Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CHIEF CORNERSTONE

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 2

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

 

Ruins of the Celsus Library…one of the most beautiful structures in Ephesus. It was built in 117 A.D. as a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the governor of the province of Asia. The grave of Celsus was beneath the ground floor across the entrance and there was a statue of Athena over it, because she was thought to be the goddess of wisdom.

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

 

Key Verses: Ephesians 2:19-20

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.

 

Christians take note! Our position in Christ is established! By the end of the second chapter, we have the words “in Christ” (or its equivalent) 19 times. Are we beginning to get the message? We are no longer the walking dead! (verses 1-3). We have been raised up! We “sit together in the heavenly places in Christ” (verse 6). Verse 11 begins with “Therefore” (as the result of the foregoing), which is a turn-around word…(1) We are alive in Christ; (2) We experience the exceeding riches of His grace; (3) We are saved through faith, a gift of God; (4) We are created in Christ Jesus for good works (works do not produce any favour from God, but they follow as a result of His favour); (5) We are citizens of His Kingdom with all the privileges that pertain thereto; (6) We are family–His DNA can be traced within us; and (7) We are a holy temple, God’s habitation!

We are “in Christ” and He is living in us! It is very, very humbling to recognize that, other than opening our hearts to Him, He’s done it all!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that I will comprehend, as much as I have the capacity to do so, the magnitude of Your blessing on me. Please assist me to recognize that my behaviour does not determine Your blessing, but Your blessing determines who I am. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I am blessed! Blessed! Blessed! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I made my lifetime decision to be a follower of Jesus at 16 years old, but it was not until I was 19 that I fully realized my position “in Christ.” It was then that I studied “The Doctrines of Salvation,” first in a Bible correspondence course and then in Bible College. The book “Lectures in Systematic Theology” by Henry C. Thiessen was a companion to my Bible. This book is for sale on Amazon or can be purchased on Kindle for iPad reading (click here). I find Thiessen’s teachings concise and carefully Biblical. In fact, I would recommend this study as foundational to every other Bible study curriculum.

The words from today’s reading, “Chief Cornerstone,” stood out to me because of much time spent with our First Nations people. Over again and again, I heard them refer to their true Chief, Jesus Christ, as their “Chief Cornerstone.” I have the great honour of being an honourary Chief of the Oneidas. I’m reminded that Jesus is my Chief, now and forever!

Yours for learning who we are as believers in Jesus, our Chief Cornerstone,

David

P.S. Yesterday was my son Ron’s 54th birthday. Ron and Ann’s daughter Andrea has her birthday on the same day! Ron pointed out to me this week that we had almost 32,000 blog readers’ comments. To you who are reading this and have never let me know, please do so today, if possible. I don’t get to answer each one, but I do read them all with thankfulness and prayers of God’s blessing on each person whose name I see.

The Celsus Library facade has two stories with Corinthian style columns on the ground floor and three entrances to the building. There are three window openings in the upper story. They used an optical trick…the columns on the sides of the facade are shorter than those at the center, giving the illusion of the building being greater in size.

 

72 thoughts on “Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  1. Dear Rev David Mainse I have left messages at different times have been following your blog for sometime know. Find it quite powerful in prayer and guidance in my walk with Jesus, also promote other people to follow that call the 100 Huntley prayer line as I am a volunteer 2 times a week, 100 Huntley a lighthouse of Canada for people to give there life to Jesus. Thank you for all that you do, and I pray you continue to defie the doctors in your health. God Bless you an family.
    Sincerely Dale McQuillan

  2. I am blessed to start my day reading your blog. My daily prayer is to the Father to command His angels to take charge of the Mainze family from generation to generation, in Jesus’ name I pray.

  3. Thank you for being so committed and faithful in posting this Bible Study daily. This is my second time around and I rarely miss a day this time. If I do I make sure I catch up as every day brings me closer to God’s heart. You and 100 Huntley Street are the reasons I became baptized in the Holy Spirit and there’s been no
    turning back, nor the desire to
    Turn back, in 24 years. Thank you for answering Jesus’ call to spread the Good News. I heard that call and look forward to meeting you some day in Paradise. You are blessed and highly favoured David. Shalom.

  4. Thank you David Mainse for your servant heart to produce his devotional daily for several years now. My parents were avid 100 Huntley St viewers and supporters. There is a memory stone in your walkway outside your building , my parents purchased for their youngest son David Prentiss , in his memory many years ago. When I follow the Tv broadcasts and this blog I feel a great comfort and
    connection to them too. They trusted and respected this ministry . Your wife and yourself reflected a standard they wanted to reflect also. They prayed 22 years for me to come to the Lord. Praise God I did before either of my parents passed away. Immediately I turned to 100 Huntley St for daily teaching and encouragement . It has been 24 years now. I am grateful and blessed daily by this blog and 100 Huntley St also. I pray I will get to see you in person on Juky 1 in my home town of Kingston for The Cry Kingston. I live in Thunder Bay . Thank you ????

