Thursday, July 10, 2014


Today’s Reading: Genesis 27

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A man stepping out from his home in Nazareth Village, located in modern-day Nazareth, where life in the first century A.D. is re-enacted.

Key Verse: Genesis 27:19

Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”

This painful, destructive experience with husband, wife, and twin sons could’ve been avoided if Isaac and Rebekah had been communicating. Look at the mistakes. Rebekah listens in on a private conversation. She then plots dishonestly; she encourages Jacob to deceive and tell an outright lie. As a result, Esau is filled with hatred and contemplates murder. Jacob is forced to run away from home and his character is twisted and bent so badly that he spends years in deception and deceit. The lesson here must be this… Mom, Dad, Husband, Wife, communicate in Christian love and understanding. Are you working together with God to make your family truly blessed?


Dear God, please use this daily blog to teach me to listen to You as I read Your Word and then talk to You about what I’ve read. Good communication with You will make all the difference in my ability to communicate with my loved ones. Therefore, I throw myself on Your love and grace. Through the Name of the greatest Communicator, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


It was at the Church of England in London where the “Alpha” course originated, Holy Trinity, Brompton, that I experienced most deeply the answer to the prayer I’ve just typed. While at the altar, the Lord showed me clearly that I had hurt Norma-Jean deeply. Until that moment, I was blissfully unaware of what I then realized was a truly stupid, uncaring action. It had happened shortly after our wedding. Without going into detail, immediately after my return to Canada, I humbly and honestly asked Norma-Jean’s forgiveness. I also repented before God. I pray fervently that I may communicate well and wisely with my beloved wife. The Apostle Peter, a married man whose wife accompanied him, according to Paul, wrote very wise words as found in 1st Peter, chapter 3. Please take time to read verses 1-7. In particular, verse seven has been a word from God to me. My prayers were being hindered by my insensitivity to my wife. That must never happen again.

Your continually repentant servant,


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11 thoughts on “Thursday, July 10, 2014

  1. Our actions and our words should always agree with each other. This can be a tall order, even for Isaac who appears to, having being deceived, given his blessing to Jacob instead of Esau. Everyone was in conflict and in distance from one another. However, every Word of God is flawless, so may the lessons here matter in our personal lives. Getting it right with Our Lord counts toward unhindered prayer. May we have the strength to own up to our flaws and weaknesses as we praise and give glory to Christ our Lord. Amen!

  2. I can’t understand a mother who prefers one child over another. I have 6 and they are all different with very different personalities and gifts. How could I prefer one above another? A mystery to me.

  3. I also have 6 daughters and love each one equally but I don t understand why Issac was giving the blessig only to his oldest son even though they were twins anting to be obedient to my heavenly Father in all I do
    God help me in Jesus name Amen

  4. Thank You for this daily blog. My friend and mentor suggested it to me and I have enjoyed it daily.

    Ephesians 5:25-30 also speaks to me on this very topic:
    25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

  5. What a sad story Genesis 27 is. I find it difficult to believe God would honour Isaac’s blessing on Jacob. Quite the group!
    Praying for Jerusalem.
    Also praying for the grandparents from Calgary with their 5 yr. old grandson who went missing. How difficult it is sometimes to say and believe that God knows best, but it’s true.
    Blessings on all dear saints this beautiful sunny day in Alberta.

  6. The goal of communication is understanding– therefore it is so frustrating when people are so quick to react to what they think you said instead of listening to discover why you saying it. David is correct, so much conflict can traced to a simple misunderstanding due to poor communication skills. I know because I been having that issue for a while now with a relative of mine. It is a challenge to find the best way to express myself that fosters understanding when one is being constantly misunderstood despite my sincerest efforts. So I will take David’s wise words to heart and focus my efforts on improving my communication with our Lord and hopefully that will improve my ability to get my thoughts across in a way creates understanding rather than discord.

  7. It is so devastating when there is favoritism within a family…also when parents give their attention to their children above each other.

    Lord I do pray for divine order within families, for husbands to love and respect each other and be the fathers and mothers God created them to be, so that children be guided into Your truth. Heavenly Father I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus.

  8. Hello Mr. Mainse

    I have just spoken with a friend of yours here at the Teleministry Department here at Crossroads and she wanted to pass on some information.

    Here name is Mina Ryce and she and her husband, Bill, are experiencing some health problems at the present time. They would really appreciate a call from you. I also suggested that perhaps someone could stand in for her for prayer at your healing services on Sunday evening. She is experiencing back problems and they are suggesting surgery and she is greatly opposed to that suggestion. She knows God is able to heal her. Blessings

  9. 5 words that can stop all wars! 5 words that can stop divorces! 5 words that can stop misunderstandings! IMAGINE! Just 5 words! 5 words to build bridges! 5 words to bring peace and harmony into our lives and the lives of all the people. Just 5 words………………………..tune in tomorrow`s blog! just 5 words……………………………….

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