Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 6-7
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Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 6:2b, 7:1
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation…Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
“NOW!” The present is always the time to do business with God. Like interest on unpaid bills, it will cost more to procrastinate in confessing sin with true repentance. John the Baptist, Jesus, and Peter all began their public ministries with a call to repent. Our reading today gives the very best definition of “repentance” (7:9, 10, & 11). Is this important? Yes, yes, yes!
Just as the Corinthian believers refreshed the spirit of Titus, let’s do our best to refresh our Pastor’s spirit, along with the spirits of church administrators and our missionaries. We could jump ahead and read Paul’s letter to Titus (click here). There is much wisdom in the little book of Titus. How do we do all things well? How do we make sure that we give no offense and that our ministry is not blamed? It’s well worth the time to read today’s chapters 6 & 7 all over again.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You have called me again today to repent. Your Word is true north. It points to You without fail. It is my Compass. Like a pilot or a ship’s captain, may I constantly make corrections in the direction I take in life. Grant me the grace to be diligent. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I received a letter recently from the former Pastor of Compass Point Church. The initiative taken by Pastor Ron Gannett has refreshed my spirit. “Compass Point” has a magnificent building next door to the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario (a photo of the church is below). The real Church is the people. Over the years my spirit has been refreshed again and again by the Pastors and people of this great congregation. As I type this blog, I’m praying at the same time that everyone who reads this with me will find their spirits refreshed.
When I became a believer at 16, I was asked to share a personal testimony in the High School auditorium at a Youth for Christ rally. I went to my part-time job boss at the local Chrysler dealership for help. He said, “David, you can never go wrong quoting Scripture,” and suggested Titus 3:5a. I remember that in a faltering voice, I simply said, “This is my testimony, ‘Not by works of righteousness that I have done, but according to His mercy, He saved me.'” The actual quote says, “we” and “us,” but to me it became very personal.
I cannot conclude this blog without commending the leadership of Crossroads. They exemplify the righteous leadership portrayed in today’s reading. I’m so very thankful for our CEO, Lorna Dueck and the entire team at Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. and at the TV network, YES TV.
Yours for “Perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (7:1b). Let the process continue!
Amen, David! Thank you to everyone at Crossroads and 100 Huntley Street. Thank you David, for posting Compass Point Bible Church in Burlington. The Lord is our hope and our salvation. Amen! Blessings fellow saints in the Lord!
Meditated on this scripture for sometime, early this morning and it filled me:
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
1 Peter 2:24 NKJV
Pour Out Your Spirit Lord (w/lyrics) – Evan Wickham
I remember that pastor. (I had family attending there). I believe he is the one that invited you to join them on “the Holy Hill” to build The Crossroads Centre. It is still a good relationship and we pray that it will always be so. God bless you David, Norma Jean, and family. Thank you all.
My spirit got refreshed last night watching Franklin Graham live streaming,seeing all those souls coming to recieve Christ’s forgiveness and love! Always refreshed each morning!Blessings!
Thanks for refreshing our spirits again today Pastor David. Also remembered your request Beverley for your best friend Beth’s spouse, Marc. Trust he survived the attack and pray the Lord meets his need for a liver transplant soon. The Lord bless the church next door to Crossroads and Lorna Dueck and all the staff of Crossroads Bro. David. Thank you saints for all your postings including scripture and songs.
Thank you for your prayers for Marc, Ger.
Amazing how things just dovetail…my scripture reading this AM was “Titus”!!
Titus 3: 3-8a NIV…”3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 Whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of life. 8a This is a trustworthy say.”
Now! what a definite word…not tomorrow, but today!”
Math 6:34b “sufficient for the day the evil thereof.”
Have a blessed day in the Lord…all you bloggers!
Spectacular photo of Excavation site! Thank Reynold!
Also “Compass Point Church”
You are right in commending the new Leadership of Crossroads. CEO Lorna Dueck and her team have done an excellent job in bringing new life into Crossroads!!!