Saturday, January 14, 2017

GOVERNMENT

Today’s Reading: Romans 13

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

 

The Temple of Hephaestus, also known as the Hephaisteion, or earlier as the Theseion, is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built. The temple was officially inaugurated in 416-415 BC. It is a Doric peripteral temple, and is located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens, on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill. From the 7th century until 1834, it served as the Greek Orthodox church of St. George Akamates.

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

 

Key Verse: Romans 13:8

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

 

Not only does Paul not advocate the overthrow of the government, he actually tells us to be good subjects. Caesar, the Emperor, was the focus of the official “religion.” Social concerns, such as human rights, were unheard of. Paul was following the Lord Jesus, who said when asked about paying taxes, “Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…” (Matthew 22:21a). The state and man’s religion have gone hand-in-hand throughout most of human history. Imposing buildings, such as the one pictured above, have been created to impress the people with the authority of the state and the state religion. Those early believers in Jesus were meeting in their homes, not in magnificent temples. Paul taught that their power was in “love,” not in revolution or in political activism. Loving is not optional for the follower of Christ. It is a debt that we must pay. No wonder thousands of Jews, Greeks, and Romans believed in Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, please remind me daily of my debt of love. It’s payback time. You have loved me and I need to love You and others in return. Please show me the practical ways to express love today. I pray this, dear Jesus, expecting Your Holy Spirit to motivate me. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have a grandson-in-law who is a police officer. I pray for his safety each morning. He is responsible for three of my great-grandchildren. The other day, he and his partner made a major drug bust. We could agree that he was acting, as Paul wrote, “as God’s minister to you for good” (Romans 13:4a).

I received an e-mail recently which is a positive example of one way to influence government decisions. It was from Pastor Wally Magdangal, who was reflecting on our past involvement with him. It was in 1992, just days before Christmas, that I received a fax from Amnesty International that Pastor Magdangal was about to be executed by the Saudi authorities for the crime of baptizing Muslims into the Christian faith. While we were live on air with 100 Huntley Street across the continent, I was able to reach, by telephone, the Saudi Ambassador at his embassy in Ottawa. I read the fax on national television and, of course, he denied that his country would do any such thing. Thank God, the pastor was released on Christmas Eve and was on a flight back to his home in the Philippines Christmas Day. Here’s a quote from Wally’s e-mail. “You appealed for my life and freedom back in December of 1992. I am alive today and serving THE LORD JESUS CHRIST because of Christians like you who prayed for me and advocated for my release from the death sentence in Saudi Arabia.” All who gave financially to pay for the TV airtime, and even the long-distance phone call, have a part in Wally’s release. Most days my “do what is good” is a little, unnoticed thing; but God takes notice, and that’s what counts.

Yours for loving one another,

David

P.S. Something special happened to me five years ago today. Following a time of fasting and prayer, which ended with the Sunday evening service, I went to sleep as usual. At exactly 4:00 a.m. Monday I was awakened abruptly. I know that the Lord downloaded His call to do this blog. It happened again the same way two months later. On the digital clock it again read “4:00 a.m.” … the Lord reconfirmed to me the start date of the blog, Sunday, June 3rd, 2012, the day after our 50th anniversary on television (you can click here to find out more details from the  video I put on the “About 100 Words” section of my blog).

21 thoughts on “Saturday, January 14, 2017

  1. Amen to Romans 13, and your faithfulness in following God’s call to start the blog, David. What a blessing it has been–reaching so many hearts and portals around the globe. Five years now, and our third time around, and yet it is often like reading scripture for the first time. Wishing love peace and blessings, fellow saints in the Lord.

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

    Here I am Lord with lyrics, (feat. Sarah Hart)” by John Michael Talbot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxOkht8w7c

  2. WOW!

    Thank you to saying yes to the daily 4 am call five years ago.

    I certainly enjoy reading this daily blog and feel that I now know Jesus much better and have a better relationship as a result.

    Shalom,
    Graham.

  3. Hi,David,I hope you are comfortable in your new home.I thank you for the 3 1/2 yr that I have been following your blog.I have learned much and grown to understand much also.Get well soonest,spring is coming.God bless

  4. My heart is filled with gratitude thanking our Heavenly Father for your faithfulness and obedience.
    Your daily blog is truly fresh manna every morning. Yes, all the spiritual nutrition can be ruminated making it so much easier to digest.
    My spirit and mind absorb what is needful. So often daily happenings confirm it with some amazing events or details.
    I love your personal notes sharing from your life in so many God-Moments.
    Today is a special day as I’ll be singing #1’song (spiritual version ) to my dear husband of 40 yrs and together we’ll sing #2’song. We’ll read and pray Numbers 6:24-26 for all our loved ones including you and yours .