  5. Dear David, your blog is the first thing I read each morning as it starts my day in the right direction. After reading I pray for God’s blessing on both you & Norma-Jean. Thank you for your faithfulness. Also, I have watched & been a partner of 100 Huntley Street from the very beginning & always enjoy the interviews. Lillian

  6. Dear Pastor Maines,
    I have been a follower of this blog for approximately 3 to 4 years. I look forward every morning to open up the Word of God with you. This blog brings life to my day. May God’s continued blessing be upon your family and your health.
    Thank you for all you have done and is doing to send the “Good News “to all the nations.
    Much prayers is appreciated.
    Denise.

  7. David I just want to let you know you are truly a blessing and I ask the chief cornerstone to continue bless you Norma Jean and your entire family…Like Daniel I am in the lions den and through this blog I have shut the lions mouth..been given a8 year sentence I met an amazing woman who introduced me to your blog August 15 will be two year since am to be released 2020..I just received a letter that I have been given presidential pardon to go home..just like the doctor who gave you a time span on your life which expired and your still strong and going in the same likeness I have been blessed by your blog …I hope to meet you soon to personal thank you for bringing a lost sheep home..God bless you David…….(Joel)

  8. Thank you for 100 Words David.
    I am a faithful reader and also am so happy to see your healthy recovery.

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Rose

  9. Thank you for writing your daily Blog. I especially enjoy your son’s photos as they relate to the scriptures . It’s like being in Israel , almost!

    I’ve been following for over 4 years. Each time going through the Bible with you, I am blessed in my understanding of our Lord ‘s love for me. May our Lord continue to bless you and your family in Jesus Christ our Savior !

  10. Again, David, many thanks to you (and your family) for your insights and faithfulness. And belated “Happy Birthday!”, Ron.

  11. I have been following this blog since the very beginning so I am in my third 2 year journey with you. I posted lots of comments in the first 2 year journey but I have not posted recently. I find your commentaries to be insightful and certainly the photos being the Bible to life. Thank you for your commitment to this. God bless each and every one who has a part. May God continue to touch your body Pastor David. You are a living miracle!!!! Praise God!!!

  12. Good Morning David, I am one of those that have not been leaving replies but have followed you for about 4 years. Thank you for being so faithful in doing this blog.
    YES in HIM we are truly blessed. HIS grace and mercies are fresh and new every morning!!! Thank you Lord Jesus.
    Bill

  13. May the Lord bless you, as you have blessed me with your message very day.
    I can’t imagine starting the day without it. The book “Lectures in Systematic Theology” was instrumental in bringing me to Jesus. It is a real treasure.

  14. Thank you for sharing the wisdom and depth of insight the Lord has blessed you with. I deeply appreciate you bringing the word to life even more;by posting photographs;which makes the daily devotion that much more meaningful for me and others who may never get to see the Holy Land and other amazing photos posted here.
    I personally believe my relationship with God has grown deeper thanks to your daily words shared.
    So very much appreciated. Thank you

  15. I was not consistent the first time you went through this but for the last couple of years I try to be awake between 4 and 5 am to read through and pray as I watch the sun rise over the mountains. I still have so much to learn and understand. God has blessed me so much through this reading plan and your commentaries. Thank you for following faithfully – your love for our Savior is so evident and real! God bless you all!

  16. It has been a priveledge to follow 100 words since the beginning. Each morning when I wake the first thing I do is open 100 words. Thank you Pastor David for continuing this walk with us. I am so greatfull to you and your family and the love of God you share with us everyday.

  17. Good morning Pastor David
    Just a note to inform you that I look forward to reading your blog daily.
    It has helped me read the whole bible this last couple of hrs.
    Love how you know so much history of Israel and how you have educated me through your words in so many ways.
    I recognize you as our Father in the faith over our great nation Canada.
    I often tell my friends articles that you have spoken on and speak highly of your daily blog.
    You will never know how many lives you have touched David through your Ministry and through this blog. May The Lord bless you richly today.

  18. Good morning David: I have been following your blog since day one. My old Bible is marked up with much from your blog quotes. I finally had to give in and get a large print Bible which my son Joel (your godson) and his family gave to me last Christmas. It is now getting marked up with your wisdom from your blogs. I pray for you every morning, sometimes during the day when I think of you and during the night when God’s awakens me to prayer. May God continue to bless you my dear long time friend. June Bradley

  19. God bless you David and all of your family. May the light of Jesus always shine through every generation. You are such an amazing example to us of how God works in those who commit their lives wholly to Him. I am grateful to you for your dedication to His Word and to this daily blog
    . Thank you for teaching us about Jesus love and power as our Lord and Saviour.

