Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Suggested Reading: Exodus 17

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I found this a fascinating rock formation at Timna National Park in the Negev Desert of southern Israel. The hiking trail leads you right through the middle of this arch.

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


Key Verse: Exodus 17:15

And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.

The Children of Israel asked an important question: “Is the Lord with us or not?” Again and again God proved that He was with them. Moses was frustrated because the people looked to him instead of God for their needs. The lesson is that we should not look to a leader, or the government, or even our parents (as we grow up) to be our provider. THE LORD IS OUR PROVIDER! God provided an abundance of fresh water for the Children of Israel. He also provided a military victory over the Amalakites who had attacked Israel. Yes, our leaders need to be there. Like Aaron and Hur we must support our God-given leaders. When we hold up their tired hands, we’ll succeed and when we let them down we’ll fail. Dad and Mom are to be supported by the family. Our Pastor, our government leaders, and others need to be supported. Check out Romans 13:1 and 1Timothy 2:1-2. That daily altar of prayer for our leaders should be as a “banner” which declares our faithfulness and our loyalty.


Lord, here I am at the altar of prayer. I pray for all who are in leadership over me. In this way, I join Aaron and Hur in lifting up their tired hands. Thus I am assured of victory in the challenges of life. You are my “Banner.” I will tell the world that You are my “Lord.” In Jesus’ Name, the Name I lift high, Amen!


I remember the street meetings conducted on Saturday evenings when all the farmers would come to town to shop on the main street. This was before malls were developed. It was exciting to watch the Salvation Army parade from their citadel to their corner where they would pray, sing, play their instruments, and preach the Gospel. Their banner waved above us all to proclaim, “Blood and Fire.” A little humour here: one lady with a big personality asked me, “Do you know what your belly button is for?” And then with a big laugh, she said, “It’s to hold the end of the flag pole when you march.” The bass drummer was told by a very proper lady, “We have a bell which says, ‘come to church.'” The drummer replied with the pounding of his drum and said, “And my drum says, go get them and bring them in.” It’s really early in the morning as I type my blog. Later, I’m going to town and I must find a way to wave a banner, my witness that Jesus is Lord!

Yours for a wise, strong and effective witness for Jesus,


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7 thoughts on “Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  1. As you’ve mentioned David, time and time again the the people became wayward for their lack of focus on the Lord. The same can happen to the children of God today. We need time in daily bible reading, prayer, in relationship with the Lord in order to find what His good and perfect will is for us. Unfortunately through the centuries we’ve become experts at practicing our ‘religion’ but in doing so, we’ve lost our way to the Lord. Keep Jesus-focused and not man-focused and you’ll not go down the wrong path in life. God has promised us and He will provide.

  2. David, you and Norma Jean and your family are a banner that waves brightly wherever you are and we recognize God at work through you all. You are REAL. We see God’s love and work because your banner is down to earth and comfortable, not puffed up and a turn off. GOD BLESS

  3. Yes, a good chapter today, about the Lord being our banner. And, it is was good to see a clip of you and Norma Jean this morning on 100 Huntley St. You were talking about the grandparents’ challenge and the need we have to hold up a banner to the next generations… Incidentally, you both looked great in spite of having just survived another birthday each!

  4. I agree the clip this am on Crossroads was very good…. and todays read was what i needed to hear this am…… He is my Banner…thank you Lord..

    Blessings David as we journey…….

  5. Our banners reflect our lives as well as our praise! Moses provided the leadership which God provided him. The Israelites were in need of hope and support in light of where they were at the time.

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