Tuesday, January 1, 2013

THE POWER OF WORDS

Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 29-30

(click scripture link to read online)

 

At Timna Park, 20 miles north of Eilat, a life-sized replica of the biblical tabernacle has been constructed. While no original materials (e.g., gold, silver, bronze) have been used, the model is accurate in every other way based upon the biblical description. This "Holy Place" of the Tabernacle housed the golden lampstand, the altar of incense and table of showbread. The lampstand (menorah) was beaten and fashioned out of a single block of gold and had three branches coming out of each side of the central shaft. The seven lamps on top of the branches were likely round saucers with pinched rims which held the wick and olive oil.

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

 

Key Verse: Deuteronomy 30:14-15

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil…

HAPPY NEW YEAR to my blog friends…may God bless you in amazing ways in 2013!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). When God first called Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of slavery, Moses tried to avoid the task by telling God that he had problems speaking (check out Exodus 4:10-16). In our readings over the past few days, it’s obvious that after 40 years of leadership, Moses no longer had a problem speaking. Four times in today’s reading Moses stresses, “Keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do” (Deuteronomy 29:9).

The Apostle Paul quotes our key verse in Romans 10:8 and then gives us some powerful words of assurance of our eternal salvation. Romans 10:8-15 tells us that when we speak our faith in Jesus, who is Himself “the Word of God,” we truly have “life and good.” Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, thank You for the gift of speaking. Please grant that we will never speak “death and evil” by gossip, slander, half truths, and other destructive words. May my words always speak life and good in this New Year of 2013. I pray In the name of the One whose words are most powerful, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In Grade 10 high school I was given a book of words. The title on the cover was “WORDS ARE IMPORTANT.” The student sitting next to me changed the title to read, “WORDS AREN’T IMPORTANT.” Learning new words every day was truly important, I discovered. When God made it clear to me that my vocation (calling) was to become an ordained minister of Christ, I realized that a large part of carrying out my responsibilities was my use of words. Words are my trade, my means of communicating God’s message to precious people. One of the greatest communicators during the 20th century was Malcolm Muggeridge. On the BBC, he debated such people as Bertrand Russell, the noted agnostic. In my opinion, Muggeridge won the debates. He and his wife Kitty appeared on 100 Huntley Street to give their witness for Christ. He also was our narrator for “The Scroll,” a musical masterpiece composed by Bruce Stacey, which was the centrepiece of our Crossroads sponsored pavilions at several World Expos. The epitaph on Muggeridge’s tombstone reads, “HE USED WORDS WELL.” While I do not plan such an epitaph for myself, I pray that I, by God’s grace, will “use words well.”

Yours for God’s Word to be communicated clearly,

David

P.S. Last night, on New Year’s Eve, our family had an extra reason to celebrate. We welcomed a new great-granddaughter for Norma-Jean and me (our 7th great-grandchild!). Her Name is Jadice Elizabeth Patterson, the daughter of Andrea and Jason Patterson. Andrea is the daughter of my son Ron and his wife Ann (who are now first-time grandparents). Below are a couple of pictures. God is so good!

 

Jadice Elizabeth Patterson...a New Year's Eve addition to our family!

 

Andrea, Jason, and baby Jadice...less than an hour after entering the outside world!

38 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  1. Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of Jadice. I’ve been praying for her and
    her parents and now to see her. Congratulations, Ron and Ann and David
    and Norma Jean. God is so good. We are all fearfully and wonderfully
    made.
    Thank you David for your blog. I pray the words of my mouth and the med-
    itation of my heart may be acceptable unto God…a sweet smelling fragrance.
    Blessings and God’s favor to all bloggers in 2013.
    God is our faithful God and He cannot go against His character.
    Praise the Lord.
    Faith

  2. What a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations to all of you. God is great!!
    I too am expecting my first grandchild very soon. I know that God has been knitting that child together over the past few months and I have been praying that this child will love the things of God.
    This blog has been a real blessing that have overtaken me.
    Thank you so much!

  3. Congratulations for the safe arrival of baby Jadice, what a pracious gift!
    May the Lord bless her and her family.
    We continue to pray for your good health Pastor David, praying blessing upon you and your family.
    We are so thankful for 100 Huntley Street, and all the dedicated people who work there.
    Wishing all fellow bloggers God’s blessings for 2013.

  4. Praise God for the safe arrival of Jadace and congrats to all. The miracle of birth is amazing and I pray for Ron and Ann as first time grandparents. There is something very special when you hold the very first child of your own child. May she grow to know Jesus very early in her life and blessings to all.
    Thanks David for today’s blog and I pray my words this new year will honor my Savior always. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

  5. Congratulations to all the Mainse and Patterson family on the miraculous arrival of baby Jadice!! What a wonderful time to celebrate a birthday, the beginning of a new year. I pray protection, strength, wisdom and abundant blessings for Jandice, all the days of her life.

  6. Happy New Year to you and Norma Jean and congratulations
    on your new little Jadice. How blessed is she to be born into the
    Mainse family! Praying for healing for you in this NewYear and strength to
    keep up this wonderful blog ministry that so many of us look forward to each morning! Many Blessings to your whole family!

  7. I was SO excited to see that this long awaited darling has finally arrived, especially since, exactly 45 years ago on New Year’s Eve I gave birth to my only son. I was only 18 years old and absolutely terrified at the prospect of taking this little one home with all the responsibility that entailed. However today he is a gifted music director at our local church, loves our Lord, and even has four children of his own! Indeed, God is amazing giving us so much more than we deserve.

    Happy New Year to ALL of you!

  8. Moses set before the people the law which was to be obeyed as an ordinance from God; but how much easier is it for us today to listen to and to obey the gospel, the Word is so very close to us, and is written in our heart when we have a relationship with Christ!