  20. Dear Rev. Mainse,
    I have been reading your blog for one year now and I am excited to be almost halfway through the bible. I really love the photos, links to the maps, the history, the archeology and your personal stories. It gives me a well rounded understanding of the scriptures and brings the bible to life for me. Thank you so much! God bless you and your family.

  21. Blessings and thanks to the Mainse family for your faithfulness in the feeding of God’s word. 100 words has definitely brought discipline to my reading of the bible every morning. This is my third time through and look forward to it every morning.

  22. Thank you for your faithfulness in preparing this blog day after day. Each morning I anticipate reading 100 Words. You have been a blessing to us all.

  23. So glad to be following this blog since the beginning Pastor David. It has added so much to my walk with the Lord. Thank you and Happy belated birthday Ron. God bless everyone. Ger

  24. Bless you, David for your continued faithfulness to this blog despite your physical limitations. I have followed your ministry and supported it as a partner in prayer and finances since the inception of 100 Huntley Street. Thank you again. Praying for you and Norma Jean that God will give you continued strength.

  25. Dear Mr. Mainse,
    Thank you for your generous, daily effort of providing us your instructive daily blog.
    You show us that a good tree will produce good fruit even in its adulthood. You are young at heart and your affection for God and for the church is inspiring.

    I spent nearly thirty years in the Pentecostal church but have returned to the catholic church a few years ago. Nevertheless, your teachings are still relevant to me.

    Blessings on you and yours forever,

    Mike

  26. Your blog is a real blessing . Have been following it since it’s beginning . First time I’ve commented but appreciate your sound teaching and insights. Read it in the morning before I get up to face the day. This is the day that the Lord has made , I will rejoice and again say rejoice and be glad in it . Pray for you — blessings.

  27. Thank you so much for this, I have been with you for a little more that 3 yrs. It is such a blessing to have as a start to each day. May The Lord bless thee, and keep you.

  28. Christ Alone, Cornerstone, faith made strong in the Saviour’s love…
    Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all!

    So thankful for this promise. Thank you for your steadfastness in keeping this truth before us daily. May the Lord bless and continue to strengthen you!

  29. I really enjoy reading your blog each morning to start my day off. I especially love the photos that really bring GodsWord to life. You are a man of character, integrity and boldness in your faith, not common these days, but something I’m trying to bring my boys up to value. Thank you for your example.

  30. Dear David
    You asked that we post a comment and so I am doing so – we are not too computer literate so have to really work at figuring these things out! We start our day by following your blog and I find it a wonderful blessing to have your words as part of my devotional every day. Even on trips, as a matter of fact especially on trips, we can be in touch with you for daily guidance and blessing. Thank you and your family for all you do to create this blog, it has blessed us tremendously! We started watching 100 Huntley Street many years ago, again, thank you.

  31. Yes I love this blog , I have been keeping up to date from the blog stated
    Thankyou for all the hard work you have all put into it God Bless you
    and keep you well.Rosemarie….

  32. Eleanor: Yesterday, you mentioned “International Workers” in Turkey as one of the Christian Ministries. Do you have a contact for IW? Eastern Turkey is my background heritage. My father immigrated to Canada in 1907. I am very interested as “light of Christ” is starting to shine in various locations in Turkey. I became a Christian in 1960 at the age 17. My Grandfather was a Muslim Eman (died when my dad was 2). (However, the link of our background in Turkey has been lost). We only have the bit of information my dad shared with us when we were quite young. My dad had rejected both the Muslim & Christian Faith – more because of ‘religion’ than probably a belief in God. I was converted after my dad’s death. He would not have been pleased. But I have always prayed that he had made his peace with God before he died. Your comments just triggered this response.

  33. I have been reading your blog from the start and do not miss a morning. I could not be without the blog every morning. Thank you very much for this blog and I am sorry I have not commented before. Reading the blog is such a part of my life I could not be without it

  34. Amen, David! Yes, I have been with you since the beginning and so enjoy the daily bible study and blog with the saints. Blessings to all as I am up at Wesley Acres and in the Picton library until I get the internet set up.

    May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for thee.
    Ps 25:21 RSV

  35. Amazing photos! thank you and for the comments concerning them!!

    What a powerful and comforting message in today’s reading: the key verse “we are not longer foreigners or strangers but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God….”Jesus Christ is the Chief cornerstone” in the foundation!!! We are family…how awesome!! and Amazing!! but true, according to His Word!!!

    Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus our Blessed Redeemer!!

