Today’s Reading: Acts 21
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Key Verse: Acts 21:8-9
On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
“Paul….entered the Temple” (21:26). The three blocked up arches, seen faintly in the background of the photo above, accessed the Temple in Jesus’ day. In the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., these were covered with debris and were found in preparing the foundation for the Al Aksa mosque, built just above the northern Temple wall. It’s hard for us to imagine what it was like 2,000 years ago. Paul and the Jerusalem church leaders were determined to remove any stumbling blocks (the matter of Paul’s Jewishness) which would hinder Jews from coming to Christ. Regardless of the consequences, we must do all in our power to take away anything that would keep others from coming to Christ.
It’s all about bringing others to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Philip’s four daughters are a great example of a family committed to winning the world for Jesus. Recently we considered Revelation 19:10b, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” These girls testified for Jesus there in Caesarea where they lived. Think of how excited they must have been as Paul, Luke and others stayed in their home. The stories they heard encouraged them to continue their New Testament prophecy, testifying for Jesus. As we read those same stories, let’s share them with others.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, may I serve You, doing the right thing. Help me to do this, regardless of the consequences to me personally. Help me, like Paul, to submit to those who are in leadership in the church. Amen! (check out 1 Peter 2:11-25)
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve been blessed with people who exercise Godly and strong leadership in seeking to do the will of God in ministry. I’ve sought to move forward in harmony with the wisdom which is found in a “multitude of counsellors” (Proverbs 11:14). Having received counsel, I learned that they were not called of God to do the work…I was. Therefore, I had to commence and follow it through to its completion. I was ordained by the laying on of hands by my brothers back in the Spring of 1959 (1 Timothy 4:11-16). This was in the fellowship of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. The day came when those same leaders encouraged me to move into a ministry on behalf of the whole Church. I had no desire to be “independent.” I’ve never found that word in the Bible. Nevertheless, at the counsel of my brothers, I incorporated a separate ministry in order to do New Testament prophecy in the broadest way possible, bringing on a team of clergy from several different denominations. God honoured this move and a great many people have come to know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. To God be all the credit and glory.
Yours for the glorious calling of winning all people to Jesus,
Thank You, Father, for the great leaders You have appointed to lead Your church. Help each one of them to be strong in You. Bless all those who work for Your glory. Strengthen each one of Your people to do the work You have given them, in Jesus’s great name, amen
Amen Rob. I remember the early days of 100 Huntley Street when there was an Anglican, a Catholic priest, and a United church minister, with David. My cousin was visiting me when the program was on live. She said in amazement, “what kind of program is this”? They were great times. Blessings all and may God continue to teach us daily as we follow this blog. Amen
You mean Norm McLaren, Cal Bombay and?
No. I can picture them in my mind but their names escape me now. I believe the United church minister lived in Cambridge. Then, of course there was Bob McDougall, a Catholic Priest. I believe Cal Bombay was Pentecostal, and Norm McLaren also Pentecostal.
Gordon Williams was the United Church minister (just came to me now)!!
Well that is pretty good if you can remember their names like that. I don’t remember Gordon Williams though. But those were the years, long ago! 🥰
Yes I remember those early programs on 100 Huntley Street oh how I miss them the program today has so changed I grew up with 100 Huntley Street from my youth so 100 healthy Street has been part of my life for a long time ✝️🙏
Amen Beverlee 👍