Friday, August 17, 2012


Suggested Reading: Exodus 13

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Looking out at sunrise over the Judean desert we can see the Dead Sea in the distance and the mountain of Masada, Herod's fortress and where the Jewish freedom fighters made their last stand in 72 A.D..

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.


Key Verse: Exodus 13:14

So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What is this” that you shall say to him, “By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage…” {The New King James Version}

Four times in today’s reading God’s “Strong Hand” is emphasized. Repetition in Scripture indicates the importance of, in this case, the word picture presented to us. Throughout the millennia, the Children of Israel, known today as Jews, have continued to repeat over and over those words in their annual family ritual known as the “Passover.” In every observant household a child will ask, “What is this?” Again in the Scriptures we read the word, “ordinance.” Simply put, it’s an order from God. Of course the Jews who were the first followers of Jesus continued this “remembrance” every year. It was at “Passover” that Jesus said, as He gave His disciples the bread and wine, “This do in remembrance of Me.” When must obedient Christians partake? There is no set time as is the case of “Passover.” The word “often” is important. It can be daily; it can be weekly; it can be monthly or even annually. But time must be set aside regularly to obey the orders of Jesus to partake in the “Lord’s Supper.” For supplementary reading, go to Matt. 26:26-29, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Cor. 11:23-31.


Lord Jesus, You established what we refer to as “Communion.” Please grant me the grace of consistently obeying Your standing orders to repeat often the observance You established. May I partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine with a deep discernment of Your sacrifice. With Your “Strong Hand” You reached out to the whole human family, and we nailed Your Hands to the Cross. Thank You for the Gift of Your Body and Blood. Amen!


I want to introduce you to Sam Moore, owner and operator of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the company which financed the new translation of the “King James Version” of the Bible. Approximately every 100 years another translation of the classic version, KJV, is presented to the world. I was raised on an older translation. For example the words “thee” and “thou” are not in use in every day conversation. It would be next to impossible for anyone today to read with understanding the actual translation from 1611. A spoken language is constantly changing. Sam is my friend. His vision to bring together the finest scholars during the 1970’s caught my attention. He came several times as a guest on TV with me. Some of his scholars were also my guests. Sam was an imigrant from Lebanon to the USA who began selling Bibles from door to door as a university student to pay for his board, room and education, and was so successful that I have beside me as I type, the New King James Version, my favourite modern translation of God’s Word. Thank You Sam! Click here for more about Sam or here to find his biography book.

Yours for a greater understanding of God’s revelation of His thoughts printed in the language I know best, English,


Thank you for all the birthday wishes this week for both my dad and mom, David and Norma-Jean. I thought I'd send you this picture I took of them with their birthday cake. -Ron Mainse


7 thoughts on “Friday, August 17, 2012

  1. Phillipians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through him who gives me strength.’

    The strong hand of the Lord continues to uphold the faithful. God sets out so many promises in His word; one thing I know, God doesn’t forget His promises.
    God promises to always be with us, to oversee us, to protect us from the evil one. God promises that nothing can separate us from his love for us. God promises that no one can take us away from that security of knowing we are His children who will forever be with Him. Yes, God loves you that much!

  2. Great birthday picture of David & Norma-Jean!! Thanks for sharing!

    Everything in all the universe, is either in a state of GROWTH or DECAY. Everything! And, with our hands we can build or destroy. May God’s mighty hands keep us strong, as we fulfill our Lords purpose for our lives.

  3. Thank you for sharing the birthday picture with us!
    As I was reading about God’s “strong hands”, my thoughts went to Deuteronomy 33: 27 ” The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are His everlasting arms.
    Blessings to all.

  4. Happy belated birthday to both of you.
    You are so important in our life and we love you so much.
    You are both in our daily prayers and we elevate you to God’s throne.
    We read your blog every day.
    Love it!!!
    Hope to see you soon.
    It’s been too long!!!
    Love in Christ,
    Don & Louise

  5. Thank you Ron….. the picture is a Keeper for my album…

    thank You God for Strong Hands holding us….. and in the trials of life …we know your there….. Sing with me……How Great is Our God…… Todays picture was awesome as well…. we are Blessed Indeed…..
    Have a wonderful weekend…….as we journey……. ( WOTL )

  6. God’s Blessing on both of you and let there be many more birthdays for you both. You are such an inspiration to Canada.God is not finished with you yet. God Bless

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