  5. Yes, and I was so happy that you started this blog David and countless others as it gives us much more confidence in our walk with the Lord and makes us more fruitfull especially as we act upon it. I imagine you are enjoying your new home. Quoted the key verse on fb lately. God bless you all.

  6. I, too have been with you since day one of the blog David.
    I am truly blessed each morning to begin with God’s Word.
    In days like these we truly need a Saviour, He is our life line.
    Thank you, thank you Jesus for calling David to this blog and
    Keeping him faithful to the call.
    David I pray blessings of mercy, healing upon you.
    You are such a blessing to all of us. May God strengthen you daily.

    • Amen!! Eleanor Crittenden.

      I agree with you and I am also following the blog from the start
      5 years ago. It truly is a blessing to me, “thank-you Jesus for
      this daily life line of hope for the future”.

      Praying blessings of peace and mercy to all, in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen!!

  7. So glad to hear you are feeling better . I will continue to pray for you to return to good health. I am with you for the third time around with your daily bible reading and it is such a blessing to me .Thank you for all that you do .May God bless you , your family and 100 Huntley Street.

  8. Thank you again for your faithfulness David. This is my second time around
    with 100words.ca. I haven’t subscribed to have it come in to my inbox daily.
    I have it under favourites and just click it every morning.I thought I would mention
    that because your count of followers might be larger than you think.
    Thank you again for my daily spiritual vitamins.
    Blessings and good health .

  9. Thank you David M. for your faithfulness in doing this blog
    for us ….yes Iam still with you from the very beginning …R…

  10. Trusting you are settled within your new home Pastor David with Norma-Jean at your side. Praying for continued strength and quick recovery from the infection. In the Wonderful and Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen!!

    Always find your comments and personal stories of great interest and encouragement!! The many miracles that took place through your obedience and ministry through these many years, and still do!!
    Appreciate your photos Rev. Reynold, thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you and Kathy in all you do.

    Thank you Ron and Ann for your faithfulness and ministry as you commit your time with this blog and in any area the Lord leads you both. Blessings and love from our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Just to let you know I did not receive this blog in my inbox this morning, but was able to access through 100Huntly Street.

  11. Thank you so much David for your blog, it brings to me so many Blessings ,YOU are a pure Hearted man and God loves you so much ,,you will see his face someday ,,,I pray he will heal you again, because we need more pastors like you,,I watch in French all the time le centre Réveil,and PastorJean Turpin mention how much you mean to him and help him and his wife Louise in his walk with our Lord Jesus when he was so discouraged,and I watch you when you did a sermon at the centre réveil ,it brought me to tears ,,,God Bless you and your Family and Huntley street

  12. I could not think of ever not reading 100 Words of quitting. My wife, Dorothy also follows your blog. It is a real blessing. We keep it under “favourites. We never have had any problem getting it each day. I have, in my past, taught an adult Bible Class at our church. It took me thru the Bible several times, but I always learn more each time I go thru the Bible especially as I follow the 100Word blog.
    Praying that your health and strength will completely return David. We need ministers with your integrity and anointing.

  13. I can’t begin counting the blessings from this blog! I appreciate the HONESTY of David Mainse and others. Sometimes we have done things in the past that we are ashamed of and amen to the Holy Spirit I will read someone confessing some sin from the past and I get the shivers because I had the same experience but would never have talked about it! However, this has changed thanks to the Holy Spirit leading David Mainse in this daily blog and for all who have felt comfortable in sharing many aspects in our lives! This is a good thing! Keep up this wonderful thing, we are told to share with one another our burdens, so praise the Lord, in Jesus Name we Pray amen

    I wish to encourage all those who have a mental illness to please feel free to share your journey! I am bi polar and for years the devil took great delight in me keeping my mouth shut! Then one day GOD moved me to talk with my Pastor at that time (20 years ago) and he encouraged me to keep talking and sure enough; in the church there were many others who were going on a journey with their mental health! When you have others walking with you in love, it makes such a big difference! Please pray for our young people in our country; many are very lonely, very stressed. I would like to suggest if you are able to help some young person out with their finances for education, please pray about that aspect!

    Blessings to all today, I made some hummus, going to share some with another person and going swimming tonight!

    • I too have a mental illness so I know I know what it’s like I suffer from depression and anxiety but with the help and grace of God I am stable I’m still on meds and I’m believing God to be my healer amen

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