Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PEACE WITH GOD

Today’s┬áReading: Colossians 1

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

 

Located just outside the ancient walls of Jerusalem, this rock face is believed by many to be “Golgotha” or “The Place of the Skull” (Matthew 27:33), where Jesus was crucified. Isaiah 53:10 tells us that,”It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” God was “Pleased.” “The pleasure of the Lord.” What a sublime mystery! Let’s think deeply about this.

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

 

Key Verse: Colossians 1:19-20

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

 

Just in case we might miss Paul’s main theme for this letter, he repeats the Name of Jesus, or a personal pronoun referring to Jesus, about 30 times in today’s reading. Jesus is the Lord of creation (1:16-17), the Source of reconciliation (1:20-22), the Reason for the believer’s hope (1:5, 1:23, 27), the Strength to live a new life (1:11 & 29), our Redeemer (1:14), 100% fully God (1:15 & 19), the Reason the cosmos exists and holds together (1:16, 17), the Head of the Church, the resurrected One, the preeminent Person in the universe (1:18), the Peacemaker between God and humanity (1:20), and the One who works mightily in us (1:29). Do we have the message clearly in our minds and hearts? God’s answer to human need is “Jesus.” We got this fact as children in Sunday School. We may remember that when the teacher asked a question, we would usually guess the answer was “Jesus.” Jesus taught that we are to become as little children (Matthew 18:1-5). In contrast to the first Covenant of God with mankind, which we read about yesterday (about keeping laws and regulations), the New Covenant is all about a Person and a personal relationship with Him.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I believe IN You, not just about You. I believe IN You as a bride believes in her man whom she meets at the altar of God. I give You, Lord, my entire life forever and ever. As Paul gave thanks and prayed consistently for the people of Colosse, even so I give thanks and pray for all my blog brothers and sisters. I’m praying from the “prayer book” of Colossians (1: 9-11), and I believe God says a resounding “YES!” to my prayers. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve attached a movie clip to the blog of what I believe is most powerful. It features actor Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, quoting the actual words of Jesus. The Apostle Matthew was Bruce’s script writer. Bruce has often guested on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. My mind is putting Colossians chapter one as an overlay to the movie scene. I am deeply moved! (Click here to watch a short video clip).

I have had the honour in several communities to serve as a Chaplain for veterans’ associations. Invariably, when I spoke at memorial services, I chose today’s key verse as my text. Those who gave their lives for our country have made a great sacrifice. Jesus gave His life for mankind to have peace with God and peace between all people groups. He “made peace through the blood of His cross.” I share the fact that each of us must receive Jesus into our lives in order to experience the peace Jesus wants us to have. Many veterans and their family members have done this right there at the memorial service.

Yours for knowing and experiencing who Jesus is,

David

13 thoughts on “Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  1. How Great is our God! Praise His Holy Name in all the earth.
    David, l am sitting outside as the sun is rising; reading your blog. Tears of joy are flowing as l am filled with His Glory. I pray for “revival” especially for Canada at this time. We need a turning back to God; for He says; “lf my people will humble
    themselves and pray, and turn back from their sins l will heal their land …! I pray for a great outpouring of His Holy Spirit today. In the Precious Name of Jesus!
    May our Good God continue to work great things through your ministry Amen & Amen !!! Blessings!

  2. Thank you Pastor David I am also praying for you, I just love this Chapter it is so wonderful and uplifting. I prayed verses 9-14 with thanksgiving and tears in my eyes. Have a Blessed day everyone. Eleanor M.

  3. Oh, amen, David! Thanks for sharing the link. Christ’ ultimate sacrifice has set us free and given us eternal life. Praise You, Lord Jesus!! Blessings and prayers, today, for all fellow saints, in the Lord.

    I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal 2:20 NKJV

    I Have Been Crucified With Christ (Robin Mark)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoZWRfXdh4w

  4. Thanking God for you pastor David ! Your prayers mean so much to me. Reading your blog sheds an inspiration on my day. Love the links to other insights & songs.
    Praying for you & other readers too as I’m experiencing the communion of saints.
    Sincerely with love In Jesus

  5. such a dynamic lesson that does bring out those tears!!! thank you for your faithfulness to you Pastor David and those that come along side with you thank you….

  6. URGENT!
    please pray for rain throughout Canada, in the Provinces and the United States that are fighting fires!
    pray for strength for the firefighters and their families!

    TY for the Lord healing Leah! please pray healing for Eva and Darren, he is awaiting a kidney transplant, very complicated procedure! Pray for a good medical team to do this surgery!

    PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW! AMEN

    • Yes,”Praise God from Whom all blessings flow”

      Amen! agreeing in prayer with you Sah for the above requests!!

    • Praying Sah for those you mentioned and for rain. Also strength for those fighting the fires. Lord bless greatly all those who support Your work and listen to Your Words.

  7. Thank you Pastor David for your prayer for us. I pray for you and your family thanking God for your faithfulness in presenting this daily manna.

    Blessings all who participate in this blog!! Amen!!

  8. Praise God from whom All blessings flow.
    Grateful for the privilege and blessings afforded to me and my fellow blog readers; in the relationship we share with Jesus Christ our Lord & Saviour.
    We serve such a loving & caring God!!
    Praying for & giving God thanks for Rev. Mainse, the entire Mainse family; as well as my fellow blog readers.
    Praying for God’s will to be accomplished in the lives of Eva & Darren as they await His provision with the kidney transplant. Please use your servants Lord to comprise their medical team. We thank you Lord that we have sure hope in You Jesus and that all you do is well done.
    Also praying for rain; especially in British Columbia as the fire-fighters continue to battle the fires. Lord Jesus please give the fire fighters and their families renewed hope; please continue to be their source in this great time of need.
    Remembering too all those among us who are unwell and ailing in one way or the other; those who are in need spiritually, physically or emotionally; Lord Jesus you are our Source; our All in All. Please Jesus meet our needs according to Your Will and according to your purpose.
    Thank you Lord for Who You are & for Who we are in You.
    We offer All praise honour and glory to You Lord Jesus with a heart full of thanksgiving in Your Precious Name.
    Amen.
    Have a blessed & fruitful rest of the week all.

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