Saturday, September 19, 2015

THE CROSS, CROOK, and CROWN!!!

Today’s Reading: Psalms 23-25

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The Golden Gate, also known as the Eastern Gate. According to Ezekiel 44:1-3, the Messiah will one day return to the Temple Mount through this gate. The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sealed off the Golden Gate in 1541 in an attempt to prevent the Messiah’s entrance.

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Key Verse: Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23 is classic literature and worthy of memorization. Even better than this is that it is true! We may want to read it aloud slowly, meditating on each line, applying it to our personal experience. David, the shepherd king, knew from childhood the literal truth of his words. Jesus, perhaps thinking of this Psalm, said, “I am the good Shepherd.” Let us add to David’s words the words of Jesus found in John 10:1-18. Jesus speaks of sheep and shepherds 20 times. He says that “The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.”

Yesterday we read the Psalm of the CROSS. Today, the Psalm of the shepherd’s CROOK. Then in Psalm 24 we have the Psalm of the CROWN. Psalm 24:7-10 are also worthy of memorization. In the PAST, there is the finished work of Jesus on the CROSS! In the PRESENT, His shepherd’s CROOK is our constant source of guidance and protection! In the FUTURE, the CROWN…Jesus as “the King of Glory shall come in.” Amen! Amen! Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, the third Psalm in today’s reading is my prayer. I pray for You to (1) “Show me Your ways,” (2) “Lead me in Your truth,” (3) “Remember Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses,” (4) “Pardon my iniquity,” (5) “Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,” (6) “Look on my affliction and my pain,” (7) “Forgive all my sins,” (8) “Keep my soul and deliver me,” (9) “Let me not be ashamed,” (10) Let integrity and uprightness preserve me.” ….. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m truly lifted up in my spirit as I sit at my laptop computer. I don’t know how anyone could read, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in,” and not feel a surge of emotion! There’s another reason my spirit is lifted up…Happy 57th anniversary Norma-Jean! Thank you for your amazing commitment to me on September 19th, 1958 (see photo below). You are more beautiful to me than ever!!

The Islamic Sultan Suleiman in the 1500’s may have sealed up what is known as “The Golden Gate” (picture above), but when Messiah returns to the Mount of Olives, from which He ascended into Heaven (directly opposite the gate), a few stones will never hinder His entrance into the Temple Mount area. The angels said to the astonished and bewildered disciples of Jesus after He had ascended and disappeared from their sight, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven.” Suleiman, as a Muslim, said he believed that Jesus was a great prophet, but his Jesus was not the “SAME” Jesus. Suleiman did not believe in the death of Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God. He did not believe in the literal physical resurrection of Jesus out from among the dead who showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs. I’m expecting the return of the “SAME” Jesus of whom Psalms 22, 23 and 24 speak!!!

Yours for knowing and loving “THIS SAME JESUS” (see Acts 1:1-11),

David

Our wedding day, September 19, 1958

45 thoughts on “Saturday, September 19, 2015

    • Congratulations David and Norma-Jean on your 57th wedding anniversary. I started watching “100 Huntley Street” way back in 1974 when I got married and have watched it fairly regularly since, so your T.V. Ministry has been a real blessing to me for 41 years. May God continue to bless you and enjoy your special day ! This is from a Maritimer on the little island of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy , N.B,

  1. Congratulations on your 57th anniversary! She look just a radiant as on your wedding day.I see Jesus in you both. I pray that you may see many more years of enjoyment with each other and your beautiful grand and great grand children.
    Blessings!

  2. Happy Anniversary God Blessings to both on your 57th congratulations.
    Have a wonderful day and year. You are both a beautiful example of faithfulness -love and joy to our Lord and each other. Thank you.

  3. Happy 57th Anniversary David and Norma Jean !! . I love psalm 23 as many do
    and like to visualize it when I say it . It helps not only me , but many people.
    Today I hope you enjoy your special time together.
    Lianne Hogg

  4. All the points in your prayer request today, David, are depicted in the movie, “War Room”! Saw it yesterday afternoon and it is a great, great, movie. Happy Anniversary and may God bless you with many more Wonderful years together.

  5. Happy Anniversary…Although years apart…you two were married on the same date as my wonderful parents. Congratulations on your faithfulness to each other and for ministering to us these many years by word and example.