    What a joyous occasion it is when a new baby comes on the scene! A very Happy New Year and congratulations to the Mainse and Patterson families on the birth of their new baby Jadice! May she truly be a blessing to all of you and come to know and grow in our Lord in time.

    Happy New Year to all my blogging buddies, may this year be full of good things in your life and may you be richly blessed in Christ Jesus!

  9. Congratulations for the safe arrival of baby Jadice. May our wonderful Lord, grant her to be all that he created her to be, and no other expectations laid upon her. Jadice, you are so blessed , after all your mothers rich (In her heritage) and your daddys good looking, so don’t you cry little baby, do-o-on’t you cry! (A pop song from a long while ago!) Ha! Ha!

    • HAPPY NEW YEAR! David Norma-Jean and fellow bloggers.
      Wow! What a precious little girl. Jadice, I love that name.
      Love and prayers, may God bless and keep us all through out
      the new year.
      M.

  10. Thank you David for writing this wonderful blog faithfully every morning. It jumpstarts my day and gives it godly perspective and encouragement.
    May God richly bless you and your family this new year 2013 . And special blessing for the new arrival Jadice and her parents.

  11. I congratulate your fanmiles for this new little baby she is precious. Enjoy every moment. She will be a blessing to all. David I am praying for your healing and continue to continue what God’s vision for you. What does Jadice mean?
    God bless everyone in your family
    Lianne Hogg

  12. Congratulations on the safe arrival of this beautiful little bundle of joy and blessings!
    Happy New Year to you, David, and your precious family, and to everyone who come to this blog.
    Great is His faithfulness…His love never ceases and His mercies are new every morning, including each new morning of this new year!

  13. Congratulations David, Norma-Jean, parents and grandparents. What a perfect and beautiful baby. Just to see that beautiful face makes her a blessing already. I just hung a calendar that has the verse on it,”Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord”. Wow! She was right on time. May she be the light God intended her to be. Happy New Year David, Norma-Jean, family, staff members and all fellow bloggers. May we see great things happen in 2013. We just had a new baby girl, Aubrey Marie born in our family too. May she also be blessed as Jadice, as well as her family. God bless you all.

  14. Congratulations to David, Norma Jean and Ron and Anne Mainse on the granddaughter and great granddaughter who has come into your lives to usher in the New Year 2013.

    David, your 100 words and your Key Verse today, were rhema to my heart and mind. So important to do, but so often need reminders. Thanks.

  15. Been away without a computer and now have alot of reading to get up to date, May you all have a wonderful year [1913] on what is a head for ALL of us, God knows and we will all be Blessed, and thats is for sure. We are both in our 80’s and Jesus has met all our need, in our ups and downs in life.

  16. Congratulations David, Norma-Jean, Ron, Ann, Andrea and Jason on the birth of little Jadice! She is Beautiful! May God richly Bless all of you in 2013! Thank you David for sharing with us!

  17. Conratulations to Ron and Ann with there first grand baby. Also to Norma -Jean and you for your 7th great. Beautiful picture of mom dad and Jadice. I know you will all be blessed for sure. God is so good. I pray this little one will bring a lot of joy into the family. Thanks for sharing with us.

  18. Happy New Year fellow bloggers.
    May God richly bless each and everyone.
    Congratulations on becoming great grandparents.
    Jadice looks absolutely beautiful and her parents look radiant with joy.
    A New Year’s baby – that is a wonderful gift for the new year –

    In Christ
    Mellany

  19. Happy New Year to All !

    Congratulations to All of you on the birth of your new Grandaughter.

    Welcome to this World Jadice !

  20. Congratulations David, Norma Jean, Ron, Ann, Andrea, Jason, the Mainse and Patterson families. Jadice is beautiful! God is so good!

    Happy New Year to fellow bloggers. May 2013 be blessed for everyone!

    There could be no better words to encourage people to come to know Jesus in 2013 than in Romans 10:8-15. Through Him we are saved. Call upon Him.

  21. CONGRADULATIONS on the birth of your daughter, grand daugher, and great grand daughter. Also, welcome to your substitute home for Jacinda.

  22. Praise the Lord for a new baby, how pretty she is and wonderful: thank God. And thank you David, for never failing to give us a wonderful word to live by…Blessings to you and all in your family in 2013.
    🙂

  23. David: I too, want to add my congratulations, both to you and to Ron and Anne and to all the family. God surely is good, and you have been very blessed. Happy New Year and may this be a momentous year for you, your health, and to All Crossroad’s Ministries with God’s blessing added.

  24. Hi David and Norma Jean Mainse. Congratulations on your new addition to your family! Congratulation as well to Ron and Ann on their first born grandchild! It is really an exciting time for all of you! May God Bless each and every one of you and yours! Happy New Year to you all! Vicky Murdoch

  25. Congratulations on the arrival of Jadice, beautiful baby!! Truly blessed to be in your family!!

    Thanks be unto God for His wonderful gift:
    Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God
    is the object of our faith; the only faith
    that saves is faith in Him.

    Amen!!

    Nancy

  26. 100Words, Jan 1, 2013
    Heartfelt congratulations to the parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on the occasion of beautiful Jadice Elizabeth

  27. Congratulations to you David and Norma Jean for you have been given a beautiful great granddaughter, Jadice, a child born “great”! It doesn’t get much better than that. God’s faithful Love abides forever!

  28. What a beautiful baby!!! May the Lord God’s richest blessings rest upon this little one. She looks so wide awake in one of those pictures.
    We have 5 Great Grandsons, and 3 Great Granddaughters, so we know how blessed you feel, David and Norma.
    Virgil & Nina Lawrence
    Penhold, AB

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