Sunday, February 20, 2022

PETER’S PRIORITIES

Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 1-2

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

 

The Church of St. Anne (the mother of Mary) is located at the start of the Via Dolorosa, near the Lions’ Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The current church is erected near the remains of an earlier Byzantine basilica. There is a tradition which claims that this was the site of the home of the parents of the Virgin Mary, and that she was born here and grew up here. The sculptor has offered us this depiction of a mother and a young girl.

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

 

Key Verses: 1 Peter 1:5, 2:2

…who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.…As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.

 

“Kept by the power of God!” What a confidence-building statement! Can it be any better than that? Add to that the amazing privilege of growth through the Word of God! We’ve been reading daily the Prophets. We are encouraged to learn a most important lesson from them. They “inquired and searched diligently!” (1:10). We are given clear instructions as to how to do this: “Gird up the loins of your mind” (1:13). That picturesque language helps us understand the process. We could put it differently, like, “Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and partake daily of all the spiritual nutrients we need to grow and thrive.” A baby’s whole world is all about survival and growth.  As a hungry baby desires mother’s milk, so we should hunger and thirst, eating and drinking God’s Word!!!

In Peter’s writing he sounds a lot like he did when he delivered the very first sermon on the birthday of the Church (Read Acts 2:22-24). Peter quotes from his Hebrew Bible from Isaiah 53. Compare 1 Peter 2:24 & 25 with Isaiah 53:5 & 6. All the Apostles were “Word of God” preachers and teachers.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for the grace of consistency in my reading and my meditating on and in Your Holy Word. I ask that Your Spirit will impart to me a greater comprehension and practical application of Your Word. May I, like the Apostles, have a strong ministry to others by skillfully, and with wisdom, sharing Your Word with others. In the Name of the “Living Word,” Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

A while back, I spoke at the Crossroads Chapel service about the DNA of the Crossroads Ministry. I took “Uncle Jasper” and “Caspar the Cop” with me to illustrate the commitment Crossroads has had to children’s ministry since the beginning of the TV ministry back in 1962 (photo below). I used these same puppets to help me grab the attention of the children in a Sunday School I started in Chalk River, Ontario, when I was 18 back in 1954. Most of the time there has been a children’s component to the Crossroads ministry.

Yours for getting the attention of the children so that they will drink the “pure milk of the Word” and “grow thereby!”

David

P.S. Jasper and Caspar are pictured below. Notice the copy of a Bible under the wooden shoes. The symbolism is that we stand on the solid foundation of the Scriptures. The Word of God is over and above all the other books in my library! The wooden shoes were a gift from the Netherlands when I travelled to that country speaking about the dangers of euthanasia in the great reformed churches of that land. To the dismay of historical Christians, the government passed a bill allowing the killing of the elderly. I weep now because Belgium, where two of my grandchildren were born, has passed legislation by which children can be euthanized. May God have mercy on His human family!!!

10 thoughts on “Sunday, February 20, 2022

  1. A good passage for those who are demonstrating against the mandates re: Covid restrictions – to obey those in authority. Sometimes a difficult thing to do. Have a Wonderful Lord’s day.

  2. For the 20th day from the “Prayer Map of Canada”
    1. Pray that Christians will recognize that our struggle is not against the natural world but against invisible spiritual forces. (Ephesians 6:12)
    2. Pray for the children of Canada, that they would come to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. (Matthew 19:14)

  3. Father, we pray against the evil spiritual forces that seek to destroy everything they touch. We pray for the leadership of this country, that You would have mercy on them, and on us, for allowing, and even encouraging, evil to flourish. We know You came, Lord Jesus, to destroy evil, and we also know “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”
    Thank You for good people who stand up against evil. Bless each and every one, and may Your good and perfect will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. In the name of the One who fought the good fight and endured the cross for us, amen

  4. Listening to the news can be alarming with happenings never experienced ever or to the same degree in our country creating confusion, anxiety, loneliness, division and depression for many. I believe an open door is being created to share God’s Word with fellow Canadians.. I feel God has placed a burden on my heart to be in prayer for Canada and would like to invite each of us on the 100 Words blog to unite together daily, at 7:00am Pacific time for prayer for Canada. I understand our parliament will be voting on the Emergency Act tomorrow evening and feel the need to pray for members casting votes. I also pray for a great harvest during these uncertain times as individuals are more open to hear God’s Word.

  5. Amen. Thanks for the link Rob, it is very interesting and yes, Charlene I will join in prayer for the country, our government and the peaceful protestors. Someone sent me this verse which seems appropriate and especially for truckers 10:4
    Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you,
    Do not leave your post;
    For conciliation[a] pacifies great offenses.

    The mainstream media paints a very dark picture but I hope everyone is looking elsewhere for a less biased covering.

    if these don’t work as a link, copy and paste it and it will
    This is PM talking about media coverage
    https://www.facebook.com/peoplespca/videos/326899612645353/?extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-IOS_GK0T-GK1C&ref=sharing

    Here you can send a message to the senators and your MP with one email regarding the vote tomorrow night.
    https://www.votervoice.net/LifesiteNewsCA/campaigns/91991/respond

    There is so much evil in this country, it is scary. I can’t imagine the anguish it causes unbelievers.

    God Bless and keep praying.

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