt. Moriah. On this mountain, Isaac was spared from death and God provided a ram to be sacrificed. On this mountain, God also provided the Sacrifice of His Son, our Saviour, Jesus. This may also be the place of the stoning of Stephen.

At least 10 times, Stephen, in his message, quoted from his Bible. How well do we know our Bible? Could we quote the Scriptures by memory? Have we read, marked, learned and inwardly digested the Scriptures as Stephen had done? Are we filled with the Holy Spirit as Stephen was? Are we acting, speaking, and loving as Stephen did? Here was a man who had come to be like Jesus. Saul of Tarsus was there. Later, as the Apostle Paul, Saul would write that we are, “To be conformed to the image of His Son.” Stephen had modeled this for the future Apostle.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

My fervent desire, Lord Jesus, is to be like You. By Your Spirit working in me, may I grow into all You desire me to be. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As an 80 year old I’m required to have an examination in order to maintain my driver’s license. I passed! YEAH!!! I believe that throughout my life God has given me examinations. One day as a young pastor I was sitting in a room at the Hamilton YMCA, praying with a young man named Gord. His face was buried in a paper bag which had airplane glue spread on the bottom. I had seen Gord a couple of weeks before sniffing glue in a park. I brought him home to Norma-Jean, who responded with love. That time, at the “Y,” God gave me an exam. Gord lifted his head from the bag long enough to spit in my face. The “old” David, who had a bad temper, was no longer there. I felt nothing but the love and compassion of Jesus. I had prayed in those early years, “Lord Jesus, when I grow up, I want to be like You.” I knew He was answering my prayers. Gord gave his life to Christ soon after this. Stephen, the first Church deacon, was truly like Jesus. He’s one of my examples of someone who passed his examination with a mark of 100%.

Yours for becoming more like Jesus,

David

14 thoughts on “Thursday, November 29, 2018

  1. Wonderful scripture, message and parallel, today. Indeed, Stephen, was truly like Jesus. Full of the Holy Spirit, he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. Stoned, he cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them,” just as Jesus cried to His Father God, dying on the cross. The importance of wanting others forgiven and saved is first and foremost. We no longer put ourselves first. God, our Father in heaven, Jesus Christ, our Son of God, and the Holy Spirit, our Spirit, are one trinity–all the same. Let our lives be magnified as a blessing to others, everywhere we go, fellow saints in the Lord. Amen!

    Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Cor 3:16 NIV

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  2. Wonderful message this morning and what an example of Christ Stephen was. Also how well he knew the Word. We also must stand for the Word and contend for the faith. David and Norma Jean also showed us a good example in his personal words. Thank you for your posting Beverlee. Blessings on all today.

  3. Great message and great example by Stephen.Power was off most of the day from the storm.
    ” ….just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”
    It seems Satan attacks the biggest threats to his rule:the prophets and this time,Stephen.If we could all be ‘ a Stephen’;if only.God bless

  4. Blessings to everyone.
    I am in need of prayer! The devil is stirring up problems, in Jesus Name, my Lord and Saviour I keep rebuking the devil,he is nothing,
    I have a room,own entrance,with bath,m/wave,small fridge for busy mature working person,n/smokes/booze/pets/parties,very clean,quiet area, I pray the Lord will send me the right person, I do believe there is someone out there that would appreciate such a place; I pray perhaps there would be someone doing missionary work in the area plus working;I had mission minded people before and it was GREAT! So, Lord I ask for Your help TY Lord in Jesus Name I Pray amen

    • Lord God, we bring Sah before you and ask for Your blessing upon her situation. Lead the right person to rent a room from her. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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