Thursday, September 13, 2012


Suggested Reading: Luke 6

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The hills above the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, near Capernaum. It's possible that Jesus walked this very hill to find His place of all-night prayer (Luke 6:12).

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


Key Verse: Luke 6:12-13

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles…

The word in the Hebrew language for disciple is “talmudim.” In Israel, even the little child who started school a few days ago is a “talmudim,” a student, a learner. We are Jesus’ students. What can we learn from today’s reading? (1) Is it possible that the religious leaders would rather have left the man in his crippled state? Before we condemn these guardians of religious rules and regulations, let’s be sure we cannot find ourselves in their midst. How often have we prevented the moving of the Holy Spirit because what was happening did not fit into our existing structures? On the Sabbath day, Jesus healed a man and allowed His disciples to harvest some grain. We must not allow a religious spirit to trump the freedom of the Holy Spirit to do all He desires to do. (2) After rejecting the rules of the Scribes and Pharisees, Jesus gives His rules. These are the really difficult rules. These rules can never be obeyed apart from the Holy Spirit in us and upon us. You may want to read these again…verses 27 to 38. Can we keep these commandments on our own? Think about it. Be a “talmudim.”


Lord Jesus, for over 3 years You had “talmudim,” students under Your teaching. I am Your kindergarten pupil. Teach me today and empower me by Your Spirit to obey Your instructions. I ask these mercies in Jesus’ Name. Amen!


I’m painfully challenged by Jesus’ teaching and also His example. Before calling His apostles from among His disciples, He spent a night in prayer to God. How often I could’ve avoided poor decisions if I had spent more time in prayer. I’ve tried to take myself by the scruff of my neck and force myself to spend nights of prayer. Most times I have fallen asleep on my knees, but there were times when God the Holy Spirit moved so powerfully that I could not sleep if I tried. One was when President Jimmy Carter was at Camp David with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel. I can’t explain that night except for the empowering of the Holy Spirit on me to pray. Another time was when a precious baby was not expected to live the night. On both occasions God answered prayer with a “Yes.” Others were praying also, I’m sure, but I was part of a victory as a result of strong and prolonged prayer.

Yours for being students of the Teacher of teachers,


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11 thoughts on “Thursday, September 13, 2012

  1. I certainly do agree with you David, in and of our own strength, these dictates of Jesus would be impossible to follow. It’s only through the Holy Spirit that such actions could be accomplished. I pray that everyone reading scripture will take very seriously the words that Jesus teaches, for we truly are His students in this world and our lifestyle and example speaks volumes to a watching world. Live a life worthy of our Lord and only through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  2. Good morning David! I love the new word you have taught us today: talmudim. A wonderful place to be…at His feet learning from him. I also love the WORD you bring to us each morning too! Thank you for your faithfullness to us and to Him. I too have found if I had spent more time in prayer, or even anytime in prayer about some decisions, end results would have been better. It is so easy to miss the Spirits leading, to dull the hearing. This blog is such a help to getting off on the right foot and in right attitude, opening our hearts and ears so we might learn from Him. Blessings David! Hope you are feeling well.

  3. There is a great deal of turmoil in my life lately, I certainly don’t feel close to Jesus this morning but I know that HE is there and I have to pursue in prayer. I feel such a peace when I view this latest photograph. How can anyone not feel close to the Father when overlooking this magnificent view? And then… the promises of the Beatitudes….. Thank you David, bless you and yours.

  4. Thank you David for challenging me to be a “talmudim”. There is so much to learn about our Great God, our Saviour Jesus, and His Holy Spirit.
    So enjoy the daily Bible reading and blog, wishing blessings upon you and your loved ones.

  5. Hi David, l am reading along on the computer with your (click for the word) l am taking my time and devouring the Word, what a treat! l am trying to get up before everyone else to be able to focus Isn’t great to be a Talmudim! Reynolds photography is amazing,l hope one day he will be able to compile all these marvelous photos of Israel in a book. Way to go Reynold!

  6. I so agree and identify with you David and all the others…how
    wonderful to be a part of the family of God! How amazing that our reborn spirits
    can even begin to grasp and receive the things of the Word. Only with Holy Sririt is this possible. Bless you and your family, David.
    This picture is so beautiful and restful I have put it as my desktop photo.

  7. In agreement with the nine replies today’s blog is certainly a conversational piece. Truly a work of art, and “a picture now worth a thousand words!” Luke 6 is a special chapter for our living with the revelation of the Golden Rule and the Beatitudes ennabling the building of our house upon a ROCK, being Jesus Christ.

  8. Im late today…but i agree with all the reply’s ~~ Its all about Jesus….and the photo ….peaceful….thank you Holy Spirit….

    Our Anchor Our Rock Our Everything…. He who is in us……

    Blessings on your night….. tucked away in His Arms…Tomorrow my Ken will be gone 11 yrs….and 5 weeks before he went home… we gave you your Purple Martin Bird House….Bruce M.. who played Jesus was on the show that day…what a Blessing that was for Ken….and then home to Glory….
    sending my love and hugs to you David for such a time as this…….as we journey in that direction as well…difficult being a widow…but in Love with Jesus who has seen me through the hard days & nights…….until tomorrow (God Willing) Di

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