  36. Hi David
    My husband and I have been reading your daily blog and watching the vlog every day for almost two years. We are so grateful to you for doing this as it makes it easy to be consistent in our daily bible reading. We also love that we can click on the link that has some one that even reads the scripture to us!???? Thank you for your faithfulness in providing this blog every day.
    Sending our love to you,
    Allan and Sybil Akre

  37. Hi David,
    I have been following your 100 Words Walk through the Bible Daily Devotional since June 4, 2016 (Day 1 of Year 3) Your daily teachings have blessed me each and every day. I have always wanted to read the entire Bible, and now I have found a wonderful, resourceful, encouraging, insightful, Bible reading plan with you. Your teachings along with the help of the Holy Spirit have brought the Bible alive for me. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in presenting this opportunity to each of us every day. You are a Blessing to every soul you touch.
    Greetings from Kelowna, BC 🙂

  38. Belated birthday blessings Ron and Andrea:)

    I have been a follower of 100Huntley Street almost from its beginnings; and have been blessed by, and enjoyed participating in this daily blog these past two years!

  39. Just to assure you of our prayers over a long period of time. My husband recently entered the presence of hIs Lord; he had a prayerful interest in your ministry and in that of Nizar. Thank you for your helpful blog following the Scripture reading. Actually I listen to the latter and that is so helpful to my “tired” eyes!

  40. Amen, David!! I am SO blessed by your blog. I’ve just completed my first journey (May 11) and am so excited for this next trip! I’ve become less and less amazed that He hears and answers my prayers, and more and more confident that He DOES!!! I love how and where He’s leading me! God bless you and your family and all on this journey!!

  41. I thank our Lord for you David and your precious wife Norma Jean. I was introduced to your ministry in the 70’s by my neighbour whose sister was Don Osbornes(sp) wife. So began my journey with 100 Huntley street and all that it entails.
    I have faithfully read your blog since it’s inception and am so blessed by your wisdom and faithfulness. We pray for you!!! I have 2 sisters who also read your blog and listen to the broadcasts
    one of my sisters has become a prayer partner and and prays for the needs of people in the wee hours of the morning. Our family has been so blessed and I thank God and you for all you’ve done for His Kingdom. Blessings

  42. David, I have been doing your blog now for two years and am so blessed by it. My parents went with you to Israel on a trip to the holy land. When they returned they told me about the blog. I have so appreciate your teaching and have told many others about it as well.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  43. This is my third time reading through the Bible with you. I am enjoying the 2 year journey! Thank you for your faithfulness in doing this. God bless!

  44. Belated Happy birthday, Ron. I trust you had a wonderful day. I enjoy reading your daily devotion, David and have been reading it for about three years. It is a blessing to me. I pray God’s continued blessings upon you and your family.

  45. Thanks Pastor David, (and Ron and Anne). I will soon be completing my 2nd tour and love it. It is so helpful and motivating spiritually. God bless each of you and reward you for building day after day into our lives.

  46. Hi Pastor David. Began reading the blog on Jan 5, 2015 so am half way thru’ the Bible and anticipate getting to the end and am sure will continue to read it thru as long as you have it on line. I appreciate all n=involved in putting it together . May GOD bless you for who you are In Christ and all that you do to serve GOD and the bloggers. Thank you Thank you !!

  47. I so appreciate your teaching, and all that you put into this blog. It’s such a blessing to me! Praying for God’s continued hand on your life. Thank you so much for all you do!

  48. I too pray for you, David. 100 Huntley Street has been a blessing to me over the years. I have been a supporter for more years than I can remember. I came to know the Lord at an early age. It is so awesome to have Jesus walk with me every day. He has never ever let me down, I give him all the glory and praise he is so richly deserving of. God bless you all, good night.

  49. My husband Bill and I have been with you since the beginning. Your blog is a Blessing! It’s wonderful to be led through the bible for the third time in a row. We appreciate your blog very much and we thank you. We pray that God will continue to Bless you and heal you!!! We are grateful to all involved with the blog!
    Blessings to all the bloggers!!!

  50. Dear David, I was introduced to your blog in June last year. What a blessing it has been to me. I absolutely love the insight you share, the pictures contributed by your son and the joy to meet your family ( in pictures). I thank you for 100 Huntley Street and pray for all who make it possible until Jesus comes again. Your ministry is blessing His kingdom immensely, more than we will ever know, praise God! Also I enjoy reading the comments contributed by sisters and brothers in Christ. It gives us a chance to pray for others, learn from them and enjoy music links included. Truly a blessing, start to finish. Keeping you, your family and your ministry in prayer daily, thank you Lord.

  51. I have been reading and enjoying your blog from the very beginning and have learned so much from you. Thankyou for doing this!! God Bless you and your family!!!
    Praying for you!

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