  6. Happy Anniversary Norma-Jean & David. Have a wonderful day as you celebrate 57 glorious years together. May God bless you with many more.
    Miriam

  7. Happy Anniversary David and Norma Jean. May God’s richest blessings be yours for many more years or until He comes for us!

    With very much love to you both
    Elfie

  8. A sweet beautiful RADIANT couple choose by Jesus to encourage His body.
    As I glimpse at your wedding gigs I glimpse at how you will greet me in the gardens of Paradise.
    CONGRATULATIONS.
    drh

  9. Congratulations and God bless you David and Norma Jean on your 57th wedding anniversary. And thank you for blessing us on this very special day! Love those photos and you both look beautiful!

  10. Congratulations on your 57 Anniversary, Pastor David and Norma Jean. You are both beautiful inside and out. Thank you for the beautiful words today, a blessing to me as always. Eleanor M.

  11. God Bless you both on your 57th Wedding Anniversary, and always!!! In Jesus Name I pray that the Joy of the Lord with strengthen you in all you do!!!
    Thank you for the pictures…both couples lovely…youth and mature!!!!

    The 23rd Psalm is one I have prayed many times and put it to memory.

    Praise You Jesus You are my Shepherd and I lack nothing; You lead me on paths of righteousness for Your Name Names sake. You lead me beside the still waters that living water of life; You restore my soul; You make me to lie down in green pastures where I rest in You. You prepare a table for me in the midst of my enemies; You provide all my need; You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over; surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the day of my life and I will dwell in Your House forever. Amen and Amen!!!

    And Jesus, the King of Glory shall come in. yes, Amen, Amen and Amen!!!!

  12. Pastor David and Norma Jean, blessings forward!
    Lianne, thinking of your Mom, praying that she is fine. What part of the country did she get her surgery?
    What a gift the psalms are!!

  13. The last blog I received was Sept. 16th 2015 and I am not sure why. I must have accidentally unsubscribed and I am unable to resubscribe.
    Would you please do that for me. I very much enjoy your blog. What a wonderful way to read through the Bible. God Bless you!

  14. Happy Anniversary to both of you, I feel privileged to read your daily blog and in so doing now for 4 years have come to know you David and your family also through 100Huntley street, crossroads.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and prayers and amazing life with me.
    God Bless you Always.
    Love Jennifer.

  15. Happy Anniversary to you both and God’s Blessing on you today and always.
    Thank you David for you continued commitment to this Blog. It continues to be a daily
    blessing to me.

  16. Congratulations dear brother and sister!
    Thank you for your example of trusting God and obeying Him through thick and thin!
    We were so blessed to join you on your last December’s trip to Israel!
    May God continue to bless you with much health and happiness in Him!
    Love you!

  17. Amen to your wonderful prayer David! Happy anniversary to you and Norma-Jean! How joyous are your summers with all your celebrations!! May we celebrate each and every day in our Lord Jesus as we wait ever so patiently for Him! Blessings to all, today and every day!

  18. Happy 57th Wedding Anniversary, David and Norma-Jean! I love you both and praying that the Lord will give you many more precious years together.

    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the Cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the Royal Master, leads against the foe;
    forward into battle see His banners go!

  19. Congratulations and Happy 57th Anniversary, David and Norma-Jean! Your photo is beautiful! Wishing you both a joyous day celebrating together! Blessings fellow saints!

  20. CONGRATULATIONS….to 2 of my favorite people, waiting for you to get to many more anniversaries…..we just celebrated our 61st…….

  21. Happy Anniversary to you both! I thank you again for the wonderful blog information that has been provided and has been such an inspiration to me for quite some time now (I think I’m getting close to the two years).

  22. Happy 57th Anniversary to an amazing couple. You both have been such a blessing to my mom and myself over the years. I LOVE this blog! Have a wonderful day.

  23. Pastor David, Happy Anniversary to you both! May God Bless you with many more happy years together. I also want to let you know I read your blog “faithfully” every morning, and then write notes in my journal. Thought you might like to know you’re being prayed for. 🙂 Tracy

  24. Happy 57th anniversary. You both are such an inspiration and blessing to so many. May your day be filled with much love and joy. I have been following along with you David from the beginning and you have helped me stay in the Word daily.
    Thank you for your faithfulness and commitment.

  25. Happy 57th Anniversary David and Norma-Jean!! May God continue to Bless you richly!!! Your blog, David is a Wonderful Blessing to many of us for which we are very grateful!

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