Monday, April 8, 2019

FOREVER

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 7

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

 

This is a full-sized replica of an ancient synagogue located in Nazareth. Even when the Temple in Jerusalem was operating in the time of Jesus, local synagogues were used for schools, reading of the Scriptures, commenting on the Scriptures, and the worship of God. However, as useful as they were, they were always considered as temporary. The Temple of God is forever.

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

 

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 7:16

And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.

Let’s fast forward to Luke 2:1-7. Jesus, the Seed of David, is born in “The city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he (Joseph) was of the house and lineage of David.” The “forever” King has arrived. No doubt, as the assistant to Paul, Luke had at least two years to research the material for his Gospel during Paul’s custody in Caesarea. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was still living. Bethlehem is only five miles south of Jerusalem. This careful physician, Luke, would have no doubt interviewed shepherds who were now 60 or 70 years old. Their memories of when they were 15 or 30 would still be sharp. It’s worthwhile to notice that no one, not even those who were enemies of Christ Jesus, questioned, in any writings, the truth of these reports. The promise of God to David through the Prophet Nathan has been fulfilled, and because “He ever lives” (Hebrews 7:25), it continues to be fulfilled. God promised that David’s son would build the Temple in Jerusalem, but David’s greatest Son would build the eternal Temple.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You are building a Temple of “living stones.” I thank You that I have the faith to believe I’m one of those stones. I pray for grace to always be strong and in place as part of the mighty eternal structure You are building. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

When I drive north on Highway 69 into the city known as the nickel capital of the world, Sudbury, Ontario, I can’t miss the church building known as “Glad Tidings.” It’s on the left just across from a number of high-rise apartment buildings. The former Glad Tidings, where I was pastor during its construction, is there on the right atop the next high rock. It’s now “All Nations Baptist Church.” Every time I pass that structure, I see the large retaining wall which keeps the parking lot from falling down onto the highway. I arranged to strengthen that wall with steel rods from the rolling mills of INCO, the International Nickel Company. In the process of grinding the ore into a powder, these rods, which helped do the job, were ground down from a four-inch diameter to about a one-inch diameter, and then discarded. Of course I got them free, and along with volunteers from the congregation, we placed hundreds of them into the concrete retaining wall. That was in 1966. The building was dedicated to God on July 1, 1967, as a centennial project celebrating Canada’s 100th birthday. The emblem of the maple leaf is chiseled into the granite cornerstone. To make me as strong as I can be, I believe that, like the steel rods, God has put the steel of His strength up and down my backbone. David, in Psalm 16:8, wrote, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Amen!

Yours for an unshakable, absolutely solid confidence in the eternal Son of God and Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ!

David

P.S. Here is a powerful testimony from 1998 of a First Nations man from northern Ontario…much further north than Sudbury! You can watch it HERE.

20 thoughts on “Monday, April 8, 2019

  1. I was so touched by the segment of Rev James MacDonald’s testimony this morning. I think of all our unsaved loved one and how they can be changed like he was. We need to ffaithfully keep praying for them . Thank you Ron and Ann for continuing this Blog and to you Reynold for the wonderful pictures. Also to dear David who by a message from God started it.
    May The Lord Bless each and everyone who reads this blog. Eleanor M.

  2. Great message and prayer, today. Good morning beautiful saints in the Lord! Happy to be home and will spend the day catching up on the blogs. First Nations Rev James MacDonald’s testimony was incredible!! Praise God–He is powerful to save!! Lift up your hearts, for we are His chosen children of God to spread His message, far and wide. Amen? Wishing all saints a blessed day! Oh, how He loves us so!!

    And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9 ESV

    Hillsong United – Hosanna with Lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huwB3Ja_oJ4

  3. Just read all the blog posts for the past two weeks. Thank you so much, Bill, for the lovely poem you wrote me (how touching) and all the saints who prayed for me being away–Luisa, Nan, Irene, Deanna, Doreen, and sister Ger. I am truly blessed! God be with each and everyone of you, today! May His light and love shine radiantly through you!

  4. Yes, a powerful testimony from First Nations Rev. James MacDonald. Welcome back sister Beverlee Kay. Trust you were refreshed. Thank you Mainse family for blessing us. This is a very special month in our Christian calendar. It is trying to warm up here.

    • Thanks sister Ger and Bill–just had a lovely time away. It was nice weather arriving back in Toronto, yesterday, but raining here and cold, today in the County.

  5. God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” Thank You Jesus, we can lean on you, and not on our own understanding!

    Leaning, Leaning, leaning on the ever lasting arms!!

    How great it is to read and meditate on God’s word daily: thank you Mainse family!

    Be blessed this sunny day saints!

  6. Blessings to everyone, some days I just don;t know what to do or say—the Lord knows my situation; I have asked and will continue to ask the Lord to bring me the right people for the back room; I have a room,bath,own entrance for busy mature working persons,non smoking/alcohol/pets/parties very quiet area; have had people who work in places where they can eat their meals such as hotels,restaurants,.then all they were needing was a clean quiet place to sleep and rest; I have had 2 guys stay here for about 6 months, they were very responsible,respectful people;had families to support and had good personalities and worked hard and it was very good for my finances, so here I am Lord, I ask for Your help You know all the issues;
    glad to hear from you Beverlee Kay,was thinking about you the other day; praying for many who are ill and praying the Lord will guide our leaders amen

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