August 27, 2012 – Daily Bible Reading

Today’s Reading

Luke – Chapter 1

  • Introduction
  • The angel Gabriel foretells the birth of John the Baptist
  • The angel Gabriel foretells Jesus’ birth
  • Mary visits Elizabeth
  • Mary’s prayer
  • The Birth of John the Baptist
  • Zacharias’ prophecy

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Pastor Maurizio

About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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5 Responses to August 27, 2012 – Daily Bible Reading

  1. Liliane6600 says:

    In reading the notes to the Gospel of John, I found it interesting to learn that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in OT was largely reserved for the spiritual and national leaders of Israel while. How blessed we are under the New Covenant, as the HS is for every believer.

    Mary`s faith response to the Angel Gabriel (in contrast to Zacharias`s unbelief) and her attitude are noteworthy. She submits her future to God`s will. That`s a lesson of obedience for us!

  2. RitaC says:

    A couple of things stand out for me today in reading Luke chapter 1. I am in awe of God’s love towards us that He had a plan for our salvation! That Elizabeth and Mary believed without question… a wonderful example for us to follow, for vs 37 “ For nothing is impossible with God.”
    I was also stuck that in vs 14 it says John would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth. John had the comforter, the helper from the beginning to help him in his ministry! The meaning of the name John is “God is gracious”. We serve a gracious God!

  3. PeterCard says:

    Luke 1:5-6 gives us a sense of the character and the commitment to God, that Zacharias and Elizabeth had. They lived by and obeyed all the commandments and ordinances of God. No easy task. No doubt that as the parents of John the Baptist he was given parents that would raise him in the ways of the Lord. Something that John would need, for the mission that God gave John. God had a plan…..

  4. Robyn says:

    Why was John “… never to take wine or other fermented drink, …. ” ? (Luke1:15)

    • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

      In the OT, Nazarites were people who dedicated themselves to God. They were an example and symbol of holiness, just as a leprous was the symbol of decay and of sin. The bible gives a few examples of people who were Nazarites from birth, like John the Baptist. Anything producing decay was a symbol of corruption and sin, for this reason even yeast and anything produced by a fermenting process was symbolically unclean, even bread. Only unleavened bread was kosher and was used ceremonially. Wine is also produced by fermentation and for that reason was regarded as symbolically unclean (Num 6:3). Further, wine is an intoxicating drink, it impairs our abilities to make the right decisions and thus can make us sin.

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