Thursday, November 8, 2012


Suggested Reading: Numbers 7

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Sheep grazing on the hillside by the Sea of Galilee.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Numbers 7:1-3

Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated them. Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering. And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle.

Today’s reading may make us wonder as to why it’s here. It is so repetitive. The gifts which the leaders of the tribes present to God at the dedication of the Tabernacle are listed 12 times over. Could a reason be to show generosity? Could another reason be to teach the children what it means to take responsibility as the heads of households? God instructs parents to show leadership, teaching, not only in word, but by example. If we as parents are givers, chances are that our children will also be givers.


Dear Lord Jesus, You are the greatest Giver, and according to Your Word, You live in and through me. Please grant me the grace to channel Your Spirit of giving through me. In Your Name I pray. Amen!


Today, Norma-Jean and I, along with 100 others, fly to Israel. For the next two weeks, I hope to connect to the Internet in our hotels in order to continue this daily blog. I might even have more inspiration than usual as we travel every day through the Biblical sites. God willing, I’ll be leading in the reading of Scriptures that relate to our stops. I plan to read my blogs each morning to our brothers and sisters who travel with us. Next year at the same time, if health and strength permit, I would love to have many of you who join me daily on the Internet travel with us to Israel. Norma-Jean and I have done this every year since 1968. It’s not that we need to see the Holy Land again, although we gain new insights every time, it’s that we get to live together for two weeks with wonderful people. We make friends and enjoy each other’s company. We also get to thank, in person, members of our group who give to the support of the ministry of Crossroads. Check out for a fuller understanding of why many give regularly and sacrificially.

Yours for the great joy of giving,


14 thoughts on “Thursday, November 8, 2012

  1. Oh, I am so happy for all of you that are going to Israel. I will keep you in prayer for safe travels May each and everyone of you experience HIS GRACE and HIS MERCY every single day. I so look forward to your blogs from Israel I know that they will carry special blessings. Halleluiah!

  2. So much history in Israel you can see and touch and experience! What an inspiration to those travelling with you! Received a call from Crossroads last night fom a very pleasant lady to thank me for a contribution. She asked if I’d like any prayers. No pressure whatsoever. Looking forward to hearing from you and realize internet can be difficult at times, depending where you are. Have a wonderful time!!

  3. David Please take it easy in Isreal. Enjoy every minute with God and his people I pray your health will rebound better than ever

  4. Wishing you safe and happy travels to Israel; look forward to reading your posts from there. What a joy it would be to join you next year. I will pray for God’s favour!

    Bless you, David and Norma-Jean!

  5. Hi David and ,Norma Jean, Have a wonderful time in Israel! We had a friend who came back from his trip and revolutionized our small church. We had pictures he brought back put up on our walls,a large Shofar which was sounded from time to time,Israeli music,O what a time we had! It was as though he brought back an excitement and passion for Israel bringing us all that much closer to the Lord.

  6. I echo the same thoughts as the above bloggers. Have a wonderful, safe and inspirational trip, and with joy I receive the invitation to join you and Norma-Jean next year. I am looking forward to receiving you blog from Israel, God’s promise land. Shalom!

  7. Dear Crossroads Family: It is my prayer that you all have a safe and Holy Spirit journey, and that everyone’s health will not dim the enthusiasm. I would love to travel with you next year, but alas, I’m but a poor sixty something pensioner. I will probably have to wait for the Rapture. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

  8. WOW…. the excitment of going to the Holy Land….such a wonderful atmosphere that The LORD provides…brings back some memories (’92)…..I too add my prayers that HE covers you in safety and refreshes you and Norma Jean and your troop on your exciting journey…Shalom….

  9. David, praying safe travels over all of you as you travel to the Holy Land. Praying also that the Lord continue to bless you and your family and provide you daily with his Grace and Inspiration. You are a living example of Christ’s Love in action and a daily inspiration to so many of us. Thank you for all you continue to do to keep fellow beleivers filled with hope and inspiration and lead others to Christ! In Jesus Name I pray for your improved health and continued Joy in the Lord. Amen xo

  10. Oh the Joy….of the trip to the Holy Land again…. yes i believe you when you say always something new….like the Holy Word as we read each year …always something new…. The is the Work of the Holy Spirit …making sure we have what we need …when we need it…. i also love the photo today..made me smile…. and i along with the others ..will be praying for you as you travel and cant wait to hear tomorrow’s blog…. Safe in His Arms….always…. as we journey…..

  11. Safe journey and blessings on you and Norma Jean as u travel to Israel
    I love the story of when Corrie Ten Boom died and the tree died in Jerusalem where they planted the trees for the righteous gentiles.
    When Corrie died the tree died and the Israelites had to replant her tree.

    Is it not amazing fellow bloggers that Jesus honors those who honor Him?
    That the Lord of the universe sits with us and talks with us?
    That He loves us?

    I love reading the OT
    I love the stories and history and significance of everything that led Christ Jesus to coming to earth.
    I love it where Father God states that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
    When Enoch walked with God
    When Moses died – God buried him – and Moses eyes were not yet dim and his strength was that of a younger man.
    That God speaks in the whisper and does not shout
    The story of Elijah
    Who could forget the story of Ruth and Boaz
    The story of Rahab the prositute
    their stories are in the lineage of Jesus
    Could forget the story of Mary and Joseph in the NT
    I love the songs that Mary sings when she greets Elizabeth and vice versa.
    but also
    The story of Joesph
    He was not the father but God chose Mary but also it must have been b/c Joseph loved her so much and he was a righteousn man and also from the house of David.
    We hear many stories of Mary but not so many of Joseph.
    I wonder why?
    Does anyone know if the description in Daniel and the description in Revelations is Father God or Jesus glorified?
    I love reading all the names that Apostle Paul includes at then end of the epistles.
    All these people are in heaven.
    How brave that man must have been when Father God told him to go and meet Saul who became Paul. The man even said to God that Saul had been murdering Christians but still he obeyed.
    An act of faith or obedience to God never goes wrong.
    I love how Father God uses ordinary people and people of no consequence to do His bidding.
    In Cor. where it states that He chose the foolish and the despised things of the world to confound the wise.
    I love my Lord
    I am getting ready for Christmas to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Saviour
    Even though it is many days away and maybe not the exact day but I am excited to be celebrating the birth of my Lord.
    This year my heart is expecting great things.
    I understand that the death and the resurection of my Lord and Saviour is how I am saved and have eternal life but
    This year I hear angels singing
    Peace on earth
    Good will to all men.
    Blessings to all the bloggers and to David and Norma Jean
    In Christ

  12. Many blessings go out to you David, Norma-Jean, Ron & Ann, for a safe and inspiring journey to the Holy Land. How I wish I could be with you right now! Enjoy!

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