Tuesday, May 31, 2022

GO! AMEN!!!

Today’s Reading: Mark 16 

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

The Garden Tomb is hewn out of the rock and was unearthed in 1867. It is considered by many to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Inside the tomb, you can see how at one end the rock was carved out extra long to make room for a taller man than perhaps for which it was orignally made. There is a tradition that says that Jesus was 6 feet tall. In today’s reading it says that the three women, upon “Entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting in the right side; and they were alarmed” (Mark 16:5). Let us use our imaginations as we look at this photograph. The young man said, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place here they laid Him” (Mark 16:6).

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

 

Key Verses: Mark:16:15 & 16:20

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  …And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. AMEN!!!

 

All four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, end with “AMEN!!!” The exclamation points are a way for us to shout in print. The word “Amen” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “TRUTH” and “CERTAINTY.” It does not mean that our prayer is finished. It means “GO FOR IT” and “MAKE THE TRUTH HAPPEN!”

For whatever reason some of the ancient manuscripts end Mark’s Gospel at verse 8. The majority include verses 9 to 20. It’s hard to imagine Mark ending his record, most of which it is assumed he received as dictation from Peter, with the words of verse 8, “And they said nothing to anyone for they were afraid.” It would make no sense whatsoever. Beware of those who want an escape from these last verses and therefore jump to the conclusion that Peter, and probably Mark, did not hear Jesus say, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (6:15-16)! Jesus said this! I believe this! By God’s call, grace and empowerment we must obey the King of the Cosmos!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord God, here I am…send me, and if I am not directly called to be there in Afganistan or Uganda, or other places, I commit to pray for those who are preaching everywhere in obedience to Your direct order! I also commit to support, sacrificially, those who are faithfully and diligently, day and night, going into all the world! Without my financial support for world missions they cannot obey You. With my giving I am there with them. We are a team. I pray with a sense of urgency because the time is limited for us to accomplish Your plan. In the Name of the One Who promised to be “working with them,” Jesus, the risen Saviour, Lord, and King! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS

I’m thanking those who have helped me in this blog as we complete these final four days before we start our two-year journey through the Bible all over again on June 3rd. A big thanks to all who have encouraged me with your prayers and responses to the blog. The Holy Spirit and you have kept me going since June 3, 2012, seven days a week, without missing even one day. That seems to me to be a miracle. After all, I’m supposed to be retired. Retired? No way!! If anything I’m re-fired!! I have more enthusiasm and energy to serve God than I’ve had since I stepped away from senior leadership in Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (click here to learn what some of the ways are in which we’ve sought to obey the “go into all the world” command of Jesus in the past, what’s happening now, and the vision for the future). After all, Jesus promised to work with us! This is God’s great success story of establishing His Kingdom here on earth!

Yours for doing what it takes, giving whatever it takes, and backing it all with strong prayer!

David

P.S. My son Ron interviewed Norma-Jean and me on 100 Huntley Street in the spring of 2012 following my diagnosis of MDS acute leukemia and the news that it was incurable. According to the doctors, I was to have departed this life in March of 2014, but God must have wanted me to continue this blog! Here’s that video with a surprise visitor who came on set just to pray for my healing (click here).

17 thoughts on “Tuesday, May 31, 2022

  1. My husband, Joseph has gone to be with His Lord Whom he loved and served faithfully. I thank each and everyone of you for your prayers over the past 1 1/2 years and ask that you would continue to pray for our family as we try to move forward without our patriarch. I thank the Lord for the wonderful, godly man that he blessed us with.
    God bless you, all!

    • Luisa, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband Joseph. Praying for you and your family
      that our Lord would be your comfort and strength
      at this time, knowing you will meet Joseph again
      in heaven, in Jesus Holy Name, Amen.

  2. Dear God, thank You for these faithful families. Bless Luisa and all her family with the strength, comfort, and love only You can provide, in Jesus’s name, amen

  3. Yes Lord, we do thank You for Luisa’s husband’s life on earth and now we rejoice knowing that he is with You. It’s Wonderful to know that we will meet again in Your Presence. Blessings & strength are sent to the family during this time. Blessings on the Maines family as well (and we especially appreciate David’s incredible provision over many years to do this blog).

  4. Amen to the prayers.
    Louisa may God keep you and your family in the palm of his hand as you work through this time of earthly loss and heal the pain and provide peace knowing that Joseph is now free of pain and suffering.
    God bless you and all fellow bloggers…

  5. Luisa, may God protect and comfort you and your family as you go through this time of grief. I too have lost two Godly husbands in my life but the Lord will be by your side through this and answer your prayers.

    I want to encourage you and others out there reading David’s blog, after the lost of my second husband I found out within a few months I had breast cancer and the doctor said the treatment was going to cause me tremendous pain in my bones and muscles for 2 years or maybe all my life , and I knew right then I could not take the pain, (I have had pain at a 10 before) the first chemo did just that, the next day I just asked the Lord to take away the pain or give me minimal pain, and from there on all chemo treatments were minimal pain, it is good to ask the Lord just what you need.
    I hope this encourages some one out there.

    Carole

  6. Luisa, you and your family are so very close in prayer during this very difficult time.
    Thanking God for Joseph’s life on earth. He sounds like he walked with our Lord and emanated Him in word and deed. How very Blessed you have been.
    May our Lord Comfort you and give you His Peace that goes beyond all understanding!

    Thankful for all bloggers.

    Thankful for words of encouragement, re pain,

  7. Luzia may God walk beside you at this time of sorrow.
    I lost my husband 5 years ago and God has been there for me every day since. You can feel his presence and support.
    Many Blessings on your family

  8. Luisa I am so sorry to hear of your dear husband’s passing but am also so happy to know that he is with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I will continue to pray for you and all your family, for strength in the difficult days that are ahead of you.🙏🙏❤️❤️

  9. You have my sympathy, Luisa , on the passing of your dear husband. It will be a hard time for you but our Lord Jesus will sustain you. He is but a breath away from you. I pray for you and your family that you will be blessed greatly.

  10. Dearest Luisa.❤️ My heart is with you and your family at this difficult time. I was thinking of and praying for Joseph yesterday, wondering how he was. Safe in the arms of Jesus. Safe on His gentle breast. Sweetly, he shall rest. May knowing that he is no longer suffering and is now with our Saviour, bring you a sense of peace. May our Heavenly Father provide you and your family with strength to get through these days ahead. Know that you are loved, dear sister-in-Christ. ❤️

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