Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Today’s Reading: Exodus 12

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

Children of Israel on a school field trip to En Gedi enjoy the waterfall pools. King David hid from Saul in a nearby cave.

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

Key Verse: Exodus 12:14

So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.


Be sure to tell the next generations that Christ is our Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7). Choose that time with the children carefully. Repeat the story in a variety of ways over and over. Ask God for creativity in the way you do it (Deut. 11:19). Christ was without defect (Ex. 12:5). The lamb was consumed by fire (verses 6 – 9). Christ took the “fire” in suffering. Not a bone was to be broken (Ex 12:46, Ps 22:17, Jn 19:36). The blood of the sacrifice was applied (Ex. 12:22-23, Col. 1:20, 1 Jn 1:8-9). Keeping this “ordinance” (an order) was absolutely essential (Ex. 12:24, Heb 9:22). Please do your best over the next hours to look up these references. Make this not just a devotional but a Bible study.


Lord Jesus, I believe You were sacrificed as my Passover Lamb. I believe that Your blood was shed for me. I apply, by faith, Your blood to the doorposts of my household for salvation and protection. I can only say “thanks” by giving my life to You and by leaving the bondage of sin in obedience to Your orders. I have a brand new life because of Your precious blood. It’s all through You, Christ Jesus, Amen!


After our children were tucked into bed, Norma-Jean and I would kiss them and say, “Lord Jesus, cover them with Your precious blood. Keep them safe.” Norma-Jean would sing, “All hail King Jesus, all hail Emmanuel, King of kings, Lord of lords, bright Morning Star…”  What a confidence! What a comfort! I’m an old softie and I still do this when I’m with our now 51, 52, 54, & 55 year-old children. Of course I don’t tuck them in, but I pray with them as often as I can. It is my conviction that having fathered children, the greatest tragedy would be for them to be lost for all eternity. One of my children, when a teenager, strayed away from God one evening, coming home later than our rules allowed. I went to my knees and said, “Lord, if I die on this spot, I’m not stopping my cries to You until this child repents.” At about 2 a.m. I felt an arm around my neck and heard sobbing, and the words, “Daddy, I won’t do these things ever again. I’m sorry, I’ve asked God to forgive me and I’m asking you to forgive me too.” We wept together.

Yours for our children, our children’s children, and beyond,


Our four children singing on the set of the Crossroads weekly TV program around 1972, before the daily "100 Huntley Street" program began in 1977. In the back are Ellen (left) and Elaine (right), and in the front are Reynold (left) and Ron (right).

16 thoughts on “Saturday, August 16, 2014

  1. Felt the Holy Spirit so strongly this morning in prayer. The calm and peace that passeth all understanding. The presence of the Lord so real. Thank You Jesus, for all You have done for me. Thank You Jesus, for Your saving grace and protection. Thank You Jesus for setting me free!

    Lovely message and prayers this morning, David. Thank you! God bless the joyous wedding day celebration of your son Eric; Ron and Ann, and to all the Mainse family!

    Thank you everyone for your prayers and blessings for my art exhibit opening today in Kingston, 130 Johnson Street, public library. What a wonderful occasion for me. I struggle with such terrible physical pain and yet the Lord has blessed me with this gift to paint and share my work at an exhibit. Praise God through whom all blessings flow! I love you Lord Jesus! Thank You, so! Blessings dear saints! Wishing you all a precious day!!

  2. Wonderful! Love those family photos! We have had two family gatherings this summer and another invite next week. I remind them of what Christ has done on the Cross for us. Lord, let them never forget. Congratulations Eric and Kara on your wedding day and bless all the Mainse family. God bless you too Doreen in your recovery of surgery and Congratulations Beverlee on your art show today. Have a great day fellow bloggers!

  3. Thanks for the great Passover study today. Terrible wake-up call but good to know.
    Great job on raising 4 kids Rev. DM and Norma-Jean. What beautiful pics!
    God bless us all this hot, muggy Sat. in west-central Alberta.

  4. What a precious testimony, and such a wonderful family picture.
    Thanking you for the study on Passover.
    Blessings to one and all.

  5. May God forgive anyone who feels that this exceptional blog to be “junk”!
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.
    PS Best wishes for all those involved in the wedding later today.

  6. May the Lord continue to bless!!!…so appreciate all the sharing…hope to be at Crossroads for the healing service tomorrow evening…bringing a friend for prayer and anointing…having been diagnosed with cancer…and given a short time to live…

  7. David, your interaction with your strayed child that evening brought tears to my eyes. It is a demonstration of the heart of God when any of His children stray. Thank-you for being that kind of father .I missed following a few months of your blog the first time around but have committed myself to reading it each day this time around. Lovely picture of your children. One thing I have realized is the beginning of following the Law for the Jewish people was at the Passover recorded in Exodus 12. So the Law came in the middle of following Christ. (Gal. 3:17)

  8. Thank you Jesus you did it all!! and that I’m set free from the curse of the law, saved by Grace, cleansed by the Precious Blood of Jesus!!! AMEN, and AMEN!!

    This is the Day the Lord has mad and I WILL rejoice and be glad in it.

    How precious the picture of your children praising the Lord together!

    Blessings on the marriage of your Grandson Eric and congratulations to Ron and Anne.

  9. Dear David, last spring I prayed that our Lord would give me the daily discipline to study His words to know Him better. Honestly, I didn’t know where to start. I knew that I had to develop a habit but I felt lonely about it. Then, a friend told me about you just before you started this 2 years journey which I’m happy to say that I’ve been on since day one. Thank you for your obedience to start it again David. I thank God to have been so faithful to me. I am now hungry for His word and I am really starting to know Him better. He is my everything!!! Praise to Him!!!

  10. Thank you so much for that bible study! It is good to see all those scriptures together.
    Blessings to everyone from Vancouver Island.

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