Sunday, March 27, 2016


Today’s Reading: Hosea 5-6

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


The Convent of Pater Noster is on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. It is located at the site of the ruins of the “Eleona” Basilica, built in the 4th Century by Constantine over a cave where, according to tradition, Jesus taught the “Our Father” (“Pater Noster” in Latin). The walls of this convent are decorated with 140 large ceramic tiles, each one inscribed with the Lord’s Prayer in a different language (Matthew 6:9-13).

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


Key Verses: Hosea 6:1-2

“Come and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind is up. After two days, He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”


The prophets of God were given insight into the judgment for sin that God would place on His Son, Jesus, Son of God and Son of man. Jesus was torn and stricken in our place. But through Him, God heals us and binds up our wounds, and then there is the resurrection of Jesus “on the third day” (HAPPY EASTER!). Hosea was a contemporary of Isaiah. Hosea preached his message to the northern tribes of Israel and Isaiah to the southern tribes. Let’s take the time to read again from Isaiah 53. We can never read often enough Isaiah’s revelation of Jesus, the suffering Saviour.

God sent Hosea when Israel was at its lowest point morally and spiritually. Hosea’s message is that God promises to forgive, heal, restore, revive and establish God’s Kingdom, if only they will call upon Him. The northern ten tribes failed to return to God. The result was that they were scattered all over the world by their Assyrian overlords. The history of Israel is in our Bibles so that we may learn and not repeat the same mistakes and thus bring judgment on ourselves. Jesus gave us the “Our Father” prayer which calls out to God these words, “YOUR KINGDOM COME!”


Lord God, I pray that I will learn the lessons You are teaching me. Grant grace so that I may put what I’m learning into practice daily. I desire to please You and to live righteously before You! Continue to draw me ever closer to Yourself!! I pray this in the Name of the One who always loved and served You at 100%, my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!


There is only one city on earth for which the Bible specifically tells me to pray. That’s Jerusalem! (read Psalm 122). I’ve been praying for Jerusalem fervently over the past few days. More than 1,000,000 Jews and Arabs live in that great city today. The clearly-spoken threats of annihilation by Iran (formerly Persia) hang like a sword over their heads.  A few years ago, when Iraq (Babylon) was about to complete their nuclear facilities, Israel bombed their reactor in what they considered a preemptive strike. Iran is about to complete their development of nuclear weapons in spite of the recent agreement with the U.S.A. I wonder and I pray. On “THE THIRD DAY,” Jesus arose from the dead and lives forever to, as Hebrews 7:25 says, pray for “those who have come to God through Him.” That includes me! Hallelujah!!! Have a wonderful Easter celebration today!

Yours for encouraging prayer for “the peace of Jerusalem!!!”


Norma-Jean and I with our son Ron and his wife Ann at the empty Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. ‘HE IS RISEN!!!” “HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!”

12 thoughts on “Sunday, March 27, 2016

  1. FYI: I noticed that when I pressed ‘HERE’ to read/listen on line, I John 5 came up instead of Hosea 5-6. I just thought you should know.

    HE IS RISEN!! HE IS RISEN INDEED! I love these blogs! I feel like my day is not complete without them! Thank you David, Ron, Ann and Reynold for making these possible!!

  2. I had the same problem with the listening category (1 John 5 came up). Anyway, a good blog today. Have a glorious day.

  3. Shed some tears today for Christ’s suffering for the human race who reject or do not want to hear about it; heightened by the fact that I am also sharing in His suffering right now. Trust you are having a blessed Easter!

  4. Thank you for the picture of you David, Norma-Jean, Ron and Ann and the message you give ‘HE IS RISEN’ appropriate at the Empty Tomb!!!

  5. PTL for your extra years and perhaps they have been given to you to encourage others through your blog. Thanks for taking the time to write – I look forward to your posts every morning. Maranatha!

  6. Your continued life here beyond what you were told, has been a blessing to many.
    In this life, you’ll never know how many people you touched during this extended time on earth. Your faith in Jesus is strong — don’t feel confused as to what God wants you to do. Jesus will continue leading you. Your daily writing has changed our focus in life. We eagerly look forward to every blog — even though we are not involved with modern technology, facebook, etc. — your writing and insight is what we value. We had read through the Bible before, but doing it with you, the words come alive in another way, and we are committed to reading along with you, and reading your insights. When you finish the two year Bible writing, we’ll be looking forward to your next plan. One time, you mentioned about writing for children, and if this is the route — we have young grandchildren, so we will be able to share your thoughts with them. So may God Bless you with many more productive years of sharing your faith with others. We also enjoyed your book.
    I didn’t include our names, as we are very much background people — and we don’t like to have our names online.

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