Wednesday, January 1, 2014

PERFECT PEACE

Suggested Reading: Isaiah 26-27

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

An older woman in Nazareth Village teaches a young girl how to make a blanket from sheep wool. In our modern world where we are equipped with all kinds of supposed labour saving devices, we are too busy to take time to do such things. At least this is the case with most of us. Let us create an atmosphere of "Peace" in our homes by slowing down our frantic activities and by spending time with children and young people in order to pass on the knowledge of the good things of the past.

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

 

Key Verse: Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

 

Chapter 26 is a good example of what a “Happy New Year” should be! Our key verse speaks of “perfect peace” (literally in Hebrew, “Shalom shalom – peace peace”). A double peace to all our blog participants!!! In this New Year let us take “the way of the just!” (26:7). Let us say to the Lord, “I will seek You early!” These daily blogs posted early each morning should help make the New Year the best ever!!!

Chapter 27 tells that God will be victorious over Satan. This is symbolized by “The fleeing serpent…the twisted serpent!” (27:1). Let us determine to “Resist the Devil and he will flee!” (James 4:7 – read James 4:7-10) Jesus said to His followers, “I give you authority to trample on serpents…” (read Luke 10:17-20). Let’s trample on the fleeing serpent this New Year! The result? “Peace…peace” (27:5)

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Thank You, Lord God, for the blessings of the past year. In the New Year I ask for Your power and authority to back me up as I resist the Devil. I know he is not continuing to harass me but he’s fleeing away at full speed. I take authority and order him to stay far away! I pray in the Name of the One from Whom Satan flees, Jesus Christ! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Our eldest son, David Reynold, his wife Kathy and their children, hosted Norma-Jean and me this past Monday. For breakfast at 7 a.m., we had fish-shaped pancakes and read all the Scriptures where Jesus spoke of fish. At 8:30 we visited the magnificent new aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Reyn took pictures (check out one of Norma-Jean and me below). At noon we ate at a fish diner, and then in the afternoon we went to the Ontario Science Centre with its’ “Under the Sea” Omnimax theatre production. Our kids said the theme of the day was inspired by our commitment to follow Jesus and to let Him make us “fishers of men!” May we continue to fish for men and women, boys and girls, bringing many more to Jesus!

For New Years Day, I want to invite all to join my son Ron, who designs my blog and posts it daily for 6 a.m. Here’s Ron with his New Year’s challenge (click here). Also I’d like to share yesterday’s 100 Huntley Street telecast with a review of 2013 (click here).

HAPPY NEW YEAR from me to you!!!

David

P.S. Over the years when ever I’ve been asked to sign my name, I’ve written Isa 26:3, our key verse, beside my autograph. It’s been my special verse for over 50 years!

Norma-Jean and me at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Aquarium in Toronto. This day gave me constant reminders of Jesus' Words, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." (Matt 4:19) This may be the best New Years Resolution ever! All I have to do is follow Jesus and He'll "Make me" all I should be!!!

24 thoughts on “Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  1. A happy and blessed 2014 to you, David and Norma-Jean, your family and ministry!
    Reading your 100 Words, daily, keeps ” my mind stayed on HIM”, thus granting me that “perfect peace”!
    Thank you,
    ~Shantha~

  2. What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year!! In Him we live and move and have our being! Happy New Years and hope to see both of you again on the Holy Land Tour! Don and Sheila Persaud

  3. I don’t like fish – wish I did. I know it’s a very healthy food. I do fish for the human kind however! This blog helps tremendously with that.

  4. Thanks for your encouraging words. Always good to see you and Norma and it is a great picture.

    Is. 26:3 is one of my favorite verses too.
    Over the years I have had surgery a number of times and as I have laid on the stretcher or at times walked to the OR that is the verse that I quote to myself and it gives me such peace. I put my own name in the various places eg. “Thou wilt keep Joann in perfect peace…..”
    In reflecting about peace just recently as my husband was taken to the hospital due to aspiration (He has dementia) he was sooooo agitated and scared. I just leaned over the stretcher as he lay in the ER waiting for treatment and sang the song “Jesus Whispers Peace” and then just kept repeating the words “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” in his ear. It was amazing how his body relaxed and he lay there so peacefully.
    We wish all of you at 100 Huntley a very Blessed New Year. I am a faithful following and the program is such a blessing to me.

  5. Good morning David Mainse,

    Happy New Year to you and your family!! I hope to join “The Daniel Plan” this new year as well. Thank God for “The Daniel Plan” as I can use a new and healthier way of living. God Bless you and yours this wonderful 2014.

  6. Love the photo of you, Norma-Jean and all the beautiful fish, David, and the theme of the day you spent with your family! Fish are one type of art I use to decorate with; the symbol of early Christians and fishers of men for Christ. Thanks for all the great links in your message, today. Watching 100 Huntley Street and excited to move forward with the Daniel Plan. Praise God!

    You will keep him in perfect peace,
    Whose mind is stayed on You,
    Because he trusts in You. Isa 26:3

    Happy New Year, saints! God’s continued blessings in 2014!

  7. Trusting in Almighty God, reading scripture daily and following this blog, has truly been a source of inspiration, strength and direction in life! Looking forward to dealing with challenges in 2014, knowing Christ is with us every step of the way! Blessings and His strength, to all!

  8. Shalom, Shalom! Have a beautiful New Year Everyone! Let’s all determine to Have Faith in God, no matter what! Thanks David for this wonderful Blog.

    • May The Lord God of Israel continue to bless and keep you in His favor. You are much needed in this world. 2014 brings us yet closer to the coming of the Lord.

  9. Happy New Year blog-buddies!!!!

    I have a plaque with Isaiah 26:3 which my husband and I received as a wedding gift from the pastor (Rev. Charles Benn) who married us back in 1972. It still hangs on our wall in our rec room of our home. It is one of my favourite verses in the Bible and I have used to many times to minister to others.

    • Thanks for the update on Patti and the twins.Mydaughter carried twins one placenta, with fine membrane between. She carried them to 36 weeks, both around 5 lbs. they are now 7 years old. We will continue to pray for Patti and her previous little ones.

      Bless all of you.

  10. A VERY BLESSED NEW YEAR TO ALL. As we seek The Lord and HisWord each day may we share our faith with those we meet.

    Thank you Mainse FAmily and The Crossroads family. Thanks for the links Pastor DAvid.

    Blessings to all for 2014.

  11. Dear Rev. David M.
    I am looking forward to sharing The Daniel Plan with my church . This is a great oppurtunity for each of us to show that as christians Gods children we are His vessel so treating our body and soul according to His Will .
    Blessings to everyone for 2014.

    xxxx Carole.

  12. A very blessed New Year David Mainse Norma-jean and everyone of
    your family from the oldest to the youngest and even if there is one on
    the way.I met you in Calgary and shock hands when you came to thank
    us here.
    I AM ready and very ethusiasted to start 2014 doing the Daniel Plan,
    SHALOM MARIA

  13. My grandfather often served lake perch that he caught himself – not usually for breakfast – but it might be good with eggs. I would not want to eat fish caught in most waters though.

  14. Happy New Year Everyone! May God’s Blessings be upon You!!! May you draw near to Him and He will draw near to you!!

  15. I am a bit confused about Rev. Warren. I listen to Rev. Jack Van Impe and he says that Rick Warren is an apostate and should not be trusted in any way, shape or form. He believes that Rick Warren in working to bring about Chrislam (the combination of Christianity and Islam) and is in favor of taking out phrases like “The Son of God” and God the Father” out of the bible. So when I saw him on Huntley Street I was really surprised. What true and what isn’t??

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