Sunday, October 23, 2022

BROTHERS

Today’s Reading: John 7

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A Jewish man studies the Torah in a library situated in a tunnel along the Western Wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

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Key Verse: John 7:5

For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

 

Today’s reading tells us that Jesus knew the feeling of family betrayal. His brothers refused to believe in Him. He knew what it was to feel completely alone. He said, speaking of the world, “It hates Me” (John 7:7). He understands when we feel alone and misunderstood. He is the Source of our comfort. The names of His brothers are recorded in Mark 6. It might be helpful to read again Mark 6:1-6. God can change families. Jesus’ brothers received the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14). Two of them, James and Jude, wrote books that are part of the New Testament, the books bearing their names. Sometimes it increases the impact of Scripture on our lives to read it out loud. This morning, in order not to awaken Norma-Jean, I’ve gone outside and read so that I not only see the Words of Jesus from this chapter, but hear them too. They are powerful, life-changing Words.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I pray that Your Holy Spirit will teach me daily as I read, highlight, write in the margins, learn, and digest Your Word inside of me. I know You are helping me to follow this blog daily, and I thank You with all my heart. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The largest private office I’ve ever visited was in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem. I had made an appointment to see the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem about renting office space in one of their buildings for the Arabic television ministry. His main goal was not to do business but to convince me that the “brothers” mentioned in Mark 6 were actually cousins. Be that as it may, we prayed together, and I thanked him for his time. Sometime I hope to share here about the other Patriarch in Yerevan. There are two of them in the Armenian church, one in Jerusalem and one in Armenia. The Armenian Patriarch then is now their Pope. When in his thirties, as the leader of the Young Communists of Armenia, he had an Apostle Paul type conversion. He sent two of his brightest priests to study with us at Crossroads. He’s now telecasting the Gospel from Mount Ararat into Turkey, the area of the infamous Armenian holocaust. He, along with Baptist and Pentecostal pastors, ended up in the same cell in a communist prison, but that’s another story.

Yours for a daily commitment to study God’s Word,

David

13 thoughts on “Sunday, October 23, 2022

  1. Thank you Beverlee for the post. Powerful words to pray over ourselves and our households.
    I am praying for you, as you go for your Scan next week. May the Lord work out every minute detail concerning your health care. ❤️🙏

    May Our God be glorified today all over the world, as worshippers gather in His Name! May Holy Spirit change lives and hearts today!

    • Thank you Luisa.❤️ Agreeing with you in prayer for God to be glorified in worship today and as Doreen has mentioned for the Ebola outbreak in Uganda to be contained. In Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen. 🙏

  2. A powerful prayer – thanks Beverlee . Uganda has an Ebola outbreak. Let’s pray for the missionaries there that their ministries will be spared, provisions won’t be affected, and the people will not get the disease, in Jesus Name. Amen

  3. It is cold and snowy here but thankfully, it is warm inside. We are so very Blessed. Thank YOU LORD.
    Thank YOU that Beverlee is able to have further testing, and hopefully, even better treatments. May she feel strong in YOU.
    Prayers for so many in this world where disease and disaster have infected and affected countless lives.
    Lord hear the cries of our hearts.
    Thank YOU for this Community of friends who hold each other in prayer.

    • Laur, agreeing with you in prayer for Beverlee.
      Also for others who suffer in this world because of
      disease and disaster. May our God’s Will be done
      through it all, as we keep trusting in Jesus Christ
      for healing and salvation, in His Holy Name, Amen.

  4. Beverlee: Agreeing in prayer with all the posts I mentioned you on the blog last evening. I will be praying for a report that will give the Doctors
    more information as to where they should go next.

    • Thank you Eleanor. Please pray for a cancellation for the EMG to reduce further wait. The surgery will then be booked. Hopefully I can get a cancellation for that, too. That happened with my 2014 back surgery and I know that was due to prayer. 🙏

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