Sunday, July 14, 2013


Suggested Reading: 2 Chronicles 36

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In Jerusalem, you can still see the enormous cut rocks that were thrown down onto the street from the upper walls of the Temple Mount. Evidence is everywhere of the destructions of Jerusalem through the centuries.

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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 36:16

But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.

Ezra is probably the one who compiled the Chronicles. The book that bears Ezra’s name is our next study in the Hebrew Scriptures. In today’s reading, Ezra starts with the Egypt-Babylon war, in which Israel was caught in the middle and choice young men like Daniel were taken as captives to Babylon. Then in the final verses, Ezra jumps seven decades to his own story, when he was allowed to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem by King Cyrus of Persia (Iran) who had conquered Babylon.

It is sobering to realize that the destruction of the Temple and the city need not have happened. God had repeatedly called His people to repentance. Sometimes they did repent, but finally God, who has given humanity a free will, was so hurt by rejection that He withdrew from Israel. Jeremiah the prophet, who was ministering at the time, was known as “The Weeping Prophet” as he mirrored the heart of God. “There was no remedy.” How very sad! For followers of Jesus who recognize our rebellious natures, there must be a commitment to a continuing correction of our lives, keeping in line with the Word of God, which we are reading in this blog every day. How absolutely essential is that? AMEN!!!


Lord God, I thank You that even in the decline and fall of Israel, You still had a remnant of the people, prophets, and priests who were loyal to You and Your Word. May I be one of these on whom You can count to love and serve You with all my heart, my mind, and my entire being…all that I am and ever will be. I pray for this grace. In the Name of the One who always served You at 100%, Jesus, my Saviour and Lord, Amen!!!


I’m thankful that turning around from our own destructive ways to God’s ways is possible. I was reading this past week from a book called The Blessing, by Thomas Trask and Wayde Goodall. This book is excellent in its thorough coverage of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people. One person can make a huge difference (click here to find this book). On pages 166-169 there is the story of Steve Crew. His life was a total mess, and but for the grace of God, he would’ve spent years in prison. Instead, he repented, was transformed by Christ, and became a preacher of the Gospel. He was the preacher for several weeks in a church in Brownsville, Florida, when God poured out His Spirit in what became known around the world as “The Brownsville Revival.” It is a fact that God, with the co-operation of His people, does come in power to revolutionize His people. My former co-host on 100 Huntley Street, Lorna Dueck, interviewed the Pastor of that Brownsville church. I recommend that for encouragement everyone should take the time to view this interview. I am greatly encouraged by this story (click here for the interview).

Yours for revival while there is still a “remedy,”


More evidence of the past destruction of Jerusalem through the centuries.

12 thoughts on “Sunday, July 14, 2013

  1. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Ps 118:27

    ‘Is not this altar inviting thee? Shall we not ask to be bound to it, that we may never be able to start back from our attitude of consecration? There are times when life is full of roseate light, and we choose the cross; at other times, when the sky is gray, we shrink from it. It is well to be bound.

    ‘Wilt Thou bind us, most blessed Spirit, and enamor us with the cross, and let us never leave it? Bind us with the scarlet cord of redemption, and the gold cord of love, and the silver cord of Advent-hope, so we will not go back from it, or wish for another lot than to be the humble partners with our Lord in His pain and sorrow!

    ‘The horns of the altar invite thee. Wilt thou come? Wilt thou dwell ever in a spirit of resigned humility, and give thyself wholly to the Lord?’ Streams in the Desert, Cowman, July 14, p. 222.

    We are nothing without You, Lord. We are everything with You. We give thanks and sing praise in our churches to You, today, Lord. The saints who remain home, sing along with the television choirs or radios. We are all rejoicing in Your Name! God bless you, saints, today!

  2. Amen. I could not get the interview ethier they told me to come back later or check something else. Lorna is a very good interviewer not to say that anyone else isn’t.
    Have a good day. Have a good day and put on the sunscreen its going to be a hot one.
    Lianne Hogg

  3. I’m up in the Kawartha’s and a really nice neighbour gave me his access number for WiFy! How great is that? So I am able to get the blogs this week. I could not get the interview either but I have heard about the outpouring. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that happen again? (it just might, though). Have a truly blessed day.

    • Your daily devotions are truly a blessing.
      The link with Lorna Dueck and Mr. Brown’s interview was unavailable. Did anyone else have this problem?
      God bless You with his Grace each day to lift Jesus higher!
      Thank you for your fifty years of planting seeds that have and is bearing much fruit to the glory of God our Father through Jesus Christ the Lord Amen!

  4. Dear David M and precious bloggers,
    Heading now for church and I say thank you Jesus for thew revival of every church that awaits your return as we are all your beautiful bridegrooms by the Grace of God purified by the Blood of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit
    Blessed day every one
    XXXX Carole.

  5. I left a smilie face above. I did not have time to respond. This is a busy time for me . Though I may not have time to post comments I will be with you all on this blog journey .

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